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Responding to New Fracking Regulations: December 17th Meeting

Responding to New Fracking Regs

A panel of professionals who have studied policies and regulations on shale gas drilling presented their views at a public forum in Ithaca, NY sponsored by Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG) on December 17, 2012. Speakers were: Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell University, Helen Slottje of the Community Environmental Defense Council, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber of Ithaca College. Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, moderated.

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In late November of 2012, the DEC issued new proposed regulations for shale gas drilling in New York, with a 30-day public comment period. The start date for comments was December 12, and the deadline is 5:00 pm on January 11, 2013. The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at

It is very important that the public speak up about these proposed drilling regulations. Last fall there were some 66,000 public comments on the dSGEIS --the environmental review--but only 650 comments on the regulations. The speakers suggested three very different ways of responding to the DEC. (insert quotations here).

This is our chance to focus on the regulations, and we hope many people will write to the DEC, says Robertson.

Topics covered by the panelists included:

Why the new proposed regulations are important.
What issues the proposed regulations cover and what issues they ignore.
How citizens, interest groups, and municipalities can frame their concerns most effectively in feedback to the DEC.

The new regulations can be found at the DEC website at and comments can be submitted at

Thirty days of franking Regs provides an easy, accessible and fun way for citizen's to send in their comments. The site is set up like an Advent calendar, with a new section from the proposed regulation appearing each new day, together with background information an a submission form.

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