Frustrated with DEC, Assembly to Host Fracking Hearing


A few days after publicly expressing frustration with the state’s decision-making process on hydrofracking, the chairmen of three Assembly committees have announced they will host a public hearing on the latest proposed regulations.

Assemblymen Robert Sweeney, D-Suffolk County; Charles Lavine, D-Nassau County; and Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, unveiled the hearing today after sending a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens earlier this week. The hearing will be held in Albany on Jan. 10 — one day before a public-comment period on the state’s latest hydrofracking proposals is set to expire.

Anyone will be allowed to testify at the hearing, according to Sweeney’s office. Instructions for signing up to speak will be forthcoming when an official notice goes out.

The state DEC released an updated set of proposed rules for large-scale hydrofracking as part of a legal maneuver to extend a Nov. 29 deadline by 90 days. A comment period on those proposals opened Wednesday.

Sweeney chairs the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, while Gottfried heads the Health Committee. Lavine is in charge of the Administrative Regulations Review Commission.


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  1. Happiness is Fracking and all the jobs and revenue it will create.

    So be “Happy” with Fracking

    BTW do you know the the word “Frack” was a “four letter” word used on the Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series) ?

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