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has been extended to Dec. 4th!
Attention! Submitting comments from this site will be turned off at midnight on December 2. Comments can still be submitted until Dec. 4 by 5 PM at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/93069.html
While New York holds off fracking—and as science shows more and more associated harm—the gas industry is busy building the infrastructure to transport, liquefy, and store fracked gas. And ship it overseas. These infrastructure projects pave the way for fracking our state and establish a whole new entrenched dependency on fossil fuels. They vent climate-killing methane into our air and directly threaten our health and safety. It's a scary situation, but you can help!
Last year, New Yorkers made their voices heard in 204,000 comments to the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) about its proposed, fatally flawed regulations for fracking. (And we have back-up copies of them all.) We won. The regs expired. Now a new set of public comment periods has commenced, and your voice is needed again! Please note that the deadline for submitting comments to the DEC has been extended to December 4th!
Here are three issues that compel our attention during this season of pumpkin pie, apples, hot soup, and the counting of blessings.
1) The DEC draft rules for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which would permit LNG facilities of any size throughout the state, promote massive industrialization, and endanger communities. If adopted, the rules would lift a prohibition on new LNG facilities in New York State which has been in place since 1973, when a horrific explosion on Staten Island killed 40 people.
2) The FERC review of the Natural Gas Storage expansion plan, which would bury natural gas in underground salt caverns, turning the Finger Lakes region into a major storage and transportation hub for fracked gases and threatening a source of drinking water for 100,000 people. PLEASE NOTE: The comment period for this issue has closed. A big thank you to all who submitted comments!
3) The Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) port, near the entrance of New York Harbor. This proposed floating "port" would connect ships to onshore gas infrastructure and so allow for the import and export of LNG, to be sold to the highest bidder, thus increasing the demand for fracked gas. It would also discharge toxic chemicals into a fishing area and wildlife migration route. While a federal comment period for this mega-project ended in August, Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie can still veto it, and the DEC still needs to hear from us about it as part of its own ongoing comment period.
On the left you'll find links to possible comments: each one focuses on an issue of importance for one or another of these projects,
gives you the science behind our concern, and helps you send your comments to the DEC. If you miss a day, don't worry - you can always
go back to a previous post and send your comments!