Environmental Group Seeks DEC Emails On Fracking

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Environmental groups are peeved over a report that the state Department of Environmental Conservation shared a draft of its hydrofracking review with the gas industry.

The Times Union reported Wednesday on the exchange of emails between the state agency and some pro-drilling people. The Environmental Working Group got the emails.

Now Food and Water Watch, a Washington D.C.-based group, wants emails too. It filed a Freedom of Information request for all correspondence “between the oil and gas industry and parties reviewing comments on” the state’s proposed drilling regulations.

The letter is more than a simple FOIL request and offers commentary, saying the report of the exchange of emails “betrays the Cuomo Administration’s promises of transparency and openness in government. Furthermore it raises questions about the influence that the oil and gas industry may have had on the Cuomo Administration’s DEC’s revised supplemental generic environmental impact statement …”

Common Cause, which is funded in part by the anti-fracking Park Foundation based in Ithaca, is also hot about the exchange of emails between the state and the gas industry.

“The fact that DEC gave the natural gas industry a leg up over the public and other stakeholders, is an outrageous violation of the ethical standards that must govern a supposedly neutral agency,” said Susan Lerner, Common Cause’s executive director.

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  1. Allowing hydrofracking in NYS gives a clear message, that we are not doing good and we are okay with it. This simply is NOT an acceptable solution for our economic problems, and frankly it’s sad that this is the best we can come up with in 2012 (it is important not to forget that current resources will be obsolete in generations to come, however the earth and the marks which we leave upon it will be there still) . I see the financial benefits that we POSSIBLY stand to gain here but do it somewhere less beautiful!!! I love New York, respect the Earth and don’t doubt its power!

  2. Turning millions of gallons of fresh water into toxic waste, and then pumping it into the ground under super-high pressure – and expecting that NOTHING bad will ever happen – goes well beyond sheer stupidity…this is an example of “insanity” on a societal scale!

  3. Someone from the company that is involved on this transaction refuted this claims though but the doubts of people will still remain. If it involves our environment, the public should know beforehand.