The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new dates for a hearing in New York State on hydraulic fracturing, the last in a series to determine the scope of a study it will be conducting on the impact of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracing) processes on drinking water. To accommodate the large numbers expected, there will be four sessions over two days, Sept. 13 and 15, at the Broome County Forum Theater in Binghamton, NY. The sessions will run from noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. both days. Persons who had pre-registered for the Aug. 12 meetings that were canceled are automatically carried over to the new dates, but must choose one of the sessions. Others also should specify which session they prefer when registering. The New York hearings are the fourth in a series that included meetings in Dallas, Denver and Canonsburg, PA (see Daily GPI, July 15; July 12). The earlier meeting scheduled for New York was canceled when EPA determined that the facility it planned to use would not hold the large number of people interested in testifying. The study, which is to take at least two years, also is to examine other issues involved in hydrofracing (see Daily GPI, March 19). Individuals may pre-register for the meetings online at http://hfmeeting.cadmusweb.com or by calling (866) 477-3635 up to 5 p.m. Sept. 10. Those who are not pre-registered may still register to attend or provide verbal comment on the day of the meeting if there is time. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to hydraulic.fracturing@epa.gov labeled "Hydraulic Fracturing Study - Comments" in the subject line, through Sept. 28.

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