Kavanagh Calls on State to Extend Public Comment Period on Gas Drilling Process
October 19, 2009
On October 19, 2009, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh formally called upon the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to extend the period during which the agency will accept comments regarding its Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale formation. In a letter to DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis, Kavanagh reiterated and specified the request he made during Grannisís testimony at the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservationís October 15th hearing on the subject, held in Albany last week. Kavanagh requested that the period be extended an additional 60 days and that the extension be announced promptly, so that the additional time could be used most productively by those preparing comments.