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“Fracking NY” Blog Series: Update – DEC Extends Public Comment Period

On December 1, 2011, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) announced that it is extending the public comment period on its environmental impact study of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

The public comment period has been extended to January 11, 2012.

After 6,000 people attended Wednesday’s public hearings on the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“Revised Draft SGEIS”), during which almost 600 people gave oral comments, the DEC decided to extend the comment period an additional 30 days to January 11, 2012.

On December 1, 2011, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) announced that it is extending the public comment period on its environmental impact study of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

The public comment period has been extended to January 11, 2012.

After 6,000 people attended Wednesday’s public hearings on the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“Revised Draft SGEIS”), during which almost 600 people gave oral comments, the DEC decided to extend the comment period an additional 30 days to January 11, 2012.

Over 23,000 written comments have been received by the DEC on the Revised Draft SGEIS to date, including almost 700 submitted at Wednesday’s public hearing and approximately 13,000 comments submitted on the 2009 draft of the Draft SGEIS.

Comments on the Revised Draft SGEIS can be submitted by web to the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Comment System or by mail to:

Attn: dSGEIS Comments
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6510

Please see our previous discussion of the Revised Draft SGEIS, here.

Note: The DEC has not announced a similar extension of the public comment period for its proposed regulations, which is still set to end on December 12, 2011. Please see our previous discussion of DEC’s proposed regulations, here.

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