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Senator calls for comment period on drilling proposal, part in Otsego County, to be extended

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - There is possibility of natural gas drilling throughout New York State including in Otsego County through the Marcellus Shale drilling proposal. Now, a Western New York senator is calling for an extension of the public comment period of the process.

Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Erie, Niagara Counties) and chairperson of the Environmental Conservation Committee called for DEC Commissioner Alexander "Pete" Grannis to extend the comment period on the DEC's proposals for managing a new form of gas drilling in New York State

Thompson said that "gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale beneath New York State opens up tremendous opportunities, but also poses risks to the health, welfare and pocketbook of New Yorkers if not done properly."

The comment period has already been extending once. The original deadline to comment on the 800-page D.E.C. Draft was November 30 and that date was pushed back one month to December 31.

Senator Thompson wants another 60 days for public comment added on. Thompson said, "It has become clear that additional time to comment is critical to ensuring proper and adequate analysis of all potential impacts and policies being proposed. The complexity and sensitivity of this issue requires that every step in the process be carefully adhered to and made available to all New Yorkers."

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