energy

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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10:56am

Fri November 7, 2014
Energy

Election over, will Cuomo decide on fracking?

Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydro fracking are wondering what will be Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long stalled gas drilling process in New York state.

New York has had a de facto moratorium on fracking for several years. Most recently Cuomo has said he’s awaiting results of an over two-year long health review being conducted by his administration.

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12:53pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Politics

Cuomo says fracking study will be out by year's end

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day.

He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report.”

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8:45am

Tue June 17, 2014
Fracking

State Assembly votes in favor of three-year fracking ban

New York's state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that's as far as the bill is likely to go.
 
Monday's 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be largely symbolic, since the Senate isn't expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
 
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no reason to rush a decision on fracking before its effects on health and the environment are better understood.
 

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9:38am

Mon May 19, 2014
Solar

Broome County Legislature shelves deal with SolarCity

Credit Emily/via Flickr

The Broome County Legislature has temporarily shelved a deal with California company, SolarCity, to build a solar panel project for the county. Some legislators are concerned because the company is under investigation by the federal government.

The deal with SolarCity would help reduce energy costs for the county. The deal got unanimous approval in the county’s Economic, Education, and Culture Committee, before it was known that the company was part of a federal investigation.

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