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Hydraulic Fracking will be allowed with limitations

After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.  Go to full article

DEC will not complete report on hydrofracking by Friday deadline

Although the DEC has been working on a study about hydrofracking in New York's Marcellus Shale for four years, they have not finished a draft requested for Friday by the Cuomo administration. Emma Jacobs from the Innovation Trail has more.  Go to full article
It seems like Attorney General Schneiderman is standing up for New York’s water resources, which is critical.

AG sues to put brakes on fracking

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking legal action to put the brakes on natural gas drilling in the state. He sued the federal government in a Brooklyn court yesterday, seeking a full environmental review of hydro-fracking.

The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick reports from Albany.  Go to full article
The moratorium is in place until the plan is finalized… Maybe a year or more out before anything could possibly occur.

Hydrofracking still a long way off

Horizontal hydrofracking, the controversial natural gas drilling technique, is still a long ways off in New York's Marcellus Shale region.

The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs has more on the long process ahead.  Go to full article
The fracking fluids that come out contain a lot of toxics.

Environmentalists press for fracking rules

Environmentalists plan a belated Earth Day celebration and lobby day at the State Capitol Monday, when the legislature returns from a two and a half week break. Among other things, they will ask for more controls over hydrofracking.  Go to full article

NY college students encourage more careful investigation of hydro fracking

College students from around the state concerned about the natural gas extraction process known as hydro fracking presented Governor Andrew Cuomo's office with petitions to study the practice more carefully. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
We're using our bully pulpit, but I do think it's the right thing to do.

Buffalo becomes first city in New York to ban hydro-fracking

In a unanimous vote, the Buffalo Common Council has banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city's borders. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports the law's supporters hope the move sways other communities in New York to follow suit.  Go to full article
If we decide as a state to not pursue it at this point, the gas isn't going away. In fact, it might be worth more in the long run.

Hydrofracking debate continues

Gov. David Paterson issued a sort of split decision on hydrofracking -- the convtroversial methods of shattering shale underground to release natural gas. Last weekend he vetoed an outright ban on all natural gas drilling. But he extended a moratorium on the most controversial technique till July to give the state Department of Environmental Conservation more time to review environmental impacts.

Meanwhile, opponents fear there will be a new front line to defend, another shale deposit that reaches farther into western New York than the well-know Marcellus shale does. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robsion reports.  Go to full article

Governor signs worker protection, vetoes hydrofracking ban

Governor David Paterson has signed a law mandating tougher penalties for bosses who illegally withhold workers' pay. The signing comes just three weeks before the end of Paterson's term in office, and just days after he vetoed a bill banning hydrofracking. Karen DeWitt has more on both actions.  Go to full article

Assembly passes hydrofracking ban

Environmental activists from across the state are applauding the state assembly for passing a bill that puts a moratorium on hydrofracking. The process involves pumping pressurized water and chemicals down deep wells to break rock and release natural gas.

The ban extends until next May 15. But with the celebration comes worry whether or not the governor will sign the bill into law. The Innovation Trail's Dan Bazile has more.  Go to full article

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