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Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

Fracking not in NY's economic development plans

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York, is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future.  Go to full article
Photo: Emma Jacobs
Photo: Emma Jacobs

What's holding up NY's fracking decision

Governor Cuomo's health commissioner is expected to release a health report on hydraulic fracturing soon, at least according to a timetable announced in late February. But the Cuomo Administration has already missed several deadlines on fracking, and now that decision seems to be yet again in limbo.  Go to full article
Photo: Emma Jacobs
Photo: Emma Jacobs

New York delays fracking decision again

A February deadline on New York's process to allow hydro fracking will be missed, with Governor Cuomo's Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an on going health study.  Go to full article
Photo: Emma Jacobs
Photo: Emma Jacobs

New study finds risks in dealing with wastewater from hydrofracking

A new study says there are shortfalls in dealing with the massive amounts of contaminated water created through hydraulic fracturing.

The study by Stony Brook University finds the highest risk of flowback water contaminating water supplies occurs during the disposal process.  Go to full article
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG

Water monitors prepare for fracking in New York

High-volume hydraulic fracturing has not come to Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. During the past four years, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or NYSDEC, has been conducting an environmental review of fracking. New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams running through it and opponents of hydrofracking say the controversial practice poses a risk to the state's waterways.  Go to full article
...The Department of Environmental Conservation needs the resources and the staff to oversee the state's laws and regulations.

Cuomo may soon allow limited hydro-fracking

Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydro-fracking in New York. However, the state legislature left for the summer without acting on any legislation that would speed up the process, or slow it down.  Go to full article
Attorneys Helen and David Slottje are a driving force behind New York's local drilling bans. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail
Attorneys Helen and David Slottje are a driving force behind New York's local drilling bans. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail

Two attorneys assist New York towns to ban fracking

Environmental groups from the Syracuse area and the Catskills planned a news conference today with towns that are trying to stop fracking in their communities. About 100 towns in New York State have passed laws that ban the controversial gas drilling technique. Most of the frack bans are temporary, and about 20 are permanent. Some are under legal challenge, and county courts have upheld two of the local bans.

However, landowners and supporters of hydro-fracking say there will be lawsuits against towns over whether they can stop residents from selling mineral rights without compensation. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports on the two Ithaca lawyers whose work laid the groundwork for those drilling bans, and on the opposition that's now growing.  Go to full article
Anti-fracking protesters rally. Photo: still from the Innovation Trail video
Anti-fracking protesters rally. Photo: still from the Innovation Trail video

Boxes and boxes of comments for DEC on hydrofracking deadline

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has a lot of reading to do about hydrofracking. The deadline to comment about new regulations was midnight. The DEC already had more than 21,000 comments on the issue. And yesterday, both supporters and opponents of the controversial gas-drilling technique brought box after box filled with more comments.  Go to full article

Ohio delays four fracking wastewater wells in wake of quake

Ohio leaders are prohibiting the use of four hydro-fracking waste-water wells from opening, after a series of earthquakes. Julie Grant reports that the state is concerned there's a link between the two.  Go to full article
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)

Financial expert criticizes economics of shale gas exploration

Drilling companies have been criticizing New York for delaying permits to drill for gas in the state's underground shale formations. The Department of Environmental Conservation says it is still considering regulations, and might not issue permits until 2013.

Deborah Rogers is glad New York is asking questions before allowing this type of drilling. Rogers has become a leading critic of the economics of shale gas exploration. She's an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas. Rogers spoke Tuesday night at Clarkson University, and earlier in the day with Julie Grant.  Go to full article

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