Fracking health review deadline
On the other side of the issue, after four years of the rule making process, some pro-drilling forces are calling this review a delaying tactic. In fact, Cuomo’s recent actions and statements regarding fracking in general have prompted speculation that Cuomo’s appetite for drilling in the state may be waning. JD Krohn, the communications director for Energy In Depth, wrote, “The past few weeks have left many in New York wondering if Gov. Andrew Cuomo actually wants to see responsible Marcellus development move forward in his state.
Unfortunately, if the comments he made on Tuesday’s edition of the Fred Dicker show are any indication, it’d be tough to conclude that he genuinely does.”
New regulation for water withdrawals
In a related development, the DEC has finalized regulations regarding the withdrawal of large amounts of water from water bodies and aquifers.
According to a press release from the DEC, “The regulations limit water withdrawals greater than 100,000 gallons per day and expand the water withdrawal permitting program to include withdrawals for purposes beyond public water supply, such as those for commercial, manufacturing and industrial activities.” This could include water to be used in fracking operations.
“Governor Cuomo signed this legislation to foster responsible conservation practices and economic growth while protecting water bodies and wildlife habitats,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “The regulations will allow the state to protect the environment while promoting economic growth and addressing droughts.”