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Assemblyman O'Donnell: Governor, wait for the EPA

As we reported last week, the EPA has announced a time frame for the release of its study on hydrofracking--something fracking opponents have been waiting for.

Now, at least one member of the New York State Assembly is asking Governor Cuomo to put the breaks on the state's own environmental review process until the EPA finishes its work. Assemblyman Dan O'Donnell of Manhattan sent the letter below to the Governor, asking "for the completion of the Congressionally-mandated review of hydraulic fracturing by the EPA before issuing permits in New York State."

The EPA's time frame--releasing draft findings sometime in 2012, with the final report due in 2014--would likely outlast the state's process, which could result in permits as soon as next year.

  (Courtesy of the Assemblyman's Facebook page)