January 10, 2010, Albany Times Union Editorial: Still too early to start drilling

link to complete story here: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=887114&category=OPINION  

Pete Grannis, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, made a wise decision late last year when he extended the public comment period on proposed rules to govern hydraulic drilling to tap into New York’s vast reserve of natural gas.  Now, Mr. Grannis should act similarly, and accept the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s recommendation to further study the potential cumulative effects of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale region, a vast formation that extends from New York — where it includes the New York City water shed, in the Catskills, and the state’s Southern Tier — into five other states. That’s a drilling technique using a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to fracture gas-bearing rocks deep underground and bring the gas to the surface.

The state’s review process should be widened, too, to include not only the DEC but also the Health Department and the Public Service Commission.

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January 6, 2010, Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial: Gas Drilling Debate: Gov. David Paterson must step up to protect environment

Gas Drilling Debate: Gov. David Paterson must step up to protect environment

By The Post-Standard Editorial Board

January 06, 2010, 5:02AM

link to complete article is here: http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2010/01/gas_drilling_debate_gov_david.html

0106frack.JPGA DRILLING RIG extracts gas on a Pennsylvania farm.

Gov. David Paterson has stood up resolutely during the state’s budget crisis, defying special interests and urging unpopular cuts to keep the state solvent.

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Music in the Mountains: The Irish Catskills and Traditional Music, Saturday, January 16, 2010

Music in the mountains

On Saturday, January 16, The New York Irish Center, in conjunction with the Irish Studies Program at New York University, will host Music in the Mountains: The Irish Catskills and Traditional Music. The event is the first in a series of lectures that will focus on historically important topics and various aspects of Irish and Irish-American history entitled Know Ireland Better.

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January 1, 2010, New York Times Editorial: Hands Off the Watershed


Hands Off the Watershed

link to complete article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/02/opinion/02sat2.html?sq=drilling&st=Search&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1262643819-st%205suDvAp4mOLPmZ%20qN4A
Published: January 1, 2010

New York City has now officially registered its ringing opposition to a proposal by state regulators to allow natural gas drilling in the watershed that supplies drinking water to more than eight million city residents. Albany should amend its proposal and put the area permanently off limits to drilling.

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