Thursday, May 14, 2015

DEC Issues Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released the Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FSGEIS) for high-volume hydraulic fracturing that identifies and examines continued major uncertainties about potential significant adverse health and environmental impacts associated with the activity. After a required 10-day period, DEC will issue its formal Findings Statement, in accordance with the State's Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).
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"The Final SGEIS is the result of an extensive examination of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and its potential adverse impacts on critical resources such as drinking water, community character and wildlife habitat," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "We considered materials from numerous sources, including scientific studies, academic research and public comments, and evaluated the effectiveness of potential mitigation measures to protect New York's valuable natural resources and the health of residents. I will rely on the FSGEIS when I issue a Findings Statement in accordance with state law."

The FSGEIS incorporates the State Health Department Public Health Review report issued December 17, 2014, which determined there is significant uncertainty about adverse health outcomes and whether mitigation measures could adequately protect public health, including impacts to air, water, soil and community character.
 
A copy of the FSGEIS can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html
 
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

NYS DEC Watershed Stewardship Page

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a Watershed Stewardship page at
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http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/25604.html