Saturday, January 5, 2013

Letter from NYS DEC Commissioner Martens to JLCNY

Someone sent me this.

I'm just wondering... has any environmental or anti-fracking group
ever received a letter like this?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: JLCNY Newsletter <>
Date: Sat, Jan 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Letter from NYS DEC Commissioner Martens

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
Your calls and letters have been heard! Linked here is a letter from Commissioner Martens sent to the JLCNY at the direction of Governor Cuomo. We are cautiously optimistic that the DEC will soon complete the SGEIS and regulations.

Thank you for your support and please keep up your good work. Our state and local communities need you now more than ever.

Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc

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The letter is here:

Here's what it says:

Joe Martens Commissioner State of New York
Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, New York 12233-1010

JAN - 2 2013

Mr. Daniel Fitzsimmons
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
P.O. Box 2839
Binghamton, NY 13902

Dear Mr. Fitzsimmons:

Governor Cuomo asked me to respond to your letter expressing strong concerns about the delay in advancing High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF).

DEC recognizes the potential economic benefits HVHF could have for landowners and the communities where you and your members live. I appreciate the involvement the JLC has had in our process and the perspective your organization brings to the discussion about HVHF.

As I have said many times, this process is being driven by science and our goal is to develop regulations and permit conditions for natural gas development that will be fully protective of public health and the environment. I appreciate your support for our staff and the process that has been undertaken to date, as well as the recognition that the measures we are proposing will be the most stringent and protective in the nation — measures that will protect your members most directly should HVHF advance.

A decision will be made regarding whether to issue permits for gas drilling using HVHF once public comments on the 2011 draft Supplement Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) have been responded to and any necessary revisions have been made to it, including possibly additional mitigation measures resulting from the New York State Department of Health review and recommendations.

As you know, we recently filed for an extension of time to complete our proposed regulations associated with HVHF, rather than letting them expire and restarting the rulemaking. As required, a 30-day public comment period commenced on December 12, 2012 and will run through January 11, 2013. DEC will then have until February 27, 2013 to either adopt the rules, or they will expire. These steps are necessary to provide appropriate opportunities for public input pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act.

Joseph J. Martens


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