It’s official: New York has banned fracking – Politics on the Hudson
June 29, 2015
No evidence that DEC is attemptng to limit the expansion of the gas industry-pipelines, compressors, gathering lines that it finds detrimental to the environment. This expansion proceeds unabated even without allowing high volume hydraulic fracturing.
“In the end, there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that would adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and that address the scientific uncertainties and risks to public health from this activity. The Department’s chosen alternative to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the best alternative based on the balance between protection of the environment and public health and economic and social considerations.”
There’s this, on p. 9 of the findings statement –
Otsego 2000, Inc.
PO Box 1130
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Tel: 607/547 8881
From: K. Shimberg [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2015 3:30 PM
To: Ellen Pope
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; Consternation PL; Protect Laurens
Subject: Re: [otsego-coalition] NYSDEC releases Findings Statement on Fracking
Thank you, Ellen! —
Yessss!! (For now, anyway.)
Does Cuomo make an official announcement now?
And thanks to the DEC and all the official & unofficial advisors w/ good science and good sense, and all the comment-&-letter-writers and rally organizers & attenders, bird-doggers, naggers, etc. — (all of us).
On to the 2 major interstate pipelines impending thru here awaiting DEC’s permitting or (we hope) denial, and bomb trains already travelling thru here as elsewhere, Seneca Lake unstable gas-storage caverns pending DEC final approval or reconsideration, PA’s HVHF waste trucked in to NYS landfills, and other adverse consequences still affecting NYS. And FERC continues to rubber-stamp industry requests w/ inadequate “mitigation,” and our POTUS and DOE keep pushing nat-gas development.
So — We’re encouraged and cheered by DEC’s/Martens’s issuance of these Final SGEIS findings, which nicely spell out the problems and reasons for “No Action” anywhere in NYS on permitting the dangerous dragon. But our work ain’t over!
— Kathy S.
Mt. Vision, NY 13810n