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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GAS DRILLING SCOPING HEARINGS

Community Workshop on December 1 at the Tusten Town Hall in Narrowsburg

November 21, 2008

NARROWSBURG, NY – How do citizens participate in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) scoping process on gas drilling?  A community workshop to describe the procedure will be held on Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6:30pm at the Tusten Town Hall in Narrowsburg. 

 

The public is invited to attend to learn more about this process and how to participate in the public hearings which are being held throughout the state as part of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement.  

 

The December 1st community workshop is designed to provide a foundation of understanding of the current Generic Environmental Impact Statement on gas drilling in New York State and to highlight issues that are being reviewed as part of the Supplemental Study.  "This process can be overwhelming to understand and participating at a public hearing of this nature can be somewhat intimidating.  We want to give people an opportunity to learn as much as they can to become comfortable,” said Bruce Ferguson of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy.

 

Presenters will review the process that is currently underway, how individuals and organizations might participate most effectively and the time line for the review.  Topics to be covered include:  Basic background on gas drilling; Review of 1992 Generic Environmental Impact Statement; Outline of the Supplemental GEIS, the scoping process and hearing format; testifying and written comment. 

 

The DEC hearing on the scoping process for Sullivan County is scheduled on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at the Field House at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake. 

 

Information on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale can be found on the website of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html .  The draft scoping document for the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement is also available on line and can be downloaded at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/47554.html .

 

"The DEC will need to respond to all issues raised as part of the scoping process in some way.  Individual and organized testimony will raise the issues that will help to ensure further protections for our region," said Ramsay Adams, Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

 

The Community Workshop is being offered by Catskill Mountainkeeper, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy , The Open Space Institute, The River Reporter and Sullivan Renaissance.  Call 845.582.5400 to register.  Refreshments will be served.