Saturday, September 7, 2013

Q. When will NY decide on fracking? A. Uh, uh...

When will New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decide to allow or prohibit the use
of fracking by natural gas drilling companies in the Empire State?

The latest answer from a member of the Administration is: "there is no timetable."

At a hearing on Friday, Anne Reynolds, who is deputy commissioner for administration for the Department of Environmental Conservation, told the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee that her agency continues to review comments it received on a 2011 draft review of fracking, a 1,500-page document known as the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, or SGEIS.

“There isn't a timeframe at this point,” Reynolds said. “As you know, you've heard before that we've received over 100,000 comments from the public. The department is still reviewing those comments, developing responses and developing any changes to the SGEIS in response.”

Democrat and Chronicle covered the hearing and posted this story.

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