Hydrofracking ban re-proposed
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill banning hydrofracking is reintroduced in Albany.
Albany Common Councilman Dominick Calsolaro introduced the original citywide fracking ban last year.
Mayor Jennings vetoed that measure, saying it could potentially expose the city to lawsuits from the gas industry, like in the then-ongoing case in Dryden out in Tompkins County.
One common council member abstained from last year's vote because of the same concern.
Calsolaro said the New York State Supreme Court recently upheld the hydrofracking ban in that Dryden case, which helped him get that last vote he needed in the common council to make Friday's proposal veto-proof.
Calsolaro said, "That gives us at least 10 votes in the council now. Which makes it a veto proof vote should the Mayor decide to veto it. If the numbers are there, he can actually not sign the ordinance and it can go into effect without his signature legally. "
Calsolaro said there are already 50 municipalities around the state who have already banned hydrofracking, and there are another 70 that he knows of how are drafting these bans.