Libous weighs in on possible gas permitting delay

NORWICH – Senator Tom Libous, R-52nd District, said he expected shale gas drilling permits will be issued in New York sometime next year despite an extension granted Tuesday to a DEC sanctioned advisory panel’s safety review.

The panel, made up of environmental, industry and local government representatives, is tasked with developing recommendations for a system of oversight, monitoring and enforcement. It is currently collecting information from various state agencies to assess how much they will need in additional resources when drilling begins.

On Tuesday, the group decided to consider local resource needs along with state needs, DEC spokesman Michael Bopp said.

“It was anticipated that the panel’s report would be completed by early November. We’ve taken that deadline pressure off the table,” Bopp said Wednesday. “The group wants to learn more and study more.”

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