State calls Hudson River oil barge storage plan "unacceptable"

November 7, 2016

Times Union

U.S. Coast Guard plan to allow floating barges full of crude oil to anchor for long periods of time on the lower Hudson River is not "an acceptable solution," a top state official wrote Tuesday.

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Iconic Beaverkill Covered Bridge Restored

BEAVERKILL — In the heart of Sullivan County fly fishing country, ensconced within the “forever wild” Catskill Park, the Beaverkill Covered Bridge has presided for 150 years over a rich history of tanning industry, Civilian Conservation Corps work, camping, and always, fishing.

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FERC Ignored $683M Pipeline's Impact, Enviros Tells 2nd Circ.

September 26, 2016|Law360

A handful of green groups continued to press the Second Circuit to wipe out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of Constitution Pipeline Co.'s proposed $683 million natural gas pipeline Friday, blasting the regulator’s contention that it had complied with environmental law. 

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Solarize Sullivan Campaign Kicks Off

Screen_Shot_2016-08-02_at_10.06.55_AM.pngSULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A renewable energy campaign is underway in Sullivan County.

Solarize Sullivan is a community-led, solar energy campaign, aimed to attract residents to usage of solar energy. Catskill Mountainkeeper's Renewable New York program and the State Energy Development Authority are supporting the project.

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Lawsuit claims FERC is just rubber stamp for pipelines

By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer 

Mar 7, 2016

Many local landowners who've resisted eminent domain power handed to the Constitution Pipeline company have been left angry not only with the natural gas industry but also with the federal agency that regulates interstate transmission projects.

 

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Program on solar technology at Ellenville Library on June 30

WHAT: Program, “Solar 101”

WHEN: June 30 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, 40 Center St., Ellenville

DETAILS: “Solar 101” will tell attendees everything they need to know about solar-photo-voltaic technology, financing, the marketplace and consumer protection. There will be a panel discussion with professional engineer John Calhoun, John Wackman, a program manager with Solarize Hudson Valley; and Katherine Nadeau, a program director for Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Reneweable NY initiative. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

 CONTACT: Call the library at (845) 647-5530 for more information.

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Wow! Another Fracking Pipeline Goes Down! Constitution Pipeline.

April 27, 2016 | SustainableBusiness.com News

"Today's decision is further indication that we have finally begun to turn the corner on old dirty fossil fuels and take a step toward a clean and renewable future. The wisdom of the DEC, the leadership of Governor Cuomo, and the determination of New York's beautiful grassroots movement have come together to fight against greater fossil fuel proliferation and the catastrophe of climate change. This state continues to lead the nation by limiting fossil fuel infrastructure and making clean water, air, and food a priority," exclaims actor Mark Ruffalo, who serves as a Catskill Mountainkeeper trustee. READ MORE

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State Budget zeros Out Catskill Park funds

April 26, 2016 | Woodstock Times

“The reality is that it’s a broken system,” avers Adams. “Common sense says the Catskill Park should be publicly funded — a dedicated system of funding at a bare minimum, and then special things as they come up. We got really close this year with the dedicated budget line under the EPF.”

“The Catskill Park is a special, unique place,” says Ramsay Adams, Catskill Mountainkeeper executive director and co-director of the Catskill Park Coalition. “It’s a DEC State Park, a watershed, a Blue Line, and it’s comprised of public and private lands together. And yet, it’s been ignored, again, during the New York State budget process. That’s why we need to get more people engaged. It’s our money, and people need to demand its investment in public resources, particularly unique ones like Catskill Park.” READ MORE

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Cuomo’s pipeline decision may have ripple effects for energy policy

April 27, 2016 | Politico New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration chose Earth Day, April 22, to reject the proposed Constitution pipeline, which would have carried natural gas from Pennsylvania through portions of upstate.“Governor Cuomo and the DEC stood up to the oil and gas industry and effectively shut down the Constitution Pipeline project,” said Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s program director. The decision, he said, meant that Cuomo and other state leaders chose "water over corporate profit.”  READ MORE

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Catskill Park passed over in budget, again

April 1,201 | Watershed Post

“It’s a sad day for the Catskill Park,” said Ramsay Adams, the executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper and the co-chair of the Catskill Park Coalition, which spearheaded the lobbying effort. “One of the great gems of New York State is just completely ignored again.” Despite months of fierce lobbying in Albany, advocates for the Catskills region of New York did not convince lawmakers to earmark a package of funds for the Catskill Park in the 2016-2017 New York state budget, which was hammered into agreement in the wee hours of Friday, April 1.  Read more here

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