Deadline Nears For Comments on Fracking Plans

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

fracking, hydraulic fracturing, frack Anti-fracking sign at the final of four public hearings in New York city on the controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Wednesday is the last day members of the public can submit comments on the New York's plans to regulate the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking.

Regulators will sort the submissions into groups and then respond to any issues raised. 

Emily DeSantis, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Conservation, reported nearly 21,000 comments had been received and counted. The issues range from water quality to land use to economic development.

On Tuesday, pro- and anti-fracking activists delivered a total of eight additional boxes of comments.

It will likely be months before the review is completed and any permits issued.

Several important parties are expected submit comments imminently, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the City of New York.

Bloomberg administration officials have raised concerns that fracking could damage the tunnels that bring water from upstate reservoirs to New York City.

Click here for a link to the draft supplemental environmental review on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

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Feb. 09 2012 03:56 PM

4PM -- Unable to leave comment on the Govt. page -- tried several times to put in the 'I'm a Human' typefaces(altering them also several times), & even when said to be 'ok' comment considered 'in error'
My 'No Script' said that it detected what might be a 'clickjacking' element hidden in the reply configuration.

Have been peripherally around the attempt to get Fracking in NYC for several years. Whether re. toxics in the groundwater -- either those released or introduced in the Fracking process -- the inability to either reliably prevent or track their migration, the hiding of 'proprietary' (possibly toxic) pressuring formulas, methane & etc. Greenhouse potentiating gas releases, reliance on local environments & remediation systems for the contaminated overage, the wasting of water resources, minor earthquake potentiation, the lack of ready legal recourse re. potentially serious health etc. consequences over the likely decades of operation, the lack of a single mandating/compliance/oversight system geared to the People, the clear prospect of both 'hit & run' and 'spent earth' migration of the operators(who as 'Corporations' assume no personal liability), the social/legal/economic(eg. re. insurance, & livelihood) burdens on the people now living on this land -- & I'm sure much could be added -- there is absolutely no reason for a 'Rush To Judgement' of permitting what can't be undone. The consequences are too great without, complete Transparency, Security in Remediation/Cleanup, & Mandated Legal Recourse for any bad(forseen or unforseen) results. The 'gas value' will still be there forever -- when it can be shown that this kind of activity is both Safe, & not destroying more potential than it can create. joel schiff

Jan. 11 2012 04:10 PM
Alice Zinnes from Park Slope

Fracking is one of the most important issues facing our nation right now. Fracking currently is being done in 34 states, which means that just about all states will feel its impacts. Fracking contaminates the water, air, land and food (NYC's access to local and organic in particular). It is a ponzi scheme and so threatens our financial security (NY's pension fund is heavily invested in fracking). Fracking destroys just about the same number of traditional jobs as it creates in temporary, and usually migrant jobs. It devalues real estate. Banks and insurance agencies are pulling their mortgage and insurance plans out from property owners who have leased their land for fracking. And fracked gas is dirtier than coal.

The deadline to submit comments is Jan. 11. Anyone in America can send comments.

Catskill Citizens has made your job easy: It has posted 20 individual letters, each focused on a different issue, that you can sign. Signing all 20 letters will take you about five minutes. As always, writing your own personal statement holds more weight with the authorities, but what is most important is that everyone send in comments.


An example of the toxins that can end up in people's water can be found by this list of chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive materials found in the Sautner water, in Dimock, PA. The PADEP (PA Dept. of Environmental Preservation) admits this water well was contaminated by drilling activities in the area. All levels are above federal limits.

... barium
TDS (total disovled solids)
thoramium 228
uranium 234, 235, 238 (235 and 238 are weapons grade)

Jan. 11 2012 12:15 PM
Lauren from Fresh Meadows

Ilya & WNYC, Thank you for posting this link. Wish I were a scientist with hard evidence to submit. I hope my strong feelings about fracking will be enough and HEARD!

Jan. 11 2012 12:03 AM

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