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NY State to Hold Public Hearings on Gas Drilling

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Responding to the calls of concerned New Yorkers, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has scheduled three public comment sessions on the draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement (DSGEIS) for gas drilling in New York. One more hearing is slated to be scheduled for a total of four.

Riverkeeper welcomes this news and calls on all New Yorkers to keep the pressure on NY State to ensure meaningful public participation in the review of the DSGEIS. Please send a message to DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis today demanding an expanded public review period for the planned industrial gas drilling in New York State. Send a message now

Public comment sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, Sullivan County Community College, E Building, Seelig Theater, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, Stuyvesant High School, High School Auditorium, 345 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10282.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, Chenango Valley High School, High School Auditorium, 221 Chenango Bridge Rd., Chenango Bridge, NY 13901.

The fourth meeting is planned for the Elmira-Corning area, Chemung County.

For all sessions doors will open at 6pm for individual questions and speaker sign-up. The public comment session will start at 7pm. Please plan on attending the event nearest you. For more information visit the DEC website.

A copy of the full DSGEIS can be reviewed on the DEC site.

Comments can be submit online anytime before the November 30, 2009 deadline on the DEC site.

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