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New York County Passes Fracking Moratorium on County-Owned Lands

On April 10, 2013, the Oneida County Board of Legislature reportedly approved a resolution that prohibits the extraction of shale gas on property owned by the county.  Oneida County is located in central New York to the east of Syracuse.  The resolution provides that the ban on shale gas extraction will remain in place until further study of the potential environmental and public health impacts of hydrofracking is completed.