The first of three hearings in this region on issues regarding the possible environmental impacts of natural-gas drilling was held Nov. 17 at Broome County Community College in Binghamton.

The Oneonta hearing will be on Dec. 2 in the Hunt Union Ballroom at the State University College at Oneonta. That location will open at 4:30 p.m., with the formal meeting beginning at 5:15 p.m. and public comments starting at 6 p.m.

As a first step in analyzing the potential environmental impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of horizontal wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, the DEC has issued a draft scoping document outlining the issues to be covered in the analysis. In the document, DEC delineates a number of factors it has proposed be included in the analysis.

DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis has said the purpose of the scoping meetings is to ensure the public has the opportunity to review issues to be included in the environmental review.

The final hearing will be Dec. 4 at Sullivan County Community College's fieldhouse in Loch Sheldrake at the same times listed above.

To view the draft scope, visit

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