April 26, 2013

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Watchdog groups call on government to scrap revised DSGEIS on fracking

ALBANY – In light of reports by Common Cause/NY that three firms that are members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York have been involved in development of the state’s revised draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement on hydrofracking, a number of watchdog groups Thursday called on Governor Cuomo to scrap the document.

Catskill Mountainkeeper Ramsay Adams said the state needed the help because of a manpower shortage.

“The Department of Environmental Conservation, because it is so severely understaffed and has such limited resources to deal with this issue, has outsourced its work in evaluating it, specifically the supplemental generic environmental impact statement,” Adams said.

Those three consulting companies are members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association, the leading advocate for fracking by the gas industry.

Common Cause/NY Executive Director Susan Lerner called the use of three gas industry-related firms in developing the document a “large scale breach of the public interest.”

Organizations calling for the governor to throw out the revised DSGEIS are Common Cause/NY, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food & Water Watch, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Center for Environmental Health, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizens for Water, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Riverkeeper, and Frack Action.


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