DEC Chief Hopeful a Fracking Decision Will Come Before March

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New York’s top environmental regulator said Wednesday he’s hopeful the state will make a decision on large-scale hydrofracking by the end of February.

Joseph Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said whether or not the state will be able to make a determination ahead of an end-of-February regulatory deadline will rely on when the state Department of Health can finish its review of the state’s proposals.

Last week, the DEC opted for a 90-day extension on a Nov. 29 deadline that would have caused its proposed hydrofracking regulations to expire. The agency could have opted to miss the deadline and restart the rule-making process — which would have given the DEC at least a year to finalize the proposals — but instead opted for the three-month extension.

When asked at a Wednesday cabinet meeting if the DEC’s decision to opt for an extension is a sign the state will be able to render a decision by the end of February, Cuomo deferred to Martens.

Asked if a decision on hydrofracking would come by the end of February, Martens said: “We hope so.”

High-volume hydrofracking was first put on hold by the DEC in July 2008, when its environmental review first kicked off.

In a later interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau, Martens said the 90-day extension is in line with the Department of Health’s review is expected to be completed. Three academic experts have been tapped to assist with the health review; two of them have contacts with the state that run through Feb. 13.

“We’ll see when we get the Department of Health’s report,” Martens said in an interview with Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “It’s an extension. It seems to fit in timing-wise with the track we were on with the Department of Health.”

State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah declined to speak about the health review when approached following the cabinet meeting, telling a reporter he’s “not going to talk about things in progress.” When asked if he’s received any materials back from the outside experts, he said: “We’re having active conversations.”

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  1. Happiness is approving “FRACKING” and putting people to “WORK”

    Happiness is creating “JOBS” thru “FRACKING”

    Happiness is people working and paying taxes and not collecting unemployment

    Happy people with “Jobs” have money to buy “HAPPY SOCKS” and once they wear them they will be even “HAPPIER”

    So lets spread “HAPPINESS” by approving “FRACKING”

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Sad, sad are the sleeping people whose eye$ only have dollar signs in them $$$$$$$$$$$.

    Sad and empty, these sleepwalkers suspect that the things they want to buy with all these eye filled dollar$, are useless and empty of meaning.

    Little is their sense of awe and wonder at life and the universe in which this planet travels. And some of these empty people actually claim to be Christians. But with a simple change of words, the meaning coming out of their dollar $tuded mind says something like this:

    Be sure to do unto others what you would never want done to you.
    Only, do it to them first, before they do it to you.
    Frack ’em, frack ’em, frack ’em…
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    This is contrary to the more lively command:

    THOU SHALL NOT POISON THY NEIGHBOR’S AIR AND WATER.

    delighted to be alive and breathing,

    One of Many