ALBANY — If the state allows the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, it won’t happen for at least a year.
State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens told legislators Wednesday that he has “absolutely no” plans to issue permits to drilling companies in 2014, clearing the way for Gov. Cuomo to run for reelection without having to deal with the controversial issue.
Cuomo has said a final decision on whether New York allows fracking will not be made until Health Commissioner Nirav Shah completes a study on the health impacts of gas drilling.
Shah, who has been working on the study for more than a year, has declined to say when it might be completed. Glenn Blain