Just to keep all current where the moratorium has gone through a couple different revisions. The latest revision, being the most harsh, disallows all levels of hydraulic fracturing in tight shales like the Utica and Marcellus shales until May 15, 2011. This would restrict all test wells, allowed under current DEC regulations, that use "baby fracs" like what Gastem did at the Maryland well last year testing the potential of the black shales and the Oneida. The bill will be pasted below. The reason for the May 15th date (as opposed to the previously drafted Jun 1st date) is that is gives a couple more weeks for the legislature to enact more legislation against drilling before next year's session ends in mid June. These moratoriums will keep coming and coming!
As stated from another forum- every time a bill is amended-- it must stay in its final form for 3 legislative days before it can be voted upon. This is why it could not be brought up for vote last Thursday or Friday. It is not yet on the legislative calendar for today which may be another mandatory wait day. You can check the Legislative calendar at the link below to see their plans for the day. There is hope that time will run out before session ends and that this will not be voted upon. If it does get passed through the senate, the only other legislative option of repeal would be a veto from the governor