Lots of rumors have been flying around about NY lifting the horizontal hydraulic fracturing ban. Legally, they cannot lift the moratorium until the DEC completes the following:
- DEC must complete the revised draft, as the version to be released tomorrow will still be missing a number of key analyses, including impacts on local communities.
- DEC must then issue the complete revised draft document for a formal public comment period, reportedly sometime in August.
- DEC must evaluate and respond to all substantive comments received during the formal comment period (this is what they have been doing for the past year-and-a-half with the more than 13,000 comments they received on the initial draft back in December 2009).
- DEC must issue a final supplemental generic environmental impact statement that incorporates all public comments.
This came from NRDC’s Switchboard, Kate Sinding’s blog where she provides more information.