DCC Submits Comments on Hydraulic Fracturing

DCC has closely tracked regulations related to oil and gas exploration since shallow gas exploration in the Healy Basin was first proposed. We recently submitted comments to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s November 1, 2013 revisions to its regulations related to hydraulic fracturing. These regulations would apply state-wide, including in the Healy area.

The Healy Basin Gas Exploration License surrounds the largest community in the Denali Borough (Healy), and underlies several subdivisions and remote residential areas. The license area also contains lands, including the Stampede Townships, which have long been recognized by the state, residents, and visitors as valuable for recreation and wildlife habitat.  We are not alone in hoping that the Commission considers our comments carefully in determining how to best protect our shared freshwater resources, in our backyard and in the entire state.

We joined the ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, ALASKA SOCIETY, CENTER FOR WATER ADVOCACY, COOK INLET KEEPER, EARTH JUSTICE, NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION, NORTHERN ALASKA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, SIERRA CLUB, and THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY to all weigh in on the regulations that are proposed statewide.

To see our comments, click the first link below. Joint comments from DCC and the above organizations are also included below. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome.  Thanks to DCC Board member Hannah Ragland for her strong involvement and incisive comments.

DCC HF Comments 1.10.14-2

Appendix A to Comments submitted by TWS, et al, Jan. 10, 2014

TWS 1 10 14 HF cmts for 3rd round AOGCC

To read DCC’s comments on past versions of the regulations, click here: http://www.denalicitizens.org/2013/08/dcc-submits-comments-on-second-round-of-draft-fracking-regulations/

To read the regulations click here: http://doa.alaska.gov/ogc/Regulations/RegIndex.html

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