Saturday, September 29, 2012

NY Not Likely to see Fracking Rules this year

"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.

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