“They will proceed with the plan to issue 50 permits (to drillers) in 2013,” Parker predicted. “The window is there for them (the state) to divorce the health study from the regulations, not to forget about it but to incorporate it later. That would be very acceptable to us.”
Otsego County Rep. John Kosmer, D-Fly Creek, said he hopes the state misses the Nov. 29 deadline and that more communities send Albany a message by passing fracking bans.
“The longer this gets delayed, the better,” said Kosmer, arguing that more time will lead to more evidence pointing to the environmental risks posed by blasting through shale to extract trapped natural gas.