In a surprise release, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released this afternoon a summary of changes in the latest version of its ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Among the changes: a full-out ban of hydrofracking in the Syracuse and New York City watersheds, as well as a ban in primary acquifers statewide; a ban on state-owned land, and the implementation of an advisory panel to develop plans for oversight and a fee structure for drillers.
A 60-day comment period on the document will start in August.
Below is the DEC’s summary:
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