The 30-day public comment period which began today is part of the 90-day extension the state DEC is using to finish it's fracking review. That 90-day period ends February 27th - a date pro-gas supporters say will be the finish line in the battle to bring fracking to New York.
"For many this means the process of implementing regulations to proceed with the SGEIS and drilling in New York is almost done," said Scott Kurkowski, attorney for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.
Not surprisingly, those in favor of keeping the moratorium on fracking disagree.
"That's wishful thinking on a level that's unsupported by the facts," said Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting.
Hang says three things have to happen for the state's fracking review to end: it needs to finish it's health review, complete the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, and complete the rule making for fracking.
"So it's an extraordinarily challenging scenario where all three of those bureaucratic hurdles would be surmounted," said Hang.