Cuomo gave the frackers a sneak preview at the fracking regulations that Chesapeake’s lobbyist wrote. Based on the collaboration between the DEC and the gas lobbyists, we can guess what’s in store for us.We know they started off with the worst shale gas regulations in the US. With a gas well setback guaranteed to frack a mortgage or homeowner’s insurance. We know that New York has no has no autonomous environmental agency for shale gas. And we know how it makes regulations – it takes dictation from Chesapeake’s lobbyist.
The state’s misbegotten compulsory integration law is a good indication of what to expect from the SGEIS. Because the state’s Compulsory Integration law was written by Chesapeake’s lobbyist. Compulsory integration is so antithetical to property rights that even Pennsylvania doesn’t practice it. But the DEC can and will compel a homeowner into a gas well against their wishes.
What do you get when you combine NYS Compulsory Integration law with the dSGEIS ?
A shale gas drilling site 100 feet from your house
A shale gas well 500 feet from your well
And a shale gas lateral right under your front porch
All against your will. Coerced by the DEC. For some fracker’s benefit.
Here’s a straightforward idea: Prohibit fracking in your town. Before you get pushed into a gas hole you don’t want to be in.