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DEC to look at fracking in flood areas

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it may now reconsider which areas in the Marcellus shale are deemed flood plains, in the light of recent catastrophic flooding. But the department says it will not delay the environmental review of fracking over the issue. (see related story)

Karen DeWitt has the DEC response.  Go to full article
The public is open minded to the notion of economic development opportunities, especially in New Yorkís Southern Tier.

DEC issues hydrofracking assessment, seeks comments

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it will lengthen the public comment period on its final draft environmental impact statement for hydraulic fracturing. The comment period will be extended from 60 to 90 days and the DEC will hold four public hearings. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
[Average New Yorkers] deserve the opportunity to come out and have their spoken comments recorded for the public record.

DEC plans release of draft fracking report

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its final version of an environmental impact statement on hydro fracking in New York this morning. The report is being eagerly anticipated by both environmentalists and the natural gas industry.  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

Hydrofracking advisory panel holds first meeting

As New York wrestles with how to regulate gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, the Department of Environmental Conservation is bringing together people from both the gas industry and environmental groups to weigh in on the issue. The group met for the first time yesterday. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports from Albany for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
We said no we donít want anything to do with it. And he turned around and said, "It doesnít matter, Iíll get it anyway"

Landmen, part 2: Gray area in state law can undercut landowner

Yesterday we heard a cautionary story about "landmen" - the people who handle drilling leases and mineral rights for natural gas companies. Today, a state law some say is being used to force property-owners to sign on the dotted line.

Most people agree it's wrong to just take someone's property and give it to someone else. But there's a gray area in the rules for natural gas drilling. It's called compulsory integration.
Emma Jacobs has this report for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
A hydro fracking tower.
A hydro fracking tower.

Landmen first to knock for drilling leases

Landmen are the advance men of drilling and mining development. They negotiate mineral rights, leases, they clear titles. They handle all sorts of business arrangements between the landowner and the company that wants to mine or drill.

When landmen sit down with property owners over an oil and gas lease, there can be a lot of money at stake. As Emma Jacobs reports, these kitchen table discussions are the front lines of the controversial expansion of natural gas drilling.

Support for the Innovation Trail comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.  Go to full article
What is the rush? The gas is there, itís not going anywhere.

Environmental and government reform groups call for more time in hydrofracking comment period

More than 70 environmental and government reform groups are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Department to extend to six months the amount of time for public comments on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing in New York. 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
The silver lining has been the dialogue the community is having... What are the decisions we want to make?

Tompkins County gets out front on hydrofracking

Tompkins County, headquartered in progressively-minded Ithaca, has a reputation for being opposed to hydrofracking. In fact, the town of Ithaca was among the first in the state to ban hydrofracking.

But Tompkins County is out front on getting ready for the reality of fracking. Officials are pushing lots of paper as the county gets set for the impacts on the local economy and infrastructure -- as well as the environment. Emma Jacobs reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article

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