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A bankrupt energy company is suing the Cuomo Administration over the long delayed decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York.   Their attorney says the action was prompted by remarks made by Governor Cuomo and his Health Commissioner earlier this week. 

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New York Governor Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydrofracking for natural gas  until after the November 2014 elections.

Two HV Congressmen Vote The Same On A Fracking Bill

Nov 21, 2013
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Two New York congressmen from the Hudson Valley voted against legislation that would prohibit federal oversight of fracking.

    In his new book, The Frackers, journalist Gregory Zuckerman tells us the back-story. Far from the limelight, Aubrey McClendon, Harold Hamm, Mark Papa, and other wildcatters were determined to tap massive deposits of oil and gas that Exxon, Chevron, and other giants had dismissed as a waste of time.

By experimenting with hydraulic fracturing through extremely dense shale—a process now known as fracking—the wildcatters started a revolution. In just a few years, they looked to relieve America’s dependence on imported energy, triggered a global environmental controversy—and made and lost astonishing fortunes.

Filmmaker Josh Fox Speaks At SUNY New Paltz

Oct 30, 2013
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Anti-fracking activist and filmmaker Josh Fox spoke to an audience at SUNY New Paltz last night, urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking.

Gasland and Gasland 2 filmmaker Josh Fox, banjo in hand, spoke to a filled lecture hall at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His presentation came on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Fox took the opportunity of the anniversary to tweet a photo of the New Paltz audience at Cuomo and President Obama, typing, “we're from New Paltz, #notfromgasland. #endclimatesilence.

NY Extends Comment Time For Liquefied Natural Gas

Oct 28, 2013
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Officials in New York state are giving the public another month to weigh in on a proposal to allow new liquefied natural gas facilities in the state for the first time in 40 years.

The comment period on the proposed regulations had been slated to end on Nov. 4, but it's been extended until Dec. 4.

A public hearing on the regulations is scheduled for Wednesday in Albany.

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It’s been nearly a year since the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the on going study. Now, an anti-fracking group is suing the state to find out what exactly is being reviewed.

Obama To Be Greeted By Anti-Fracking Protestors

Aug 16, 2013
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President Obama is planning on visiting upstate New York next week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they like it or not.

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In the summer of 2008, then Governor David Paterson and the legislature imposed an actual moratorium in New York on the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking. After it expired, Governor Cuomo’s environmental agency began an extended review. That study has never been completed. For the past 10 months, a decision has been put on hold while Governor Cuomo’s health commissioner conducts what he says is a health review.  No details have been revealed.

Brian Sampson, with the pro-business group Unshackle Upstate, calls it “paralysis by analysis.”

“It’s very disingenuous to the people to say that here we are five years later and we haven’t been able to make a decision,” Sampson said.

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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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