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DEC Chief: State May Miss Fracking Deadline

ALBANY — The state may miss a key deadline in its analysis of hydraulic fracturing if the Department of Health recommends new safety measures, New York’s top environmental regulator said Monday.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation faces a Feb. 27 deadline to finalize its proposed fracking regulations or allow them to expire. Whether the agency will meet the deadline depends on when state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah completes his review of the DEC’s analysis and what he ultimately recommends, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said at a legislative budget hearing Monday.

“It all depends on what the health review says,” Martens said. “If it recommends additional measures, then it’s going to difficult to finalize it and get the regulations finalized.”
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