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Update: DEC issues summary of fracking recommendations

Remember like an hour ago when it wasn't entirely clear what the frack was going on with hydrofracking in New York State?

Well the Department of Environmental Conservation has now cleared things up a little.  

They've issued a press release (h/t to State of Politics for putting it on Scribd) outlining what will happen tomorrow:

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) tomorrow will release its revised recommendations on mitigating the environmental impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing(high-volume fracturing). The recommendations contain these major revisions: High-volume fracturing would be prohibited in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, including a buffer zone; Drilling would be prohibited within primary aquifers and within 500 feet of their boundaries; Surface drilling would be prohibited on state-owned land including parks, forest areas and wildlife management areas; High-volume fracturing will be permitted on privately held lands under rigorous and effective controls; and DEC will issue regulations to codify these recommendations into state law

So if the DEC follows through with its promise to release the recommendations, you'll get to have your say on those changes in August, when the public comment period on the draft begins.  

Here's the full release.

06-30-11 New Recommendations Issued in Hydraulic Fracturing Review 11-79[1]

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