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For Release: IMMEDIATE                                    Contact: Emily DeSantisTuesday, February 12, 2013               ...
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NY Fracking Delay Statement from DEC Com. Joe Martens

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A press announcement issued by Joe Martens, Commission of the NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation, blaming yet another delay in releasing new fracking regulations on the state health department's tardy health review. The statement is confusing because it seems to say that although the hard deadline of Feb. 27 will not be met to release new fracking regulations, maybe he'll go ahead and approve drilling permits anyway.

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NY Fracking Delay Statement from DEC Com. Joe Martens

  1. 1. For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Emily DeSantisTuesday, February 12, 2013 518-402-8000 Statement from Commissioner Joseph MartensCommissioner Shah advised me today that the Public Health Review of theSupplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) of high-volumehydraulic fracturing is still on-going.The Department of Health’s (DOH) Public Health Review, which was undertakenat my request, is important to our consideration of high-volume hydraulicfracturing and I will not issue a final SGEIS until that review is complete and Ihave received Dr. Shah’s recommendations. He has indicated he expects hisreview to be complete in a few weeks after he has had an opportunity to reviewrecent studies underway which are pertinent to the evaluation of high-volumehydraulic fracturing impacts on public health.The previously proposed high-volume hydraulic fracturing regulations cannot befinalized until the SGEIS is complete. However, this does not mean that theissuance of permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing would be delayed. If theDOH Public Health Review finds that the SGEIS has adequately addressed healthconcerns, and I adopt the SGEIS on that basis, DEC can accept and process high-volume hydraulic fracturing permit applications 10 days after issuance of theSGEIS. The regulations simply codify the program requirements.If, on the other hand, the DOH review finds that there is a public health concernthat has not been assessed in the SGEIS or properly mitigated, we would notproceed, as I have stated in the past.In either event, the science, not emotion, will determine the outcome. ###