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High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in NYS

The SEQR Findings Statement for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) was issued on June 29, 2015. This concluded DEC's comprehensive, seven-year review and officially prohibits HVHF in New York.

In December 2014, the Department of Health completed a Public Health Review of HVHF, which DEC Commissioner Martens had requested. Dr. Zucker recommended that New York should not proceed with HVHF. See the DEC and DOH press release.

Background

DEC received more than 13,000 public comments on its Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SGEIS) issued in September 2009.

In response to issues raised, DEC prepared and released for public review a Revised Draft SGEIS on September 7, 2011. DEC held four additional public hearings around the state and received another 67,000 comments.

Following release of the second draft, DEC also proposed regulations to supplement and reinforce the proposed permit conditions and received 180,000 public comments. In all, DEC received 260,000 public comments on the SGEIS and the regulations. The proposed regulations have lapsed under State law.

In September 2012, Commissioner Martens asked the Commissioner of Health to determine if the mitigation DEC proposed was adequate to protect public health. As the volume of new information on HVHF grew, the scope of the review expanded to broadly consider the public health impacts of HVHF.

At a December 17, 2014 Governor's cabinet meeting, Dr. Zucker released the DOH's Public Health Report of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development (PDF). Following the meeting, DEC and DOH issued a press release announcing the report's findings and that DEC Commissioner Martens had directed staff to complete the SEQR process in early 2015 by publishing a final SGEIS and a legally binding Findings Statement.

Please note: Some of these are large documents. Only print them if you really need to, and only those sections that you need. Double side all printing and copying jobs.

2015 SEQR Findings Statement

Findings Statement (PDF) (239 KB)

2015 Final SGEIS Documents

The individual chapters of the Final SGEIS (April 2015) can be viewed as PDFs (see below). The full 2015 Final SGEIS document is available as two large PDF files: Volume 1 (PDF) (35.8 MB) and Volume 2 (PDF) (8.4 MB). Although they are very large files, they are downloadable and searchable. Please note that new text in the final SGEIS has been underlined to indicate revisions to the 2011 revised draft SGEIS text, in accordance with the requirements of the SEQRA regulations, and vertical lines have been placed in the page margins at those locations.

2015 Final SGEIS Volume 1 Chapters

Table of contents (PDF) (1.9 MB)

Executive Summary (PDF) (1.3 MB)

  1. Introduction (PDF) (1.3 MB)
  2. Description of Proposed Action
  3. Proposed SEQRA Review Process (PDF) (1.3 MB)
  4. Geology (PDF) (4.5 MB)
  5. Natural Gas Development Activities and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
  6. Potential Environmental Impacts
  7. Existing and Recommended Mitigation Measures (PDF) (2.9 MB)
  8. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination (PDF) (2.0 MB)
  9. Alternative Actions (PDF) (1.3 MB)
  10. Review of Selected Non-Routine Incidents in Pennsylvania (PDF) (1.2 MB)
  11. Summary of Potential Impacts and Mitigation Measures (PDF) (1.4 MB)

Glossary and Bibliographies (PDF) (1.4 MB)

Appendices 1 through 14 (PDF) (4.4 MB)

Appendix 15 (PDF) (5.5 MB)

Appendices 16 through 27 (PDF) (4.2 MB)

2015 Final SGEIS Volume 2: Response to Comments

Response to Comments (PDF) (1.4 MB)

Appendix A (Public Health Review of Shale Gas Development) (PDF) (3.8 MB)

Appendix B (Modeling of Ozone Impacts from Well Pad Activities and Associated Truck Traffic and Compressor Stations for Future Well Development Conditions in the Marcellus Shale Area of NYS) and Appendix C (Dispersion Modeling Input and Output Data, Sensitivity Analysis and Explanation of NAAQS and Toxics Threshold Establishment Process) (PDF) (3.3 MB)

2015 Supplemental Documents

2011 Revised Draft SGEIS Documents

The individual chapters of the Revised Draft SGEIS (September 2011) can be viewed as PDFs (see below). The full 2011 Revised Draft SGEIS document (PDF) (46 MB) is available as a single PDF file. Although it is a very large file, it is downloadable and searchable.

2011 Revised Draft SGEIS Chapters

Table of contents (PDF) (2.7 MB)

Executive Summary (PDF) (805 KB)

  1. Introduction (PDF) (575 KB)
  2. Description of Proposed Action
  3. Proposed SEQRA Review Process (PDF) (996 KB)
  4. Geology (PDF) (4.2 MB)
  5. Natural Gas Development Activities and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (PDF) (5.2 MB)
  6. Potential Environmental Impacts
  7. Existing and Recommended Mitigation Measures (PDF) (2.8 MB)
  8. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination (PDF) (1.4 MB)
  9. Alternative Actions (PDF) (990 KB)
  10. Review of Selected Non-Routine Incidents in Pennsylvania (PDF) (498 KB)
  11. Summary of Potential Impacts and Mitigation Measures (PDF) (711 KB)

Glossary and Bibliographies (PDF) (1.7 MB)

Appendices 1 through 14 (PDF) (3.0 MB)

Appendix 15 (PDF) (6.8 MB)

Appendices 16 through 27 (PDF) (4.5 MB)

2011 Supplemental Documents

2009 Draft SGEIS Documents

The individual chapters of the Draft SGEIS (September 2009) can be viewed as PDFs (see below). The entire 2009 Draft SGEIS document (PDF, 22.77 MB) is also available as a single PDF file.

2009 Draft SGEIS Chapters

Introduction (PDF, 122 KB)

  1. Description of Proposed Action (PDF, 696 KB)
  2. Proposed SEQRA Review Process (PDF, 180 KB)
  3. Geology (PDF, 2.97 MB)
  4. Natural Gas Development and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (PDF, 4.15 MB)
  5. Potential Environmental Impacts (PDF, 2.71 MB)
  6. Mitigation Measures (PDF, 648 KB)
  7. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination (PDF, 151 KB)
  8. Alternatives (PDF, 153 KB)

Glossary (PDF, 158 KB)

Bibliography (PDF, 61 KB)

Consultants Bibliography (PDF, 219 KB)

Appendices Part 1 (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Appendices Part 2 (PDF, 3.9 MB)

Appendices Part 3 (PDF, 575 KB)

2008 Scoping Sessions Transcripts

Final Scope for the Draft SGEIS (PDF) (272 KB)

Transcripts of six public scoping sessions from 2008:

Assistance

For further information or assistance with these documents, please contact the DEC's Bureau of Public Outreach by email or by calling 518-402-8044.