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Drillers Impatient with Slow Pace of Fracking Review

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gas drilling companies in New York State says they’re “exhausted” by a more than four year long review process on whether to allow hydro fracking in New York, that they say they now fear will drag on into 2013.

The head of the Independent Oil and Gas Association has written a letter to Governor Cuomo, expressing dismay at the latest step in the over four year fracking review process. The Administration has appointed three outside experts to review health data on possible impacts of fracking before a years-long environmental review process can be finished.

In a letter, the drillers who have been cooperating with the review, say their “trust in government is exhausted." IOGA President Brad Gill writes in the letter that “the unnecessary delay in concluding this rulemaking process is a serious problem for the upstate economy."

“The upstate economy is dying,” says IOGA spokesman Jim Smith. “This is on the of things that can save New York."

The drillers say they wonder what their “future” is in New York, and ask Governor Cuomo for an encouraging signal.
Environmental groups support the idea of a health review, though they say they wish they were given more details.

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Comments [1]

nettersg from Central NY

Yes, we wait. Meanwhile, studies and the news from other areas, where they are drilling like gangbusters, keeps coming in. Much of the news points to problems such as: contaminated water, toxic spills, sick people and animals, methane levels higher than anyone thought. The longer we wait for this process, the SAFER I feel. Our health and clean water are much more important than some crazy rush to frack NY. One need only speak to the people at 'ground zero' in PA to clearly see that the risks far outweigh the benefits of this industry.

Nov. 26 2012 10:56 PM

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