The latest update on when New York State regulators will issue their fracking regulations comes from the Innovation Trail.The answer: sooner than many expected.
This is important because the regulations would open the door for natural gas drilling within New York. So far, the Empire State has placed a moratorium on the practice.
New York’s top environmental regulator, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, says his agency will likely finish its review of hydrofracking late next spring.
That means drilling permits for fracking could quickly follow.
That’s a faster timeline than expected. DEC officials had previously been much less specific, saying their report will probably be finished “sometime next year.”
Here’s an interview New York’s top environmental regulator, Joe Martens, gave to New York Now: