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New York economist knocks proposed drilling rules

By Bob Downing Published: January 2, 2013

A press release from economist in New York state:

In comments submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, economist Jannette Barth roundly criticizes the department for mishandling the treatment of economic impacts in its High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Proposed Regulations. Dr. Barth, former Chief Economist for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a principal at Pepacton Institute, LLC, accuses the department of ignoring peer-reviewed economic literature and promulgating regulations that are incomplete, misleading, and rife with errors.


Some of her harshest criticism is leveled at the DEC for its contradictory statements about the impact shale gas extraction will have on local governments. Although the DEC claims the draft regulations “will not have a substantial effect” on local governments, it nonetheless proceeds to enumerate a series of unreimbursed costs that will saddle counties and municipalities. These include expenses associated with water contamination complaints, paying to repair roads, and providing first responders to handle drilling-related emergencies. The DEC even suggests that local governments may want to “proactively” hire professionals to deal with the added burdens they will be forced to assume.


Barth says the regulations are “written carelessly and without consideration of science and independent research”. As an example of just how slapdash and unprofessional they are, she points to a passage in the “Revised Regulatory Impact Statement” which states the regulations are intended to “maximize environmental impacts and costs to the public”.




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