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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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9:01am

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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4:02pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Energy

Fracktivists say they won't let up until Cuomo decides

Wes Gillingham, of Catskill Mountainkeeper, speaks at Albany event asking Governor Cuomo to declare a moratorium on hydro fracking in New York.
Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

Opponents of hydro-fracking say they want Governor Cuomo to declare a three to five year moratorium on fracking in New York. The gas drilling process has been on hold for several years.

A coalition of groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, say Cuomo should immediately issue an executive order postponing any gas drilling in New York for the next three to five years. NRDC’s Kate Sinding says that’s preferable to trying to get a bill passed through a divided state legislature, where the Senate will be controlled by the Republicans in January.

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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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