A late news drop from the state Department of Environmental Conservation solicited a wide array of reaction late last night and this morning, with environmental groups split and pro-drillers showing cautious optimism.
Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens issued a lengthy statement signaling that he has asked the Department of Health to tap outside experts to help review its analysis of hydrofracking’s health impacts. He also wrote that he “rejects” calls from environmental and medical groups calling for a health analysis by an outside, non-governmental group.
The announcement means another likely delay for the state’s ultimate decision on high-volume hydrofracking; the DEC has been studying the controversial technique for over four years, with permits on hold until that study is completed.
Here’s a selection of reaction that poured into our inbox over the past 24 hours: