SLPWA Lists Concerns For DEC

Today, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association submitted initial list of concerns to DEC on the September 2011 revision to the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) for High Volume Hydraulic Drilling (HVHF) in the shale deposits for natural gas.SLPWA is opposed to “going ahead with HVHF until improved safeguards and regulations are explicitly spelled out and agreed to through a public hearing process”In its letter, the association identified eight areas of concern on which they will provide more detailed analysis to the DEC by the December 12, 2011 deadline for public comments. The purpose of this initial list is to get these concerns to the DEC early. The following are areas of concern. They are described in more detail in the attached copy of the letter to the DEC:1. Rate/location of issued permits should be controlled to protect high risk areas.2. Protection of human health should engage the full capabilities of the NYS Department of Health.3. Drinking water supplies should be fully protected4. The dSGEIS should describe an environmentally acceptable system for the disposal of all toxic/hazardous wastes from the HVHF process. 5. Full regulations should be in place before any permits are issued6. Cumulative impact assessment of assumed number of wells in each region needs to be completed for the regions selected. 7. The Pennsylvania experience data should be analyzed statistically to determine high risk steps in the process. 8. Fiscal responsibility should be detailedSLPWA also called for the DEC to await the results of EPA research which is underway on the environmental impact of such drilling. Additionally, the EPA is planning to establish rules for the disposal of waste water from HVHF. By proceeding with the issuance of permits before the Federal studies and regulations are established, New York State could find itself out of compliance with Federal regulations.SLPWA is an organization of over more than 400 volunteer individuals and businesses in the Seneca Lake watershed. The association was formed in 1991 to promote the understanding, preservation and improvement of the water quality, natural habitat and general environmental conditions of Seneca Lake and its watershed. The association’s website at http://www.senecalake.org/ has current information regarding its activities.

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