Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (September 2011)
Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
UPDATE: Commissioner Martens announces DEC will complete the SGEIS and issue a legally binding findings statement prohibiting High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF): See the DEC and DOH press release.
DEC received more than 13,000 public comments on the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) issued in September 2009. The Draft SGEIS addresses permit conditions required for gas drilling in Marcellus Shale and other areas of the State.
In response to issues raised, DEC prepared and released for public review a Revised Draft SGEIS on September 7, 2011. To help those interested in understanding the issues involving horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing, several fact sheets also were released. 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.
In September 2012, Commissioner Martens asked the Department of Health Commissioner 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 the 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 (LINK). 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. He also stated he will then issue a legally binding Findings Statement prohibiting HVHF in NYS at least 10 days later.
2011 Document Availability
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.
Please note: Some of these are very large documents. Only print them if you really need to, and only those sections that you need. Double side all printing and copying jobs. For every ton of office paper use avoided, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by more than 8 metric tons.
2011 Revised Draft SGEIS Chapters
Table of contents (PDF) (2.7 MB)
Executive Summary (PDF) (805 KB)
- Introduction (PDF) (575 KB)
- Description of Proposed Action
- Proposed SEQRA Review Process (PDF) (996 KB)
- Geology (PDF) (4.2 MB)
- Natural Gas Development Activities and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (PDF) (5.2 MB)
- Potential Environmental Impacts
- Mitigation Measures (PDF) (2.8 MB)
- Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination (PDF) (1.4 MB)
- Alternative Actions (PDF) (990 KB)
- Review of Selected Non-Routine Incidents in Pennsylvania (PDF) (498 KB)
- 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)
Socio-economic Impact Analysis Report, Ecology and Environment, P.C. (E & E)
Ecology and Environment Engineering, P.C. prepared the Socio-economic Impact Analysis as a technical consulting report in support of the revised draft SGEIS. The Socio-economic Impact Analysis (PDF) (4.0 MB) is available for download as a single PDF file
Public Comment Period
The public comment period on the draft SGEIS closed on January 11, 2012.
DEC held public hearings during the comment period for the SGEIS and regulations in November 2011.
- 2014 Presentation to Governor Cuomo's Cabinet Team (PDF) (11 MB)
- 2014 DOH Public Health Report of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development (PDF) (leaving DEC's website)
- 2014 DEC and DOH announces Health Department completes review of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
- 2011 Recommendations for Permitting High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in NYS (PDF) (54 KB)
- Transcript From Commissioner Martens' 10/08/11 CitizenConnects Chat on Hydraulic Fracturing (leaving DEC's website)
- Economic Impacts Fact Sheet (PDF) (46 KB)
- Community Impacts Fact Sheet (PDF) (42 KB)
- High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS Time Line Fact Sheet (PDF) (38 KB)
- What We Learned From Pennsylvania Fact Sheet (PDF) (41 KB)
- Document Repository for Paper Copies (PDF) (770 KB)
- PowerPoint Presentation from July 1, 2011 Press Conference (PDF) (1.4 MB)
- Map of Prohibited Drilling Areas
- Map of Primary Aquifers and Marcellus Shale Extent
Press Conference Webcast
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens held a press conference on July 1, 2011 to explain the preliminary revised draft SGEIS. A webcast is available for viewing. (Leaving DEC's website)
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.
More about Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (September 2011):
- Public Hearings for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing SGEIS - listing of public hearing dates and guidelines
- Economic Impacts - highlights of economic impacts
- Community Impacts - description of identified community impacts such as traffic, noise, etc.
- 2011 Map of Proposed Prohibited Drilling Areas - areas where high-volume hydraulic fracturing surface drilling would be prohibited
- 2011 Recommendations for Permitting High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing - recommendations on mitigating the environmental impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State
- What We Learned From Pennsylvania - fact sheet on lessons learned from a recent spill in Pennsylvania and steps to take to avoid a similar situation