ProPublica: Leaked Memo Depicts Bare-Bones Regulatory Environment


The leaked memo [1] that led to the dismissal of New York’s top environmental official last week depicts a severely understaffed agency that has struggled to adequately perform its duties over the past two years and is ill-equipped to supervise natural gas drilling.

“All of the meat has been snipped free of the bones, and some of the bones have disappeared,” wrote Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis in the memo. “Many of our programs are hanging by a thread.”

The Albany Times Union reported on the internal memo last Tuesday. Grannis was dismissed by Gov. David Paterson two days later. In the aftermath, environmental groups are rallying behind Grannis, and gas drilling companies are calling for a better-financed DEC that can more effectively regulate drilling . . . (more)