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Everyone should submit comments on all of the "reasonably foreseeable" cumulative impacts caused by fracking and industrial development.

Yellow indicates the 40-mile wide study area for fracking.
Orange indicates towns and watersheds where fracking is banned.
The pipeline would extend about 100 miles through Central NYS.

Pipelines = Fracking

NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

"[T]he Applicant must evaluate whether the Project would be reasonably available for supply and distribution for communities along the Project route and whether the Project could reasonably serve as a collector line for additional supply from New York Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. Since the location of the proposed Project route has a high potential for development of natural gas extraction from Marcellus and Utica Shale formations, as indicated in the revised NYSDEC draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program, September 7, 2011, the draft EIS must evaluate the cumulative environmental impacts associated with these potential activities." Patricia J. Denoyers, NYS DEC, 7/17/13 motion to intervene.

CUMULATIVE IMPACTS

Add your own in your comments to FERC

You should submit comments on all of the "reasonably foreseeable" cumulative impacts caused by fracking and industrial development. Assume that gas drilling would take place in the yellow study area according to the rules in the NYS DEC's Draft SGEIS:

  • There could be 16 wells per square mile - per formation. Since there are two formations in the yellow study area (Utica and Marcellus), there could be 32 wells per square mile
  • The average size of each well pad is 3.5 acres, plus access roads and gathering lines
  • It would take 6,700 truck trips to construct ONE pad and frack ONE well
  • Where would the drill cuttings and waste water go? In Pennsylvania, producing gas wells are as much as 25 miles from a high pressure gas transmission line
  • A pipe must be laid from each well to a transmission line
  • Compressor stations are located every 2-4 miles along major gathering lines