The Canadian Progressive: New York State Bans Fracking

After years of delays and debate, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally decided that the risks of fracking outweigh the rewards, bans the practice. The post New York State Bans Fracking appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

DeSmogBlog: Hundreds of Concerned Citizens Protest Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Plans To Frack New York

Cuomo-Fracking-Credo.jpg Over 350 concerned citizens turned up at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s policy summit today to protest his risky plan to allow hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York. The state has had a moratorium on the dangerous shale gas drilling technique since 2008, but Governor Cuomo is expected to announce the green lighting of ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Enjoyed Privileged Access To Controversial New York DEC Environmental Review

Don't Frack Sign.jpg Documents obtained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show that bureaucrats within the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NY DEC) granted the oil and gas industry premature access to highly controversial draft regulations for shale gas fracking in the state. New York placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for gas in ...

DeSmogBlog: The Sky Is Pink: New Josh Fox Video On Fracking Controversies in New York (and Much More)

Gasland director Josh Fox is back with a must-watch new short video taking a look at the controversy in New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering plans to lift the state's moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for unconventional gas. But it's much more than just a local story. Fox goes into some great details ...

DeSmogBlog: Experts Air Serious Concerns Before New York Fracking Decision

120111frack.jpg Two recent court decisions  in New York state upheld the right of towns to use zoning laws to limit or even ban fracking within their borders. Other states and cities such as Dallas, Maryland, and North Carolina, are still trying to figure out whether, and if so how, to proceed with new drilling. But the big decision that concerned ...

DeSmogBlog: Are New York Lawmakers Poised To Throw Upstate Residents Under The Fracking Bus?

NYS watershed.jpg Despite last week’s temporary win protecting the Delaware River Basin and its inhabitants from natural gas fracking, the debate rages on in New York State. Lawmakers, industry lobbyists and concerned landowners have debated for over a year about whether or not to open up the state to the Marcellus Shale fracking bonanza. New ...

DeSmogBlog: Another Blow To Dirty Energy: Fracking Nixed In The Delaware River Basin

Hydrofracking-picture.jpg Last night, big news erupted across the Northeast with an announcement that fracking in the Delaware River Basin, a pristine watershed that supplies water to over 15 million people, would be suspended. The Delaware River Basin Commission was set to vote on whether or not to permit 20,000 fracking wells in the area on ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Fracking’s ‘Ominous’ Cost To New York’s Roads

saltbrinesystem_e.jpeg A draft discussion paper [pdf] from the New York State Department Of Transportation (NYSDOT) projects costs that unconventional gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) will have on state transportation infrastructure. New York already ranks near the bottom of the 50 states with regards to bridge and pavement conditions. Considering this fact, the discussion paper should ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New York Comptroller DiNapoli Introduces Frack Fund To Cover Industry Damage

Picture 3.png Although New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has yet to take a stance on the issue of hydraulic fracturing within his state, he introduced legislation on Tuesday that will require the gas industry to pay into a frack fund that would cover environmental damages caused by the controversial process. The fund would be ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stephen Colbert Skewers Talisman Energy Over Gas Fracking Coloring Book

Stephen Colbert devoted a must-see segment of The Colbert Report last night to the subject of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), mocking gas company Talisman Terry for its coloring book propaganda, “Talisman Terry’s Energy Adventure” [PDF] and generally eviscerating the gas industry’s efforts to greenwash fracking in the wake of widespread public concern over water contamination and ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Americans For Prosperity Sues New York For Participating In Regional Climate Pact

235px-Rggi_map.svg_.png The Koch brothers’ corporate front group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) filed a lawsuit on Monday in New York’s State Supreme Court seeking to reverse a core piece of state action on climate change.   New York joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2005 when former governor George Pataki (R) approved the state’s ...