Landowners React to Fracking Delay
Governor Andrew Cuomo during a trip to Syracuse announced that there is no set back when it comes to the rule making process for hydraulic fracturing in New York.
October 3, 2012
Southern Tier (WENY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo during a trip to Syracuse announced that there is no set back when it comes to the rule making process for hydraulic fracturing in New York. This is a response to earlier news from a DEC spokeswoman that the agency expects to miss a Nov. 29 deadline for finalizing regulations, and therefore delay the process for another year. The news upset many proponents of Hydrofracking in New York. The delay is linked to the review of a DEC health study that must be examined by the state health commissioner. The review of the health study could extend the decision past the November deadline. Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday that "there is no step back", and the health study will be thoroughly reviewed. As for the local members of the New York Landowners Association, they are thrilled to hear the news from Cuomo. Jeff Heller has been a member of the New York Landowners Association since 2008. He hopes there still is a chance the rules and regulations could be approved this year.
“I think New York should just open up to drilling with the regulations we had, we are going to have the toughest regulations in the world and the best regulations in 2008,” says Heller. “When it started everywhere else in the Marcellus. Other states went ahead with the understanding that as there were problems you made adjustment to those problems.”
The health impact portion of the DEC's work will be reviewed by the health commissioner and outside experts named by the commissioner.