fracking

New York News
12:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Polls: Voters Support NY Gov's Fracking Ban

Flashback to July 2010: At the New York State Capitol, actor Mark Ruffalo raises a jar of tainted water from a home near a Pennsylvania gas drilling well.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

When New York became the second state in the nation (after Vermont)  to ban the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing, some were surprised that Governor Andrew Cuomo finally took a stance on the issue.

The fracking announcement December 17th came after six years of a de facto moratorium with a long-awaited health impact study. New York State acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who said “I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”

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New York News
12:33 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Gannett Capitol Reporter: Many Fracking Questions Still Unanswered

Jon Campbell

A six-year de facto moratorium defined by passionate protests, lawsuits and fierce lobbying came to a conclusion with Wednesday’s announcement by the Cuomo administration’s health and environmental conservation commissioners that they would not allow hydraulic fracturing to go forward in New York. Few people have covered the fracking wars as closely as reporter Jon Campbell, who covers the capitol for Gannett. Campbell was at the key cabinet meeting and tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus several questions about the decision remain unanswered.

Hudson Valley News
4:45 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

HV Congressman Speaks To NY Fracking Ban

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

A Hudson Valley congressman is weighing in with his view of Wednesday’s decision from top state administration officials to ban fracking in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York, citing concerns about health and environmental risks. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says his views on the issue have not changed.

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Hudson Valley News
2:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

NY Fracking Ban Decision Elicits Different Reactions

It will probably go down as the biggest decision of the year in New York State – a ban on fracking. Wednesday’s news came the same day casino license recommendations were announced. Supporters of a fracking ban are celebrating the long-awaited decision while opponents say they are disappointed and the Southern Tier, where fracking would have taken place, is doomed.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

12/18/14 Panel

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include Cuba, Fracking, and NY Casinos.

New York News
12:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

NY Health, Environmental Chiefs: No Fracking

Anti-fracking activists appear to have won the fight over the gas drilling method.
Credit Karen DeWitt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban. Cuomo says he is deferring to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.

Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized the findings of their environmental and health reviews. They concluded that shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing carried unacceptable risks that haven't been sufficiently studied.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Major Decisions On Casinos, Hydrofracking And Thruway Tolls Due Before End Of Year

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

  It’s looking less and less likely that state Senators and Assemblymembers will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydro-fracking.

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New York News
3:41 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Analysis And Science Answer Governor Cuomo’s Fracking Concerns

Pictured, left to right: Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL; Sandra Steingraber, PhD; Larysa Dyrszka, MD; Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH; Yuri Gorby, PhD.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Health professionals and scientists are out with two new independent summations of the risks and harms of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing. The two documents were formally released Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany.

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New York News
10:50 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Election Over, Will Cuomo Decide on Fracking?

Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydrofracking are wondering what will be Governor Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long-stalled gas drilling process in New York State.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Congressional Corner With Paul Tonko

  What’s the future of fracking in New York?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the country needs to look beyond fossil fuels.

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