DEC to release fracking study findings

Binghamton (WIVT) – After years of gathering information and public comments, the DEC is set to release a study that will lay the foundation for future legislation of hydraulic fracturing.

It has 10 days to release the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, or SGEIS, that will address major uncertainties about health and environmental risks.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said it has considered numerous sources including scientific studies, academic research and over 260,000 public comments.

It also took into consideration the State Health Department’s public review report, released last December, that suggested significant uncertainty of air, water, and soil quality.

Local groups are beginning to react to the findings.

President of the Landowners Coalition of New York, Dan Fitzsimmons, said the current ban on fracking is “an assault on Upstate New York.”

However, New Yorkers Against Fracking Community Organizer Isaac Silberman-Gorn is thanking Governor Cuomo for standing up to the oil and gas industry.

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