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Anti-Fracking Measures Left Out of Budget
Research Center and EPF Measures Cut
Michael Mallon
| March 27, 2012
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Just yesterday, a pair of measures supported by environmental groups were left out of a final state budget agreement.

Funding for a health-specific study of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, for natural gas, as well as language that would have moved the state's share of unclaimed bottle deposits to the Environmental Protection Fund were cut in final budget negotiations.

Democrats in the assembly supported the creation of a research center to analyze the potential public health effects of hydrofracking.

Assembly Republicans opposed that provision, and it has been said that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has repeatedly pledged support for the DEC study, also opposed the proposal.

Meanwhile, both the Senate and Assembly had proposed gradually sweeping the state's share of unclaimed bottle and can deposits into the Environmental Protection Fund.

Some conservation groups are disappointed that the bottle deposit language was not included, but are overall pleased, as funding for the Environmental Protection Fund was kept steady.

Several environmental and anti-hydrofracking organizations, however, were not pleased when it came to the hydrofracking study. They've been critical of the DEC's ongoing study for a lack of focus on human-health impacts.

In order to bring about a statewide ban of hydrofracking, approximately 50 groups opposed to the practice launched a new coalition in Albany yesterday called New Yorkers Against Fracking.


 


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