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DEC extends public comment period on fracking regulations

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 02:36 PM

The State's Department of Environmental Conservation today announced it was extending the public comment period for hydrofracking until January 11. 2012. The announcement reportedly came during the hearing being held downtown at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus.

"Many individuals and organizations requested additional time to prepare comments," DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said in an email. "We have decided to extend the comment period by 30 days to Jan. 11."

This will likely come as heartening news to fracking opponents, who have been calling for an extended hearing process. DeSantis, however, said the extended comment period wouldn't affect the time frame for a final decision on rules and regulations for the controversial natural gas drilling process, nor would the extra time mean more public hearings.

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NYCitizen

Since the hearings there has been no reporting.  I attended the hearing on fracking at the Tribeca Theatre.  It was presided over by the General Counsel of the DEC, not Commissioner Martens.  For 3 hours speakers, given 3 minutes each, weighed in. 1 person spoke in favor of fracking.  2 spoke in favor of tightening the regulations.  1 was selling pipes to contain the dangerous emissions which result from fracking.  ALL the other speakers spoke up for a TOTAL BAN.  Each speaker came at it from a different point of view.  NYC waters would not be protected in the event of flooding as happened with Hurricane Irene, where waters migrated everywhere.  Even with the best regulations possible, a member of the DEC regulatory team reported that the DEC is incapable of enforcing the regulations, due to severe under-staffing.  So the regulations wouldn't be enforced anyway.  Farmers from upstate came down to condemn fracking.  Etc., etc., etc.  The next day, Commissioner Martens made a statement that all points of view had been represented from total endorsement to total ban.  But he failed to mention that 99% advocated a BAN!  This means he's gearing us up for a "Compromise," somewhere in the middle, although this issue really has no middle.  Once fracking goes forth we'll have the same sort of horror shows as in Pennsylvania (where flames shoot out of peoples' taps) and Wyoming where, with 1 person per square mile, the air is now worse than in L.A.  The compensation and amelioration will be as band-aids on gangrene, and the regulations will be shown to be totally ineffectual, and people will wait and wait as the gas companies stonewall and deny -- as they always do -- before ultimately being held to account, but only after peoples' and communities' lives have been ruined.

Why didn't WNYC do a follow-up on the hearings?????  Is it because they have gas companies as sponsors???? This has been suggested before, but WNYC has never answered this question.

Dec. 07 2011 05:54 AM
Nipadu

Towns and counties across upstate NY are moving to ban hydrofracking or pass moratoriums on drilling contrary to state policy. The same has occurred in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. where they placed a ban on hydrofracking within city limits! If the gas companies had their way they would drill underneath cemeteries and children's playgrounds! I'm not exaggerating or making this up. 

Dec. 05 2011 03:55 PM
Stuart Luther

Hmmm. Perhaps if these ng companies were a bit less interested in profits, and let's be honest, profits are everything to these companies, (and "the devil take the hind most" as my sainted mother would say), and a bit more interested in MY drinking/bathing/swimming water supply via the safety measures they  are SUPPOSED to have in place, use and follow, (those wells ruined in Pennsylvania were contaminated HOW?), then perhaps I might agree with my State's politicians. Jobs, albeit for just whom is not at all clear, more loot for our pols to squander.
Wake up! Big Oil and Big Natural Gas, (in many cases they are one-in-the-same), are interested in profits over all else. Look at their REAL history. 

Dec. 01 2011 03:53 PM
Stuart Luther

Hmmm. Perhaps if these ng companies were a bit less interested in profits, and let's be honest, profits are everything to these companies, (and "the devil take the hind most" as my sainted mother would say), and a bit more interested in MY drinking/bathing/swimming water supply via the safety measures they  are SUPPOSED to have in place, use and follow, (those wells ruined in Pennsylvania were contaminated HOW?), then perhaps I might agree with my State's politicians. Jobs, albeit for just whom is not at all clear, more loot for our pols to squander.
Wake up! Big Oil and Big Natural Gas, (in many cases they are one-in-the-same), are interested in profits over all else. Look at their REAL history. 

Dec. 01 2011 03:53 PM
Crosstown

Now its almost time to panic, these bureaucrats are stalling the process! New York is running out of time! CUOMO WHERE ARE YOU!!

Nov. 30 2011 10:05 PM
Crosstown

Now its almost time to panic, these bureaucrats are stalling the process! New York is running out of time! CUOMO WHERE ARE YOU!!

Nov. 30 2011 10:05 PM

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