Updated 11/19/2009 06:13 AM
Final DEC public comment session on gas drilling draws hundreds
Marcellus shale gas drilling is a hot topic across the state and hundreds packed into Corning Painted Post East High School Wednesday to share their opinions on it. It was the final public comment session offered by the DEC as it completes an environmental review on drilling in New York. Our Vince Slomsky caught up with people on both sides of the topic.
CORNING, N.Y. -- It was a packed house inside and outside the auditorium at Corning Painted Post East High School Wednesday for the final DEC public comment session on drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale...
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Gas drilling concerns aired at DEC hearing
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November 10, 2009, Times Herald Record: NYC rally aims to stop drilling in watershed Local groups seek same
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Sure, Tuesday's "Kill the Drill" rally in New York City aims to stop gas drilling in the city watershed...
November 9, 2009, Binghamton Press and Sun: Natural gas quest: State files show 270 drilling accidents in past 30 years
Natural gas quest: State files show 270 drilling accidents in past 30 years
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By Tom Wilber
The state's depiction of a clean, tightly regulated natural gas industry just got a shot of muck in the eye...
November 9, 2009, Albany Times Union: Is Marcellus Shale too hot to handle? State officials unsure of how to handle radioactive
Is Marcellus Shale too hot to handle?
State officials unsure of how to handle radioactive wastewater created by drilling process
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|By ABRAHM LUSTGARTEN, ProPublica
First published: Monday, November 9, 2009
|As New York gears up for gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, state officials have made a potentially troubling discovery about the wastewater created by the process: It's radioactive. And they have yet to say how they'll deal with it...
First published: Friday, November 6, 2009
The rush to drill for natural gas in New York seems to be slowing a bit. We're encouraged -- guardedly so -- by the Department of Environmental Conservation's decision to give the public an extra month to weigh in on the state's proposed new gas drilling rules.
That's a good start. We urge DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis to keep that schedule flexible.
The extension of the public comment period to Dec. 31 was probably a lot harder for the DEC than it might seem. State agencies are big battleships when it comes to making mid-course corrections, even on the easiest of issues. In this case, the issue is the more than 800-page set of rules written by the DEC itself. The agency could easily have taken a defensive posture and said it was sticking to its timetable. It could have said this has been studied and talked to death -- which it has not.
This one-month extension, then, is no small deal. It acknowledges deep and widespread concerns about the plan to extract natural gas from the vast Marcellus Shale formation that covers six states. In New York, it lies under the Southern Tier and the Catskills, including the watershed that supplies New York City with water that is so pristine it doesn't have to be filtered. That, as they might say in Brooklyn, is somethin' you don't mess with.
The industry maintains that its method of extracting the gas, hydraulic fracturing, is safe, but environmental and other groups have voiced concerns about the potential for damage, especially to drinking water. The process involves forcing millions of gallons of water mixed with various chemicals into the deep rock to crack it and break open pockets of natural gas. Critics say accidents could contaminate both underground and surface water, risks the industry says are negligible. It asks New York to shrug off incidents in other states as rare.
Whether the protections the DEC proposes are as good as the agency says remain to be seen. Pennsylvania thought it had done an exhaustive job when it pulled together a list of 31 chemicals used in the drilling process. Now, we find in New York's documents, a much higher number: 260. It's understandable that the public might be developing some trust issues when it comes to the assurances of the industry and its regulators.
We credit the DEC for learning far more already that any other state, or the federal government for that matter, about this undertaking. There may be many more questions, however, as the public looks even closer. New York City is awaiting a consultant's report on the potential threats drilling poses to its water supply, a document that isn't expected to be done by the DEC's deadline. Mr. Grannis should give the city the time it needs.
As we've said before, the gas isn't going anywhere. There is no reason New York can't take the time to get this right. And quite a few million reasons not to get it wrong.
The state slows down the review of new gas drilling rules.
New York can't deliberate enough when it comes to water quality.
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By Steve McConnell
A natural gas drilling company must provide a permanent supply of water to 13 homes in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County along with correcting problems at its production sites that caused methane to pollute drinking water in this small rural community, environmental regulators said....
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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.....