Banning “Fracking” in New York State

Am I naive but can the people of New York State ban “fracking” in the State? Can we issue cease and desist orders for any such operations existing in the State? Or is it because they approach individual home owners who need the money that they agree to let them drill on their “property”? We should do everything in our power to discontinue or prevent the use of this process. Continue reading

March 23, 2010, News Ten: New York State to close 7 campgrounds in Catskills, Adirondacks

link to complete article is here: http://www.wten.com/Global/story.asp?S=12192667

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says seven campgrounds and two day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill parks will not open in 2010. At fault is the state’s fiscal crisis.

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March 18, 2010: Press Release Hinchey on EPA Study on the Risks Hydraulic Fracturing Poses to Drinking Water Supplies

Washington, D.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tonight informed various stakeholders that it will announce tomorrow the commencement of the first phases of a comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality and public health.  Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) tonight applauded the start of the EPA’s study.  Hinchey authored the provision that urged the EPA to conduct the study after questions were raised regarding the safety of the natural gas drilling process. 

 

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Febuary 25, 2009, Phoenicia Times: Resort Moving Forward? Project ‘Alive And Kicking’ Says Gitter; DEC Reports Quiet

Resort Moving Forward?
Project ‘Alive And Kicking’ Says Gitter;
DEC Reports Quiet On The Western Front

2/25/2010 By Brian Powers
If packed houses suggest anticipation, then the overflow crowd at 7:30 in the morning seemed primed for news last week, as proposed Belleayre Resort developer Dean Gitter addressed an Ulster County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Kingston’s Holiday Inn. It was Gitter’s fourth such update of the past decade to one of his few reliably supportive audiences, and the first time since 2007 that he’s publicly addressed the long-delayed project’s status.
"The Belleayre Resort is alive and kicking and moving nicely towards its reality," said Gitter, adding that while he’s "more enthusiastic than ever, it’s not a done deal."

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SCHEINMEDIA AND SUNY NEW PALTZ ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE ANNOUNCE FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF GAS DRILLING IN NEW YORK STATE

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February 26, 2010, Propublica: New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

New Yorkers’ Drilling Comments Are In … Now What?

Protesters against natural gas drilling in New York gather outside of the Department of Environmental Conservation's public hearing in New York City on Nov. 10, 2009. (Susan White/ProPublica)
Protesters against natural gas drilling in New York gather outside of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s public hearing in New York City on Nov. 10, 2009. (Susan White/ProPublica)

When New York State’s environmental agency came out with a draft environmental review of drilling [1] in the Marcellus Shale in September, it set off a flurry of action for environmentalists, industry advocates and the general public.

People were given 30 days — later extended to 90 [2] — to digest the highly technical 800-plus-page document and submit comments. They could also voice their opinions at four public [3] hearings [4].

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