Elected officials call for fracking deadline extension

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January 8, 2013

The public comment period on New York's revised hydrofracking regulations ends Friday and  a group of the state's elected officials is calling for an extension of that deadline.

The group is called Elected Officials to Protect New York. One of its members is Martha Robertson, chair of the Tompkins County Legislature.

Robertson says the group includes 565 officials, at least one from each county, and the 30-day comment period has shut them out of this stage in the process

"We are the governments that are going to have to implement this industry, we're going to have to deal with the industry, with the impact on roads and housing and crime and property values and mortgages and all the rest of it."

The group is calling for 90-days of comment to give local governments time to respond to the regulations. The Department of Environmental Conservation was not immediately available to respond.