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Gas drillers wait for state approval

December 26, 2012
By DENNIS?PHILLIPS , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Although the state Department of Environmental Conservation extended the deadline for drafting regulations to oversee shale exploration, local business and energy groups are asking for an end to the delay.

Last month prior to the DEC extending its deadline, a group of landowners, farmers, businesses, industry and construction trade groups called for state officials to move forward with shale gas development.

"We are ready to move forward on shale gas development," said Mike Elmendorf, The Associated General Contractors of New York State president and chief executive officer. "From Pennsylvania to Colorado, we've seen that shale gas development is proven to be safe. It will pump billions of dollars into New York's economy and generate tax revenue to help rebuild our deteriorating infrastructure."

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