DiNapoli Releases Report on Environmental Funding in New York State, 12/10/14

DiNapoli Releases Report on Environmental Funding in New York State, 12/10/14.

December 10, 2014, Contact: Press Office (518) 474-4015

DiNapoli Releases Report on Environmental Funding in New York State

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

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Crude Oil Update Report

Crude Oil Update Report.

New York State Sends Letter to North Dakota Governor Dalrymple Supporting Proposed Regulations to Decrease Crude Oil Volatility – A New NYSDEC Press Release

New York State Sends Letter to North Dakota Governor Dalrymple Supporting Proposed Regulations to Decrease Crude Oil Volatility – A New NYSDEC Press Release.

NY DEC Air Monitoring Network Comment Due June 20, 2014 –ENB – Statewide Notices 5/21/2014 – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

ENB – Statewide Notices 5/21/2014 – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation.

Shale Gas Review: Paper trail for Pa. shale waste leads to ex-IBM site in NY Official dismisses DEP record of cuttings shipped upstate

Shale Gas Review: Paper trail for Pa. shale waste leads to ex-IBM site in NY Official dismisses DEP record of cuttings shipped upstate.

Agency responses to Constitution pipeline DEIS

Four agencies have specifically stated the DEIS is deficient, must be revised, and possibly supplemented. (The Army Corps feels the same, but, as a Cooperating Agency, didn’t use those terms.)

All five call for greater studies of alternative routes along existing easements. The specific requests vary by agency.

They all think going through interior / upland forests, and forested wetlands, is madness.

Most have said that the DEIS is incomplete because 24% (30 miles) of the proposed route HAVE NOT BEEN SURVEYED.

— big round of applause for the resisting landowners!

Here are links to the heavy weight agency comments:

Comment of US Environmental Protection Agency under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140409-5120

U.S. Department of the Interior Submits Comments under  Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Constitution Pipeline and Wright Interconnect Projects, Pennsylvania and New York CP13-499 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140408-5035

Comment of Army Corp of Engineers under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140408-5149

Comment of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation under CP13-499 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140407-5409

Comment of New York Public Service Commission under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140407-5001

I’m slowing reading everyone’s comments. It will take some time for me to get through them all.

We’ve really done a remarkable job. Thanks to everyone for your time and financial contributions.
Anne Marie

Seneca in the Balance — Live Stream Archive – YouTube

Seneca in the Balance — Live Stream Archive – YouTube.

Brine spreading on NY roads

Riverkeeper obtained from NYS DEC records from 2011-2013 documenting brine-spreading on NYS’s roads. FracTracker has now mapped that information.http://maps.fractracker.org/latest/?appid=eb1904df42c848ed967a48c52e873c91
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On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 7:17 PM, Mary Menapace <msmenapace@gmail.com> wrote:

The person I spoke with answered the phone so likely knew not much.
The HEADQUARTERS of env products and svcs are in Syracuse – they are a big outfit.  They have facilities in PA, and from what I was told there are no storage facilities nor transport of PA waste from their outfit from PA to NY – they store it there in PA.  Just opened another facility near Pittsburgh.  the space they have here in syracuse is not large.
warrants more looking into but their facilities in PA are huge so I do not doubt they are not bringing it to store here anyway.  needs a looksee on how they have to report disposal…and where.  likely is coming to NY but I sorta doubt Syracuse.
Mary
On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM, William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks very much for calling, Mary.

That’s troubling. The person you spoke with either was mis-informed,
… or worse.

I used 2 Fractracker maps to begin my inquiry:
This map shows Syracuse received “Fracing Fluid Waste” = 37.96 BBLs
http://www.fractracker.org/2012/03/where-does-the-waste-from-pas-marcellus-wells-go/

This map makes a connection to the waste facility and particular wells:
http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=8bd41c4a84e446269b8e4b136aa5b633
Wells are: HEPLER D 235 2H, 7H, 3H, 5H

From this I was able to grab the PA Waste data for 2013:
https://www.paoilandgasreporting.state.pa.us/publicreports/Modules/DataExports/DataExports.aspx

And sorted on facility Zip Code.

Sure enough, it’s all there. (see attached).
Each well contributed 9.49 BBLs x4 = 37.96 BBLs.

37.96 BBLs * 43 gal/BBL = ~1632.3 gal.
The big tanker trucks which haul brine are various sizes.
A: 4,600 gal (106 BBLs) This triaxle vaccum trucks are extremely common around Susquehanna County
B: 5,600 gal (130 BBLs) These trucks haul landfil leachate from Waterloo to Endicott
C: 9,300 gal (216 BBLs) Larger trucks, like those that haul gasoline, also Waterloo to Endicott

So, ~38 BBLs is a relatively small amount of fluid,
one of the smaller vacuum trucks ~1/3 full. 
The largest 1,100 gal “water buffalos” in PA are ~26 BBLs.
Still, interesting they didn’t give you the straight story…BH

On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM, Mary Menapace <msmenapace@gmail.com> wrote:
As for Syracuse –
Vermont Env Products and Services headquarters are in Syracuse.  On PA DEP site they are listed as taking “used frack fluid for storage and ultimate disposal.”
I called their HQ here in Syracuse and was told no PA wastes are coming to Syracuse – they have a couple of large ‘storage’ facilities in PA, one east and one west I believe – where they store the “used frack fluid.”  was assured none is coming to  Onondaga county, who  just passed a county wide waste ban.
I asked about definition of used FF – the person did not know – and I asked about radioactivity, keeping workers and equipment safe etc. – and she said that Env. Products and Svcs are not licensed for two types of waste – explosive or radioactive so what they deal with in PA cannot be radioactive “or they would have to tell us.”  yeah.
Response to where “ultimately disposed of”  – vague.  Response to where “Reused?” – to frack.”
So I wrote the company rep on the website and asked about same – composition of used FF, disposal, reuse destinations, radioactivity – never got an answer.  Have not had time to circle back yet.
Mary
On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM, Mike Bernhard <mikebernhard@frontiernet.net> wrote:
Have you asked the woman in New Hartford to check with her highway dept?
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 9:23 PM
Subject: [nygrass] Qs about PA drilling wastes coming into NY
I have 5 specific questions which I hope you can help answer. 
1) Have PA drilling wastes been received at Watertown NY? (landfill or POTW)2) Have PA drilling wastes been received at Auburn NY? (landfill or POTW)

These claims were made here, but I’ve never seen this mentioned anywhere else:
http://www.bluemtpreservation.org/editorspagenew61.html

3) Are PA drilling wastes being being spread on NY roads?

I have heard the above as rumors, however I have found no authoritative source.
This article 
suggests it, but offers no proof. A woman from New Hartford (Oneida Co.)
just contacted me reporting a orange-brown fluid spread on her roads.
Do you have direct knowledge of this? Published source?

Where we know the wastes are going:

The existing research I’ve seen lists the following sites as having accepted
drilling wastes from PA:

  • Chemung Co. Landfill, Lowman (source: Fractracker, etc)
  • C & D Hakes Landfill, Painted Post (souce: Fractracker, etc)
  • Cuylerville desalinization plant (source: Livingston County News)
  • Hyland Landfill, Angelica NY (Mantius, Fractracker)
  • Seneca Meadows Landfill, Waterloo (Fractracker)
  • Allied Landfill, Niagara Falls, NY (Fractracker)
  • EPS of Vermont, Syracuse (Fractracker) 

4) Do you know of other sites directly taking PA drilling wastes? 

Here are places taking PA drilling wastes indirectly, via landfill leachate from direct sources:

  • Huron Campus/EIT (now i3 Electronics), Endicott (from Seneca Meadows, DEC and other sources)

5) Do you know of other INDIRECT sites receiving landfill leachate from direct sources? 

Thanks!

 

Toxics Targeting has archive of DEC approvals for spreading brine on roads:  http://www.toxicstargeting.  com/MarcellusShale/documents/2011/07/21/wastewater-spreading  These were not included in the Riverkeeper FOIA request results.

DEC’s Public Meeting on Crude & Tar Sand (transport thru Port of Albany)

Urgent! Attend the DEC’s Public Information Meeting on Crude and Tar Sands Oil Transport.
Most New Yorkers are unaware that the Hudson River is already the country’s largest Superfund site. The last thing we need is to be threatened with another toxic spill. Yet New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is throwing caution to the wind by allowing Global Terminal, LP to transport crude oil and possibly tar sand oil via rail and by ship on the Hudson River. 
You are cordially invited to join a working group, including members of Hudson Riverkeeper, NRDC, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Environmental Advocates and PAUSE (People in Albany United for Safe Energy) to Flip the Switch from toxic combustible crude and tar sands oil to truly safe and sustainable energy.
Speak out against the DEC’s outrageous conduct. The DEC is violating our due process rights and ignoring the precautionary principle that is vital to pubic safety. 
More info here:
 1.24.14
Save the date – WednesdayFebruary, 12, 2014 @ 6pm.
Please attend DEC’s public information meeting on Global Terminal’s expansion project. The meeting will be held at Giffen Memorial Elementary School: 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202. 
NYS DEC has extended the comment period to April, 2, 2014. Mail or email comments to: 
Karen M. Gaidasz, 1130 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, or r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Thanks for taking action on this critical issue.
 

 

TRANSPORT: Environmentalists ‘get real creative’ to combat oil by rail — Monday, January 13, 2014 — www.eenews.net

TRANSPORT: Environmentalists ‘get real creative’ to combat oil by rail — Monday, January 13, 2014 — www.eenews.net.