State Health Expert Says He Needs More Time to Review 'Fracking' Rules
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Long-awaited regulations for shale gas drilling in New York state will be delayed further, because the state's health commissioner said Tuesday his office needs more time to study the possible health impacts.
The Department of Environmental Conservation had faced a deadline Wednesday to complete its 4 1/2-year-old environmental impact study of drilling for gas using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said Tuesday that the deadline will be missed, meaning regulations due to be released Feb. 27 will be delayed. Martens said he expected Health Commissioner Nirav Shah's review to be done in a few weeks.
But Martens said issuing of permits for shale gas drilling could begin even while regulations are being finished, if the Health Department's review finds the Environmental Conservation Department's impact study adequately addresses health concerns.
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