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February 7, 2013

Polls no help when it comes to DEC choice

(Continued)

After considerable study of the possible health impacts associated with fracking, the DEC did a review, then didn’t release it, pending it being giving the once-over by the state Department of Health, which turned the job over to three outside experts.

Meanwhile, on Monday, state Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens told lawmakers that because the Health Department review hasn’t been completed, the DEC might not be able to release its findings before the Feb. 27 deadline.

All that would mean is that the state would have to put the regulations out for public comment again, meaning yet another lengthy delay in coming to a final decision about whether to allow fracking.

It’s hard to argue — even for New Yorkers — that all this delay isn’t a colossal waste of time.

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