Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Blair Horner: Fracking Decision Can Be Made By Local Governments

A top environmental debate over the past six years has been whether New York state should allow a natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing – or fracking.  During those six years, effectively New York State has had a moratorium on fracking.

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Capital Region News
1:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From Fracking

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New York State continues wait for final word on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling method on hold since 2008.  Monday's Court of Appeals decision upheld communities’ right to use traditional local zoning laws to keep fracking out of their borders.

The New York Court of Appeals ruling came in two cases decided jointly:  one brought by an oil company and the other a dairy farm that wanted to lease its land, challenging the towns of Dryden and Middlefield’s decisions to ban the industrial activity there.

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New York News
10:40 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Top New York Court Upholds "Home Rule" Fracking Decision

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New York's top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NY Awaits High Court Ruling On Local Fracking Bans

Flashback to 2012: Hein Vs. Brine : County Exec Takes Stand Against Waste Fracking Fluid
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As New York awaits a decision from the state’s highest court on whether communities have the right to use local zoning laws to ban the use of land for oil and gas activities, several local governments in many states are regulating hydraulic fracturing.  Experts from affected states recently briefed reporters on the growing trend of community control over fracking.

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12:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Democrats Introduce Fracking Waste Bills

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A trio of Democrats in the New York State Senate are introducing legislation that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing waste products.

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New York News
12:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Bowermaster Turns Fracking Focus From Cuomo To Obama

The filmmaker behind the anti-fracking project Dear Governor Cuomo is now working on a follow-up entitled Dear President Obama. Jon Bowermaster has a long and varied career as a filmmaker and author whose latest work includes Antarctica: 3D On The Edge. Bowermaster will provide an update on his projects when he speaks Tuesday at the Adirondack Mountain Club's annual banquet in Guilderland.

US News
4:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

EPA Seeks Comment On Fracking Chemicals Disclosure

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on ways to disclose information about the chemicals used in the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.

The EPA says in a Friday release that it is also seeking input on incentives and programs that could help develop safer fracking chemicals.

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New York News
6:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Even On Earth Day: NY Fracking Debate Rages On

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Green group "Elected Officials to Protect New York" today released copies of local resolutions from municipalities around the state, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue the de facto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

The resolutions, released over the last several months, for the most part recommend increasing investment in renewable energy, noting the success of the New York Sun initiative and growth in electric vehicle charging stations.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Resolutions To Bar Fracking And Associated Waste Materials Considered

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Clinton County legislators and councilors in the city of Plattsburgh are poised to limit hydraulic fracturing, the divisive gas drilling process, and associated materials in the area.

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New York News
12:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

More Fracking Pro And Con - The Battle Rages On

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The future of hydraulic fracturing has been in limbo since the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan... one of them in Albany today.  Environmental groups are also at the Capitol today calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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