Another gas-industry group is out with a strongly worded letter to the Cuomo Administration today, with a New York-based trade organization saying that their trust in state government has been “exhausted.”
The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York sent its letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today, urging him to have his Department of Environmental Conservation release its final report on large-scale hydraulic fracturing and to move forward with issuing permits.
The state’s de facto moratorium on the technique, the group noted, has been in place for four years, three months and 27 days. (The DEC first began working on its report — the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement — in July 2008.)
“The lives and livelihoods of hundreds of New York families are now at great risk,” IOGA Executive Director Brad Gill wrote in the letter. “The unnecessary delay in concluding this rulemaking process is a serious problem for the upstate economy.”
Gill pointed to an upcoming Nov. 29 regulatory deadline. If the DEC doesn’t issue final regulations by then, it could file for a 90-day extension, but would have to issue an updated set of proposals and open them to public comment.
UPDATED: Katerine Nadeau, water and natural resources program director for Environmental Advocates of New York, fires back:
“IOGA’s letter says it all – the gas companies believe the state should care more about their bottom line than the public health and well being of the millions of New Yorkers who will be affected if fracking is permitted. New Yorkers are looking to Governor Cuomo to ensure that the many significant questions about fracking’s impacts are answered before permitting is considered.”
Here’s the full letter from IOGA, dated today: