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What is the rush? The gas is there, it’s not going anywhere.

Environmental and government reform groups call for more time in hydrofracking comment period

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More than 70 environmental and government reform groups are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Department to extend to six months the amount of time for public comments on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Groups, including Environmental Advocates and Common Cause, are asking Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation to extend the public comment period on an environmental review of hydro fracking from 60 to 180 days.  Common Causes’ Deanna Bitetti says the groups are also requesting more public hearings in more locations.

“What is the rush?” asked Bitetti. “The gas is there, it’s not going anywhere.”

The state DEC is expected to come out with the final details on the draft environmental impact statement by the end of the summer, and have said a two month public comment period will follow. Under the current timetable, fracking could begin on some private lands by the middle of 2012. 

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