‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

By Justin Nobel
March 13, 2018
The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the health of millions of Americans
Fracking Report

Flares burning at fracking industry site on federal land near Counselor, New Mexico, where environmental groups and indigenous people are fighting back against the expansion of the fracking industry.

Julie Dermansky

“Our examination…uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health,” states a blistering 266-page report released today by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning group, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Drawing on news investigations, government assessments and more than 1,200 peer-reviewed research articles, the study finds that fracking – shooting chemical-laden fluid into deep rock layers to release oil and gas – is poisoning the air, contaminating the water and imperiling the health of Americans across the country. “Fracking is the worst thing I’ve ever seen,” says Dr. Sandra Steingraber, one of the report’s eight co-authors, a biologist who has worked as a public health advocate on issues like breast cancer and toxic incinerators. “Those of us in the public health sector started to realize years ago that there were potential risks, then the industry rolled out faster than we could do our science.” In recent years, the practice has expanded from rural lands to backyards, farms, and within sight of schools and sources of drinking water. “Now we see those risks have turned into human harms and people are getting sick,” says Steingraber. “And we in this field have a moral imperative to raise the alarm.”

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The Catskill Park Coalition is calling for volunteers for day of advocacy Print

January 22, 2018

ARKVILLE — Since 2013, the Catskill Center, Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Catskill Park Coalition have annually led groups of volunteers in a day of Catskills advocacy in Albany. The goal is to meet with as many of the 214 New York State legislators as possible on Feb. 6.

The day will be spent discussing the needs of the Catskill Park, Catskill Forest Preserve and our Catskill communities and presenting legislators with the 2018 budget priorities, as they have been determined by the Catskill Park Coalition.

This year, we’ll be asking for a Catskill Park Funding Package of $14,350,000 to be included in the 2018 state budget.

 

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Catskill Mountainkeeper: transforming the energy landscape

January 17, 2018

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper has been one of the chief agents of change in the region’s energy landscape, via their RenewableNY program, which ains to demonstrate that a clean and prosperous future built around efficiency and renewables is well within reach. The cornerstone of this program is the Solar Outreach Initiative.

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FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Petition

January 12, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt a blow to Constitution Pipeline Thursday, rejecting the company’s petition that asked FERC to find that New York state wrongly denied the project a key permit. The pipeline company plans to fight the decision.

 

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Constitutoin Pipeline Suffers Another Setback

By Natasha Vaughn
January 12, 2018
Monroe county Sheriff Todd Baxter says the 'person of interest' in this case was found dead in his car in Pennsylvania.
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ALBANY -- The Constitution Pipeline project is once again on hold after its petition was denied Thursday by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission.

After being denied permits at the state level last year, the Constitution Pipeline had attempted to have the decision overturned on a federal level.

The company trying to build the controversial natural-gas pipeline that would run through the Southern Tier and into the Catskills had filed a petition to build the 124- mile long pipeline.

 

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Community Solar Projects Booming in Mid-Hudson

From today's Times Herald Record

“There was a barrier to community solar in the past because you couldn’t get any sort of financial incentive for participating,” said Katherine Nadeau of the Livingston Manor nonprofit Catskill Mountainkeeper, which is helping locals sign up with solar farms. “If you produced more solar energy than you used, there was no way to sell the energy back to the grid.”

To learn more and sign up to go solar, visit renewableny.org


 

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Draft Regs To Be Prepped To Ban Fracking In Delaware River Basin

Source: WAMC Northeast Report by Allison Dunne

September 15, 2017

Governors of New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania have approved a resolution to issue draft regulations to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Environmentalists and the natural gas industry criticized the resolution, for different reasons.

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US: People Power

Source: Al Jazeera 

June 21, 2017

Earthrise meets the men and women at the forefront of the grassroots movement for US action against climate change.

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Petition against fracking delivered to Gov. Cuomo

By Morgan McKay

July 24, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The battle over fracking the Delaware River is heating back up again as a group marched to the New York Capitol to hand over a petition signed by thousands of residents.

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Narrowsburg to celebrate Riverfest

Celebrate the beauty of the Delaware River and the artistic bounty of the community at Narrowsburg’s 27th annual Riverfest, a free event presented by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance on Sunday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This annual gathering is the flagship event for the hamlet of Narrowsburg as well as the Upper Delaware River region, attracting visitors from near and far with a full day of art and activities surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

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