The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has said that it will issue its Marcellus Shale hydro-fracking regulations by July 1st.
That's when the state moratorium on fracking is expected to end. State Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he'll defend those regulations. Drilling opponents may be disappointed because when Schneiderman was running for office last year, he took a strong stance questioning the safety of hydro-fracking. He said that he would consider court action to stop it if he didn't believe it was safe. Now, he says he's confident the DEC will come up with proper protective regulations for the people and the environment.
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