How Brian Brock tracked down the DEC's proposed regulations - that were "lost" by the Department of Mineral Resources for 15 years. Geologist Brian Brock's has written his account of how he FOIL'd the DEC to get copies of the 1997 proposed fracking regulations, the drafts that were based on the 1992 GEIS, which infamously were never reduced to rules and regulations. The saga of Mr. Brock's efforts to get those drafts is an indictment on the Division of Mineral Resources (DMN) efforts to … [Read more...] about FOILed Again: How the DEC Covered Up the 1997 Drilling Regulations
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This is an example of a written response to New York's proposed fracking regulations. Note that I reference the section number, cite peer-reviewed-sources, do not use foul language and refrain from calling anyone names. Except of course "Doc Martens," who won't read it anyway. . . http://www.scribd.com/doc/116960614/Response-to-Proposed-New-York-Fracking-Regulations For more ideas: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=NY_Fracking_Regulations NORTHRUP December 15, 2012 Attn: … [Read more...] about “Dear Doc Martens, about those fracking regulations . . .”
Update, Labor Day + 7: the Governor acknowledges that the regs. will be ready when the DEC thinks it's ready to defend them in court. . . good luck with that guv. Cuomo: No pressure for immediate fracking decision There won't be (m)any horizontal shale gas wells in New York this year. Or next. Or likely, the year after that. That's the news flash for the day. You won't be reading that on Reuters, or AP, or in the newspapers. You won't see it on TV talk shows or ads. But that's what's … [Read more...] about No fracking NY in 2012, 2013, or ?
BECAUSE GOVERNOR CUOMO CAN'T "BAN" FRACKING. ONLY A LAW CAN DO THAT. ONLY THE LEGISLATURE COULD DO THAT WITH GOVERNOR CUOMO'S SIGNATURE HOW MANY ALL CAPS HEADLINES DOES IT TAKE TO GET THAT ACROSS ? Got another breathless missive about how Governor Cuomo may not "ban fracking" in New York. Even after he said he'd "ban fracking" in New York. Why is it that "ban fracking" is in quotes (?), you may ask. Because all the dSGEIS has ever addressed is the use of over a certain amount … [Read more...] about WHY GOVERNOR CUOMO WON’T /CAN’T UNILATERALLY BAN FRACKING
Brian Brock FOIL'd copies of the DEC's proposed 1997 fracking regulations, as previously reported here. The DEC then redacted them in 2000 - blanking out entire sections of the proposed regulations or putting a line through them. The DEC then pretended that they had lost the proposed regulations entirely - during the entire four (4) year dSGEIS review process. The DEC pretended to lose the proposed regs. because they offer substantially more protections for the environment, the general … [Read more...] about DEC Gutted the Fracking Regulations
New York is the only state in the United States that has no autonomous environmental agency to oversee fracking and no state tax on gas production at the wellhead to pay for regulations. It is the fracking regulatory equivalent of Eritrea. This is not a coincident of circumstances, this is by conspiracy, by design. Here is a timeline of how this has unfolded: www.NYFrackingScandal.com The Timeline to Frack New York 1972 -- First NYS Oil and Gas regulations 1975 The NY State … [Read more...] about The Timeline to Frack New York
Home Rule, a municipality's legal right to apply its zoning laws to oil and gas wells, was defended Tuesday in New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals. The judges grilled both sides, but left the distinct impression that, if the Legislature wants to specifically preclude a municipality from applying land use laws to oil and gas drilling, the Legislature will need to expressly prohibit it. Because the statute in question clearly does not. The trial courts and the state appellate … [Read more...] about New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule Videos !
From The Rachel - a compendium of articles and reports on radioactivity in shale gas and shale gas drilling waste. The most radioactive waste material are the drill cuttings from the horizontal (shale) section of a well. Since the shale is the most radioactive sedimentary layer, the horizontal section basically mines radioactive material. Disposing of radioactive drill cuttings can be particularly problematic. At a conventional well - where the cuttings are not from radioactive shale - … [Read more...] about Shale Gas Radioactivity
Jon Campbell reports on the status of the ever bloating dSGEIS - which sounds like it has already almost tripled in size. The DEC promoted its review process, the length of the more appropriately named BSGEIS, the number of hearings, the number of responses, etc. Then sent the final draft out to Chesapeake's lobbyist for their approval. To see if they got Chesapeake's wording right. Then they bounced it off a few "friendly" environmental groups. Then they started leaking it to the press. … [Read more...] about 4,000 pages of fracking compost
One permit application at a time. When something goes wrong with a well, you "kill the well". Meaning you shut it down. The DEC has been thoughtful enough to provide us with a list of HVHF well permit applications to be killed - by challenging them preemptively. The only qualification these applicants have met so far is that they've shown up with adequate well spacing for a HVHF well - nominally 640 acres, aka a "section" or a square mile. And they've paid a dinky fee. That's it. But that's … [Read more...] about How to Kill a Fracking Well