Senate bil 820l that would establish a 2 year moratorium on fracking, and, despite what is learned in the meantime about its potential effects, no further vote would be needed to start shale gas exploration and production on July 1, 2014. In addition, it would allow for forced pooling, meaning landowners whose neighbors have signed leases may be forced to allow drilling on their property with only 10 days notice. Finally, it would invalidate local ordinances to prohibit or control gas development.
Other communities that have allowed fracking have then found that this resulted in toxic, undrinkable and, in some cases, flammable water. In a state whose economy still relies on agriculture and tourism, allowing fracking seems a short-sighted and dangerous move to make.