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[Average New Yorkers] deserve the opportunity to come out and have their spoken comments recorded for the public record.

DEC plans release of draft fracking report

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its final version of an environmental impact statement on hydro fracking in New York this morning. The report is being eagerly anticipated by both environmentalists and the natural gas industry.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The Cuomo Admisntration has already said it wants to allow fracking on private lands outside some key watershed areas for New York City and Syracuse. The final draft of the environmental impact statement, due Wednesday, will contain new information on the socio economic effects the industry could have on New York.

Environmentalists, including Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates, say they hope the DEC will extend the public comment period, which follows the release of the statement, for longer than the normal 60 days, as well as add public hearings to let average New Yorkers weigh in.

“They deserve the opportunity to come out and have their spoken comments recorded for the public record,” said Nadeau.

The group is also asking for a health impact study, but proponents for fracking are getting impatient.

Gas industry representatives, who say they’ve been waiting three years to extract the gas from the Marcellus shale reserves, say they’d like to move the process along without any further delays so that permits for fracking can finally be issued. 

 

 

 

 

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