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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Monday, April 26, 2010
For more information contact:
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), dglance@citizenscampaign.org

NEW YORK MUST PROTECT EVERYONE’S WATER

CCE’s Response to DEC’s Announcement that NYC & Syracuse Watersheds would be excluded from the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement

Syracuse, NY - On Friday, April 23 the NYS DEC announced a separate review process for communities with a Filtration Avoidance Determination – or unfiltered drinking water sources. Currently two New York State communities have this determination – Syracuse & New York City. The NYS DEC has not banned controversial high volume hydraulic fracturing or hydro-fracking in these sensitive watersheds. The DEC’s announcement only means that hydro-fracking permits for these watersheds will have a longer review process, but the protection of these watersheds is still unclear.

Unfortunately, this decision leaves a large portion of New York State vulnerable to the concentrated industrialization and pollution that accompanies hydro-fracking operations. The rest of New York’s residents, who rely upon well water, aquifers, lakes, and rivers as their source of drinking water, would be regulated under the DEC’s Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). Expected by the end of the year, CCE is deeply concerned that the final SGEIS will will not reflect the comprehensive and valuable comments submitted to improve the document, but rather will be a new version of the fatally flawed draft document.  At a minimum, CCE believes that the DEC should undertake another round of public comments prior to finalizing the SGEIS.

Recently the US EPA began a Congressionally-requested study on the effects of hydro-fracking on drinking water. New York State Senator Addabbo and Assemblyman Englebright are championing legislation (S. 7592 / A.10490) to enact a hydro-fracking moratorium until EPA’s peer reviewed study is complete. CCE believes a moratorium is a sensible and proactive policy and is calling on the NYS Legislature to enact S. 7592 / A.10490 this legislative session.

For more information visit CCE’s Hydro-Fracking campaign page and view its report on why New York needs a Hydro-Fracking Moratorium.


Links referenced in this document:
NYS DEC’s announcement – http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/64699.html
CCE’s Memo of Support for a Hydro-Fracking Moratorium – http://www.citizenscampaign.org/PDFs/MOS.HydroFrackingMoratorium.pdf
CCE’s Hydro-Fracking Campaign Page – www.citizenscampaign.org/hydrofracking
CCE’s Report “What’s the Hydro-Fracking Rush?” – http://www.citizenscampaign.org/PDFs/cce_hvhf_wp_final.pdf

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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  4/29/10