ALBANY — An upstate landowners group may have found a way to get around the state’s de facto moratorium on shale gas drilling by using propane instead of water for hydraulic fracturing.
Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Emily DeSantis says Thursday the agency has met with the Tioga County landowners group to discuss shale gas development using the new hydraulic fracturing technology. GasFrac Energy Services in Calgary, Canada, uses liquid propane rather than millions of gallons of chemically treated water to stimulate a well’s production.
Chris Denton, the lawyer representing the landowners, tells the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin that the group hopes to prove the gas production potential in the region.
DeSantis says fracking with propane would be subject to current permitting rules set in 1992.