I urge Governor Paterson and the New York State Department of Conservation to extend the public comment period on proposed regulations governing development of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale. The environmental impact study stipulates a comment period of 60 days and a deadline for comments of November 30, 2009.
This comment period of 60 days is woefully inadequate.
New Yorkers need sufficient time to read and digest this often confusing 800 page report which is going to have such a marked impact on their lives.
We need at least another 60 days to give people time to commission independent scientific study and analyze the report.
It is dangerously irresponsible to rush this decision that could have a catastrophic impact on the people, livestock, air, water and land of New York State.
Catskill Mountainkeeper is a community based environmental advocacy organization, dedicated to creating a flourishing sustainable economy in the Catskills and preserving and protecting the area’s long term health. We address issues of water integrity for the Delaware and Susquehanna River Systems, the defense of the vast woodlands that encompass the Catskill Forest Preserve and the New York City Watershed as well as farmland protection. We promote “smart” development that balances the economic needs and concerns of the Catskill regions’ citizens and the protection of our abundant but exceedingly vulnerable natural resources.
visit us at www.catskillmountainkeeper.org
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