EPA postpones upstate New York hydraulic fracturing forum

Nick Snow
OGJ Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 11 -- The US Environmental Protection Agency has postponed a public meeting in upstate New York about its hydraulic fracturing study that was scheduled for Aug. 12.

EPA said the meeting will be rescheduled for September and moved 65 miles from its Binghamton University to Syracuse.

The meeting was postponed after the Onondaga County Executive’s office in Syracuse said that it did not have enough time to prepare for a public meeting on such short notice. EPA tried to move the meeting after expected public attendance and possible protests and rallies grew beyond a point where Binghamton University officials were comfortable hosting it.

The agency then asked Broome County officials in Binghamton for use of an arena there but were turned down. Efforts to find another meeting site within a 40-mile radius were unsuccessful, EPA said.

EPA said it already has held public meetings about the study, which it initially announced in March, in Fort Worth, Tex., Denver, and Canonsburg, Pa.

“The agency is committed to holding a similar meeting in upstate New York,” an EPA news release said.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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