Underscoring how hydrofracking continues to be one of those issues that cuts through party lines in the state Legislature, advocates opposing the controversial drilling method are pointing today to two statements from Republican and Democratic state senators who have concerns.

First there’s Sen. John Bonacic, a Hudson Valley Republican who is generally considered one of the more moderate members of the GOP conference.

Bonacic in his statement backed the approach being taken by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration that is relying on the Department of Health to complete its work on the effects of hydrofracking on human health, but said he would have “no objection” to waiting for federal officials to make a determination.

“I believe it is important to let people with appropriate training and scientific backgrounds make decisions relating to this issue,” Bonacic said in his statement. “I am supportive of the DEC and the Department of Health’s role. If they determine it is appropriate to wait for more information from federal officials before proceeding, I have no objection to that.”

Bonacic isn’t the only Republican in the Senate to be ambivalent about hydrofracking. Sen. Greg Ball, the conference’s wildcard, is in fact stridently opposed to allowing fracking in New York.

Tkaczyk, in a seperate but similar statement, called for a two-year moratorium as well as learning more from a forthcoming Environmental Protection Agency study on groundwater.

“This is an important decision and it is imperative it be based on the scientific realities. A two-year moratorium, enacted by the state Legislature, would give us the time and the facts we need to make the right decision for New York,” she said in her statement.