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Gas-drilling report to be done later this month, DEC says

Gas-drilling report to be done later this month, DEC says

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman says a revised document outlining New York’s

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman says a revised document outlining New York’s rules for natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be released in “late August.”

Emily DeSantis says today a 60-day public comment period will begin in late August with the release of the latest revision of DEC’s review of gas exploration techniques used in the Marcellus Shale, a formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Permitting has been on hold since the review began three years ago.

The DEC is updating a draft released Aug. 8 to incorporate a socio-economic impact study done by Buffalo-based consultant Ecology and Environment.

DEC officials say permits for Marcellus wells won’t be issued until a final version of the review is complete, likely sometime next year.

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