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There’s a kind of black curtain over the whole process

Healthcare professionals seek hydrofracking meeting

A group of healthcare professionals are seeking a meeting with Governor Cuomo's health department, saying they have compiled a compendium of new and ongoing research that highlights numerous health risks associated with hydrofracking.  Go to full article
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY's high court says towns can ban fracking

In a 5-to-2 ruling, New York's highest court has upheld the right of local governments to ban hydrofracking within their borders. The decision comes after a nearly three-year court battle over bans passed in the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

Fracking opponents hope the ruling leads to bans in towns that were waiting for the court's final ruling.  Go to full article
Attorney Tom West representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy makes his oral argument before the Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg listens in the foreground. Photo: Innovation Trail
Attorney Tom West representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy makes his oral argument before the Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg listens in the foreground. Photo: Innovation Trail

Dryden defends anti-fracking in home rule case

The debate over whether a municipality can ban hydraulic fracturing within its borders was brought before the State Court of Appeals Tuesday afternoon. The town of Dryden is defending its right to home rule against lawyers representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy.

Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg says she feels confident bringing the case before the court because home rule is protected by the state constitution and New York isn't alone.  Go to full article

Docs call for NYS fracking moratorium

Researchers and medical professionals from around the state gathered in Albany Thursday to urge acting Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to impose a 3 to 5 year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Physicians, nurses, peer-reviewed researchers and public health professionals are all part of the coalition pushing for a thorough analysis of the health and societal impacts of fracking.  Go to full article
Katherine Murphy of Adirondack Wildlife, with a short-eared owl, which is endangered in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Katherine Murphy of Adirondack Wildlife, with a short-eared owl, which is endangered in New York. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Owls attend Earth Day in New York

Earth Day was celebrated at the state Capitol, with a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, and a display of live owls.

Activists gathered at the Capitol to lobby for environmental issues and to hear musicians David Bernz and Dan Einbender pay tribute to Pete Seeger, who passed away in January.  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

NYS fracking review thorough, says group, so why secret?

A group opposed to hydrofracking says documents it's obtained show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process.

The Finger Lakes-based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret.  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues were the reason for his departure, according to Gov. Cuomo as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester.

His resignation leaves the future of the Health Department's much-anticipated health review of hydraulic fracturing in New York in limbo.  Go to full article

Coalition formed to promote NY gas drilling

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) A new coalition of labor groups, farmers, landowners and businesses from New York counties along the Pennsylvania border is calling on state officials to lift the nearly 6-year-old moratorium on shale gas development.

Binghamton attorney Scott Kurkoski says Monday that the coalition called Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence favors well-regulated, responsible development of natural gas resources.  Go to full article
Anti-fracking protestors turned out for Monday's hearing. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
Anti-fracking protestors turned out for Monday's hearing. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Health commissioner stays quiet on fracking study

Governor Cuomo's Health Commissioner was questioned by lawmakers at a budget hearing about his on-going review of the health effects of hydrofracking. But Dr. Nirav Shah provided few details.  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

Fracking questions likely at budget hearing

The state's health commissioner is scheduled to testify before the legislative fiscal committees Monday morning, where he'll likely be asked about a long delayed health study on hydrofracking.  Go to full article

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