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Fracking report release could be delayed

Yesterday the Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs reported that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) might not make its Friday deadline to release a report about hydrofracking.  A spokesman for the DEC told the Innovation Trail that the governor will get a revised version of a previously issued report, and the public will see a press release about that report.  But State of Politics' Nick Reisman reports that the draft could eventually be forthcoming:

[DEC commissioner Joe] Martens also suggested today that more information could be released after Friday. “We’ll see what we can get out Friday versus what we can get out in the days after,” he said.

Capital Tonight has the video of Martens' remarks:

Pennsylvania's Environmental Council has released a guide for people considering leasing land to natural gas drilling firms, reports the Associated Press.  You can find it here.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says it can't rush its study of hydrofracking, as critics say the agency is being a slowpoke (via Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Times Union).

Two New York politicians are calling for an investigation into charges that natural gas companies overestimated the amount of gas in the Marcellus Shale (Liz Lawyer, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

A North Carolina Coca-Cola bottling plant is now using hydrogen fuel cells, courtesy of Albany's Plug Power reports Leah Buletti at the Times Union.  You may remember the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward's report on this firm, which retrofits existing machinery to run on fuel cell batteries.

Governor Cuomo is still determined to close down the Indian Point nuclear power plant, reports Danny Hakim at the New York Times.

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