Why the DEC Does Not Regulate Seismic Tests
It Does Not Know What They Are
New York State has
standards for seismic testing, no setbacks for seismic test blasts - except on state land. Meaning a seismic crewcan shoot a shot-hole with dynamite anywhere in the state, includingnext to a daycare center – so far as the DEC cares. Needless to say,this is not the case in other states that actually know how to regulateoil and gas production, and, unlike the DEC, have a complete set of rules and regulations, including setbacks for seismic tests :Montana – 1,320 feet from any building, water well or springNorth Dakota – 600 feet from buildings, water wells, springsWyoming - 1,320 from building or water wellMaryland – 500 feet from a buildingOklahoma – 200 feet from a water well Arkansas – 200 feet from a residenceLouisiana – 1,000 feet from a
in Louisiana have more protection from seismic testing than doresidents of New York. Why are New York’s seismic regulations non-existent ? Two reasons: If the DEC had regulations on seismic tests,
they would have to
actually enforce those regulations
, which the DECdoes not want to do.
Secondly, the DEC has consistently deferred tolocal land use ordinances, leaving the municipalities the task of dealing with the impacts of shale gas industrialization, includingseismic testing.
In the absence of local ordinances, New Yorkersare left with no protection from the hazards of seismic tests.
Why did the DEC completely ignore seismic testing ?
The 2009 DSGEIS addressed
naturally occurring seismic events
(ie.earthquakes) in Chapter 4, but was silent on the impacts seismictests via shot-hole blasts, which are commonly used to locatesubsurface gas reservoirs including shale gas targets.This oversight persisted in the 2011 RDSGEIS. The 2011 RDSGEIS