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 : http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/07/13/dec-loses-220000-fracking-comments/ 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 … [Read more...] about DEC “Loses” dSGEIS Comments ?
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It's no secret that big chunks of the dSGEIS were written by contractors, including ones that used the SGEIS as a de facto marketing brochure for what they peddle: fracking support services. The DEC was selective in what industry brochures they sourced from - somehow they missed this one: http://www.scribd.com/doc/80574646/Well-Failures This explains why the dSGEIS ignored much of the science - because the DEC didn't write the key sections; frack service providers did - not scientists. … [Read more...] about Who Really Wrote the dSGEIS ?
That's how close a shale gas well can be to a house in New York state - 100 feet. 30.48 meters. Less than the depth of most residential lots. About the distance from your front door to your neighbors' house across the street. Too damn close. Close enough to crater your mortgage. Cook your homeowner's insurance. Render your house unsaleable. Poison your water well. Asphyxiate you when you open a window or step outside. Too fracking close. Absolutely the worst gas well setback in the United States … [Read more...] about 100 Fracking Feet From A House
New York's Nonexistent Environmental Agency New York State lacks an autonomous environmental oversight of shale gas. New York is one of the few states that task its environmental agency, the DEC, with promoting drilling. This compromises the DEC’s effectiveness as an environmental agency. New York is the only shale gas state that does not tax gas production, leaving its regulatory agency chronically under-staffed. The regulations are written by the industry. The DEC deviates from the … [Read more...] about No Environmental Oversight Of Shale Gas
Know what the largest setback is for a gas well in New York state ? I will give you a hint: the setback is a mile. Meaning you cannot drill a horizontal shale well a mile from it. What is it ? Give up ? It's an abandoned oil or gas well. Of which the state has plenty. Most of which it has no clue where they are. So the setback from an known/unknown abandoned gas well is 5,280 - 100 = 5,180 feet greater than the setback from a house in New York. The DEC is more concerned about protecting … [Read more...] about Biggest Setback in the dSGEIS
Martha Stewart's Boy Toy in the New York state senate, Republican State Senator Greg "Goof" Ball has written an Op Ed that basically says that the Southern Tier can become "the New Texas of fracking" - by turning 6 counties into fracking experiments - conducted by the frackers. Counties that he does not actually represent. This Sacrifice Zone approach amounts to environmental gerrymandering - since Senator Ball's district water supply enjoys special protections in the proposed dSGEIS. If … [Read more...] about Senator Greg “Goof” Ball
Update: Before the hearing started, the chairman asked The Sandra to leave - for talking to Commissioner Martens - which set the stage for what was to follow. In a nutshell, Martens's testified like a man that had a lot to hide - before he gets sued. He showed up with his defense attorneys on either side of him as he did in previous testimony to the legislators; he will not admit to or stipulate to anything, not until he is put under oath at trial and confronted with the evidence. And even then, … [Read more...] about Cuomo’s DEC Prepares to get Sued
Politicians are fond of saying “let the science decide” when it comes to fracking. OK. Let’s give that a shot. The scientists at the USGS were the first to debunk the grandiose overestimates of recoverable reserves in the Marcellus. Taking ”400 Tcf Terry” Engelder’s gaseous fantasy down a notch. About an 80% notch. . . Now they have weighed in on the DEC’s proposed guidelines (not regulations) via a letter. The scientists at the USGS are typically even-handed in their analysis. Their … [Read more...] about USGS Letter To The DEC – Letting Science Decide Fracking’s Fate in New York
The state's environmental safeguards are reflected most precisely in the regulations. Not in the rhetoric of politicians or the generalities of the SGEIS. The Governor of New York has said those regulations would be decided by science. Fair enough. Let's see if we can find any "science" in the new regulations proposed by the DEC. The DEC has proposed to increase the setback of a drilling site from 100 feet from a house to 500 feet. The 100 foot setback dates from 1972, and before last week, … [Read more...] about No Science Involved in NY Fracking Regs.
(It always was.) Not the health study. Not the SGEIS. But the fracking regulations. No HVHF permits can be issued without completing the HVHF regulations. No HVHF regulations can be finalized without an SGEIS finished. The SGEIS cannot be completed without a health study. Re-read the above in reverse order. It all ends up with the fracking regulations. Because if whatever is in the health study is not reflected in the regulations, you get fracked. And if your area does not have a political … [Read more...] about It’s All About The Fracking Regulations