Jon Campbell

A six-year de facto moratorium defined by passionate protests, lawsuits and fierce lobbying came to a conclusion with Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuomo administration’s health and environmental conservation commissioners that they would not allow hydraulic fracturing to go forward in New York. Few people have covered the fracking wars as closely as reporter Jon Campbell, who covers the capitol for Gannett. Campbell was at the key cabinet meeting and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus several questions about the decision remain unanswered.

New York State officials are facing some hard deadlines over the next few weeks with regards to whether or not the state will allow the drilling of natural gas extraction wells using the controversial process known as hydrofracking.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell for an update on state’s fracking decision making process.

The future of the New York State Senate is in flux after last week’s elections. Between the yet to be decided race in the 46th State Senate District and the importance of the chamber’s so-called Independent Democratic Conference, the question of which party will control the Senate will could remain unanswered as the calendar turns to 2013.

For more on how the New York State Senate could shake-out WAMC's Bob Barrett spoke with Gannett state government reporter Jon Campbell.