Kate Sinding of the Natural Resources Defense Council said it would be a "monumental error" for DEC to file for a 90-day extension, which would require it to release revised proposed regulations within a couple of weeks, before any recommendations of the health experts could be incorporated. Instead, she said DEC should allow the regulations to expire and propose new ones after the health review is completed.
But Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, said, "Given the Governor's decision to conduct a health review on hydraulic fracturing, DEC's move to extend by 90 days the implementation of regulations guiding this job-creating practice is a fair and appropriate step."
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, which represents about 77,000 landowners seeking leases with gas drillers, said the announcement about a 90-day extension was cause for optimism that "an end is in sight to the over 4 ½-year long regulatory process for high-volume hydraulic fracturing."
A group of farmers, landowners, businesses, and gas industry representatives launched an ad campaign on Tuesday calling on state officials to wrap up the environmental impact study and let drilling begin.