The Assembly is holding what will likely be a daylong hearing on whether New York should move forward with hydraulic fracturing.
The Assembly is parsing the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS), which was released last month and can be commented on until early December.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens is testifying now. It can be watched here.
“Our whole approach is to prevent potential health impacts,” Martens said. “We’re taking a preventative approach here.”
Here’s the list of those testifying.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter Strickland; United States Geological Survey Hydrogeologist William M. Kappel; Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Attorney Eric Goldstein; Environmental Advocates of New York Policy Director Katherine Nadeau; and Ricardo Gotla, New York League of Conservation Voters.
Also providing testimony are Roger Downs, conservation associate, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter; Sarah Eckel, policy analyst, Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Onondaga Nation General Counsel Joseph J. Heath, Esq.; New York State Petroleum Council Executive Director Mike Doyle; Acting President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Esq.; and Susan J. Riha, PhD., New York State Water Resources Institute, Cornell University.
Testimony is also expected from Sandra Steigraber, PhD., distinguished scholar in residence, Ithaca College; Ronald E. Bishop, PhD., lecturer, SUNY College at Oneonta; Jake Hays, program director, Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy; Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., economist, Pepaction Institute, LLC; and other government officials and representatives of environmental groups.