On December 30, Sive, Paget & Riesel (“SPR”) submitted a comment letter on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”) addressing deficiencies in the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“DSGEIS”) prepared by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) regarding proposed natural gas extraction from the Marcellus Shale formation in the Southern Tier of New York State. SPR’s comment letter, prepared by Steven Barshov and Jessica Steinberg, focused principally on matters of concern to towns and other units of local government within whose territory such proposed natural gas drilling would occur.
SPR’s comment letter identified multiple deficiencies in the DSGEIS related to potential impacts of concern to units of local government, including traffic, noise, visual, community character and land use impacts. SPR’s comment letter also encouraged DEC to adopt regulations that would provide units of local government with meaningful advisory input to NYSDEC during well permitting. Access a complete copy of SPR’s comment letter—which is attached to NRDC’s comment letter—here (pdf).