by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz
August 4, 2010
In a predawn vote Wednesday, New York State’s senate passed a bill that reaches beyond the debate over the environmental safety of drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale and would effectively ban almost all gas and oil drilling in the state until next spring. The bill circumvents an environmental review by the state’s regulatory agency that could be finished this year.
The bill prohibits the underground process of hydraulic fracturing, which breaks up buried rock and releases gas trapped inside.