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Upstate business group pushes for tax cuts, fracking

An upstate pro-business group says regions of the state north of Westchester need special attention in the coming months to help the floundering economy. The group Unshackle Upstate is proposing a series of tax cuts, as well as a start to hydro-fracking as the remedy.  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

Fracking ban challenges move to NY's highest court

The challenges to local fracking bans in New York are a step closer to their last day in court.

The state's highest court yesterday agreed to consider cases against the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

The plaintiffs had to apply to the Court of Appeals for the chance to appeal because the lower courts were unanimous in deciding against them.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

NY fracking moratorium enters 6th year

New York today enters into the sixth year of a de facto moratorium on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. Business and industry groups are expressing dismay over what they say is too long a delay.  Go to full article
The U.S. Salt plant, owned by Inergy. Salt is currently mined here, and the caverns from previous mining are where Inergy wants to store gas and LPG's (propane and butane.) Photo: David Chanatry
The U.S. Salt plant, owned by Inergy. Salt is currently mined here, and the caverns from previous mining are where Inergy wants to store gas and LPG's (propane and butane.) Photo: David Chanatry

Are the Finger Lakes the place to store natural gas?

It's something few people think about, but all the natural gas and other fossil fuels being produced by hydrofracking have to be stored somewhere before they get to the consumer. Often used for the job: underground salt caverns like the ones near Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes.

Now an out-of-state company wants to expand storage there, a plan some local residents call risky.  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

Why both pro- and anti-frackers welcome Gasland sequel

Monday night brought the TV premiere of Gasland II, a sequel to the original anti-hydro fracking movie.
In New York, where Governor Cuomo's decision on fracking is still on hold, both opponents and supporters of fracking say the films have helped frame the debate.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Court upholds local fracking bans

New York State's second highest court has ruled in favor of two towns which passed laws banning gas drilling.

In two decisions released Thursday, the court ruled unanimously in favor of local control in Dryden and Middlefield.  Go to full article
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Fracking fuels grassroots activisim

In the five years since New Yorkers first began to hear about horizontal hydrofracking, the state has become a battleground over the gas drilling technique.
While opponents have some high profile support, their movement remains mostly a loose collection of small groups that have been remarkably effective.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: <a href="http://www.innovationtrail.org/">Innovation Trail</a>
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Fracking overshadows other NYS Earth Day lobby issues

Whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York continued to be the dominant issue as environmental groups held their annual Earth Day lobby day at the Capitol.

In the legislature, the Senate and Assembly Environmental Committee chairs both take a dim view of the controversial gas drilling process, but they differ over the next step.  Go to full article
New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation delayed its environmental review of fracking until the go-ahead is given by the Dept. of Health. Photo: DEC headquarters in Albany, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Kurtman518">Kurtman518</a>, released to the public domain
New York's Dept. of Environmental Conservation delayed its environmental review of fracking until the go-ahead is given by the Dept. of Health. Photo: DEC headquarters in Albany, Kurtman518, released to the public domain

Fracking delay's effect is in the eye of the beholder

Last week, New York State officials announced another delay of their final decision on hydrofracking. The Department of Environmental Conservation will wait for a report on the health protections in its environmental review of fracking. Then the environmental review can be completed.

The time frame could be less than a month or it could be much longer. And both pro- and anti-fracking groups took heart from the delay.  Go to full article
Josh Fox (left) is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 anti-fracking documentary, <em>Gasland</em>. Pro-fracking film-maker Phelim McAleer, is the producer of <em>Fracknation</em>. The two met briefly outside a NY Senate hearing. Photos: Karen DeWitt.
Josh Fox (left) is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2010 anti-fracking documentary, Gasland. Pro-fracking film-maker Phelim McAleer, is the producer of Fracknation. The two met briefly outside a NY Senate hearing. Photos: Karen DeWitt.

Fracking filmmakers dispute at the Capitol

Dueling pro- and anti-fracking filmmakers were in Albany for screenings and promotions for their films Monday, as they await a decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on whether natural gas extraction by hydrofracking will be permitted in New York.

If the state Department of Environmental Conservation is to allow a rule making process on fracking to conclude by the end of the month, it must first make public its generic environmental impact statement on fracking.

Tensions are high, as both sides wait to find out whether the state will go ahead with fracking. And as the opposing film makers waited in the halls of the Capitol, those tensions erupted.  Go to full article

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