Politicians join call for long comment on gas regs

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Several state lawmakers have joined the call by environmental groups for a six-month comment period for natural gas-drilling guidelines to be released by the Department of
Environmental Conservation in late August.

DEC has said it would set a 60-day comment period when it completes its environmental review of gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, a technology that uses high-pressure water to crack shale and release gas. Critics fear the technology could lead to water contamination.

Sen. Mark Grisanti, a Buffalo Republican, and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, a Long Island Democrat, are among lawmakers requesting the longer comment period on Monday. They chair the Legislature's environmental conservation committees.

Brad Gill, an industry spokesman, said the prolonged comment period was a delaying tactic.

The DEC has been working on the review since 2008.

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