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Source: Politics on the Hudson

Environmental Groups Deliver Clocks To Cuomo’s Office

BY JOSEPH SPECTOR

Posted: October 5, 2011
Originally Published: October 4, 2011

Anti-hydrofracking groups today hand-delivered their message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, giving him 180 water-powered clocks to signify their desire to extend the state’s public comment period on a significant environmental impact statement, Gannett Albany Bureau’s Aaron Scholder reports.

The groups, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Environmental Advocates of New York, are calling on Cuomo to extend the public comment period from 90 days to 180 days.

They believe the 90-day period is not enough to review the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), a 1,500-page document that outlines the state’s hydrofracking plans.

The impact statement was released on Sept. 7 and the review is due to be completed on Dec. 12.

“There is no rush to drill. New Yorkers need time to provide thoughtful and meaningful feedback on the environmental impact statement and regulations,” said Sarah Eckel, the policy director for Citizens Campaign, in a statement.

Residents of New York will also be able to attend four public hearings about the impact statement during the 90-day period. The state also released draft regulations and a Clean Water Act draft permit last week for review by the public as well.

One of Cuomo’s staffers was there to receive the clocks and cordially accepted them from the groups.