A free public information session on âResponding to New Fracking Regulationsâ, Monday, December 17, at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, New York. Sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG).
A panel of professionals who have studied policies and regulations on shale gas drilling present their views. Speakers were: Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University, Helen Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber of Ithaca College. Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, moderated.
In late November, the DEC issued new proposed regulations for shale gas drilling in New York, with a 30-day public comment period. The start date for comments was December 12, and the deadline is 5:00 pm on January 11, 2013. The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html
It is very important that the public speak up about these proposed drilling regulations. Last fall there were some 66,000 public comments on the dSGEIS â the environmental review â but only 650 comments on the regulations. This is our chance to focus on the regulations, and we hope many people will write to the DEC,â says Robertson. Topics covered by the panelists include:
Why the new proposed regulations are important. What issues the proposed regulations cover and what issues they ignore. How citizens, interest groups, and municipalities can frame their concerns most effectively in feedback to the DEC.
The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/77353.html and comments can be submitted at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76838.html