News From New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
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DEC Extends Public Comment Period for Marcellus Shale Draft SGEIS
ALBANY, NY (11/04/2009)(readMedia)– The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today announced it has extended the public comment period on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) governing potential natural gas drilling activities in the Marcellus Shale formation from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
The SGEIS addresses the range of potential impacts of shale gas development using horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing and outlines safety measures, protection standards and mitigation strategies that operators would have to follow to obtain permits. The full draft SGEIS (www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.
DEC is offering four ways in which to submit comments. Comments may be provided at one of the scheduled public hearings (www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58705.
*** Note: DEC also has moved up the start time of the hearing in New York City on November 10. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for individual questions and speaker sign-up. DEC staff will be available at this time to answer individual questions about the format and contents of the draft SGEIS. The public comment session will begin at 6:30 p.m.