Elected Leaders and Environmentalists Call For Transparency
Environmental groups and elected leaders opposed to hydraulic fracturing urged the state to take a closer look at the recent revisions to the Department of Environmental Conservation's Hydrofracking impact study.
Last week the D-E-C filed for a 90-day extension for its hydrofracking regulations, this came after the state enlisted three health experts to review the regulations for potential health impacts.
On Monday elected leaders from across Central New York including here in Cortland County called for that health review to be more transparent and to allow for public input.
The group which included Democratic Assemblywoman Barbra Lifton called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide more details about the health review, and a 30 day-public comment period for the health review and for its scope to be expanded.
The DEC said in a statement Friday that hydrofracking would not move forward unless it was deemed safe. It also won’t happen until the health review is finished.
The newly proposed regulations will be open to public comment from Dec. 12 through Jan. 11.