dec http://innovationtrail.org en Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight http://innovationtrail.org/post/natural-gas-storage-regulations-get-wrapped-fracking-fight <p>Anti-fracking activists are also fighting New York’s efforts to lift a ban on small natural gas storage and fueling facilities. A public information session on the matter held in Syracuse on Wednesday became about the larger natural gas industry.</p><p>New York is the only state to ban small-scale natural gas storage. That came after a 1970s facility accident in New York City. Now, under efforts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, new fueling stations for trucks could be built as early as next year.</p><p>The DEC says the first permits would likely be issued for smaller facilities supplying fuel to long-haul and fleet trucks that use liquefied natural gas as a cheaper substitute for diesel. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:42:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney, WRVO 3072 at http://innovationtrail.org Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight Private frack water treatment expanding in Marcellus region http://innovationtrail.org/post/private-frack-water-treatment-expanding-marcellus-region <p>About 4 million gallons of water goes into a typical Marcellus Shale well during the fracking process. As much as 20% of what went in comes back out right away. That’s what’s known as flowback water.</p><p>Over the life of a producing well, more than a million gallons comes out, and after the initial flowback the rest is known as produced water.<br><br>In Pennsylvania, treating that water for metals and total dissolved solids and radioactive materials at public treatment plants <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2012/120509.asp" target="_blank">has caused problems</a>.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:25:05 +0000 Matt Richmond, WSKG 2535 at http://innovationtrail.org Private frack water treatment expanding in Marcellus region Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer http://innovationtrail.org/post/fracking-delay-could-take-weeks-or-much-longer <p>One thing is clear - the delayed health review is now the key factor in deciding whether or not fracking will go ahead in New York.</p><p>On Tuesday, Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah sent <a href="http://nynow.org/post/health-commissioner-tells-dec-fracking-review-needs-more-time" target="_blank">a letter</a> to Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens saying he needs more time to complete his health review. Martens then announced that his department’s environmental study, known as the SGEIS, will be delayed until Dr. Shah is done.</p><p>That means final regulations won’t be released at the end of the month. The SGEIS was due Wednesday to meet a Feb. 27 deadline for the regulations. Now that the SGEIS is on hold, the regulations will go back out for public comment.</p><p>But that delay won’t necessarily slow down fracking. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Matt Richmond, WSKG 2499 at http://innovationtrail.org Fracking delay could take weeks or much longer Health commissioner tells DEC: fracking review needs more time http://innovationtrail.org/post/health-commissioner-tells-dec-fracking-review-needs-more-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Department of Health Commissioner </span>Nirav<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Shah sent a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens today, asking for more time to complete a review of the public health impacts of </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>This means that the DEC will miss tomorrow's deadline to complete its overall environmental review of fracking (known as the&nbsp;SGEIS),&nbsp;and the regulations it's written to govern the industry will expire at the end of the month.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This development could stall a final decision on </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for months, but in a statement Martens says his agency will still be able to issue well permits if the health review concludes that the </span>SGEIS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is adequate.</span> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:39:34 +0000 Marie Cusick, WMHT & Karen DeWitt 2490 at http://innovationtrail.org Health commissioner tells DEC: fracking review needs more time DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations http://innovationtrail.org/post/dec-may-miss-deadline-fracking-regulations <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York’s DEC Commissioner Joe Martens suggested today that the state may miss a February </span>27<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> deadline to complete its proposed </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> regulations.</span></p><p>And that could stall a decision on gas drilling for months.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:56:04 +0000 Marie Cusick, WMHT 2465 at http://innovationtrail.org DEC may miss deadline for fracking regulations