Deposit, NY: Delaware River Basin Commission spokesman Clarke Rupert said a transcript of the four-hour hearing on June 1, 2011, and over 9,000 written comments will be reviewed before a decision is reached on whether to approve the application. There is no timeline on the process. SOURCE: Press & Sun-Bulletin, June 2, 2011
A Surprising Twist…
New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner, Joe Martens, had sent a letter to the DRBC requesting that all Delaware River Basin Commission water withdrawal applications within New York that are associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing be postponed until completion of the New York environmental review process. SOURCE: Press & Sun-Bulletin
Industry groups are unhappy. They don’t like to wait.
Of course Mr. Martens didn’t mention that his boss, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has just told Martens to essentially stop dragging his feet and get the draft drilling guidelines completed by July 1—a mere month from now. But after the draft is done, there will be a new public comment period etc etc which may continue to drag things out for a while. Still, Mr. Marten’s request is superfluous because XTO would not be able to start withdrawing any water until it has received drilling permits from both the DEC (Martens’ own agency) and from the DRBC, neither of which will happen any time soon. SOURCE: marcellusdrilling.com
DRBC Postpones XTO Water Withdrawal Decision – Again