Thu October 23, 2014

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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Fri October 17, 2014

Turning frack water into profit proves a challenge

Mike Broeker, COO of Ephiphany Solar Water Systems, at his company's facility in Pittsburgh.
Credit Photo: Reid R. Frazier


Inside a cavernous industrial building in Pittsburgh, Mike Broeker shows off what he hopes is the next big thing in cleaning up the fracking business: three satellite dishes. 

“These are the most common satellite dishes in the world,” says Broeker, COO of Epiphany Solar Water Systems.  

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Fri October 10, 2014

This week on New York Now: more on delayed fracking study

Andrew Cuomo picked up a big endorsement this week from The Business Council while he was in Albany County.  Afterward the press got a chance to ask him questions on a variety of topics including Scott Waldman's recent scoop that revealed the Cuomo administration edited and delayed parts of the a key fracking study.  Waldman joins us this week to discuss the story and his reaction to the governor's response to his questions about the study.

We'll see you this weekend on your local PBS station, as our award-winning New York Now team celebrates their fifth anniversary together on-air.



Wed October 8, 2014

Cuomo says conflicting studies make it hard to draw conclusion on fracking

Fracking protestors at New York State Fair 2013
Credit file photo/Innovation Trail

Governor Cuomo made some of his most extensive comments on the controversial topic of hydro fracking to date.

For the past two years, ever since the Governor asked his health department to conduct a health review, Cuomo has had little to say about the review or even what was being studied.  He would only say that  the work was continuing.

Cuomo now says it’s a challenge for his administration to hurry a decision, because there is new and often conflicting evidence emerging every day.

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Mon June 30, 2014
Home Rule

Court of Appeals rules towns can ban fracking within their borders

The two cases involved a natural gas producer, originally Anschutz Exploration before Norse Energy took over, and a Cooperstown-area landowner named Jennifer Huntington, challenging drilling bans passed by the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

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