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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 not in NY's economic development plans

Governor Cuomo, who still has not issued a decision on whether hydro fracking should be allowed in New York, is backing further away from the controversial gas drilling process in his economic development plans for the future.  Go to full article
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Fracking fuels grassroots activisim

In the five years since New Yorkers first began to hear about horizontal hydrofracking, the state has become a battleground over the gas drilling technique.
While opponents have some high profile support, their movement remains mostly a loose collection of small groups that have been remarkably effective.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: <a href="http://www.innovationtrail.org/">Innovation Trail</a>
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Fracking overshadows other NYS Earth Day lobby issues

Whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York continued to be the dominant issue as environmental groups held their annual Earth Day lobby day at the Capitol.

In the legislature, the Senate and Assembly Environmental Committee chairs both take a dim view of the controversial gas drilling process, but they differ over the next step.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Hydrofracking top concern at NYS Earth Day lobbying day

Environmentalists hold their annual earth day lobby day at the State Capitol today. Hydrofracking remains the number one issue of concern. New York has been polarized over the controversial gas extraction method for years.  Go to full article
People line up to testify before the Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photo: Sarah Harris
People line up to testify before the Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photo: Sarah Harris

VT, NY weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

A proposed natural gas pipeline from Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York, has some Vermont residents up in arms.

But International Paper and the North Country Regional Economic Development Council argue that supplying the mill with natural gas is vital to the North Country economy.  Go to full article
Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. With the Assembly's new decision, drillers will have to wait at least two years. Image: Innovation Trail
Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. With the Assembly's new decision, drillers will have to wait at least two years. Image: Innovation Trail

NYS Assembly votes to ban fracking for at least two years

The New York State Assembly has approved, by a 95 to 40 vote, a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York. While it's unlikely to be passed in the Senate, the action reflects state lawmaker's growing worries about potential health impacts from the natural gas drilling process.  Go to full article
Fracking wastewater after treatment at temporary, privately owned facility in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG
Fracking wastewater after treatment at temporary, privately owned facility in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG

How would New York deal with hydrofracking wastewater?

About four million gallons of water goes into a typical Marcellus Shale well during the fracking process. As much as 20 percent of what went in comes back out right away. That's what's known as flowback water.

Over the life of a producing well, more than a million gallons comes out, and after the initial flowback the rest is known as produced water.  Go to full article
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors at an Albany anti-fracking demonstration in August, 2012. Photo: Brian Mann

Why Gov. Cuomo is being dubbed "Hamlet on the Shale"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces a tough choice as he continues to ponder the decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York. With both sides dug in, there's no easy way to win for the governor.  Go to full article
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Proposed VT-NY natural gas pipeline stirs debate

The natural gas boom is fueling construction and development, and cutting energy prices in some areas. But there's often a dark cloud around the silver lining. A pipeline proposed to bring natural gas through Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga means good news for the mill, but some Vermonters aren't happy about the route, or possible environmental consequences.  Go to full article
Photo: Emma Jacobs
Photo: Emma Jacobs

New York delays fracking decision again

A February deadline on New York's process to allow hydro fracking will be missed, with Governor Cuomo's Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an on going health study.  Go to full article

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