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In September 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing in Binghamton, New York - the heart of Shale Country. The hearing, the last of four held across the United States, sought public input on the design for a new scientific study on the possible relationships between hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. The study, which was mandated by Congress, is to be completed in 2012.
ShaleCountry's Don Siegel testified at the Binghamton hearing and our documentary team went to get the story.
On July 1, 2011, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation issued a draft recommendation that would allow the permitting of shale gas wells in the state, subject to new operating conditions. Drilling would be off limits in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds as well as state parks, forests, wildlife management areas and within all primary aquifers. Drilling would be permitted on other private land with rigorous protections. If the regulations are adopted in final form, about 85 percent of the Marcellus Shale in New York would be accessible to natural gas extraction.