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Environmental Coalition Says Fracking Rules Leave New Yorkers Unprotected

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In nearly 200 pages of formal joint comments submitted to the state, the coalition highlighted a number of shortcomings in the draft rules released by the state last month.

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Kit B (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:13 pm
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Based on an extensive, expert-supported evaluation, a coalition of environmental groups announced today that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) proposed fracking rules fall short of protecting New York residents and should not be finalized before the environmental and public health reviews are complete.

In nearly 200 pages of formal joint comments submitted to the state, the coalition highlighted a number of shortcomings in the draft rules released by the state last month. In addition, DEC released its revised regulations before completing its analysis of health, economic, and social impacts, calling into question whether there is a valid scientific basis for the changes it made or the many public recommendations it rejected. The coalition concluded that no decision on fracking should be made before environmental and health impacts are fully evaluated and the public’s concerns are adequately addressed.

Some of the most significant deficiencies that still remain in the state’s proposed regulations include:

* Proposed Setbacks from Drinking Water Supplies and Buildings Remain Inadequate.

DEC has provided no scientific or technical basis for its arbitrary, insufficient setbacks from, and under, homes, schools and water supplies, which fail to provide sufficient buffers to protect communities and their drinking water sources.

* There Is Still No Plan for Waste water Disposal.

New York does not have a plan to deal with billions of gallons of wastewater and avoids dealing with that problem by allowing drillers to figure out their disposal methods in the future. The proposed regulations require a well operator to have an approvable fluid disposal plan but provide no criteria or standards that would govern such a plan. In addition, DEC has added a new section to its proposed regulations that provides for permitting of deep well injection in New York for the disposal of fracking wastewater, which if allowed would pose new threats of groundwater contamination and earthquakes – threats that have not been analyzed to date.

* Proposed Regulations Still Fail to Require Full Disclosure of All Fracking Chemicals, Leaving First Responders at Risk and Doctors Uninformed.

DEC’s regulations continue to allow well operators to withhold information regarding the fracking chemicals they use if they assert a trade secret exemption. In addition, the regulations do not provide a means for the public to timely challenge that assertion, nor do they require that information to be made immediately available to first responders and doctors, putting our communities’ first responders at risk and tying the hands of doctors trying to treat patients sickened after fracking has come to their neighborhood.

These comments follow more than 600 pages of joint comments submitted in January 2012 on the draft environmental review (the “Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement”). Many of the issues the groups identified in their 2012 comments remained unaddressed. When a response was provided, in most instances, DEC summarily rejected the recommendations without providing a technical or scientific analysis or a justification for its decision.

Catskill Mountainkeeper – Delaware Riverkeeper Network – Earthjustice –Natural Resources Defense Council – Riverkeeper, Inc. – Sierra Club

Information released by Common Dreams |

CONTACT: Environmental Coalition

Tina Posterli, Riverkeeper, Inc., 516-526-9371,

Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper, 845-901-1029,

Tracy Carluccio, Delaware Riverkeeper, 215-692-2329,

Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice, 202-797-5235,

Kate Slusark Kiley, Natural Resources Defense Council, 212-727-4592,

Kit B (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:15 pm

Though many think this is a state by state issue, it is not, once these chemicals are in the air and drinking water they will affect you no matter where in the US that you live. You are an direct or indirect victim of FRACKING.

JL A (281)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:57 pm
Thankfully there is also an effort to ban fracking in CA (comments to the Dept. of Conservation)...hope these groups keep NY from being as irresponsible as this article indicates would be true with the current draft.

John F (52)
Monday January 14, 2013, 6:23 pm
For years, Texas blogger has assembled a website of exhaustive information centered around frackking.

Mitchell D (87)
Monday January 14, 2013, 6:59 pm
The power industry puts out huge amounts of mis-information about fracking, as it does about "clean coal," and this needs to be fought constantly.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 14, 2013, 7:08 pm

Texas Sharon lives not far from me and had a lot of good information that I used to try to stop the FRACKING here. Not that it worked. People actually believed that they would "strike it rich" by selling their land leases to these liars and cheats.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 14, 2013, 8:47 pm
One has to wonder if such "regulations" are on purpose to kill off Americans...the fight must be intensified!
I recently heard that they also want to start fracking in Poland now, hope people will protest.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 6:32 am
If we don't stop it now, later is too late. We won't be able to undo this disaster.

Sandra M Z (114)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 7:17 am
Aquifers and groundwater are treasure, go solar.

Noted, Thank you Kit.

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 8:10 am
Protect our water supply please. Say no to fracking everywhere. Thank you.

. (1)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 10:22 am
noted & signed

Kit B (276)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:23 am

Though there is no petition attached to this article, anyone can send their comments or ideas to those people and email addresses posted just below the article.

Claudia O (73)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:35 pm
We must not allow this disaster to happen.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:42 pm
I've been sent petitions and letters to send from many of these groups, (all gladly signed), they are a busy bunch--determined to continue pressuring officials to stop fracking. They are excellent at getting the facts out to those who are unaware. I applaud their perseverance against gov't agencies that seem hell-bent on poisoning for profit. Thanks, Kit.

Kenneth Davies (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:42 pm

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:12 pm
Thanks Kit--couldn't agree more.

ewoud k (68)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:46 pm
Pollution of groundwater and air doesn't respect borders, fracking threatens everybody's health.

No regulation whatsoever can protect us nor our planet from fracking-related pollution.

Stop fracking!

Natalie V (27)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:34 pm

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:41 pm
No fracking!

. (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:56 pm
Noted & posted

marie C (163)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:13 pm
Noted thanks Kit

Tammy Taylor (12)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:59 pm

Devon Leonar (54)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 12:56 am
We must stop fracking now...We are risking too much. The public needs to be educated about the true dangers....................The Earth say's no!!

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 1:53 pm
I oppose fracking. There may be safe guards and rules as proposed. But, the plans are not good enough as there are too many "loopholes" in them. The toxic chemicals will find a way to
pollute and poison the drinking waters.

Here is a movie just released along the same vein in safe drinking water, pollution and the film was shot in
Pennsylvania. "Promised Land".

Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.

Official site:

Ty, Kit.

Lin Penrose (92)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:06 pm
Thanks Kit. I did write a comment, about California's current responses to signed petitions against fracking, but my server decided to time me out and I couldn't save or send it. The most important and suspect part (to me) was regarding private landowners and confidentiality (for two years). Regardless of citizen outcries, the combination of private agreements with the Governments partnerships with oil energy business, means fracking or any other resource deemed wanted. Actually, nothing new but just as horrible.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday January 16, 2013, 6:36 pm
Fracking isn't good for anyone.
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