Public Input

The SEQR law gives each and every individual in New York State the opportunity to individually comment on SEQR issues before, during and after the study has been published. In fact, this was done in New York State as a draft scoping document was sent out for public review in October 2008 and public scoping sessions were held in six venues in the Southern Tier and Catskills. A total of 188 comments were received at these sessions, together with 2,770 written comments regarding the proposed scope of the SEQR review. On September 30, 2009, a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS) was released for public review and four public hearings were held. 425 people attended these public hearings and more that 200 verbal comments were delivered. In addition, 15,000 written comments were also received by the DEC. The revised draft SGEIS was published in June of 2011, and public comments on the revisions are being accepted until January 11, 2012. In the meantime, a moratorium has been imposed on permits for high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State. It is anticipated that a final SGEIS will be published sometime in 2012, which will incorporate all the volumes of the 1992 GEIS. Use this link to make your comments by January 11, 2012.

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