For Release: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
DEC Issues Draft Regulations for High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing
Public Hearing Information Announced
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today issued its draft regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing which are based on the proposed requirements contained in the agency's revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released earlier this month, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.
"Public review of the proposed requirements and regulations governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing is an important part of the environmental impact statement process," Martens said. "The comments from the 2009 public comment period proved insightful and helped inform the revised SGEIS. We look forward to continuing to hear from commentors in person and in writing over the next few months."
The draft regulations create a legal framework for implementing the proposed mitigation measures in the revised dSGEIS. The public comment period on the draft regulations begins today and runs concurrently with the public comment period on the dSGEIS, which ends Dec. 12. DEC also released the proposed State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (GP) for Stormwater Discharges associated with high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
DEC will hold four public hearings on the revised draft SGEIS, draft regulations and proposed SPDES GP. Each public hearing will have an afternoon and an evening session from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, respectively. Comments will be accepted in written and oral format at the hearings.
The hearings will be held:
- Nov. 16: Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY 14437
- Nov. 17: The Forum Theatre, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901
- Nov. 29: Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
- Nov. 30: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY, 10007
Once the comment period is complete, DEC will review the comments on the revised draft SGEIS and proposed regulations and prepare responses to be released with the final SGEIS and final regulations. No permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be issued until the SGEIS is finalized and DEC issues the required Findings Statement.
Comments can be submitted on DEC's High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Comments System website or by mail to:
Attn: dSGEIS Comments
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, NY 12233-6510
For more information on:
- the dSGEIS
- the proposed State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit (GP) for Stormwater Discharges along with its fact sheet; and
- the proposed regulations, visit DEC's website.