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Hearings begin - back and forth of fracking continues

New York begins public hearings on proposed regulations for hydro-fracking today. The state Department of Environmental Conservation convenes the first of the hearings in the Finger Lakes village of Dansville this afternoon at 1:00 pm. People hoping for three minutes to comment are expected to begin lining up hours before that.

The state has put off permits for drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation since 2008, when it began a review of the high-volume hydraulic fracturing process used to blast wells into production.

Environmental groups who fear the drilling will contaminate water supplies call the rules too lax.
The gas industry says the rules will be so restrictive that companies will avoid New York. As the DEC begins its hearings, an industry group has been holding public meetings of its own.  Go to full article

NY hydrofracking hearings set to start

The Department of Environmental Conservation begins holding hearings on the rules that would govern hydrofracking this week.

New Yorkers have watched closely as "fracking" has unfolded in Pennsylvania. Some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here. Others are eager for the economic boom drilling for the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale could bring.  Go to full article

Pro-Business, local government coalition promotes hydrofracking

A new coalition, calling itself Clean Growth Now, wants to promote the potential economic benefits of hydrofracking. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report on their arguments:  Go to full article
Many people have an immediate feeling... and the conversation tends to get polarized.

Hydrofracking panel needs more time--Cuomo says that's OK

New York's Environmental Commissioner says the review process on permitting hydrofracking on some private lands in New York State may take longer than expected.

The DEC's Joe Martens even cast doubt on whether any permits would be issued in 2012. Governor Cuomo says he's willing to wait, if it leads to a rational decision making process on what's become a highly emotional issue.

In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article
A hydro fracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydro fracking tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

Hydrofracking postponed, for now

The state's environmental agency is putting the brakes on the process to approve hydrofracking on some private lands in New York. That's after a key advisory panel says it will miss a November 1 deadline to issue a report. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Hydrofracking decision faces delay

An advisory panel on hydrofracking in New York may not meet its initial November deadline to report on potential fees to charge gas drillers and other impacts on proposed hydrofracking on the state. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

State lawmakers grill Department of Environmental conservation on hydrofracking

About a dozen Assembly members spent much of the day Thursday questioning top officials from the state's Department of Environmental Conservation at a public hearing on hydrofracking. The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Locals fight for control over hydro-fracking

New York's proposed regulations for the drilling technique known as "hydro-fracking" are currently in the public comment stage. The Department of Envitronmental Conservation has scheduled four public hearings will be held in November, three in the Marcellus shale region and one in New York City.

Environmental groups want more time for comment. And they'd also like public hearings in the Utica Shale area, which may be the next region slated for drilling.

As the state process advances, some communities are moving to make their towns 'off-limits' to the drillers. The "local control" tactic is being watched closely, particularly the Town of Dryden, where a test case is brewing. Our story comes from David Chanatry with the New York Reporting Project at Utica College.  Go to full article
A hydro fracturing tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)
A hydro fracturing tower. (Photo: Innovation Trail)

Environmental groups want more time for public comment on hydrofracking

Environmental groups continue to ask Governor Cuomo's Administration to extend the public comment period on hydro fracking. On Tuesday, they tried to appeal to the governor himself.

The groups delivered 180 water-powered alarm clocks to Governor Cuomo's office door, as part of their request for more time for the public to comment on proposed rules to allow hydrofracking in New York on some private lands.  Go to full article
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

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