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EPA Submits Comments on New York State Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Drilling Environmental Impact Statement

Release Date: 12/30/2009
Contact Information: (News Media Only) Bonnie Bellow (212) 637-3660, bellow.bonnie@epa.gov

(New York, N.Y. ) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today submitted its comments to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on its September 2009 draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State. The draft environmental impact statement is required by the State Environmental Quality Review Act in order for the state to review and process permit applications for the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of natural gas bearing shales, including the Marcellus Shale. EPA’s comments were submitted during the public comment period on the dSGEIS, which closes on December 31, 2009.

EPA’s comments can be found at http://www.epa.gov/region2/spmm/r2nepa.htm#r2letters.

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