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A hydrofracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydrofracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

DEC takes next step in hydro-fracking rules

New York environmental regulators have formally issued proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing. Drilling companies want to "hydro-frack" the Marcellus Shale region of southern New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled four public hearings on the proposed rules.

The document, originally posted online in July, outlines regulations for companies that want to "hydrofrack". It's a process where water, chemicals, and sand are pumped at high pressure deep into wells to release natural gas from the bedrock.

New York hasn't allowed "hydrofracking'' in the Marcellus Shale over the past three years and it won't be allowed until the process completes its new permitting rules.

Dennis Holbrook is vice president of the North Exploration, with offices outside of Buffalo. He's been drilling in New York for twenty years and is glad the process is moving forward.

Claire Sandberg is with the group Frack Action. She says even though New York looked at problems in Pennsylvania and other states before drafting its rules, environmentalists have many reasons to be concerned. Julie Grant has more.  Go to full article

State DEC open to longer comment period on hydrofracking

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says he's "not shutting the door" on holding a longer public comment period and new public hearings on hydrofracking. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Proposed state fund would pay for environmental damage from hydrofracking

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking, similar to the state's oil spill fund, to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

Hydraulic Fracking will be allowed with limitations

After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.  Go to full article
We're using our bully pulpit, but I do think it's the right thing to do.

Buffalo becomes first city in New York to ban hydro-fracking

In a unanimous vote, the Buffalo Common Council has banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city's borders. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports the law's supporters hope the move sways other communities in New York to follow suit.  Go to full article

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