New York State
The New York State Assembly has approved a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing -- a controversial type of natural gas exploration -- until May, 2011.
Hydraulic fracturing, also know as "fracking", releases the natural gas contained in rock by injecting a mix of chemicals and copious amounts of water into rock formations. The new extraction technique makes natural gas a much easier and cheaper commodity to be produced.
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