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Legislature Urges State Delay on Gas Drilling Regulations

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Legislature Urges State Delay on Gas Drilling Regulations

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Legislature is calling upon New York State to withdraw new draft regulations on gas drilling through high volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing until the Environmental Impact Statement on such drilling becomes final.

Legislators, by unanimous vote, with Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne excused) asked the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or the Governor to withdraw its newly released hydrofracturing regulations until after the revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) is finalized.

In its action, the Legislature calls it "imperative" for the revised environmental impact state to become final before regulations are drafted, since that document should affect how such regulations are written, as well as an enormous burden for small communities to review two such lengthy and complex documents at the same time.