Many of the bills regarding hydrofracking that were introduced in the last legislative session are likely to be re-introduced in the new session by their original sponsors.

Additionally, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has developed a program bill that he is promoting, even to DEC Commissioner Martens, as per this letter.

And, there is discussion of a new, 1-year Moratorium Bill in both the Senate and Assembly. As reported by Jon Campbell of Gannett News:

The legislation, which would officially ban hydrofracking for natural gas in New York until June 1, 2013, is sure to garner support from Assembly Democrats, who have long spoken out against the much-debated technique.

Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, said last month that he was planning on sponsoring the bill in the Senate, giving it an all-important majority sponsor. But it’s much less likely to gain support from Senate Republican leadership, with both Sens. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, and George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, very supportive of hydrofracking. (Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, has voiced his support as well, though he did vote for a 2010 moratorium that was ultimately vetoed.)

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, issued a statement today saying she has signed on to co-sponsor the bill. The lead sponsor will be Assembly Environmental Conservation Chairman Robert Sweeney, D-Suffolk County.*

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