Weekend reading material: DEC releases updated, longer report on fracking

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Couldn’t get enough of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s 736-page report on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas? Good, because it just got longer.

The DEC just released an updated version of its latest draft report on the environmental impacts of hydrofracking, complete with appendices and bibliographies not included in the initial version that saw a limited release a week ago.

This version clocks in at a whopping 1095 pages — and its only going to get longer. DEC is waiting to add a section on the socioeconomic impacts of hydrofracking and natural gas drilling on local governments and communities, which will be slipped in sometime in August before a 60-day public comment period starts.

High-volume hydrofracking won’t begin in New York until the DEC’s review is finalized, which is expected to happen some time next year.

You can find the latest version of the DEC’s draft below. Specific chapters of the review can be downloaded here.

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