We’ve been asking “when will New York (finally) catch up with the rest of the nation, and the world, on natural gas development?” for quite some time now.  We learned something last week…unfortunately, it’s not good news.


Testifying at a budget hearing last week, state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said there is no funding in this year’s state budget to regulate high-volume, hydraulic fracturing, and that state will not issue permits that would allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the coming fiscal year.


Needless to say, we’re unhappy that the Administration is putting the interests of anti-gas development advocates before those of the people of the Southern Tier.