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10/26/2009 

Memorial Library at SUNY Cortland has made two print copies available of the long-awaited Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) draft regulations on natural gas drilling.

The 800-page document, which particularly relates to the Marcellus Shale drilling in New York state, was released Sept. 30. The DEC will receive comments on the proposed regulations until Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.

Members of the campus and greater Cortland community are welcome to review the documents at the Circulation Desk, located to the immediate left when passing through the main building entrance. Memorial Library is located on Prospect Terrace.

They are listed under Reserve No. 1000 and No. 1001.

“We are making an effort to make something that’s hard to get your hands on available for the general public,” said Librarian Gretchen Herrmann. “It is a public service. Associate Librarian David Ritchie and I chipped in and bought the paper for it to be printed out so we could make it available.”

Titled the “Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil and Gas Solution Mining Regulatory Program,” the DEC Release of Draft SGEIS also is available online at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/47554.html with links to:

• a summary of the Marcellus Shale formation, at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/46288.html

• the earlier GEIS (1988, 1992) at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/45912.html and

• the Final Scope (2009) document, at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/finalscope.pdf and

• Draft SGEIS (Sept. 30, 2009) documents and methods for making comments until Nov. 30 at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html

Herrmann noted that the Draft SGEIS (Sept. 30, 2009) documents themselves can be reached and searched in several forms, including as a whole document PDF and as individual chapter PDFs, at www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html.