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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 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

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
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

Obama to be greeted by anti-fracking protesters this week

President Obama is planning to visit upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they want it or not.

President Obama's planned trip to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton will focus on the importance of getting an affordable college education.

But activists opposed to hydro fracking want the topic of natural gas drilling to be on the agenda as well.  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

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