New York's big decision on whether to allow horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or fracking appears to have been put off again.
Governor Andrew Cuomo this week said he would not pressure the Department of Environmental Conservation to announce its final decision on whether fracking can be safely used in the near future to extract natural gas.
Some had hinted a decision was imminent.
“When it’s done, and when they’re prepared, that’s when we’ll announce the decision,” Cuomo told an Albany radio station.
He added, “And remember, the announcing of the decision is not going to be the conclusion. I promise you there will be lawsuits, whatever the decision is. So the day right after the decision, there will be another press conference that says, ‘Now we’re going to step two, which is a series of legal challenges and political challenges, and we’re going to try to get federal legislation and state legislation.”
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.