The state Department of Environmental Conservation is extending a public comment period on it’s 1,500-plus-page set of proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, the agency announced at a hearing in New York City today.
The DEC released its proposed rules for comment in September, and a public comment period had originally been slated to close on Dec. 12. But the agency says many people had requested for more time — it was a popular ask at the three public hearings that have been held so far — so they’re extending it by 30 days.
“Many individuals and organizations requested additional time to prepare comments,” DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said in a statement. “We have decided to extend the comment period by 30 days to Jan. 11.”
The move is sure to please environmental groups, which had asked for as many as 180 days to review the document. The extension puts the total comment period in the neighborhood of 120.
Industry and landowner groups, however, have lamented the length of the review process, which was first launched in July 2008.