In a move hailed by environmentalists, New York has become the first city in the country to ban the use of oil waste products obtained through the controversial process of hydro-fracking. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill prohibiting the use of oil and natural gas waste products in the city. The products are often used to de-ice roadways in the winter, officials said. The bill, which was sponsored by Councilmember Stephen Levin, seeks to protect New York City communities from toxic pollutants while at the same time safeguarding the water. Hydro-fracking is a process in which water, sand and chemicals are pumped into rocks to break them apart so that natural gas can be extracted.
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