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DEC: no fracking decision until health study is done

The Cuomo Administration says it won't be ruling on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York until an ongoing health review is finished.

The delays have have forced the state's Department of Environmental Conservation to open another public comment period, beginning December 12.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

DEC: still questions about hydrofracking

New York Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner commented in-depth for the first time about a new health review that has once again delayed a decision on hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Joe Martens says the internal study by the Department of Health is turning up more questions. His comments Friday came as some landowners, and politicians, in the Marcellus Shale region are growing impatient for a final decision on hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

GOP senate candidate urges action on hydrofracking

Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, is urging swift action on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Anti fracking health experts question in-house health study

A group of public health experts are questioning whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health officials can do a credible job reviewing a health study on fracking, saying independent reviewers would be a better choice.

The over 50 doctors, nurses and scientists include Dr. David carpenter, a former Health department official who now heads The Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY's School of Public Health.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Panel says fracking would help boost upstate

A meeting of upstate Chambers of Commerce has come out strongly in support of hydrofracking in new York.

As the Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell reports, panelists meeting in Rochester believe the controversial process will eventually be approved and that New York is in a good position to benefit.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Expenses, health, major concerns in fracking debate

Governor Cuomo's environmental commissioner is rejecting calls by environmentalists for an independent health impact study on hydrofracking. But Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens, says the state's health commissioner has agreed to conduct a review.

"Government is the public's independent reviewer," Martens said in explanation of his decision. "To suggest private interests or academic experts bring more independence to the process than government is exactly wrong."

The statement comes as Governor Cuomo says he's not pushing his environmental agency to make a final decision on fracking any time soon. Martens says any decision on hydrofracking in New York will be delayed until after the health department completes its study. He says if there is a public health concern that cannot be addressed, then fracking won't go forward.

Meanwhile, Environmental groups warn that, based on costs in other states, hydraulic fracturing could be expensive for the state's local governments.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Fracking supporters, foes prepare legal next steps

New York State is poised to issue its plans for hydrofracking. The decision could come any time after Labor Day. But there's no guarantee the controversy will die down, and both opponents and supporters are exploring their legal options.  Go to full article
Protestors in Albany urge Gov. Cuomo to reject hydrofracking development. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors in Albany urge Gov. Cuomo to reject hydrofracking development. Photo: Brian Mann

Protestors, industry pressure Cuomo on gas fracking

Hundreds of people joined a protest Monday on the bank of the Hudson River in Albany. They're hoping to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject plans for hydraulic fracturing in New York. Companies hope to use the controversial drilling method to extract natural gas from deposits that lie deep underground.

Cuomo is expected to decide any day now whether to give the industry the green light, and activists and lobbyists are scrambling to influence the governor's final plan and to shape how his decision is viewed by the public.  Go to full article
The Buffalo premiere of <i>Truthland</i>. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
The Buffalo premiere of Truthland. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

"Truthland" ignites fracking debate

A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University poll shows New York residents are evenly split on the issue of hydrofracking. The survey comes hard on the heels of a new pro-fracking public relations effort in upstate communities.

Last week, Buffalo was the stage for a screening of "Truthland," a film financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. As Daniel Robison reports, the event highlighted how starkly polarizing the topic can be for the public.  Go to full article
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Romney on issues where environment, economy meet

For the first time in a long time, political observers had been eyeing New York's Republican Presidential Primary, wondering if New York voters might actually have an impact on who's running for the White House. But it appears the GOP nominee has all but been decided before a single ballot is cast in the Empire State.

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward looks at Mitt Romney's positions on a couple of key economic issues.

Marie Cusick, Ryan Delaney, Matt Richmond and Daniel Robison contributed reporting on this story. The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting on New York's innovation economy. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Go to full article

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