16 Aug '11, 2pm

Groups Ask Cuomo to Extend Fracking Review

Environmental groups and some legislators are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a longer public review of a New York State plan to permit a controversial method of natural gas extraction that combines hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling. More than 70 groups sent a letter on Monday to both Governor Cuomo and Joe Martens, the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, requesting a round of public hearings and an extension of a public comment period on the plan to six months from two months. The groups said that two months was “wholly inadequate” for reviewing the revised draft of regulations prepared by the state. Their letter said that communities also needed a forum in which they could voice their concerns about increased industrial activity in their areas. The regulations, which are in their second draft, would govern drilling in the rich nat...

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