Hydraulic Fracturing In New York Faces Delay

By Adam Chick

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Permitting for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas drilling in New York State could be delayed longer because regulators may need to re-examine the process.

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is very upset with Governor Cuomo's office.

Scott Kurkoski, the JLCNY's attorney, says "It feels like the governor is listening to the Hollywood elite, not the people who pay the taxes."

Those who oppose hydrofracking in New York disagree.

"I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm grateful. I'm pleased by the delays," said Sue Rapp.

For Rapp the delay makes her believe that the Governor's office is listening to the residents of upstate New York.

Governor Cuomo is now calling for a study to asses the potential health impacts of hydrofracking which may delay a decision even longer.

Conklin Town Supervisor James Finch, who is a member of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, says the delay is only hurting the state.

"Our economy's down the tubes. Our town is hurting because we've had two major floods in the last five years. And with the sales tax money going down, we need more revenue being generated so our sales tax money will go back up. We've lost 500 citizens," said Finch.

Finch believes Cuomo's office isn't listening to the residents of New York.

However one of the reasons why the DEC is reconsidering regulations is because of the 80,000 public comments the DEC has received on the issue.

They are going to look more to New Yorkers for their input.

Finch says both government and residents who are divided on the issue need to pick a side.

"The fence sitters need to get off the fence. They should either say yes or no. If you want gas drilling, come out and say you do. If you don't want it, come out and say you don't," said Finch.

Finch thinks this issue should be limited to the residents and government of New York.

"We don't need people from other areas or Hollywood or wherever coming here telling us what we can do here for our people, our residents. It's something we need here, and we know what we need. We need it now," said Finch.

Keep in mind that there is only speculation to this point as to whether or not the DEC will release it's fracking regulations this year.

The gas drilling issue is still very much up in the air in New York state.