Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

DEC: Fracking permits ‘unlikely’ before April 2015

Gov. Cuomo’s budget does not include money for hydraulic fracturing

A file photo of Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in Albany last year. (Photo: Mike Groll)

A file photo of Joe Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in Albany last year. (Photo: Mike Groll)

ALBANY, NY — “Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, told reporters that it’s ‘extremely unlikely’ any permits for high-volume fracking will be issued before the close of the state’s next fiscal year, which runs through March 31, 2015.

Martens made the remark after he testified as part of a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, where he revealed that the Department of Environmental Conservation has ‘absolutely no plans’ to issue fracking permits within the fiscal year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014-15 budget proposal includes no revenue from expected fracking operations, nor does it include money for any additional staff to oversee the natural-gas industry, Martens said.

…Martens’ revelation Monday was praised by environmental groups, who have sought to expand the state’s health review to include a peer-review process.”

— Jon Campbell, Albany Democrat & Chronicle

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