A Statement from Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Member of NYS Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee

Revised DEC plan on recommendations about hydrofracking
July 5, 2011
Great Neck I hope that the revised document will address each of the many issues that have been raised, including health impacts, as well as the potential for water contamination and air pollution, just to name a few.

Thirty-nine of my Assembly colleagues, as well as the Chair of Environment Conservation Robert Sweeney, have asked the Governor to include a comment period of at least 180 days to allow for adequate time for review. By law, no permits may be issued until the public comments are reviewed and considered and the final Supplement Generic Environmental Impact Statement is released.

I will join Chairman Sweeney when he holds the public hearing on the document in order to solicit expert testimony on the many issues raised.