Photo: Sara Moriarty / Riverkeeper
We need your help to save the environmental review process that led to New York’s fracking ban. Under new regulations proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, a key part of the process would be removed, disempowering governmental entities and the public in favor of large developers and industry.
Specifically, governmental entities would be prohibited from providing public review of new issues discovered during the environmental impact statement drafting process. Indeed, it was during the drafting process that staff at the Department of Environmental Conservation reviewed new studies and realized fracking would have a devastating impact on human health and must be banned. Under the new regulations, the agency would be prevented from subjecting its preliminary conclusions on such “new” issues to public review and comment before finalizing.Sign the petition below telling the DEC to preserve this key part of the environmental review process. While you’re at it, you can also comment on other related proposals. Let the DEC know:
The deadline for written comments is May 19, 2017. The DEC has posted relevant documents here.
• Read the sample letter (below) and edit it as you see fit. Personalized letters have a greater impact!
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Dear: [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
20 Secor Road
Ossining, New York 10562
t: 800 21-RIVER