CBS Report: NYS will approve Hydro-Fracking
8/20/2012 (Updated 11:04:26 PM)NEW YORK STATE -- State leaders may have already made their decision about fracking. That's the issue reverberating around New York. A CBS News Report says that the state is ready to approve the practice, however people on all sides of the debate are saying "not so fast."
CBS reported last night that the state will allow fracking and come out with guidelines after Labor Day. However, the DEC tells Fox 40: "Our review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing is continuing and no decisions have been made."
Gas drilling opponents say there is a long way to go for the state to reconcile all the issues in the environmental impact statement.
Supporters like land-owners say that they've waited too long to get their hopes up until it is official.
"It's been a long wait, too. Four years. But we've had some things to get done and we have," said Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.
"We're working with towns on road-use agreements and noise ordinances. I thing we're ready. New York state is ready to go."
"There are so many concerns that have been documented. The EPA sent them 40 pages of detailed comments and 22,000 signatories to a coalition letter have told him all about the problems that have to be rectified," said Ben Perkus of New York Residents Against Fracking.
The DEC has not issued new permits since it started an environmental review of fracking back in 2008.
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