A city Council bill expected to be introduced today will effectively ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking in New York City, the Epoch Times reports.
In June, the states highest court affirmed the legality of bans against fracking instituted by the upstate New York towns of Dryden and Middlefield, setting a precedent that allows more than 170 municipalities in the state of New York to independently ban fracking.
City Councilmembers Ben Kallos, Helen Rosenthal and Costa Constantinides are sponsoring the bill:
We are standing in solidarity with those towns in banning hydrofracking in our municipality in hopes that we can do this across the state and across the nation, said Council member Kallos in a telephone interview.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to make a decision before the end of the year on whether or not to lift the states moratorium against fracking, in place since 2008.
Make a Donation
BK Reader is brought to you for free daily. Please consider supporting independent local news by making a donation here. Whether it is $1 or $100, no donation is too big or too small!