|Danby, NY Community : Gas Drilling
The Danby Gas Drilling Task Force has developed two surveys.
The first survey is an on-line version of the questionnaire
about water wells, gas wells, and land in Danby, that was published
in the December 2009 edition of the Danby Area News. You can find it at:
The second survey was designed to learn about what people know, think,
and feel about the development of natural gas. You can find it at:
These surveys take only a few minutes to complete. Please share them with your friends and neighbors so that we hear from as many Danby residents as possible. Thank you!
Table of Contents• Revised Draft SGEIS (2011)
• The View From Above
• Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS (2011)
• NY Legislature Bill Search
• Rapid Waters Unit Management Plan
• Todd Miller Talk
• The NYS Draft SGEIS (2009)
• Danby Response to the NYS Draft SGEIS
• Informational Flyer
• Comparing Natural Gas to Other Energy Sources
• Alphabet Soup
• Letter Templates
• Local Documents
• Regional Calendar
The NYS Revised Draft SGEIS
The Revised Draft SGEIS was released in September, 2011; comments are due to the NYS DEC by January 11, 2012.
The RdSGEIS document is available from the NYS DEC web site.
There is a cover page which has links to each section (20 separate PDF files), to supplemental documents, and to the online comment submission page. Alternately, you can fetch the entire document (1000+ pages, about 46MB) in one big file.
The View From Above
The TCCOG's Mapping Working Group has created a presentation illustrating potential buildout of gas wells in Tompkins County and the Town of Danby.
The NYS Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS
The Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS was released on July 8, 2011; an update, to discuss social and economic impacts, is expected by the end of July; comments are expected to be due to the NYS DEC by September 30, 2011.
The PRdSGEIS document is available from the NYS DEC web site.
There is a cover page which has links to each section (17 separate PDF files) or you can fetch the entire document (1000+ pages, about 29.3MB) in one big file.
NY Legislature Bill Search
Search for any active New York Legislation, or use one of the "Quick Links" to bills relevant to Gas Drilling. The information is provided by the NYS Assembly web site.
Rapid Waters Unit Management Plan
The NYS DEC Forestry Division developed a draft Unit Management Plan
for its Rapid Waters Unit, which includes the Danby State Forest (about
about 25 percent of Danby's footprint). Rules for potential gas drilling
are included in the Plan; the GDTF prepared an
Todd Miller Talk
Todd Miller, of the US Geological Survey, presented a talk about the Danby Aquifer on September 22, 2010. You can read thru the slides that accompanied his presentation.
The NYS Draft SGEIS
The draft SGEIS was released on September 30; comments are due to the NYS DEC by December 31, 2009.
The dSGEIS document is available from the NYS DEC web site.
There is a cover page which has links to each section (15 separate PDF files) or you can fetch the entire 809 pages in one big file.
In addition, the Final Scope document, a precursor to the dSGEIS, gives some background on how the dSGEIS was prepared.
Printed copies are available at NYS DEC offices, and some libraries may have them as well, but your best bet is via the web. If you download the "one big PDF", it'll be more easily searchable for key words and phrases.
Danby Response to the NYS Draft SGEIS
The Danby GDTF has also prepared an informative flyer highlighting gas drilling issues.
Comparing Natural Gas to Other Energy Sources
Two documents comparing Greenness / Emissions of Natural Gas with other energy sources:
|Alphabet Soup, expanded...
|== Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement
|== Department of Environmental Conservation
|== New York State
We have prepared three letters that you can send to our congresspeople. They talk about a law that will provide at least some Federal supervision of the type of gas and oil industry operations expected in the Danby area.
We hope you'll send the three letters and, if you can, it would be great if you could add a personal sentence or two to each letter. In addition, to make this effort more effective, please tell your friends (whether in Danby or not) about these letters and ask them to do the same.
This way, the people in Washington, D.C. will feel pressure from us to get this bill through Congress. Thank you.
Here's a little bit of background about these letters:
- FRAC Act: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009
- Bill Numbers: H.R.2766 and S.1215
- Summary from the Congressional Research Service:
Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to: (1) repeal the exemption from restrictions on underground injection of fluids near drinking water sources granted to hydraulic fracturing operations under such Act; and (2) require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
- New York State Representatives Hinchey, Maloney, Hall, Massa, Tonko, and Arcuri are co-sponsors of the house bill; Senator Schumer is a co-sponsor of the Senate bill.
- The bill has been referred to committees for consideration and action (House: Committee on Energy and Commerce; Senate: Committee on Environment and Public Works). In addition, Senator Gillibrand is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
- Links to complete status information about each bill
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