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Hudson Valley News
9:34 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Veteran From The Hudson Valley Says Fracking Is Good For National Security

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A veteran from New York is in Washington, D.C. this week to tell members of Congress that energy policy must change to protect the United States. He says he plans to impress upon them the benefits of fracking.

Retired Army Sergeant First Class Charles Baranyai says he will join volunteer veterans from across the country from Vets4Energy - a group that advocates for energy policies to sustain national security. Baranyai hopes to accomplish the following:

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New York News
11:01 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Fervent Foes Devote Their Lives To Fracking Fight

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VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) — Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York. They promise thousands of jobs, economic salvation and an abundant, clean-burning source of fuel.

But for all its political and financial clout, the industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door. One reason: Folks like Sue Rapp and Vera Scroggins are in the way.

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New York News
12:21 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gas Storage Adds To Fracking Controversy In Upstate

Natural gas storage has split some communities in Upstate New York.
Credit David Chanatry

It’s something few people think about, but all that natural gas and other fossil fuels being produced by hydrofracking has to be stored somewhere before it gets to the consumer. Often used for the job: underground salt caverns like the ones near Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes. Now an out of state company wants to expand storage there, a plan some local residents call risky.

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WAMC News
11:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Josh Fox - "Gasland II" Comes To Albany

Gasland and Gasland II director Josh Fox.
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Gasland, an Oscar nominated documentary, has become an often quoted and viewed source for those opposed to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York and elsewhere, and has been soundly criticized by those who support the drilling.

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New York News
1:00 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

New Data: Fracking Helped Boost U.S. Energy Reserves

A new report says U.S. oil and gas reserves are up by about a third - that number rise higher thanks to hydraulic fracturing. The paper released by the Energy Information Administration, the research branch of the U.S. Energy Department, says that reserves of oil and gas that can be developed using current technology are up 35 percent this year from 2011.

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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

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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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