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.