Gas extraction by high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing is a heavily industrialized process that in other states has caused significant water, air, and noise pollution, severely snarled traffic and damaged roads; and increased accidents and crime rates.
If pursued in New York's shale deposits, gas drilling would harm tourism, hunting, fishing, agriculture, and our local economies. Gas companies can force unleased neighbors to allow drilling under their land through compulsory integration. Instead, we should pursue energy conservation and sustainable sources of energy. We also should support community and state initiatives to help local farmers pursue sustainable farming methods that are economically viable.
Serious concerns like these from New Yorkers should be fully heard as New York State officials discuss their drilling regulation proposal. NY lawmakers and more than 70 local and regional groups have requested a 180 day public comment period so that there is enough time to weigh the complicated rule proposal. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation should hold public hearings in different parts of the state so that citizens can have their voices directly heard in a democratic process.
As I advocate for my area, Binghamton, NY, to enact a local ban on hydrofracking, please join me in also asking DEC to hold public hearings in Binghamton and in other impacted areas throughout New York State so our voices can be heard.
- Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- New York Governor
I am writing to stand with dozens of organizations and elected officials in asking that you allow a 180-day public comment period for the proposed gas drilling guidelines (the revised draft SGEIS). I also would like the chance to have my voice heard in person, and request that you hold public hearings throughout New York State, especially in places that will be impacted by gas drilling if the guidelines are adopted.
Gas extraction by high-volume, slickwater, hydraulic fracturing is a heavily industrialized process that has caused significant water, air, and noise pollution, severely snarled traffic and damaged roads, and increased accidents and crime rates in other states. If pursued in New York's shale deposits, gas drilling by hydrofracking could harm tourism, hunting, fishing, agriculture, and our local economies. Concerns like these must be taken into account through an ample comment period and public hearing process.
Please ensure a democratic process that allows all New Yorkers opportunity to make their voices and their concerns heard.
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