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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
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region. Photo: Laurie Barr

Vestal: a hot spot in the debate about hydrofracking

Hydraulic fracturing involves the high-pressure injection of water and chemicals into the ground to split rock apart and release natural gas or oil. It's being used extensively in the rapidly expanding natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, but has been blamed for a range of environmental and health problems.

Just across the border, the Town of Vestal, near Binghamton, is well-placed for natural gas development. It's in one of three counties in New York considered to be in the sweet spot of Marcellus Shale development. And as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, its location is what makes Vestal a hot spot in the larger debate about hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

New report questions NY's handling of drilling waste

A new report from Environmental Advocates of New York is questioning the state's regulation of wastewater from oil and gas wells. As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports the study is based on about 100 drilling applications filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation.  Go to full article
Photo: Karen DeWitt
Photo: Karen DeWitt

Anti-fracking group petitions Cuomo, state government

Anti fracking groups presented Governor Cuomo with 200,000 signatures asking for a ban on the gas drilling process in New York, and a State Senator predicts the opposition will have an effect on the governor. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:  Go to full article

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