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Paterson vetoed fracking bill to avoid "showdown"

New York Public Radio Capitol bureau chief Karen DeWitt is reporting that Governor David Paterson did the moratorium swap-out this weekend to avoid shutting down the natural gas extraction industry in the state:

In his first comments since he vetoed the measure, Paterson says the [legislature moratorium] bill was too broad, and while it would have temporarily banned the horizontal hydrofracking practice that has raised questions about environmental safety, it would also have ended so-called vertical hydrofracking, a practice Paterson says has been carried out safely in the state for decades.


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