The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
recently canceled a meeting of a drilling advisory panel because
members are still reviewing more than 40,000 comments received on
proposed fracking regulations.
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale requires the recommendations of
the advisory panel, whose members include representatives from the
energy industry, environmental groups and elected officials. An
earlier meeting between the environmental department and the
advisory panel was canceled on January 12.
The postponement marks yet another delay in New York's
efforts to permit drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale began in 2008 in
"We're looking at three rules from three different
regulatory bodies," said John Holko, president of Lenape
Resources, Inc., a natural gas driller based in New York. "One
is over 1,500 pages long. They say they'll get through all this
by 2012, but realistically, we're into 2013 before we can
actually begin drilling."
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