70 State Lawmakers Sign Letter On Fracking Concerns

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Seventy state legislators signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today that calls on him to resolve six issues before permitting hydraulic fracturing in the Southern Tier.

The lawmakers said the issues are not adequately addressed by the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement that the state Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing. The review is expected to end later this year.

“It is clear that the SGEIS, as we have seen it, insufficiently addresses the effects that this heavy industry could have on New York families,” said Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, said in a statement. “Until these critical issues are resolved, we must send the SGEIS back to the drawing board. This document may be our last line of defense from heavy industry in our backyards — we only get one chance at this.”

The six issues cited by the lawmakers are:

1) Requiring Environmental Quality Review regarding fracturing utilizing liquid propane gas.

2) Requiring an environmental quality report for all New York State mortgage lending programs.

3) Rescinding the state’s Natural Gas Hazardous Waste Regulatory Exemption.

4) Banning “recycling” of natural gas drilling wastewater that exceeds current pollution limits.

5) Banning natural gas drilling wastewater in municipal wastewater treatment plants.

6) Requiring an independent health study of the effects of hydrofracking.

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