Emails Between NY DEC and Federal EPA Concerning Fracking

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Emails obtained by Gannett News Service under a Freedom of Information request that show communication between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2008 to 2012 on the matter of proposed hydraulic fracturing activity in New York State. The emails are mostly cordial. Some interesting bits of history, but nothing earth shatteringly new about the communications.

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Emails Between NY DEC and Federal EPA Concerning Fracking

  1. 1. HomeownerAddressCity, NY ZipRe: Baseline water quality sampling in the Marcellus Shale region in New York StateDear Mr./Mrs. Homeowner,As you may be aware, large-scale horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing related to shale gasextraction presents a potential for environmental impact to drinking water resources. Currently,there is a moratorium on Marcellus Shale gas well drilling in New York State. While the lengthor outcome of the moratorium is uncertain, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wouldlike to take the opportunity to obtain baseline water quality data while restrictions on drilling andhydraulic fracturing are in effect. In an effort to obtain baseline groundwater quality in the area,EPA is offering to sample private drinking water wells.Based on geologic and public water supply information available to EPA, we believe you live inan area underlain by Marcellus Shale and may own a private drinking water well. Obtainingbaseline water quality data would involve EPA or an EPA contractor coming to your home tocollect a drinking water sample prior to any treatment. The results of the water quality analysiswill be shared with you. Both sampling and lab analysis will be conducted at no cost to thehomeowner.If you have a private water well and are interested in having EPA collect samples of yourdrinking water, please call [the Marcellus Shale baseline sampling hotline??] at (212) 637-XXXX by July 15, 2011 to schedule a time for EPA to come to your home.Please be advised you may be contacted by other state or federal agencies regarding additionalsampling efforts. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EPA. Thankyou for your consideration in this important matter. If you have any questions or concerns aboutsampling your drinking water well, please contact Nicole Foley Kraft, at (212) 637-3093.Sincerely,Douglas McKennaChief, Water Compliance Branch

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