A moratorium bill on vertical and horizontal hydraulic fracturing passed through the New York State Senate (49-9) and the New York State Assembly (93-43).

Former Governor David Paterson issued Executive Order #41 directing the DEC to undertake further review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling and it specifically cited the need “to ensure that all environmental and public health impacts are mitigated or avoided”. Executive Order #41 also formalized a second round of public comment and public hearing on the revised draft SGEIS.