Folks, I guess I owe you an apology regarding this very artificial flap about the completion date of the dSGEIS currently underway. Frankly I thought it was much adieu about nothing since a SEQR review is entirely different in nature, but similar in title. So I did not put any of the information up on the site because it was rapidly debunked and I did not want to cause additional confusion. Emotions are running high enough as it is and I believe our focus needs to be on getting our towns to make the positive declaration supporting the NYS DEC results regarding gas exploration and drilling.JLCpulse
Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,
I know many of you were very concerned about comments that were reported by the media recently attributed to Commissioner Martens. According to numerous people who were at the NYS Business Council Environmental Conference, held on April 19th, 2012 (the event that was the subject of the news reports), NYSDEC Commissioner Martens was asked about the progress of the agency’s review of comments on the revised dSGEIS for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Martens suggested that the review process would be completed “over the summer.”
On a separate panel, at the same conference, a representative from NYSDEC discussed the agency’s timeline for its proposed changes to the DECs State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process in general. This panel is looking to make some mostly administrative changes in the SEQR process, which applies to all types of projects. Review of comments for the revised dSGEIS is UNRELATED to the timeline outlined for the reassessment of SEQR regulations. The February 2013 date mentioned in the media had nothing to do with natural gas drilling permits, but rather the adoption of draft changes associated with the SEQR process, which is separate and distinct from the SGEIS process for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing.
I hope this eases your concerns as it does mine.
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.