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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.

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.

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.

Governor Cuomo Votes In Westchester

Sep 9, 2014
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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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.

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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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.

Karen DeWitt

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

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

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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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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