In the five years since New Yorkers first began to hear about horizontal hydrofracking, the state has become a battleground over the gas drilling technique. While opponents have some high profile support, their movement remains mostly a loose collection of small groups that have been remarkably effective. Our story comes from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.
When philosophy professor Mike Gorr and his wife were looking for a place to retire, they took a trip from Illinois to New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Hydraulic Fracturing has made a lot of headlines in recent years but the practice of extracting natural gas has been around since the early 20th century - The beginnings of fracking go back to 1908... some 40 years later the technology became "commercially viable."
Hundreds of anti-fracking advocates gathered Monday at the State Capitol to rally against the gas drilling process.
Gasland director Josh Fox, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi had been with rallygoers outside a hearing room at the state Capitol, where Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was questioned regarding his agency's proposed 2013-14 budget.
When the meeting was over, the crowd of activists moved to the Million Dollar Staircase.
As New Yorkers continue to wait for word from Albany as to whether hydraulic fracturing will be allowed in any part of the state, a separate debate has sprung up regarding the use of wastewater from the fracking process as a de-icer on highways.
State Senator Tony Avella of Queens and two newly-elected colleagues joined New Yorkers Against Fracking at a press conference in Albany re-affirming their commitment to banning the practice in New York State.
Anti fracking activists, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, attempted to present the state’s environmental agency with over 200,000 comments, on the last day of a public comment period on the gas drilling process. As Karen DeWitt reports, they also, along with other anti fracking activists, tried to deliver a letter to Governor Cuomo.
More than a thousand protesters chanting "Ban Fracking Now!" crowded into Albany's Empire State Plaza concourse where lawmakers had to pass on their way to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.
Musician Natalie Merchant, director Jon Bowermaster, and WAMC’s Alan Chartock will host a screening of the concert documentary Dear Governor Cuomo, about a key anti-fracking concert and rally held this past spring in Albany, tonight at 7:30 at The Linda. Chartock spoke with Bowermaster about the film and its impact.
The issue of Hydraulic Fracturing, the gas drilling technique that extracts oil and gas from shale by blasting it with water, sand and chemicals - dominated the downtown Albany scene Tuesday: The anti-fracking movement made a stand and a statement at the State Capitol with a full schedule of demonstrations, rallies and protests staged by various activists and green groups-
Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report
Anti fracking groups presented Governor Cuomo with 200,000 signatures asking for a ban on the gas drilling process in New York, and a State Senator predicts the opposition will have an effect on the governor. Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...
The coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking delivered boxes containing 200,000 signatures to Governor Cuomo’s offices that they say are from state residents who want the gas drilling process banned. An aide politely accepted them, but Governor Cuomo, whose public schedule listed him as being in Albany, did not appear.