November 5, 2009, the Phoenicia Times: Gas Battle Moves West Ulster & Watershed Seem Spared, Pressure Intensifies In Delaware

Gas Battle Moves West
Ulster County & Watershed Seem Spared, Pressure Intensifies In Delaware Basin

11/5/2009 By Brian Powers
A looming struggle over the prospect of large-scale natural gas drilling here in Ulster County appears over before it began, with the surprise announcement October 28 that the region’s largest gas producer will not seek to drill within the NYC watershed. While the company, Chesapeake Energy, currently has no Ulster County leaseholdings, it does own drilling rights to over 5,000 acres in neighboring Delaware County.

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October 30, 2009, The New York Times: Fight Over Shale Gas Drilling Not Over

link to complete article is here:
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/fight-over-shale-gas-drilling-not-over/

October 30, 2009, 8:03 am

Fight Over Shale Gas Drilling Not Over

Two days ago, my colleague Clifford Krauss and I wrote about Chesapeake Energy’s decision not to drill in the New York watershed — the environmentally sensitive region that supplies unfiltered water to nine million people.

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October 16, 2009, New York Times Editorial: Shale and Our Water

Editorial

Shale and Our Water



link to complete article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/opinion/17sat1.html?_r=1

Published: October 16, 2009

New York State’s environmental regulators have proposed rules to govern drilling in the Marcellus Shale — a subterranean layer of rock curving northward from West Virginia through Ohio and Pennsylvania to New York’s southern tier. The shale contains enormous deposits of natural gas that could add to the region’s energy supplies and lift New York’s upstate economy. If done carefully — and in carefully selected places — drilling should cause minimal environmental harm.

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October 16, 2009, Albany Times Union: Wading in water risk pool DEC says rules curb gas drilling threats, experts not so sure

Wading in water risk pool
DEC chief says new rules curb gas drilling threats, experts not so sure
 link to complete story here: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=853527&category=REGION
By BRIAN NEARING, Staff writer
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First published: Friday, October 16, 2009
ALBANY — State lawmakers are asking for more time to digest a complicated 809-page rule book after Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis testified Thursday that proposed new state controls on natural gas drilling make the environmental risk "infinitesimal."

Water experts who also testified before the state Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee said the DEC proposals, issued last month after more than a year of study, don’t go far enough to protect water, which is used in large amounts as part of a drilling technique called hydrofracking.

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October 22, 2009, Rochester City Newspaper Editorial: SHALE: What about the water?

SHALE: What about the water?

link to complete article here: http://rochestercitynewspaper.com/news/blog/2009/10/SHALE-What-about-the-water/
There’s a good reason why so many environmental groups and even politicians – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, for example – want the DEC to extend the comment period for the DEC’s new shale gas-drilling regulations: it’s a very complicated topic.

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