Shown below is an excerpt of a copy of a transcript of a January 2012 interview with Greg Sovas, who was the head of the Division of Minerals Resources, now headed by Brad Field at the DEC. In which Sovas makes a feeble attempt to explain how the the DEC “lost” the proposed fracking rules and regulations from 1997; which of course, never became rules and regulations, as Brian Brock has explained.
The catch is that the DEC did not actually lose the proposed regulations. They said they did, and Sovas made up a story about how they got lost. But the DEC had them, heavily redacted, and produced them as part of a FOIL request in October 2012 – after 4 years of review, after the DEC received almost 300,000 comments – which did not have the benefit of seeing what the DEC had already proposed years before.
Here is former DMN head Greg Sovas’s version of what happened to the purloined proposals, responding to Mark Ohe, at Andes, New York, last January 11, 2012:
MO: Now one more related question. What happened to the records of that uh proposed, of those proposed regulations ?
Greg Sovas: The records of the…
MO: Well what I mean is, what happened to the records of the 1997 proposed regulationsGreg Sovas: I don’t know, uh… have you asked…
MO: I mean are those available for public review?
Greg Sovas: Um, um… um I don’t know… if they’re drafts, if they’re drafts they probably are. But um they weren’t, there wasn’t anything… I don’t remember to be honest with you what we had. I can tell you, I can tell you this, when the department moved down to 50 Wolf Road, I mean from 50 Wolf Road to downtown and Broadway, we were told that we could only take, we only have space for fifty percent of the, of the cabinets. Therefore there was a lot of stuff thrown out. And that’s how it [inaudible word or two]. And so uh, remember that a lot of this was done well before computers so, if you lost it you lost it.