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Public Meeting on Responding to Proposed New Fracking Regulations

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Public Meeting on Responding to Proposed New Fracking Regulations

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There will be a free public information session on "Responding to New Fracking Regulations", Monday, December 17, at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of North Aurora and Buffalo Street). Sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG), the program will run from 7:00 - 8:30 pm, followed by refreshments and opportunities to write comments to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

A panel of professionals who have studied policies and regulations on shale gas drilling will present their views. Speaking will be 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, will moderate.

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

Topics to be covered by the panelists include:

  • 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 event will be videotaped and available for viewing at within a few days of the event.

    The information session is sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments and is open to the public.

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