"Friends of Gas" landowners and gas industry folks were hoping to see the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pass the hotly-debated SGEIS (Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement) sometime this year. But now - at least according to DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis - it looks like that may not happen. The reason: DEC's recent decision to include a review of health effects related to hydrofracking. That review will likely cause the DEC to miss a November 30 rule-making deadline.
For a good analysis of the issue, see Tom Wilber's articles here and here. He's the environmental journalist who has followed the issue for the past decade and has written a well-worth-reading book on the topic: Under the Surface.