Saturday, Mar 24th

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.


Most Recent Related Stories...

World's largest collection of ocean garbage is now twice the size of Texas

Ocen garbage The world's largest collection of ocean garbage is growing. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of plastic,...

'The Harms of Fracking': New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

Fracking a clear health hazard"Our examination…uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten...

UN chief: Global water crisis has widespread impact

Water crisis effects worldSecretary-General Antonio Guterres says on World Water Day that 40 percent of the world's population faces...

World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report

Wildlife to disappear at a catastrophic rate in Amazon because of earth's warming The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!