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New York News
6:00 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Fracking Not Currently in NY's Economic Development Plans

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at today's "Tax-Free NY" event at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the SUNY Albany.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York,  is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future.  

Two years ago, Governor Cuomo considered hydro fracking a key component of his plans for economic development in the faltering upstate regions of the state. 

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New York News
12:35 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Gannett Reporter Jon Campbell On Key Fracking Ruling

Reporter Jon Campbell

A key court ruling this week could have far-reaching effects for the future of hydrofracking in New York. WAMC’s Ian Pickus spoke with Gannett capitol reporter Jon Campbell for the latest.

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New York News
5:42 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Controversy Causes Fracking Consultant to Resign from Industry Lobby Group

Credit WAMC News

Opponents of hydro fracking are charging there’s a potential conflict of interest with a consultant to Governor Cuomo’s environmental agency. They are asking that the years-long review of fracking in New York be restarted. The controversy caused the consultant in question to sever all ties with a gas industry lobby group.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Fracking Overshadows Other Issues On Earth Day

On Earth Day lobby day at the capitol, whether or not to allow hydrofracking in New York continues to be the dominant issue.

The Senate and Assembly Environmental Committee Chairs both take a dim view of the controversial gas drilling process, but they differ over what’s the next step.

Assembly Environmental Chair Bob Sweeney believes in a clearly legislated moratorium. In fact, the Assembly has already passed one.

“I think it is pretty clear that this is a bad deal not only environmentally,” said Sweeney. “But it’s a bad deal economically too.”

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New York News
5:17 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

NY Town Board Rescinds Ban on Fracking Talk

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A town in New York’s Southern Tier has rescinded a gag order on public discussion of fracking during town board meetings. Two groups had sued the town, alleging violation of First Amendment rights. The Town Board denies liability.

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New York News
8:41 am
Fri April 12, 2013

New York State Still Awaiting Fracking Decision

New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, left, speaks at an Earth Week cabinet meeting, April 26, 2012.
Credit Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner is expected to release a health report on hydraulic fracturing soon, at least according to a timetable announced in late February. But the Cuomo Administration has already missed several deadlines on fracking.

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Science & Technology
7:48 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Environmental reporter Michael Behar on fracking and earthquakes

Joe and Mary Reneau, whose home was damaged in an earthquake, as photographed by Ben Sklar in the current issue of Mother Jones.
Credit Ben Sklar

One of the most contentious areas of debate over the expansion of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas concerns a spike in seismic activity in unlikely areas that have begun fracking nearby. Some alarmed scientists say containment wells are putting undue pressure on faults deep underground. But industry interests disagree – that is, when they say anything at all.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Gas trade group seeks ethics probe of celebrity anti-fracking group

Credit WAMC News

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A formal complaint filed with New York's lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group formed by Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon, is violating the state's lobbying law.

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New York News
12:00 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck - Fracking, green jobs, and the budget

New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck

Last week the New York State Assembly voted to impose a statewide moratorium on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, following reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering lifting the current ban on the practice now in place.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with New York State Assemblyman Phil Steck, Democrat of the 110th district, which includes Colonie, Niskayuna and part of Schenectady. Steck voted for the fracking moratorium, despite his district not being targeted for natural gas development.

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New York News
6:11 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Two-year fracking ban passed by Assembly seen as possible turning point

The New York State Assembly has approved, by a 95 to 40 vote, a two-year moratorium on hydrofracking in New York. While it’s unlikely to be passed in the Senate, the action reflects state lawmakers’ growing worries about potential health impacts from the natural gas drilling process.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.

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