NRDC Says Don't Jump to Conclusions on Fracking Ban
June 30th, 2011
Kate Sinding of the Natural Resources Defense Council says people are getting ahead of themselves on this whole end of fracking ban thing.
“Rumors have been swirling today that New York is lifting its moratorium on new fracking in the Marcellus Shale. Here’s the reality: the de facto moratorium that has been in place since the summer of 2008 remains intact,” wrote Sinding on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog.
“And in fact, the Department of Environmental Conservation is for the first time proposing to place significant portions of the state formally off-limits to industrial gas drilling. They are also proposing a variety of strict new safeguards. These proposed measures appear to represent a step in the right direction, but a full review of the state’s proposal is required before it can be determined whether New York’s drinking water, public health and communities are fully protected.”
Sinding says that tommorrow’s announcement will feature the DEC’s incomplete revised “draft supplemental generic impact statement.”
“In other words”she writes, “they’re announcing a work in progress. And – importantly – during this process no new fracking permits will be issued.”
Sinding also notes that the DEC must legally complete the following steps before lifting the ban:
“DEC must complete the revised draft, as the version to be released tomorrow will still be missing a number of key analyses, including impacts on local communities.
DEC must then issue the complete revised draft document for a formal public comment period, reportedly sometime in August.
DEC must evaluate and respond to all substantive comments received during the formal comment period (this is what they have been doing for the past year-and-a-half with the more than 13,000 comments they received on the initial draft back in December 2009).
DEC must issue a final supplemental generic environmental impact statement that incorporates all public comments.”
Fore more check out the NRDC’s blog.By David King on June 30, 2011, 7:03 pm
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