The New York Department of Environmental Conservation did not release the full 900+ page draft drilling regulations document yesterday (July 1) as planned. They supposedly did release it to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his review with the announcement that the full report would be made available to the public in one week, on July 8. However, the DEC did release a 27-page executive summary (embedded below). The executive summary is just that—a high level description of what is contained in the 900+ page document.
On page 5 of the Executive Summary we get this interesting statement:
Yesterday, New York State Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Joe Martens, held a press conference to announce the release of new gas drilling regulations for New York, and what will be (eventually) the end of the moratorium for shale gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, as well as other shale gas reserves including the Utica Shale.
Below is a link to the 41-minute press conference so you can watch it for yourself, along with an embedded copy of the slides used by Martens as he spoke.
If there is anything positive to come from the extreme delays in New York State with a moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing used to drill for natural gas in place since 2009, it is that New York has been watching other states, particularly Pennsylvania, where drilling is going full tilt. Watching, and learning from the problems, mistakes and accidents that have occurred.
At yesterday’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) press conference announcing new draft regulations to allow drilling to (finally) begin in New York, the DEC released a 2-page sheet outlining the main lessons learned in their observation of drilling in PA. The document is embedded below.
At yesterday’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) press conference, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced the formation of a Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel. The new panel’s job will be:
- developing recommendations to ensure DEC and other agencies are enabled to properly oversee, monitor and enforce high-volume hydraulic fracturing activities;
- developing recommendations to avoid and mitigate impacts to local governments and communities; and
- evaluating the current fee structure and other revenue streams to fund government oversight and infrastructure related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.