Gas-Industry Group: DEC’s Fracking Rules Have “No Foundation in Science”
Posted by: Jon Campbell - Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 24, 2013
A trade group for the natural-gas industry is pushing back against the state’s proposed rules for large-scale hydrofracking, saying they would make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible, to site a well pad in New York State.”
In a cover letter for formal comments submitted to the state Department of Environmental Conservation earlier this month, the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York said it was taking a more “adversarial” position against the agency’s proposals because the group’s previous suggestions weren’t given enough consideration.
“These regulations are replete with requirements that have no foundation in science or in the long history of modern drilling in New York State without adverse environmental consequences,” wrote Brad Gill, IOGA’s executive director. “In addition, in a number of instances, the Department has exceeded its regulatory authority, again with no scientific or historical basis for the offensive proposals.”
In his letter, Gill goes as far to suggest the DEC is breaking state law. The State Administrative Procedures Act, which governs how agencies adopt new regulations, requires the agency to take steps to reduce adverse impacts on small businesses; IOGA contends the proposed fracking rules cater to large natural-gas companies rather and that DEC isn’t giving consideration to small, independent operators.
(I guess you have to admire them for their audacity.)