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The Buffalo premiere of <i>Truthland</i>. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail
The Buffalo premiere of Truthland. Photo: Daniel Robison, Innovation Trail

"Truthland" ignites fracking debate

A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University poll shows New York residents are evenly split on the issue of hydrofracking. The survey comes hard on the heels of a new pro-fracking public relations effort in upstate communities.

Last week, Buffalo was the stage for a screening of "Truthland," a film financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. As Daniel Robison reports, the event highlighted how starkly polarizing the topic can be for the public.  Go to full article
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG

Water monitors prepare for fracking in New York

High-volume hydraulic fracturing has not come to Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. During the past four years, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or NYSDEC, has been conducting an environmental review of fracking. New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams running through it and opponents of hydrofracking say the controversial practice poses a risk to the state's waterways.  Go to full article
The Windsor Town Board took public commentson a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG via Innovation Trail
The Windsor Town Board took public commentson a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG via Innovation Trail

Pro and anti fracking laws duel in Southern Tier

The debate over hydraulic fracturing in New York State is growing heated in Southern Tier towns. And it's getting more complicated as localities wait for the state to issue its proposed regulations for hydrofracking. Many of the town boards there have passed resolutions supporting state control over gas drilling regulation. As The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, supporters are using the resolutions as a way to stem the flow of local drilling bans.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Source: Innovation Trail & NYS DEC
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York. Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Source: Innovation Trail & NYS DEC

No rush for DEC fracking rules

In the latest salvo in local battles over gas drilling, a company says it's shutting down wells and stopping free gas to landowners in a western New York town that passed a moratorium on drilling late last month.

Communities across the state are waiting for proposed hydro fracking regulations now being drafted by the Department of Environmental Conservation. There have been indications that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would allow limited hydraulic fracturing in some southern tier communities. Yesterday, the governor told New York Public Radio the first step is thorough rule-making.  Go to full article

Governor Cuomo offers limited support for hydrofracking in NY statae

Governor Andrew Cuomo has offered some support to a plan to permit hydraulic fracturing in New York state, in communities that welcome the gas drilling process.  Go to full article
...The Department of Environmental Conservation needs the resources and the staff to oversee the state's laws and regulations.

Cuomo may soon allow limited hydro-fracking

Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydro-fracking in New York. However, the state legislature left for the summer without acting on any legislation that would speed up the process, or slow it down.  Go to full article
Kate Hudson of the organization Riverkeeper speaking at Wednesday's event. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Kate Hudson of the organization Riverkeeper speaking at Wednesday's event. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Green coalition urges Cuomo to reject fracking

The state's major environmental groups have formed a new coalition, urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject a plan to begin hydraulic fracturing in select counties in New York's Southern Tier.  Go to full article
Attorneys Helen and David Slottje are a driving force behind New York's local drilling bans. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail
Attorneys Helen and David Slottje are a driving force behind New York's local drilling bans. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail

Two attorneys assist New York towns to ban fracking

Environmental groups from the Syracuse area and the Catskills planned a news conference today with towns that are trying to stop fracking in their communities. About 100 towns in New York State have passed laws that ban the controversial gas drilling technique. Most of the frack bans are temporary, and about 20 are permanent. Some are under legal challenge, and county courts have upheld two of the local bans.

However, landowners and supporters of hydro-fracking say there will be lawsuits against towns over whether they can stop residents from selling mineral rights without compensation. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports on the two Ithaca lawyers whose work laid the groundwork for those drilling bans, and on the opposition that's now growing.  Go to full article

Hydraulic Fracturing supporters, opponents face off in Albany

Supporters and opponents of a plan to allow limited hydrofracking in New York's Southern Tier region confronted each other at the state Capitol. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Workers at a Cabot Oil & Gas drilling site in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail
Workers at a Cabot Oil & Gas drilling site in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail

New fracking method uses propane, not water

In the debate over whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in New York State, the need for millions of gallons of water at each well is a major concern.

A Canadian company called Gasfrac has developed a fracking method that eliminates the need for all that water. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports it's still too early to tell whether it will make a dent in a crowded industry.  Go to full article

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