Energy

3:40pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Energy

Fracking banned in New York

Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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2:14pm

Wed December 17, 2014
Breaking

DEC to prohibit fracking in New York state after release of health review

Dr Howard Zucker presents health study
NYGovernorCuomo

"Considering the research, the public comments, relevant studies and the enormous record DEC has amassed on this issue, I have directed my staff to complete the secret process early next year by publishing a final SGEIS, I will then issue a legally binding finding statement prohibiting HVHF in New York state at this time."

That closing statement by the Commissioner of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, Joe Martens shuts down the prospect of hydrofracking or high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) being permitted in New York state in the forseeable future.

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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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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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