Department of Environmental Conservation

NYS DEC Region 5

A dam that provided an iconic view of the Adirondack High Peaks is being dismantled.  While some environmentalists say removal of the Marcy Dam will be good for the ecosystem, others are disappointed to see it go.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 


Two young boys remain hospitalized after they and their mother became lost on New York's highest peak and were rescued by forest rangers.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Department of Environmental Conservation says it's revising its proposed recreation plans for new state land in the Newcomb area of the central Adirondacks in response to public comments.

Rail Oil Shipping Raises Safety Concerns In Albany

Feb 17, 2014

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.

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.

Landowners' Group Contests NY Drilling Delay

Feb 17, 2014
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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.

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.

FUND for Lake George

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The new rules are welcome, but lake defenders say they don’t go far enough.

No-Fracking Groups Pan NY Liquid Natural Gas Plan

Oct 30, 2013
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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.

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.

The state hasn't allowed the facilities since a 1973 explosion at an LNG storage facility killed 40 workers in Staten Island.

NY Extends Comment Time For Liquefied Natural Gas

Oct 28, 2013
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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.

The comment period on the proposed regulations had been slated to end on Nov. 4, but it's been extended until Dec. 4.

A public hearing on the regulations is scheduled for Wednesday in Albany.

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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.