EXAMINER: FATE OF DRILLING IN NY DRAWS CLOSER
by: Shannon Ayala
Many times this summer people have looked out their car window at protests in New York City and asked, “Frack?” The controversy at Governor Cuomo’s office yesterday however was over the word: dSGEIS.
Complete, revised dSGEIS that is, (draft supplemental, generic, environmental impact statement). The fate of long awaited and yet long resisted drilling for natural gas in New York State is much determined by this 1100 page document, which was expected to be released yesterday by the New York DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation). Following a preliminary and incomplete draft (released July 8th), the release of this document will initiate a sixty day public commentary period. Public hearing dates are not yet known but the DEC is required to consider written commentary and testimony for the next two months. (Due to Hurricane Irene, the dSGEIS was postponed one week)...
Likewise, or similarly, New York Senator Greg Ball (R, D-40) has come out vigorously against unsafe drilling, but is not for an all out ban. He’s asked his Republican colleagues to go to Pennsylvania like he has, and witness the potential impacts. Since his visit to Bradford County PA, Ball has spoken to the press at least twice, held a hearing in Katonah NY, and the only item on his web site’s opening page has been about fracking. (READ MORE)
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 00:00