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Another Delay For New York Fracking Regulations

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Anti-drilling activists crowded a recent DEC hearing on fracking regulations

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has once again delayed the rollout of new policies regulating hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State, as our friends at the Innovation Trail report:

Bowing to pressure from environmental groups and the public, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is extending the public comment period on its draft hyrdofracking regulations.

The agency announced the move at this afternoon’s public hearing in New York City.

“Many individuals and organizations requested additional time to prepare comments,” DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said in an email to the Innovation Trail. “We have decided to extend the comment period by 30 days to Jan. 11, [2012].”

DeSantis says the extended deadline for comments won’t set back the agency as it prepares its SGEIS on hydrofracking in New York State.

In another email, DeSantis says the agency still plans on “releasing final docs sometime in 2012.”

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