More Time Requested for Fracking Regs

By Matt Hicks

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) After more than four years of studying the issue, natural gas drilling regulatiosn could be pushed back even further in New York.

According to the Joint Landowners Coalition, the Empire State is looking to extend the looming deadline by another three months.

The original deadline is Nov. 29th.

The Joint Landowners Coalition issued this statement Tuesday:

“The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and our 77,000 landowners are cautiously optimistic that Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement signals that an end is in sight to the over four-and-a-half-year-long regulatory process for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. We are encouraged that the Governor and DEC have a plan to avoid expiration of the regulatory review process. New York landowners, farmers, businesses and taxpayers hope that New York can finally bring an end to this process and begin realizing the environmental and economic opportunities enjoyed by our neighboring Marcellus Shale states.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Conservation has already taken steps to further protect the state's water sources.

According to the DEC, new regulations were issued Tuesday to limit water withdrawals in the Empire State to 100,000 gallons per day.

This comes with an expansion to the state's water withdrawal policy, which will go beyond just public water uses to include commercial, manufacturing and industrial activities.

It will go in effect in April 2013 with the first permit applications to be accepted in June.