High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) Regulations

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As our community considers the environmental and human health risks associated hydrofracking, we again offer Riverkeeper’s technical review on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS).  Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER® concludes that high-volume hydraulic fracturing activities cannot be conducted in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment until the risks to water quality and water quantity as outlined in the technical memorandum are addressed.

Riverkeeper has identified the following four focus areas on which our technical comments are based:
1) Regulatory Standards & Policy
2) Chemical Constituents in Wastewater
3) Large Volume Water Withdrawals and Transfers
4) Environmental Reclamation and Mitigation

Riverkeeper’s position summary and comments submitted to the DEC: