Last Friday, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) filed a lawsuit against Gov. Cuomo and two state agencies in state court, claiming that the administration has illegally delayed the environmental review process relating to hydraulic fracturing.
The Binghamton-based JLCNY, which was formed in 2010, includes 38 landowner coalitions representing more than 1 million acres across 14 counties.
When he was first elected, Gov. Cuomo appeared ready to allow hydrofracking in New York. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which is responsible for issue drilling permits, has never moved forward with a final environmental analysis. In 2012, the state Department of Health (DOH) was tasked with studying the health impacts of the drilling. DOH has not indicated when it will complete its review.