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Missed deadline draws lawsuit from Joint Landowners Coalition of New York

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Another missed deadline by the state has prompted hydrofracking advocates to file suit.

Wednesday was the extended deadline for the state health department to issue a public health review on the potential effects of hydrofracking. However, as expected, the review is still incomplete.

Fed up with the process, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York filed a lawsuit seeking compensation from the state if fracking is pursued on their privately owned land.
The President of JLCNY says that while 27 other states have engaged in safe hydrofracking, it is irresponsible for New York to stall on any decisions, for the sake of the future.

"This isn't right, this is wrong. We need to have a lawsuit, at this time we need to move forward with the lawsuit. We've waited long enough and we've given New York State definitely ample time to get this done," JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons said.

Wednesday, the Assembly introduced a bill that would prevent state regulators from issuing drilling permits for one year and until a full review is complete.

The bill is being backed by Assembly democrats, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

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