Fracking and Flooding
September 8th, 2011
Flooding is a new major point of contention for environmental groups as they look over the fracking report or environmental impact study just released by the Department of Environmental Conservation. As upstate New York faces devastating flooding this week and rivers, streams and lakes continue to overflow, environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council are concerned that the Department of Environmental Conservation does not propose a complete ban of all fracking related activities in flood plains.
The DEC does propose banning well development in flood plains but it would seemingly allow holding ponds and other infrastructure to be located on them. Environmentalists worry that could lead to catastrophe if flooding occurred and toxic fracking materials escaped into the general water supply.
This does seem like an issue that might be able to be resolved during the public comment period that lasts until Dec. 12. However, environmentalists point out that the DEC plans on proposing draft rules to oversee fracking before their environmental review is complete. Those rules will be issued in Oct. and public comment will be open on them until December as well. Advocates insist that the comment period on the recently released environmental impact study is meant to inform the writing of the rules that oversee fracking and that they should not be taking place concurrently.By David King on September 8, 2011, 4:53 pm
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