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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
For more information contact:
Sarah Eckel, Legislative & Policy Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), seckel@citizenscampaign.org
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

CCE CONCERNED WITH FRACKING FAST-TRACK PROCESS AND LIMITED PUBLIC HEARINGS

Albany, NY – Today, Governor Cuomo officially released the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (rdSGEIS) for high volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State.  The comment period will end December 12, 2011 and will include four public hearings in NYC, Steuben County, Sullivan County, and Broome County.  Additionally, the state announced that it will begin its process of regulations before the rdSGEIS is finalized.

Over the past month, CCE’s members and supporters have written over 5,000 letters and generated over 27,000 signatures calling on Governor Cuomo to protect New York from the many hazards associated with hydrofracking and to provide a longer public comment period.

CCE is disappointed with the limited public hearings throughout a vast Upstate New York region and is hopeful that the Cuomo Administration will add  at least two additional hearings in Central New York and Western New York.

CCE is also gravely concerned by the fast-tracked permitting process that is apparently underway in Albany.  An understaffed agency is attempting to engage in a public comment period on draft environmental impacts for a highly intensive and polluting process, while simultaneously attempting to update twenty-year old regulations.  The goals of the Cuomo Administration are clear - to permit hydraulic fracturing by January and limit the involvement of a concerned citizenry that is not convinced of the benefits of fracking in New York.

 

 

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  9/7/11