On September 29, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued its long-awaited regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The regulations were based on the agency's Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), which was released in mid-September. The proposed rules would create a Division of Mineral of Resources, prohibit the surface disturbance of state lands, require companies to file applications with NYDEC before commencing drilling operations, implement well-spacing requirements as well as water resource protection procedures. The public comment period for the proposed rules will end on December 12, 2011.
Click here to read the NYDEC press release
Click here to read the proposed regulations
Written by Andy Schwabenbauer, Research Fellow
October 5, 2011