hydraulic fracturing

WAMC News
7:55 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC's political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the latest news concerning hydraulic fracturing in New York State and the verdict in the case against Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

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New York News
4:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Duke Study Links Hydrofracking To Water Contamination

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A new Duke University study links hydraulic fracturing, the controversial gas drilling process, to water contamination. But, like similar studies in the past, there are pros and cons, and questions linger.

The study, co-authored by Rob Jackson, a professor of environmental sciences at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, found that homeowners living near shale gas wells appear to be at higher risk of drinking water contamination from stray gases.

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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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Hudson Valley News
7:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Anti-Fracking Initiative Launches in the Hudson Valley

Natalie Merchant
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In New York today, in Kingston, a new anti-fracking group announced its formation. A number of environmentalists and elected officials are on board with the initiative that stems from the Hudson Valley.

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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.
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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
4:55 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

NY comptroller: Cabot to reduce fracking risk

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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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The Roundtable
9:09 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Question of the Day - Fracking?

Anti-fracking coalition plans big rally in Albany - story from The Times Union.

Bill McKibben and Josh Fox were in studio today and taking listener calls.

What do you think New York's policy on shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing should be?

New York News
12:56 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Anti-Fracking Group Sounds Warning Over Gas Well Inspections

An anti-fracking group has released results of a study that finds New York State is backlogged when it comes to inspecting existing gas wells - the paper says that the New York State department of Environmental Conservation wouldn't be able to make additional inspections that would be required should Hydrofracking be allowed - even if the practice is limited to just a few counties.

Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports...

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Hudson Valley News
1:11 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

"Constitution Pipeline" Debate Continues

The propsed 120-mile long "Constitution Pipeline" would transport natural gas produced by hydrofracking in Northern Pennsylvania to a terminal in the town of Wright, Schoharie County, where it would then be sent on to existing lines in the area.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas has an update on the project.

During a press conference earlier this week, Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez expressed support for an alternate route for the pipeline which would follow the I-88 corridor.

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New York News
4:07 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Hein Vs. Brine : County Exec Takes Stand Against Waste Fracking Fluid

The Ulster County Executive sends a message to the gas industry. Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports Mike Hein has taken a stand against hydrofracking "brine" ---

Brine is a concoction of substances sprayed on roadways in winter as a de-icer, in summer as a way of keeping down dust. The practice began several years ago - in Pennsylvania. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein wants to be sure NO brine is spread on local roadways.

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