Fracking

On Second Thought…

Upon seeing the DEC’s press release, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver did an about-face on hydrofracking, releasing a decidedly more positive statement than the one he sent out in the wake of the NY Times report.

“I am pleased that the DEC will permanently ban hydraulic fracturing in sensitive watershed areas and the aquifers that feed them,” Silver said.

“The Assembly also will be vigilant as the DEC moves forward and will work to ensure that no permits are issued anywhere in the state where there are any possible dangers identified by the federal EPA study.”

DEC To Allow Limited Fracking

…From “baseless speculation and premature” to complete truth in under four hours. Amazing.

Here’s the DEC press release that confirms the NY Times report earlier today that the hydrofracking ban will be lifted outside state-owned land, the NYC and Syracuse watersheds (a reversal from the 2009 draft report) and within 500 feet of primary acquifers statewide.

Approximately 85 percent of the Marcellus Shale would be accessible to natural gas extraction under these recommendations.

“This report strikes the right balance between protecting our environment, watersheds, and drinking water and promoting economic development,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

A 60-day comment period on the document will start in August.

06-30-11 New Recommendations Issued in Hydraulic Fracturing Review 11-79[1]