TV News LIES

Tuesday, May 30th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Fracking Industry Enjoyed Privileged Access to Controversial New York DEC Environmental Review

Fracking Industry Enjoyed Privileged Access to Controversial New York DEC Environmental Review

E-mail Print PDF

FrackingDocuments obtained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show that bureaucrats within the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) granted the oil and gas industry premature access to highly controversial draft regulations for shale gas fracking in the state.

New York placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for gas in order to evaluate the science on the risks posed to drinking water, air quality and the health of New York's citizens and the environment.

The documents, obtained by EWG through New York's Freedom of Information Law, show that the fracking industry received an unfair advantage thanks to DEC officials who provided detailed summaries of their proposed rules exclusively to oil and gas industry representatives. This allowed industry a six-week head start to lobby state officials to weaken the proposed standards before the public was granted access to the plan.

Of particular concern, a lobbyist for scandal-ridden gas giant Chesapeake Energy used the exclusive access to the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) to attempt to weaken the proposed rules restricting discharges of radioactive wastewater.

Thomas West, a prominent oil and gas industry lobbyist representing Chesapeake and other industry clients, made "one last pitch" -- in an email to DEC Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel Steven Russo -- to "reduce or eliminate radionuclide testing" of fluids that could migrate from drilling sites during storms, according to the documents.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Alaska volcano erupts, triggers highest aviation warning

Alaska volcano eruptsAlaska's Bogoslof Volcano erupted Sunday, sending a plume of ash at least 35,000 feet into the...

Removed from the land before, Ponca nation vows to protect the Earth from Keystone XL

Tribe to fight againsst Keysotne PipelineUnder a boundless canopy of clear blue skies painted with wispy white clouds, Mekasi Camp Horinek...

A third of the nation's honeybee colonies died last year. Why you should care

Bees dyingAmerica's beekeepers watched as a third of the country's honeybee colonies were lost over the last...

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Doomsday seed vaultIt was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!