New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis, told a conference in Albany on April 15 that DEC would take until late summer or early fall to complete its review of nearly 14,000 comments on the Marcellus Shale study DEC has determined to conduct before lifting a drilling moratorium. According to a DEC staffer who also spoke at the conference, no action will be taken on the 58 pending permit applications or any new permit applications until the DEC completes its review and issues a Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Study. Then, those permit applications would have to be amended to meet the requirements of the SGEIS. Meanwhile, drilling and investment are going forward in Pennsylvania, so the money is all going there--instead of New York.