DEC releases draft SGEIS on hydraulic fracturing

The New York Department of Environmental Conservaton has released its long-awaited version of the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on hydraulic fracturing today. The state is accepting comments on it until December 12.

Public Comment Period

Written comments will be accepted through the close of business December 12, 2011 by two methods only:

Electronic submission using a web-based comment form available on DEC's website (preferred method); or

Paper submission mailed or delivered to: Attn: dSGEIS Comments, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway,Albany, NY 12233-6510. Please include the name, address, and affiliation (if any) of the commenter. Paper submissions also will be accepted at the public hearings listed below.

Due to the expected volume, comments that are faxed, telephoned, or emailed to the DEC will not be accepted for the official record. This is to ensure that all comments are captured properly and can be included during the review process. Please use DEC's web-based comment form to provide your input. Public Hearings

DEC plans to hold four public hearings during the comment period for the SGEIS and regulations in November. The meetings will be held in counties in the Marcellus Shale area, as well as New York City. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.