HORIZONTAL DRILLING FOR NATURAL GAS
OCCA was actively involved in actions regarding horizontal drilling for natural gas. OCCA crafted a position statement, commented on the DEC’s scoping document, created an informational flier, and wrote opinion pieces disseminated to the local media and featured articles in our newsletter.
OCCA was at the forefront of public education and action on this issue. Specifically, OCCA produced, posted on this website and updated a map showing parcels leased to gas companies within Otsego County. OCCA members and staff attended and made presentations at numerous public meetings focused on gas drilling. We also compiled an informational flier, written opinion pieces for local papers on this topic, and submitted a 9-page response to the DEC’s draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact – all available on this website.
NATURAL GAS DRAFT SCOPING COMMENTS
In February, 2009 the NYS DEC released its “Final Scope for Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program, Well Permit Issuance for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-permeability Gas Reservoirs.” To read that document, click here.
To read comments on this document from OCCA and other interested parties and individuals, click on the links below.
- Catskill Citizens
- Schuyler County Environmental Management Council
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Anne Marie Garti
- Dr. Ronald E. Bishop
- Sustainable Otsego
- James Herman
- Colleen Blacklock, B.A. Biology
- City of New York Department of Environmental Protection
- Resolution of the Cherry Valley Town Board
LINKS TO NATURAL GAS INFORMATION