DEC adds protections to gas drilling
Ferguson again: “The full development of the Marcellus Shale, using today's technology, will entail the underground injection of hundreds of billions of gallons of toxic fluid that will never be recovered. No one, not Governor Cuomo, not DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, nor anyone else, can say with certainty that these toxic fluids won't present a threat to our drinking water supplies in the years and decades to come.”
Catskill Mountainkeeper is now calling for total ban on fracking in the state, in part because of the move by the DEC, but also because of the accusations in the New York Times in recent days that drilling companies have “inflated the benefits of producing natural gas through fracking in an attempt to mislead regulators, investors and the public.”
Adding to the political pressure, the Working Families party has created a petition that urges people to sign a petition which says, "Governor Cuomo, please do everything in your power to ban hydraulic fracturing throughout New York State. There is no part of the state that should be eligible for fracking. The risks are too great."
The DEC indicated that there will be a 60-day comment period on the recommendations, beginning sometime in August. Go to www.dec.ny.gov/press/75403.html to view the DEC release.