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Source: Rochester City Newspaper

Legislators want to extend fracking comment period


Posted: August 17, 2011
Originally Published: August 15, 2011

The chairs of the state Senate and Assembly Environmental Conservation Committees want a 180-day comment period for the state's environmental review of hydraulic fracturing.

The comment period is supposed to start this month, and Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens has said it'll last 60 days. But Democrat Robert Sweeney, who chairs the Assembly environmental committee, and Republican Mark Grisanti, who chairs the Senate environmental committee, want a longer window.

Grisanti and Sweeney were among a handful of legislators quoted in a press release sent out by Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

This morning's release also said that 70 groups are sending letters to Martens and Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting a longer comment period.

"With such a major economic and environmental opportunity before us, it is imperative that we allow the public to be heard as we move forward with the recommendations of the SGEIS [the environmental statement]," Grisanti said in the press release release.