Will New York Join the Fracking Club?
By Robin Dupre
New York. It’s where dreams are made, right? Well, not so much for the oil and gas industry. The state has been in a gridlock with the industry and environmentalists holding fast to their opinions about shale development and hydraulic fracturing. So much so, that the state’s government has been debating the same issue for more than four years. But time is running out.
Will Fracking Get the Green Light in New York?
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been reviewing the comments and proposed regulation on the revised draft of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) and preparing responses that are set for release Feb. 27, 2013.
The department began the public process to develop the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) in 2008 by hosting public scoping sessions in order to issue hydraulic fracturing permits to recover natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, which covers most of New York and ranges in depths down to 7,000 feet below the surface.
Since 2008, the department has collaborated with industry experts to analyze information about the proposed operations and the potential adverse impacts of these operations on the environment, as well as carving out criteria and conditions for future permit approvals and other regulatory action.
In September 2009, the state released draft regulations for public review and comment. The draft regulations are set to create a legal framework for implementing the proposed mitigation measures in the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
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