Now is the time to submit your comments on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation draft scoping document (http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/47554.html) for a Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on unconventional gas well drilling. This is a long scoping document, but the key part is the last few pages. Comments are due by Dec. 15 and can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Scope Comments” as the Subject.
Why is this important? The scoping document determines what issues and concerns will be addressed in the SGEIS. The SGEIS establishes the type and degree of environmental mitigation that will be required of gas companies in order to be issued a permit to drill for gas using horizontal hydrofracing techniques.
Susan Riha, WRI Director