Discrepancies with DEC

By Dave Sherry

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An Ithaca environmental firm discusses issues with state regulations on gas drilling.

Toxics Targeting takes issue with the enforcement of environmental regulations by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Toxics Targeting is an environmental database firm from Ithaca. It says its own studies find the DEC has failed to monitor and maintain old oil and gas wells which has led to contamination of local environment and drinking water.

The firm's president, Walter Hang, said, "Contrary to what DEC has asserted, that their regulatory programs are completely adequate, the truth of the matter is they've self-documented an enormous array of problems that are not addressed by the revised draft SGEIS."

Dr. Ben Perkus of New York Residents Against Drilling was appalled by the findings. "What was most horrifying to me when I saw this data was it was very clear that the DEC had been misleading the public and burying this data that, when you look on the website, when you look at the annual reports, you'll see case after case after case of times where they know that there has been a problem and it has not been remediated and there has not been any penalty enforced."

Toxics Targeting and NYRAD say that the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for new drilling is inadequate and should be taken off the table and went as far as to say that the DEC should be dismantled and started anew.

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