Landowners in New York State wait with bated breath for next Wednesday, Feb. 13 (one week from today), to see if the Dept. of Environmental Conservation publishes a final version of new fracking regulations. If the DEC misses the deadline next Wednesday, the new rules will almost certainly not be released on Feb. 27, which is the final deadline to release those rules or… or the process restarts. More public comments. More posturing by environmental extremists. More everything. If the deadline next Wednesday is missed, all bets are off on whether New York will ever see fracking in our opinion.
What does “the industry” think? Perhaps the best barometer of what drillers are thinking comes from Brad Gill, the executive director of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (IOGA of NY). He was in Albany yesterday to meet with lawmakers. Here’s what he said: