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NY fracking rules to miss deadline; review lingers

Wednesday - 2/27/2013, 3:39am  ET

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- As another deadline for enacting New York fracking regulations comes and goes with no action, environmental groups and other organizations are renewing their call for public participation in a health impact review.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Department of Environmental Conservation to issue a final version of its proposed regulations for gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But Commissioner Joe Martens (mahr-TEHNZ') has said the regulations won't be completed until the state health commissioner concludes his review of health impacts.

If new regulations are proposed, they'll be subject to at least a 45-day comment period.

A coalition of groups is holding a news conference Wednesday calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to conduct a state-specific health impact assessment with public participation.

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