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9:54am

Wed December 17, 2014
Energy

Report finds local votes on hydrofracking resulted in apparent conflicts of interest

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:00 am

NYPIRG's Blair Horner and Russ Haven brief journalists at the state Capitol on their report on local lobbying and votes on hydrofracking.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A reform group studied votes taken by local governments across the state on whether to allow hydrofracking, and found numerous potential conflicts of interest that they say could have tainted the outcome of the votes.

The New York Public Interest Research Group studied 59 municipalities that voted to permit hydrofracking in the past few years, if New York state eventually approves the process. They found numerous questionable activities, including locally elected officials holding gas leases and town attorneys who also represented oil and gas companies.

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9:01am

Wed December 17, 2014
Energy

Elected officials say 6-year delay on fracking decision not long enough

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:17 am

A natural gas drilling rig in Pennsylvania. (file photo)

A temporary ban on the controversial gas extraction method hydrofracking has dragged on for years. Even as the governor says a long-awaited study is nearing completion, a large group of local officials want the ban to continue.

Elected Officials to Protect New York, made up of more than 850 local-level elected officials, says Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration still has not properly studied fracking enough.

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4:04pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health

Extended enrollment deadline keeps State health navigators busy

Credit St Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Rochester

A month into the state’s second health insurance open enrollment period, officials say the state is on-track to getting more New Yorkers insured. WXXI’s Michelle Faust spoke with Elisabeth Benjamin, the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society—a key navigator agency in New York State.

The state health department announced more than 154 thousand previously uninsured New Yorkers have signed up for health insurance since open enrollment began on November 15th.

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9:01am

Tue December 16, 2014
Energy

The debate over liquid propane gas storage on Seneca Lake

Credit Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail


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8:38am

Tue December 16, 2014
Politics

Major decisions on casinos, hydrofracking and Thruway tolls due before the end of the year

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 8:01 am

It’s looking less and less likely that state senators and Assembly members will get a pay raise as a holiday present this year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers still have a number of issues they need to resolve before the year ends, ranging from the siting of gambling casinos to how to close a Thruway deficit and whether to go ahead with hydrofracking.

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