November 29th, 2012 deadline postponed 90 days

December 10, 2012

On November 29th, 2012 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation filed a notice with New York’s Department of State for a 90 day extension to its original deadline of Thursday November 29th, 2012 to approve the proposed regulations on fracking.  In 2008, New York State banned high-volume fracking pending an analysis of potential environmental impact of the process.  Pursuant to that decision,
a Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement “DSGEIS” was published which set forth proposed new rules for drillers in the state.  Comments to the DSGEIS were originally due by November 29th, 2012.    Earlier this year, Cuomo administration commissioned an additional study of the effects of fracking on public
health.  Apparently the public health review has not yet been completed and that is why the DEC has asked for a 90 day extension of its original deadline.  We will continue to follow this and keep you posted of all developments.