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

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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 fracking in sections of New York in the coming weeks.

New Yorkers concerned about threats to their drinking water and public health showed up en masse to deliver their message to Cuomo in person at a summit geared toward exploring a possible 2016 run for

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

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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 order to evaluate the science on the risks posed to drinking water, air quality and the health of New York's citizens and the environment. 

The documents, obtained by EWG through New York's Freedom of Information Law, show that the fracking

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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 – including in interviews with former Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields and Merchants of Doubt co-author Naomi Oreskes – looking at the irresponsible journalism practice of 'he said, she said' reporting of issues where reporters don't bother to parse fact from industry propaganda. 

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DeSmogBlog: Experts Air Serious Concerns Before New York Fracking Decision

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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 citizens are watching is the one to be made by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo about his state’s moratorium. New York received more than 40,000 public comments on fracking and is plowing through them now.

The state

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

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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 York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stated commitment to vote no in the Delaware River Basin vote was promising, but it is offset by the fact that he has assembled a secretive 18-person “fracking panel” which Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter recently alleged

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

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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 Monday, November 15th. However after enormous citizen backlash, the DRBC realized they did not have the votes to push the practice through.

The Commission is made up of the 4 governors of basin states: New York (Cuomo), New Jersey (Christie), Pennsylvania (Corbett), and Delaware

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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… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Fracking’s ‘Ominous’ Cost To New York’s Roads

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 re… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New York Comptroller DiNapoli Introduces Frack Fund To Cover Industry Damage

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 … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Stephen Colbert Skewers Talisman Energy Over Gas Fracking Coloring Book

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 … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Americans For Prosperity Sues New York For Participating In Regional Climate Pact