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New York Top Court OKs Local Drill Bans

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UPDATE: One of the leading opponents of the natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – in Sullivan County and New York State cheered the appellate court’s decision to uphold local drilling bans.

“It’s a huge day for communities in New York,” said Wes Gillingham of Sullivan County-based Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Five towns in Sullivan have passed laws to ban fracking. Two, Delaware and Fremont, passed resolutions supporting it.

In Ulster County, Marbletown, New Paltz, Olive, Woodstock, and Saugerties are among the municipalities that have banned fracking, while Warwick did the same in Orange.

– Steve Israel

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court has ruled that local officials can approve zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The state Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use.

The two “fracking” cases have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into New York’s piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists.

Drilling opponents say more than 170 towns have passed bans or moratoriums.

To read the complete article, visit http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140630/NEWS/140639993.

AmeriCorps team spruces up Livingston Manor and Frost Valley

The following is a press release from Catskill Mountainkeeper and AmeriCorps. Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June. Left to right: Sarah Goakey, DaQuan Crockett, Pablo Gonzalez, Charles Turner, Marilyn Ponce. Not pictured: Barton Lucero, Justine Simons.

Above: Americorps team members work on the storefront of Catskill Mountainkeeper in Livingston Manor in June. Left to right: Sarah Goakey, DaQuan Crockett, Pablo Gonzalez, Charles Turner, Marilyn Ponce. Not pictured: Barton Lucero, Justine Simons.

A team with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program, is working with the Frost Valley YMCA to help maintain their current trail systems. For the next seven weeks, eight NCCC members will be working to improve the hiking experience for guests at their retreat center.

The team, Moose Four, will help improve Frost Valley’s most heavily used trails, which have experienced erosion and damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and three major floods. Specifically, they will be maintaining the tread system and installing proper drainage to create more sustainable trails. During its seven-week term with the Frost Valley YMCA, the team aims to improve over two miles of trails, remove invasive species, install water bars for proper drainage and repair two bridges. To read the complete story, visit http://www.watershedpost.com/announcements/2014/americorps-team-spruces-livingston-manor-and-frost-valle

Sustainable efforts in the Southern Tier

By Caroline Goggin

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June 21, 2014

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Opportunity for change was the main topic at a conference in the Southern Tier on sustaining the economy.

Local business leaders joined the New York State Sustainable Business Council at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

They discussed ideas for more business localization, reducing waste and enhancing the areas in which we live.

“The Southern Tier has obviously had a lot of economic challenges over the last couple of decades, but there is a real opportunity here for clean tech investment, for renewable energy development and for local agriculture,” said Catskill Mountain Keeper Program Manager Betta Broad.

Solar power and the use of technology were among topics discussed.

“We’re advocating for a triple bottom line. Which is not only profit, but people and the planet, ” added Broad.

The group hopes to spread its message throughout the state.

A Mid-Summer Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper

neversink farm rows Please join us for our third annual Mid-Summer Supper as we celebrate the seasonal bounty of the Catskills at Neversink Farm.

You are welcomed to tour the farm while enjoying delicious, fresh, locally-sourced foods creatively prepared by James Beard award-winning chef, Patrick Connolly.

Bring the whole family and relax while enjoying a leisurely summer afternoon exploring the lush fields and rolling riverside pastures of Neversink Farm. Experience a multi-course tasting of fine foods served family style while listening to the old-timey sounds of the Poison Love string trio.

Saturday, July 19th 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Neversink Farm, 635 Claryville Road
Claryville, NY

Purchase your tickets by July 11th
and take advantage of our early admission prices*

Adults – $50 and Youth - $15
Children under 5 – Free

To purchase your tickets today, click here
or call 845-439-1230

All proceeds will support the work of Catskill Mountainkeeper. *Beginning July 12th, tickets will be $60/adult and $20/youth. To respect the local ordinance of the Town of Neversink, Catskill Mountainkeeper will not be serving alcohol at this event.

This event is made possible through the generous support of:
main street farmJava Love, Catskill Hudson Bank, and Neversink Farm 

With generous in kind support from Northern Farmhouse Pasta, Snowdance Farm, Brandenburg Bakery, and Lazy Crazy Acres.Catskill Mountainkeeper is seeking additional food, business, and individual sponsorships and support.  If you would like to learn more about participating in the event, please contact Susan at susan@catskillmountainkeeper.org