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June 29 Dec Foil

June 29 Dec Foil

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June 29, 2012Records Access OfficerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 BroadwayAlbany, NYOn June 27, 2012 the Environmental Working Group released documents that detailcommunication between the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the oil
and gas industry and its lobbyists that took place in advance of the release of DEC’s proposed
regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York. The report,
“Drillers Got Inside Track on N.Y. Fracking Rules,”
details attempts by the oil and gas industryto minimize its potential operational costs of doing business in New York -- and thereforemaximize its potential bottom line -- by getting the DEC to weaken regulations before they hadeven been proposed.
This approach betrays the Cuomo Administration’s promises of transparency and openness in
government. Furthermore it raises questions about the influence that the oil and gas industry may
have had on the Cuomo Administration’s DEC’s revised supplemental generic environmental
impact statement (RDGEIS) given the lack of consideration in the RDSGEIS of numerousscientific studies that reflect poorly on the practice of shale gas development. It also raisesquestions about the formulation of the purported plan to allow fracking to move forward in fivecounties of the Southern Tier, as leaked by the New York Times on June 13, 2012.Under the provisions of New York's Freedom of Information Law, Food & Water Watchrequests any and all records of communication and correspondence between the oil and gasindustry and parties reviewing comments on, revising and finalizing the RDSGEIS and informulating the purported plan to allow fracking in five counties in the Southern Tier.Specifically, the scope of our request shall include any letters, emails and notes of correspondence since July 1, 2011 between:(i) The oil and gas industry (including but not limited to: Chesapeake Energy; RangeResources; CONSOL Energy; Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation; Norse Energy Corp:,Southwestern Energy Corporation; and Lenape Resources, Inc.), law firms andconsultancies representing the gas industry (including but not limited to: the West Firm;Hiscock & Barclay; Levine, Gouldin & Thompson; Hinman Straub; Corning PlaceCommunications; and Earth Energy Consultants), and gas industry associations(including but not limited to: American Natural Gas Alliance; and Independent Oil & GasAssociation of New York); and

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