NY Assembly passes fracking ban; Senate hopes dim

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that’s as far as the bill is likely to go.

Monday’s 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be largely symbolic, since the Senate isn’t expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there’s no reason to rush a decision on fracking before its effects on health and the environment are better understood.

New York has had a moratorium on fracking since an environmental review was launched in 2008.

A decision on whether to continue the moratorium is expected from Gov. Andrew Cuomo once his health department completes a health impact review that began in 2012.

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