We focus on NYS in this blog, but the actions of the Federal government also have impact on how this issue is handled in our state.  As we await the completion of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) draft SGEIS document, another, Federal document with recommendations about HVSW hydrofracking is being prepared.  The following information, from Nadia Steinzor of Earthworks, explains what this Federal panel is and how you can submit comments– now is the time to do so.

In May, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the establishment of the Energy Advisory Board Natural Gas Subcommittee on Fracking Issues (see www.shalegas.energy.gov) to make recommendations on improving the “safety and environmental performance” of hydraulic fracturing in shale formations.

It’s very positive that this critical issue is being investigated at the federal level. But Earthworks and many of its allies have loudly voiced concern about the make up, process, and focus of the Subcommittee (see http://earthworksaction.org/PR_DOE-fracking-panel.cfm).

After several meetings and hearings, the Subcommittee is due to issue its draft recommendations in mid-August. Members need to hear from people whose water, property, and health have been impacted by gas drilling, and they need to be told why current industry practices and regulations aren’t protecting communities.

It’s best to personalize your comments and write them in your own words. But you can use the key points below, which Earthworks and its allies included in our official comments to the Subcommittee.


Please submit a written statement and any other documentation by Friday, August 5 to Natural Gas Subcommittee on Fracking Issue, c/o Renee Stone, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20585, or by email to: shalegas@hq.doe.gov.

If you have questions or need help in developing comments, you could contact Nadia, who wrote the info quoted above, directly.  Her contact information:

Nadia Steinzor
Marcellus Shale Regional Organizer