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The Roundtable
9:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Al Gore - "The Future"

    Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore has a new book out entitled, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

We will talk with him about the environment, his thoughts on fracking in New York State, and about his recent payday for selling his television network.

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

Jon Campbell - Gannett News : Fracking deadlines approaching this week

Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell.

New York State officials are facing some hard deadlines over the next few weeks with regards to whether or not the state will allow the drilling of natural gas extraction wells using the controversial process known as hydrofracking.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke recently with Gannett New York State Government reporter Jon Campbell for an update on state’s fracking decision making process.

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New York News
3:55 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Anti-frackers Rally at NYS Capitol

Queens Democratic Senator Tony Avella (GASLAND director Josh Fox behind his right shoulder) joins demonstrators on the Million Dollar Staircase at the State Capitol in Albany.
Credit WAMC (Dave Lucas)

Hundreds of anti-fracking advocates gathered Monday at the State Capitol to rally against the gas drilling process.

Gasland director Josh Fox, Actor Mark Ruffalo and Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi had been with  rallygoers outside a hearing room at the state Capitol, where Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was questioned regarding his agency's proposed 2013-14 budget.

When the meeting was over, the crowd of activists moved to the Million Dollar Staircase.

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New York News
4:55 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

NY comptroller: Cabot to reduce fracking risk

Credit Tim Hurst / Flickr

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The trustee of New York's $150.1 billion pension fund has reached an agreement with Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. to disclose what it's doing to reduce risks of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Tuesday that Cabot has agreed to publicly disclose its policy and procedures for eliminating or minimizing the use of toxic substances in fracking fluids. In turn, DiNapoli has withdrawn his shareholder proposal submitted for the company's 2013 proxy statement to demand such disclosure.

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New York News
12:24 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Al Gore : Cuomo has "tough decision" to make on fracking

Al Gore
Credit Wikimedia Commons / World Resources Institute

Hydrofracking remains a controversial topic across the country, and perhaps no more so in New York, where state environmental and health officials are still determining if fracking can be done safely.

Yesterday, during a joint legislative hearing on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed executive budget, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens was peppered with questions from legislators about the administration’s fracking plans.

WAMC’s Joe Donohue spoke with former Vice President Al Gore and asked how he would advise Cuomo on the issue.

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Environment
4:51 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Siena Poll: NY divided on fracking DEC: No 'timetable' on decision

Anti-fracking activists line the steps along the Great Western Staircase at the NYS Capitol in Albany (Feb. 4, 2013)
Credit Dave Lucas (WAMC)


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) —  A poll shows New York voters nearly evenly divided on  "fracking" the same day the state's top environmental official declared his agency has no "timetable" for finishing shale gas drilling rules.


Elected officials questioned Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens about the environmental review at a legislative budget hearing on Monday. He says he expects to get a report from Health Commissioner Nirav Shah in "a few weeks."

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Politics
10:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Influential Assemblyman Gottfried questions fracking health report

New York state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, the powerful Democrat who chairs the Health Committee, says he has questions about the state's health impact study as Governor Andrew Cuomo decides on the future of hydrofracking. Gottfried spoke on WAMC's Capitol Connection program.

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New York News
4:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Deliver Letter to Cuomo on Last Day for Fracking Comments

Anti fracking activists, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, attempted to present the state’s environmental agency with over 200,000 comments, on the last day of a public comment period on the gas drilling process.  As Karen DeWitt reports, they also, along with other anti fracking activists, tried to deliver a letter to Governor Cuomo.

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NY State Capitol
12:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

NY Activists' pre-SOS Rally: 'Ban Fracking Now!'

Dominic Frongillo, Deputy Supervisor and Councilor of the Tompkins County Town of Caroline
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

More than a thousand protesters chanting "Ban Fracking Now!" crowded into Albany's Empire State Plaza concourse where lawmakers had to pass on their way to Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Fracking - 1/3/13

Credit Tim Hurst / Flickr

As reported this morning by WAMC’s Capital Correspondent Karen DeWitt, an 8 page document drafted last year by New York State regulators which states that the potential health impacts of fracking for natural gas could be reduced or prevented with the right regulation from the state.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation today says the document is out-dated and doesn’t reflect the conclusions of the forthcoming final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking.

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