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A hydro fracturing tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydro fracturing tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

Environmental groups want more time for public comment on hydrofracking

Environmental groups continue to ask Governor Cuomo's Administration to extend the public comment period on hydro fracking. On Tuesday, they tried to appeal to the governor himself.

The groups delivered 180 water-powered alarm clocks to Governor Cuomo's office door, as part of their request for more time for the public to comment on proposed rules to allow hydrofracking in New York on some private lands.  Go to full article
A hydrofracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydrofracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

DEC takes next step in hydro-fracking rules

New York environmental regulators have formally issued proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing. Drilling companies want to "hydro-frack" the Marcellus Shale region of southern New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled four public hearings on the proposed rules.

The document, originally posted online in July, outlines regulations for companies that want to "hydrofrack". It's a process where water, chemicals, and sand are pumped at high pressure deep into wells to release natural gas from the bedrock.

New York hasn't allowed "hydrofracking'' in the Marcellus Shale over the past three years and it won't be allowed until the process completes its new permitting rules.

Dennis Holbrook is vice president of the North Exploration, with offices outside of Buffalo. He's been drilling in New York for twenty years and is glad the process is moving forward.

Claire Sandberg is with the group Frack Action. She says even though New York looked at problems in Pennsylvania and other states before drafting its rules, environmentalists have many reasons to be concerned. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article

Poll: New Yorkers support hydrofracking, casinos

A new poll on several current issues, finds more New Yorkers support hydrofracking in the Marcellus shale region of upstate New York--and that the majority thinks expanding casino gambling in the state is a good idea. Karen DeWitt has the details:  Go to full article
These communities that may want to participate in the comment period are preoccupied [with the floods].

Fracking floods!

The news has been dominated this week by more flooding from the remnants of hurricane Lee, and the release from the state's environmental agency of a draft final report on hydrofracking. As Karen DeWitt reports, a key state lawmaker says there are several areas in which these two issues converge.  Go to full article

DEC to look at fracking in flood areas

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it may now reconsider which areas in the Marcellus shale are deemed flood plains, in the light of recent catastrophic flooding. But the department says it will not delay the environmental review of fracking over the issue. (see related story)

Karen DeWitt has the DEC response.  Go to full article
The public is open minded to the notion of economic development opportunities, especially in New Yorkís Southern Tier.

DEC issues hydrofracking assessment, seeks comments

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it will lengthen the public comment period on its final draft environmental impact statement for hydraulic fracturing. The comment period will be extended from 60 to 90 days and the DEC will hold four public hearings. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
[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

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.  Go to full article

State DEC open to longer comment period on hydrofracking

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says he's "not shutting the door" on holding a longer public comment period and new public hearings on hydrofracking. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Hydrofracking advisory panel holds first meeting

As New York wrestles with how to regulate gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, the Department of Environmental Conservation is bringing together people from both the gas industry and environmental groups to weigh in on the issue. The group met for the first time yesterday. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports from Albany for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
We said no we donít want anything to do with it. And he turned around and said, "It doesnít matter, Iíll get it anyway"

Landmen, part 2: Gray area in state law can undercut landowner

Yesterday we heard a cautionary story about "landmen" - the people who handle drilling leases and mineral rights for natural gas companies. Today, a state law some say is being used to force property-owners to sign on the dotted line.

Most people agree it's wrong to just take someone's property and give it to someone else. But there's a gray area in the rules for natural gas drilling. It's called compulsory integration.
Emma Jacobs has this report for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

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