Rensselaer, NY, Nov 15, 2012 — New York State is facing a Nov. 29 deadline to write rules for the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing.
If the Department of Environmental Conservation Department doesn't complete its work by that date, the rule making process, possibly including public hearings, would have to start all over again. And a delay in a heath study, which could take months, means that could happen. It could possibly include more public hearings, and add several more months if not years to a review process that's been going on since 2008. Go to full article
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Binghamton, NY, Nov 18, 2011 — The Department of Environmental Conservation held public hearings on hydrofracking in Binghamton yesterday. The city is the epicenter of expected development of New York's share of the Marcellus Shale formation.
Officials and residents were invited to make three-minute statements about hydraulic fracturing. More than 1,000 people turned out to listen. With frequent interruptions for catcalls and applause, only 63 people got a chance to speak during the three-hour hearing.
As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, there is no shortage of opinion on the issue in the Southern Tier. Go to full article
President Obama lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling last week, against the wishes of environmental groups. (Photo Courtesy of the US Minerals Management Service, Lee Tilton)
PARCEL RETURN SERVICE, DC, Apr 06, 2010 — There's been lots of speculation about why President Obama is allowing expanded gas and oil drilling offshore. Many environmentalists don't like it. Lester Graham reports the move might be part of a larger strategy to get a climate bill passed in the Senate. Go to full article