The New York D-E-C is asking for more time to finalize regulations for natural gas drilling, this as the drilling industry launches an ad campaign urging lawmakers to end the review and begin permitting.
The D-E-C plans to file for a 90-day extension when the deadline for finalizing new gas-drilling regulations arrives on Thursday.
The extension is to give State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah and three national experts more time to review health effects of shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
The state has had a moratorium on drilling since 2008. The state has conducted studies and recived thousand of public comments on the issue.
The law allows regulators to seek a 90-day extension on the review period which will include another 30-day public comment period.
The extension request comes as proponents of shale gas drilling launched a new ad campaign Tuesday calling on state officials to bring a four-year environmental review to a close and allow gas development to begin in New York.
The radio and print ads were released in advance of Thursday’s deadline for finalizing the regulations.