DEC Unveils Revised Fracking Regs; Comment Period Begins Dec. 12

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The public will have an opportunity to comment beginning Dec. 12 on a new set of proposals to regulate shale-gas drilling, the state announced late Thursday.

The comment period on the new proposals — posted to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website about 15 minutes ago — will close January 11.

The DEC had originally faced a Thursday deadline to finalize its proposed hydrofracking regulations, which were originally unveiled in September 2011. But late Wednesday the agency filed for a 90-day extension, a move that requires a “substantially revised” set of proposals to be released and opened to comment for 30 days.

It wasn’t immediately clear what has been revised in the proposals. The previous set of proposals are no longer where they once were on the DEC website.

The DEC faces a potentially tall task if it hopes to meet its extended deadline, which should coincide with the end of February. It will surely receive thousands of new comments on its proposals — two previous comment sessions on various stages of the hydrofracking review received more than 80,000 — and will have to assess them in order to comply with state law.

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