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Fracking Report Due
August 29th, 2011

The Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to release its updated fracking report this week and environmental groups are upping the pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to weigh in against the controversial process by which gas is extracted from shale formations by pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals into the ground. After the report is released the public will have a 60 day comment period but environmentalists want the comment period extended to 180 days.

“Almost every day new science and new facts come to light about the dangers of fracking,” said Environmental Advocates of New York in a statement. “The U.S. Geological Survey’s reduced estimate for recoverable gas from the Marcellus Shale is just the latest example of science that Governor Cuomo must consider before opening New York State to high volume horizontal fracking. The state’s fracking review is expected to weigh in at more than 1,000 pages. New Yorkers from Buffalo to Brighton Beach are asking Governor Cuomo to give people time to dig into the science of fracking and understand how state leaders intend to safeguard our waters and communities from the adverse effects of gas exploration. Limiting the public’s sole opportunity to review this important and technical document to 60 days is irresponsible and inadequate. The gas will wait. Its not going anywhere.”

The Independent Oil and Gas Association opposes an extended comment period.

The natural gas industry has waited more than three years to move forward with development of the Marcellus Shale. The draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement when it was released was to have a 60 day public review period, which has not yet begun. This is more than enough time to allow residents and stakeholders opportunity to comment,” said IOGA executive director Brad Gill is a statement earlier this month.

“Opponents have called for a comment period that would extend it to half a year. Clearly, this is a tactic to delay the issuance of drilling permits in New Yorks Southern Tier and is not intended to facilitate a meaningful discussion,” continued Gill. “The recent Quinnipiac poll showed that a majority of New Yorkers, in areas where the strongest impact will be made, favor increased natural gas development. Further delaying progress just means New York will continue to lose out on the economic benefits and job creation potential that will come with expanded natural gas development.

Here is the release from Environmental Advocates of New York

Awaiting Public Release of NY’s Fracking Assessment, Green Watchdog Asks Gov Cuomo to Rely on Science, Not Gas Industry

Environmental Group Calls on Cuomo to Protect New York’s Waters & Communities from Dangers Posed by Fracking, Make New York a National Leader on Responsible Energy Policy

(ALBANY, NY) Awaiting the public release of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), the document that will guide gas drilling by means of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in New York, Environmental Advocates of New York called on Governor Andrew Cuomo today to rely on science rather than the gas industry’s false promises before opening the state to dirty drilling. The recent release of the U.S. Geological Survey’s greatly reduced estimates of gas recoverable from the Marcellus Shale Formation brings this call into sharp focus.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is set to release its revised report on hydrofracking this week.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to release the revised SGEIS this week, including the economic impacts of fracking on local governments, the subject of much dispute and debate.

“Almost every day new science and new facts come to light about the dangers of fracking. The U.S. Geological Survey’s reduced estimate for recoverable gas from the Marcellus Shale is just the latest example of science that Governor Cuomo must consider before opening New York State to high volume horizontal fracking.

The state’s fracking review is expected to weigh in at more than 1,000 pages. New Yorkers from Buffalo to Brighton Beach are asking Governor Cuomo to give people time to dig into the science of fracking and understand how state leaders intend to safeguard our waters and communities from the adverse effects of gas exploration. Limiting the public’s sole opportunity to review this important and technical document to 60 days is irresponsible and inadequate. The gas will wait. Its not going anywhere.”

To frack a gas well, millions of gallons of water, sand, and toxic chemicals are pumped deep underground at high pressure. This fractures the rock that has trapped the gas for millennia and allows it to escape. From start to finish, gas development that relies on fracking is an industrial process that poses a significant threat to our water. State after state, from Wyoming to Pennsylvania, has documented its dangers. New York cant afford to put short-term gas profits ahead of the long-term health of our water and our communities. Governor Cuomo must rely on independent and reliable science in deciding how and if fracking might go forward in New York. His decision cannot be based upon false promises and biased estimations of an industry he regulates. The public comment period for the SGEIS must be extended to 180 days to allow for more thorough scientific vetting of the process and more opportunity for public participation.

By on August 29, 2011, 4:43 pm
In category: Albany,Environment,Eye on Albany,Gotham City | 1 Comment »

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One Response to “Fracking Report Due”

  1. LOL Says:
    August 29th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hi!

    Are you really serious? You need that much of a time to read the whole thing and make up your crappy questions just so that you can fuck up your own economy?

    I can tell you this. I really wish that someone one day makes a HUGE coal power plant in your neighbourhood so that I can hear you tell your kids how much better it is of a choice than it would be to have a natural gas well around.

    The fact that you people who doesn’t want it lives the farthest away from it even makes it even more strange!

    You, the american people, the ones who doesn’t think for yourselves are the stupid ones. I don’t know why you are against it but hey, you loose no matter what!

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