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DEC chief: No timetable set on fracking decision

Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolent protest leader Mahatma Gandhi, signs a pledge resisting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, during a rally in the War Room at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Earlier during a joint budget hearing on the environment, Commissioner Joe Martens of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules, with the completion date dependent on recommendations made by the health commissioner. Daniel Morrissey, left, holds the document.
Arun Gandhi, grandson of nonviolent protest leader Mahatma Gandhi, signs a pledge resisting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, during a rally in the War Room at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. Earlier during a joint budget hearing on the environment, Commissioner Joe Martens of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules, with the completion date dependent on recommendations made by the health commissioner. Daniel Morrissey, left, holds the document.
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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has no projected date for finishing shale gas drilling rules, with completion dependent on recommendations from a health impact review, Commissioner Joe Martens said at a legislative budget hearing Monday. “We do not have a timetable,” Martens said when Sen. Tony Avella asked him when the 41⁄2-year-old environmental impact review and related regulations will be completed. He said he expects to get a report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah ...


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