The state DEC Commissioner Joe Martens addressed lawmakers yesterday in Albany, telling them that there is still no time table for finishing shale gas drilling rules, although a missed deadline in November forced the DEC to push back the next deadline to this February 27th. Martens said that he is waiting for the report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah on Hydraulic Fracturing in a few weeks. If regulations aren’t finalized by the end of this month, they will expire again, and force another period for additional public comments. A moratorium on gas drilling has been in place for 4½ years.
Firefighters in Conklin had to return to the site if a Sunday night fire again Monday morning. Fire crews were recalled to Milburn Drive along the Susquehanna River at about 8:45 am Monday, the fire first started Sunday night due to an electrical malfunction. No injuries among firefighters were reported for either Sunday night or Monday morning.
The Oneonta common council will hold their next regular meeting this evening. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Common Council Chambers at Oneonta City Hall.