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Experts speak out on revised NY DEC Guidelines for Drilling

August 7, 2011

Pennsylvania continues to run into the arms of the fracking industry, with a Marcellus Shale advisory Commission that fails to protect public health and the environment and which recommends forced pooling — taking away the most basic right, the right to say “no drilling on or under my land,” from property owners in Pennsylvania.  Meanwhile, New York State appears to be walking into the arms of the industry at a more slow and deliberate pace.  Having released most of its proposed fracking regulations (the draft Supplemental General Environmental Impact Statement or dSGEIS) in July, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans to release the final draft later this month, giving the public only 60 days to comment.

Knowledge is power, and what happens in each state impacts each other Marcellus Shale state.  Here, you can hear what experts have to say about the proposed fracking regulations (dSGEIS) for New York State.  Each talk is highly informative, with language that’s also easy to understand.  Given that our air, water, land, health, and economy are at stake, it is critical that everyone understand the issues.  Thanks to Alice Zinnes for forwarding this multi-media post.


July 25, 2011. Women’s Community Bldg., Ithaca, NY. In an effort to learn about the NY Department of Environmental Conservations’s new 1,095-page guide (SGEIS) and help area residents prepare comments, a consortium of groups convened a free, public forum. Speakers:

  • Martha RobertsonChair, Tompkins County Legislature
  • Karen EdelsteinGIS and Mapping Consultant
  • Tony IngraffeaDwight C. Baum Professor of Engneering, Cornell Universityy
  • Lou Allstadt, former Executive Vice President, Mobil Oil Corporation;
  • Helen SlottjeManaging Attorney, Community Environmental Defense Council
  • Roger DownsConservation Director, Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club

Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial license. Please attribute Videos used in Tony Ingraffea’s presentation are courtesy of Ralph Kinsberg, Responsible Drilling Alliance, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and should be attributed as well. Camera & Lighting: Cris McConkey; B-Camera: Bill Huston; Audio Engineer: Bo Lipari. Produced by Cris McConkey.  The FLIR (“Forward Looking Infrared Radar”) camera is Frank Finan’s, used about 8 minutes into Tony Ingraffea’s presentation.


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