New York News
12:18 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo: Fracking Studies By End Of Year

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the long-awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

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New York News
5:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NY Court Rejects Bid To Revive Fracking Ban Case

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

New York's highest court has rejected an attempt by the oil and gas industry to revive its fight against local fracking bans.

In a precedent-setting decision last June, the Court of Appeals ruled that communities have the right to use local land-use authority to prohibit oil and gas operations within their borders. On Thursday, the court denied a motion by the trustee for bankrupt Norse Energy to reargue its case against the town of Dryden.

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Hudson Valley News
6:24 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Teachout To Join Others In Westchester For Anti-Fracking Rally

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

Zephyr Teachout will be among those at a rally in Westchester Saturday to call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking.

Fordham University Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout, who lost to Governor Cuomo in the Democratic primary, will march with White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and Westchester residents from Renaissance Plaza to city hall in White Plains. A rally follows. Stephen Gyetko is with New Yorkers Against Fracking.

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New York News
6:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Miners Eye NY, MA, VT, PA

Given the explosive growth in fracking nationwide, extraction could spread to several other states with untapped or largely untapped frac sand deposits, including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
Credit Environmental Working Group

Hydraulic fracturing is responsible for a surge in domestic production of natural gas. Although the contentious process is in political limbo in New York, several upstate counties may be virgin ground for the mining of what's called "frac sand."

Activists may be breathing sighs of relief that the Empire State doesn't appear to be close to resolving whether or not it will allow hydrofracking, but environmentalists are warning New Yorkers they may have trouble breathing, if mining companies start digging for the silica sand needed by drillers for the fracking process.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Split On Fracking: NY Gov. Will Tour PA

Will there ever be a time when fracking is permitted in New York State?
Credit Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

A Yale University study has found people living within the shadows of natural gas wells and hydrofracking pads exhibit higher instances of health problems. The study of Pennsylvania residents comes days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to visit a gas drilling site in the Keystone State.

The Yale study of people in southwestern Pennsylvania found a greater prevalence of health symptoms reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled via hydraulic fracturing.

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Hudson Valley News
6:44 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Governor Cuomo Votes In Westchester

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today stopped by his Westchester town to cast his vote in the Democratic primary for governor and lieutenant governor. As WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports, the governor only recently began campaigning against his upstart opponent.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner Sandra Lee cast their votes in the Democratic primary election. Cuomo’s message upon departing the polling site inside the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco was:

“Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote,” Cuomo says.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Clinton County Passes Fracking Waste Ban

Credit WAMC News

The Clinton County Legislature has approved a law banning the sale, transport, storage and disposal of fracking and other waste. The League of Women Voters had pushed for its passage.

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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

Credit Tim Hurst / Flickr

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

Credit Karen DeWitt

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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