From the Desk of Senator Tom Libous
April 27, 2010
DEC announced last week that permit applications in the Syracuse and New York City watersheds will be excluded from their environmental review process. All applications for horizontal drilling in these watersheds would need to be reviewed on a case by case basis.
You can read DEC’s full announcement by clicking here.
What does that mean to us? With Syracuse and NYC watersheds having extra protection, this could do two things:
1) Help stop some of the New York City opposition to drilling.
2) Free up DEC’s review efforts to focus on permit applications outside of those areas.
We might see safe gas drilling begin sooner than we thought.
But, we still face opposition from New York City Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. You can read his statement on www.SafeDrillingNow.com. We have to keep fighting.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? : Two maps, two standards, part 2
Then again, maybe he reads our blog…