Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The ULTIMATE Shale Gas Primer...From Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy

If there is one thing I have learned being an activist over many many moons, is you do not try to reinvent the wheel...truth be told, it is WASTED ENERGY that the cause cannot afford.  So, rather than try to create my own primer on the subject of Shale Gas, and it's Rosemary's Baby demonic child known as FRACK, thought I would share the BEST PRIMER I have found from the folks over at Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy...if you find this page, click on its links, and it will take you right to their learning resources...please take the time to educate yourselves...if not for yourselves, then for your children, and their children.

The following links are provided to help our community learn.

        Essential Reading on Shale Gas Extraction
        The Marcellus Shale
        Shale Gas Extraction
Environmental and Health Risks
        Environmental and Health Risks
Wastewater Treatment
The Economics of Shale Gas Extraction
        Economic Impact
        Perverse Incentives - How the Federal Government Subsidizes   
        Gas Bubble:The Shakey Economics of Shale Gas Extraction
Water Testing and Best Management Practices
        Best Management Practices
        Water Testing
        Sesimic Testing
New York State Legislation, Regulations and Resolutions
        NY State Laws & Regulations
        NYS Pending Legislation
        NY Legislation and Regulatons We Need to See
        NY Home Rule
        NY Local Ordinances
        Protecting the NYC Watershed
The Role of the Federal Government
        Pending Federal Legislation
        Potential Relationships Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water Resources
        Pseudo-Science: The Flawed 2004 EPA Study of Hydraulic Fracturing
        NY Times March 2011 Drill Down Series
        The Oil and Gas Industry: Exempt From Our Most Important Environmental Laws
        Industry Lobbying Expenditures
Leasing and Compulsory Integration
        NYS Compulsory Integration
        Gas Leasing
The NYS DEC and the SGEIS
        Scoping for the SGEIS
        The NYS Draft SGEIS
        Comments on the NYS Draft SGEIS

        Pending PA Legislation
        PA Regulations
        PA Drilling Maps/Permits & Rig Activity
        PA Severence Tax
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
        The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
        The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
Impacts on Communities - Organizing and Outreach
        Impact on Communities
        Community Organizing and Outreach
        Legal Tools
        Speaking Out! Oppostion to Fracking
Polls and Opinions
        Public Opinion Polls
        Op Eds and Editorials
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
        CCSE Updates
        Technical Discussions on Drilling
        Living with Fracking
        News & Interviews
        Call to Action
Vote Where It Counts
        Vote Where It Counts

Sustainable Energy
        Sustainable Energy

Monday, March 28, 2011

NY DEP...Shale Gas GEIS Documents

The original GEIS is presented below as a series of PDF documents. The entire GEIS document (PDF) (28 MB), including the associated findings statements, is also available as a single PDF file which can be downloaded and searched. Additionally, the Original Findings Statement is also presented in html format.
Note: Some of these are large documents. Only print if you really need to, and only those sections that you need. Double side all printing and copying jobs. For every ton of office paper use avoided, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by more than 8 metric tons.

SEQR Findings

Original Findings Statement (PDF) (280 KB), (html)
Supplemental Findings Statement (PDF) (29 KB)

Final GEIS

The Final GEIS, released in 1992, refers to and incorporates the 3 volumes of the Draft GEIS, which were released in 1988 and appear below.

Draft GEIS

More about Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (GEIS):

  • 1992 Findings Statement for Oil and Gas GEIS - The 1992 Findings Statement for the Oil and Gas GEIS explains the adoption of the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and the SEQR Regulations 6NYCRR Part 617.