New York Will Issue No Fracking Permits in 2014


New York state will not issue any permits for hydraulic fracturing in 2014, according to the head of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

DEC commissioner Joe Martens told a joint session of the state legislature that the department has "absolutely no plans to" issue permits this year.

NY1 News first reported the statement:

Martens added there is no proposed spending in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget to regulate and permit high-volume hydrofracking.

The state has missed multiple deadlines to develop regulations for potential development of natural gas through the controversial natural-gas extraction process.

The state Department of Health more than a year ago began an impact study on the effects hydrofracking has on human health, but that process is yet to be completed.

Cuomo’s critics have blamed high gas–and hence electricity–prices on his indecision on the fracking issue.