DEC Adopts Most Stringent Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regulations in the Nation – A New DEC Press Release
January 31, 2015
Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County
January 13, 2015
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sent this bulletin on 01/13/2015 11:33 AM EST
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today extended the public comment period on the draft permit for the proposed, federally regulated Constitution Pipeline and an upgrade to the Iroquois Wright Compressor station in Schoharie County by an additional 28 days. Public comments on the propose project will now be accepted until close of business on Friday, February 27.
The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would traverse though Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was responsible for conducting an environmental review of the project and has the authority to approve the pipeline route. FERC issued a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in October, which can be viewed at: http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20141024-4001.
DEC maintains the authority to review applications for specific permits and approvals, including an Air Title V permit for the proposed compressor station upgrade, as well as a Water Quality Certification, a Protection of Waters permit, a Water Withdrawal permit and a Freshwater Wetlands permit for state-protected wetlands and adjacent areas.
Written comments should be submitted to:
Stephen M. Tomasik
DEC – Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
In addition, people can provide verbal or written comments at the following public meetings:
Copies of the FEIS and DEC permit application documents can be viewed online at:http://www.constitutionpipeline.com/. Printed copies are available at:
The Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton
The Afton Free Library, 105A Main St., Afton
The Bainbridge Free Library, 13 N Main St., Bainbridge.
The Franklin Free Library, 334 Main St., Franklin
Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St., Sidney
Deposit Free Library, 159 Front St., Deposit
The Community Library, 110 Union St., Cobleskill
Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Ave., Schoharie
Printed copies are also available at:
Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Avenue, Schoharie
Town of Wright Municipal Building, 105-3 Factory Street, Gallupville
December 14, 2014
Environmental Funding in New York State
Created in 1970, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) is responsible for most of the State’s programs to protect wildlife, natural
resources and environmental quality. DEC programs range widely from managing
fish and game populations and overseeing the extraction of natural resources to
monitoring the discharge of pollutants and hazardous materials and cleaning up
These services are integral to New Yorkers’ public health and general well-being,
and to the State’s economy. As part of the Office of the State Comptroller’s
commitment to promoting transparency, accountability and sound fiscal
management in State government, this report examines DEC funding from State
Fiscal Year (SFY) 2003-04, the year that the Brownfield Cleanup Program was
enacted, to the end of SFY 2013-14.
The scope of the DEC’s mandate has expanded considerably since its inception, and
has continued to grow during the period examined in this report. Recent initiatives
from the Legislature, the Executive and federal agencies that require DEC action
have included development of a climate action plan, regulation of shale gas
production, addressing threats associated with crude oil transportation,
implementation of new federal clean air standards and management of varied
programs aimed at mitigating specific types of pollution.
As this report details, the number of DEC Full-Time Equivalent staff declined by more
than 300 from SFY 2003-04 through SFY 2013-14. All Funds spending rose 27.8
percent over that same period. When adjusted for inflation, spending was nearly flat,
with a cumulative increase of 1.7 percent over the period examined. According to
the Division of the Budget (DOB), DEC All Funds spending is projected to decline
over the next several years.
During the period examined in this report, State Funds spending by the DEC reached
a peak in SFY 2007-08, and as of SFY 2013-14 was down 15.1 percent from that
level. Federal dollars, including funding through the federal stimulus program,
bolstered the DEC’s budget substantially during the period, but federal support is
expected to decline to around its pre-stimulus level this fiscal year. The State’s
current Financial Plan projects that State Funds disbursements by the DEC will
decline in each of the next three fiscal years.
New York has created a number of dedicated funds for environmental purposes in
an effort to provide a reliable flow of resources to address long-term needs. At times,
however, the State has resorted to sweeps from certain of these funds to provide
budget relief, undermining the purpose of the dedicated funds.
December 14, 2014
December 10, 2014, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has experienced staff cuts and constrained funding since 2003 while its responsibilities have grown, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
“DEC’s staff has declined while funding has barely kept pace with inflation and now is projected to decline,”DiNapoli said. “Our natural resources are major assets for the state’s economy and New Yorkers’health and quality of life. We must continue to safeguard these assets.”
DiNapoli’s report, “Environmental Funding in New York State,”examines DEC funding and workforce in the context of its mission. The report also highlights receipts and spending in several of the state’s major dedicated funds for environmental purposes.
DEC is responsible for most of New York’s programs to protect wildlife, natural resources and environmental quality. DEC programs range widely from managing fish and game populations and overseeing the extraction of natural resources to monitoring the discharge of pollutants and hazardous materials and cleaning up contaminated sites.
Since 2003, several new programs have been added to the agency’s list of responsibilities. These include the Brownfield Cleanup Program; the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; and the Waste Tire Recycling and Management Act.
DEC spending was $795.3 million in SFY 2003-04 and $1 billion in SFY 2013-14. After adjusting for inflation, DEC spending rose by a total of 1.7 percent over the period examined. Since 2008, funding from state sources is down 15.1 percent. While federal funding has helped fill the gap, those resources are now declining as well. The state Division of the Budget projects that total DEC spending will decline this year and in each of the next three years by a cumulative total of 25.9 percent from the SFY 2013-14 level.
The size of the DEC workforce declined 10.4 percent, from 3,256 full-time equivalents (FTEs) in SFY 2003-04 to 2,917 FTEs in SFY 2013-14. It reached a peak of 3,779 FTEs in SFY 2007-08. Staffing in programs such as enforcement, air and water quality management, and solid and hazardous waste management has experienced significant cuts.
DiNapoli’s report also notes that two of the state’s major funds dedicated to the environment –the Environmental Protection Fund and the Hazardous Waste Oversight and Assistance Account –combined have been subject to sweeps in excess of half a billion dollars to provide general state budget relief in the past.
For a copy of the report visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/reports/environmental/environmental_funding_nys_2014.pdf
May 3, 2014
In short, New York—a state geographically distant from Louisiana, Gulf Trace and Sabine Pass LNG—is directly connected to Williams’ latest export pipeline announcement both via its lobbyists and Williams’ gas pipeline empire.