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TCCOG - Task Force on Gas Drilling

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TCCOG - Task Force on Gas Drilling

The TCCOG Task Force on Gas Drilling seeks to network municipalities within Tompkins County, New York to manage the large amount of information surrounding drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shales using the technique called hydraulic fracturing. The Task Force will explore avenues for municipalities to exert local control over gas drilling activities that affect the health, safety and well-being of their residents and resources. The Task Force refers to itself as TANG (Tompkins Addresses Natural Gas).

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 Comments can be submitted at

Comments by the Water Resources Council (1/7/13)

The final version of policy statement 20125 “The Environmental and Occupational Health Impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Gas Reserves” is publicly available in the APHA policy statement database. Katrina Smith Korfmacher, PhD, Director, Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Environmental Health Sciences CenterAssociate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Resolutions adopted by Municipalities Urging the Governor and NY State Legislature to develop a Blend of Revenue Streams and Other Taxation of Natural Gas Extraction and to Establish and Accurate, Transparent, and Verifiable Method of Measuring and Reporting hale Gas Production:

Letter from Tompkins County Legislators and resolution urging a Statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing

Community Impact Assessment prepared by Greenplan, Inc. 
The Impact Assessment examines the potential that high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) could have on the economy, community character, and environment of Tompkins County. The report contains a checklist of questions that each community should consider when assessing HVHF and a discussion of the array of municipal actions that can be considered, including zoning regulations, site plan regulations, Critical Environmental Areas, stormwater management, and road use regulations.
View Full Assessment
 or Executive Summary or Press Release


Comments on the Revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (sGEIS) Transcript of 12/1/11 Public Hearing Now Available

Click to View Comments or Video of Hearing

*Additional Information on Navigating the Comment Process
*News Releases Before and After Hearing


*NEW* Municipal Tools for Addressing Potential Gas Drilling Impacts

New York Times Article - October 20, 2011: "Rush to Drill for Gas Creates Conflicts with Mortgages"     


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