Governor Cuomo spoke about many things in his speech today. However, fracking was not one of them, even though the prepared remarks that were released in advance of the speech Included a section on”Hydraulic Fracturing in the Southern Tier.” Several pages of the remarks were skipped over in that section of the speech as delivered, including this on fracking:
Hydraulic Fracturing in the Southern Tier
In 2011, the Department of Environmental Conservation(“DEC”) conducted a comprehensive review of the impact of proposed gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing.DEC presented for comment significantly improved measures to protect the state’s drinking water, air, land, another natural resources, and completed a study of potential socioeconomic impacts. DEC released the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement and comprehensive regulations governing all aspects of high volume hydraulic fracturing. DEC also held four public hearings around the state, attended by a total of 6,000
people. The Department received more than 15,000comments.DEC is reviewing all the comments and expects the final environmental impact study and the advisory panel’s recommendations to be released in 2012, before any decisions are made on how to proceed.
What did receive mention in the speech was an “Energy Superhighway” project that would bring energy from upstate downstate.
The speech as spoken is available on the Governor’s website: http://www.governor.ny.gov/