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Hearings over but fracking comments continue

The natural gas industry and landowners hoping to share its profits are frustrated by New York's latest delay in lifting a ban on drilling, while environmentalists say much more time is needed to study the issue.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has refused to issue permits for shale gas wells using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, since it started an environmental study in 2008.

The state's final public hearing on hydrofracking in New York was held Wednesday. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, an unofficial hearing in Ithaca yesteday still drew a large crowd.  Go to full article
A hydrofracking tower. Photo: Innovation Trail.
A hydrofracking tower. Photo: Innovation Trail.

State extends fracking comment period

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is extending the public comment period on its draft hyrdofracking regulations. The announcement came yesterday at the latest of a series of public hearings on the DEC's draft environmental review and regulations. The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward has more.  Go to full article
Martens: We encouraged them not to adopt the regulations in the first instance.

Decision gives state more time on fracking rules

A major decision about the future of hydro-fracking in the Northeast has been postponed. The delay gives states, including New York, more time to consider their own fracking regulations. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons

Hearing expose deep divide on hydrofracking

The Department of Environmental Conservation held public hearings on hydrofracking in Binghamton yesterday. The city is the epicenter of expected development of New York's share of the Marcellus Shale formation.

Officials and residents were invited to make three-minute statements about hydraulic fracturing.
More than 1,000 people turned out to listen. With frequent interruptions for catcalls and applause, only 63 people got a chance to speak during the three-hour hearing.

As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, there is no shortage of opinion on the issue in the Southern Tier.  Go to full article
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons
Shale gas areas in the Northeast. Source: Wikipedia Commons

First fracking hearing draws hundreds

Groups for and against the natural gas drilling process called hydro-fracking plan media events in Binghamton today, the second day of state hearings on proposed regulations.

Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of chemical-laced water into a gas well to free gas from dense shale underground. The state hasn't issued permits for drilling in the lucrative shale formation in southern New York since 2008, when it began reviewing the controverisal process.

The Department of Environmental Conservation held the first of four public hearings on hydrofracking yesterday. As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, the majority of the 800 or so people who came to the small town of Dansville for the hearing were against hydrofracking.  Go to full article
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)

Financial expert criticizes economics of shale gas exploration

Drilling companies have been criticizing New York for delaying permits to drill for gas in the state's underground shale formations. The Department of Environmental Conservation says it is still considering regulations, and might not issue permits until 2013.

Deborah Rogers is glad New York is asking questions before allowing this type of drilling. Rogers has become a leading critic of the economics of shale gas exploration. She's an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas. Rogers spoke Tuesday night at Clarkson University, and earlier in the day with Julie Grant.  Go to full article

Hearings begin - back and forth of fracking continues

New York begins public hearings on proposed regulations for hydro-fracking today. The state Department of Environmental Conservation convenes the first of the hearings in the Finger Lakes village of Dansville this afternoon at 1:00 pm. People hoping for three minutes to comment are expected to begin lining up hours before that.

The state has put off permits for drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation since 2008, when it began a review of the high-volume hydraulic fracturing process used to blast wells into production.

Environmental groups who fear the drilling will contaminate water supplies call the rules too lax.
The gas industry says the rules will be so restrictive that companies will avoid New York. As the DEC begins its hearings, an industry group has been holding public meetings of its own.  Go to full article

NY hydrofracking hearings set to start

The Department of Environmental Conservation begins holding hearings on the rules that would govern hydrofracking this week.

New Yorkers have watched closely as "fracking" has unfolded in Pennsylvania. Some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here. Others are eager for the economic boom drilling for the natural gas in the Marcellus Shale could bring.  Go to full article

Pro-Business, local government coalition promotes hydrofracking

A new coalition, calling itself Clean Growth Now, wants to promote the potential economic benefits of hydrofracking. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report on their arguments:  Go to full article
Many people have an immediate feeling... and the conversation tends to get polarized.

Hydrofracking panel needs more time--Cuomo says that's OK

New York's Environmental Commissioner says the review process on permitting hydrofracking on some private lands in New York State may take longer than expected.

The DEC's Joe Martens even cast doubt on whether any permits would be issued in 2012. Governor Cuomo says he's willing to wait, if it leads to a rational decision making process on what's become a highly emotional issue.

In Albany, Karen DeWitt has this report.  Go to full article

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