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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
Graphic: Al Granberg. Creative Commons via ProPublica
Graphic: Al Granberg. Creative Commons via ProPublica

Gas industry hopes for hydrofracking action

Hydrofracking--drilling into the Marcellus shale near the Finger Lakes--continues to be a big controversy in New York. The public and the natural gas industry are still waiting for the state Department of Environmental Conservation to complete its environmental impact study, two-and-a-half years after it started. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, the natural gas industry hopes permits for new drilling follow soon after.

The Innovation Trail is a collaboration among five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Go to full article

Hydro-fracking opponents bring big guns to lobby for a NY moratorium

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing this week for a third round of hearings, this time in Canonsburg, PA, on the controversial natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

A wealth of natural gas is locked into the Marcellus Shale deep under Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. Some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But there are fears fracking could pollute water above and below ground and deplete aquifers. The oil and gas industry says it's been safe for many years and is needed to keep the nation on a path to energy independence. The process is currently exempt from federal regulation.

Now concerned New Yorkers want the state to step in. New York's Senate chambers have been dark since lawmakers left town for a summer break early this month. But the grand hall was briefly lit up yesterday as hydrofracking opponents came to lobby for an 11-month moratorium.

No Senators were actually on hand for the event, even though the lobbyists brought out the big guns. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Hydrofracking spurs natural gas boom

A new drilling method called hydrofracking has opened up previously inaccessible natural gas fields all over the country - including what's known as the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and New York's southern tier.

It's fueling a boom in natural gas production. But the water-dependent technique is generating controversy. Environmentalists are urging the states to adopt stricter regulation of natural gas drilling. That's partly because right now, hydrofracking is exempt from almost all federal regulations.

But as Samara Freemark reports, legislation currently moving through Congress would change that:  Go to full article

New York considers new rules for natural gas drilling

Lawyers, local officials and landowners met Monday in the Southern Tier to mull over the future of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Development appears inevitable. But how that development unfolds is still being shaped. The controversial new drilling technique called hydrofracking would inject millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break up rock and release the natural gas.

Hydrofracking is part of the problem. But it is not the only concern in New York. Rachel Ward reports from Owego.  Go to full article

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