Department of Environmental Conservation http://wamc.org en Rail Oil Shipping Raises Safety Concerns In Albany http://wamc.org/post/rail-oil-shipping-raises-safety-concerns-albany <p></p><p></p><p>Environmental groups and residents are trying to stop a project that they believe will make Albany a key hub in the transport of heavy crude oil from western Canada's tar sands to refineries on the East Coast.</p><p>Over the past two years, the Port of Albany has become a major shipping point for highly explosive crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken Shale region. Hundreds of tanker cars arrive daily from the north and west on Canadian Pacific and CSX rail lines.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:07:12 +0000 Jaired Crofut 84028 at http://wamc.org Rail Oil Shipping Raises Safety Concerns In Albany Landowners' Group Contests NY Drilling Delay http://wamc.org/post/landowners-group-contests-ny-drilling-delay <p>A landowners' group is challenging the state's delay in finishing its environmental analysis on the potential impact of drilling for natural gas through hydraulic fracturing in New York.</p><p>The suit was filed on behalf of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York claiming 70,000 members and owners of two Broome County properties. One had and one was seeking a drilling permit, both blocked from proceeding.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:01:34 +0000 Jaired Crofut 84027 at http://wamc.org Landowners' Group Contests NY Drilling Delay Advocates Want Stronger DEC Invasive Proposal http://wamc.org/post/advocates-want-stronger-dec-invasive-proposal <p></p><p></p><p>The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/95111.html">new regulations</a> to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The new rules are welcome, but lake defenders say they don’t go far enough. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 81635 at http://wamc.org Advocates Want Stronger DEC Invasive Proposal No-Fracking Groups Pan NY Liquid Natural Gas Plan http://wamc.org/post/no-fracking-groups-pan-ny-liquid-natural-gas-plan <p>Groups dedicated to keeping fracking out of New York want the Department of Environmental Conservation to withdraw its proposed regulations for liquefied natural gas facilities, citing safety concerns and other issues.</p><p>New Yorkers Against Fracking has chartered buses to bring protesters to Albany today for DEC's public hearing on the regulations, which would end a 40-year moratorium on new LNG storage and fueling facilities.</p><p>The state hasn't allowed the facilities since a 1973 explosion at an LNG storage facility killed 40 workers in Staten Island.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:20:51 +0000 Jaired Crofut 76641 at http://wamc.org No-Fracking Groups Pan NY Liquid Natural Gas Plan NY Extends Comment Time For Liquefied Natural Gas http://wamc.org/post/ny-extends-comment-time-liquefied-natural-gas <p>Officials in New York state are giving the public another month to weigh in on a proposal to allow new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state for the first time in 40 years.</p><p>The comment period on the proposed regulations had been slated to end on Nov. 4, but it's been extended until Dec. 4.</p><p>A public hearing on the regulations is scheduled for Wednesday in Albany.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:19:55 +0000 Jaired Crofut 76447 at http://wamc.org NY Extends Comment Time For Liquefied Natural Gas NYS Assembly Holds Public Hearing On Environmental Funding http://wamc.org/post/nys-assembly-holds-public-hearing-environmental-funding <p>An environmental committee and subcommittee of the New York State Assembly are holding public hearing Friday morning in Albany. The purpose is to assess the budget’s impact on the Department of Environmental Conservation and the need for a new Environmental Bond Act.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:52:26 +0000 Allison Dunne 73020 at http://wamc.org NYS Assembly Holds Public Hearing On Environmental Funding NY Restricts Invasive Bighead Carp Statewide http://wamc.org/post/ny-restricts-invasive-bighead-carp-statewide <p></p><p></p><p>New York conservation officials say their ban on importing, selling or possessing bighead carp is now in effect statewide, including downstate areas that had an exception.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Conservation says the state prohibition against the invasive species now extends to all of New York City and Westchester County, where they previously could be sold at live markets as long as they were killed before being taken by a customer.</p><p>That follows a federal ban on its interstate transportation.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:15:12 +0000 Jaired Crofut 71227 at http://wamc.org NY Restricts Invasive Bighead Carp Statewide NY Gov: Fracking Decision To Come Before Election http://wamc.org/post/ny-gov-fracking-decision-come-election <p></p><p></p><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll make a decision on whether to allow shale gas fracking before the 2014 election.</p><p>Cuomo says he's waiting for his state health commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, to report on his own health review. The Democratic governor told the editorial board at the Post-Standard in Syracuse on Wednesday that he had expected Shah's review to be finished by now, but it should be done in the next several weeks.</p><p>He made similar remarks in February.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:13:00 +0000 Jaired Crofut 65463 at http://wamc.org NY Gov: Fracking Decision To Come Before Election Environmental cleanup of DuPont-Stauffer site to begin http://wamc.org/post/environmental-cleanup-dupont-stauffer-site-begin <p>NEWBURGH – The environmental remediation of the DuPont-Stauffer state Superfund site at 750 South Street in Newburgh is going to begin within the next few months, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:06:41 +0000 Hank Gross 60600 at http://wamc.org Environmental cleanup of DuPont-Stauffer site to begin Sussman blasts state for dragging its feet on toxic site cleanups http://wamc.org/post/sussman-blasts-state-dragging-its-feet-toxic-site-cleanups <p>GOSHEN – The Orange County Democratic Alliance has released a report documenting some 40 toxic sites in the county, many of which have been on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cleanup list for years and have yet to be remediated.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:47:08 +0000 Hank Gross 59214 at http://wamc.org Sussman blasts state for dragging its feet on toxic site cleanups