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A new day begins for fracking in the Empire State

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By Nadia Steinzor

January 12, 2012

It’s meant to be encouraging to say that every night brings a new dawn. But today, officials with New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) probably wished they could stay in bed, safely hidden by darkness. Instead, as the public comment period on the guidelines for developing natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale ended, they awoke to confront an astounding number of letters (early estimate: 40,000) and reams of supporting documentation—all awaiting their review and analysis.

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Tagged with: fracking, marcellus shale, health and toxics, new york, public comments, sgeis


A fracking kerfuffle, Susquehanna style

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By Nadia Steinzor

December 23, 2011

Interstate river basin commissions are based on noble values: sharing resources, not polluting neighbors downstream, and planning so water resources aren’t sucked dry. Then again, ideas are only as good as the people who make them reality. When it comes to Marcellus Shale gas development, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)—responsible for coordinating water resources among Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania—seems to have fallen down on the job.

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Tagged with: fracking, hydraulic fracturing, marcellus shale, susquehanna river basin commission, water withdrawal, susquehanna river, permits


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