As well as “losing” the 220,000 comments on the proposed fracking regulations. We received a comment on the post about how the DEC has effectively lost the fracking comments, since the proposed regs. are now past their expiration date. Here’s the post :
Evidently they have lost the comments on the dSGEIS as well. How convenient. And here is Mr Catterson’s comment on what the DEC told him about his comments on the dSGEIS:
Tom Catterson, Clinton, NY
“I submitted comments to the DEC on the SGEIS for the first deadline back quite some time ago. I never received an acknowledgement nor any note that my comments had been received. At some point in time, colleagues published an inquiry phone number related to the “public consultation process” and I called it. I spoke with a very courteous woman at DEC who told me that she had no record of my comments. She asked me to resubmit them which I did. I still have those comments on my hard drive.”
If this sounds vaguely familiar, that is because the DEC notoriously loses comments, including transcripts of public hearings – whenever it does not like what it’s hearing. In fact, the group responsible for regulating fracking – the Department of Mineral Resources – is virtually a Dead Letter Office for such public input. Why ? Because the DMR is a revolving door to the fracking industry.
So the wonks at the DMR are the Frackers’ Accomplices within the DEC. Here’s an account of what Greg Sovas did with the SGEIS comments the last time the agency pretended to update them:
So now the DEC has unofficially “lost” approximately 70,000 comments on the dSGEIS ? As well as ignored 220,000 comments on the proposed fracking regulations. All while doing a secret health impact review that is not a health impact review.
The DEC has certainly not “lost” any of the fracker’s comments, because the frackers wrote the drafts of both the dSGEIS and the proposed fracking regulations – virtually dictating whole sections to their stenographers within the DEC:
The irony of which is that most of the companies that paid to have these regulations written have now left the state, leaving the detritus of their chicanery behind – in the form of the draft regulations.
What to do ? Call the DEC out on this. They have to have another hearing on the proposed fracking regulations – which have to be republished for comments. And yes, like Mr. Catterson, we kept copies of our responses. To the proposed fracking regulations:
As well as to the dSGEIS:
Meanwhile, the only tangible legacy of the frackers in New York remains a totally compromised regulatory system and a thoroughly corrupted legislature and administration.
Why not do the right thing here ? Why not simply call this fracking farce off in New York ?