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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

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
Schlumberger gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira, NY. Photo: Matt Richmond
Schlumberger gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira, NY. Photo: Matt Richmond

New York landowners threaten lawsuit against the state over fracking review

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is demanding the release of the state's environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. Matt Martin reports that the landowners are threatening to take legal action if the state doesn't release the report.

The letter stated the DEC has until February 13th to release the report, known as the SGEIS. The state has had a de facto moratorium on hydrofacking for almost six years now.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens gives testimony. Photo: Karen DeWitt.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens gives testimony. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Martens: Fracking delay will continue

One day after President Obama touted the hydrofracking of natural gas as a "bridge fuel," Governor Cuomo's environmental commissioner says it's "extremely unlikely" that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Bankrupt fracking company sues Cuomo administration over delays

A bankrupt energy company is suing the Cuomo administration over the long delayed decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in New York. Their attorney says the action was prompted by remarks made by Governor Cuomo and his Health Commissioner earlier this week.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

NYS fracking decision may take longer

Governor Cuomo says he may not decide whether the state should go ahead with hydro fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.  Go to full article
Eileen Simollardes (at right) from Vermont Gas outlines the pipeline project.  Cornwall select board chairman Bruce Hiland (in blue) looks on at left.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Eileen Simollardes (at right) from Vermont Gas outlines the pipeline project. Cornwall select board chairman Bruce Hiland (in blue) looks on at left. (Photo: Brian Mann)

NY-VT tension shapes Ticonderoga gas pipeline project

The US and Canada are carrying more and more energy produced in North America on rail tank cars. That's controversial, especially after this summer's disaster in Lac-Megantic.

But there's also a fierce debate underway over construction of new pipelines to carry the surge of domestic natural gas and oil. Much of the controversy has focused on the Keystone XL project in the Midwest. But we have our own pipeline battle shaping up here in the North Country.

A company in Vermont hopes to build a new line that would feed natural gas from Vermont underneath Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. Some environmental activists and local government leaders in Vermont are promising to block the project unless major changes are made.  Go to full article
Assembly member Donna A. Lupardo of Binghamton at a hearing. Photo: NYS Assembly
Assembly member Donna A. Lupardo of Binghamton at a hearing. Photo: NYS Assembly

Key fracking panelist calls for health study do-over

A Binghamton Assemblywoman who is on the Cuomo's Administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing heath review, saying the secretive process has compromised public confidence.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, a Binghamton Democrat, has written a letter to Cuomo's environmental commissioner, asking that a health review by the governor's Health Commissioner Dr Nirav Shah, to be put on hold. The year-long study has been conducted mostly in secret.  Go to full article

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