Groups deliver cases of comments on NY gas regs

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 4:27 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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The technology has drawn intense scrutiny since the focus of gas drilling companies has shifted in recent years to the Marcellus Shale, a massive rock formation underlying New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

"We're delivering these comments to DEC, but they're very much directed at Gov. Cuomo," said John Armstrong of New Yorkers Against Fracking. "We think this is truly a statement to the governor that he has a responsibility to follow through on his promise and base the decision to frack or not to frack on the science."

Armstrong said the comment letters "are very clear that no regulation can make this safe, and they should ban it."

Ono and Lennon lead the group Artists Against Fracking.

Albany lawyer Tom West said he'll deliver comments he's prepared for drilling industry clients on Friday. He said the regulations are excessively strict, with numerous arbitrary provisions that make it impossible to site a well in many areas.

"The bottom line is, there are many additional requirements that have been piled onto the proposal from 2011 that don't have a factual or scientific basis and will make it very difficult to drill in New York," West said. "Industry can only take so much. We're willing to live within a high environmental bar, but it has to be attainable."

"The enviros will get what they want, very limited drilling," West said. "Landowners will be left out in the cold, and there will be very little economic development in the Southern Tier," the area of New York north of the Pennsylvania state line where drilling most likely would take place.