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Regulations allowing fracking will be put off for at least another year, according to state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens. He told legislators yesterday that his agency has "absolutely no plans" to issue guidelines until at least next March. There's also no money for oversight in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent budget proposal. Martens went on to say the state wouldn't complete an environmental review of hydraulic fracturing until an analysis by the Health Department is finished, but there's no timetable for that. Cuomo may be biding his time deciding whether to lift a de facto moratorium on the controversial drilling process until after elections.

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