hydraulic fracturing

Hudson Valley News
4:45 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

HV Congressman Speaks To NY Fracking Ban

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

A Hudson Valley congressman is weighing in with his view of Wednesday’s decision from top state administration officials to ban fracking in New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York, citing concerns about health and environmental risks. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says his views on the issue have not changed.

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Hudson Valley News
2:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

NY Fracking Ban Decision Elicits Different Reactions

It will probably go down as the biggest decision of the year in New York State – a ban on fracking. Wednesday’s news came the same day casino license recommendations were announced. Supporters of a fracking ban are celebrating the long-awaited decision while opponents say they are disappointed and the Southern Tier, where fracking would have taken place, is doomed.

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New York News
3:41 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Analysis And Science Answer Governor Cuomo’s Fracking Concerns

Pictured, left to right: Kathleen Nolan, MD, MSL; Sandra Steingraber, PhD; Larysa Dyrszka, MD; Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH; Yuri Gorby, PhD.
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Health professionals and scientists are out with two new independent summations of the risks and harms of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing. The two documents were formally released Thursday at the Legislative Office Building in downtown Albany.

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New York News
6:14 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Howie Hawkins Weighs In On Fracking, Common Core

"I'm the only anti-fracking candidate."

As Election Day draws nearer, polls show the Green Party candidate for governor of New York with higher-than-expected support. Today, Howie Hawkins discussed hydrofracking and the Common Core.

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins spoke to reporters at length about one the key planks of his political platform: making sure hyrdrofracking never sees light of day in New York.    "Astorino's obviously for it. Cuomo's sittin' on the fence, waiting for the election to be over."

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New York News
3:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Cuomo: Conflicting Studies Make Hydrofracking Conclusions Hard

Credit WAMC News

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made some of his most extensive comments on the controversial topic of hydrofracking to date. But the governor says he’s still studying the matter and won’t make a decision before Election Day.

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New York News
6:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Report: Rapidly Expanding Frac Sand Miners Eye NY, MA, VT, PA

Given the explosive growth in fracking nationwide, extraction could spread to several other states with untapped or largely untapped frac sand deposits, including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
Credit 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.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Split On Fracking: NY Gov. Will Tour PA

Will there ever be a time when fracking is permitted in New York State?
Credit 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.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Clinton County Passes Fracking Waste Ban

Credit WAMC News

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.

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Capital Region News
1:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

NY Court Upholds Communities’ Right To Protect Residents From 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.

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Vox Pop
12:30 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Vox Pop : Open Forum on 5/13/14 : Fracking Waste

The issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing make headlines nearly every day. This afternoon in Albany, State Senate Democrats held a public forum on the environmental risks posed by fracking by-products—specifically with regard to public water supply.

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