Mountainkeeper Featured in New York Times Story on Fracking in New York

Cuomo Plan Would Limit Gas Drilling to a Few Counties in New York
Published: June 13, 2012 link to complete article here:

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology.

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Catskill Edible Garden Project launched

The River Reporter

Sullivan West School Garden 5/2012

May 16, 2012 —SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper and partnering organizations Cornell Cooperative Extension, Center for Workforce Development, Green Village Initiative and Sullivan Renaissance have launched a project called “Catskill Edible Garden Project – Growing the Next Generation of Food Entrepreneurs.”

It involves working with area schools and educational institutions to install and maintain edible gardens, and will seek to provide resources to assist in the development and implementation of garden and food-based curricula integration. It includes a youth employment component.

“The Catskill Edible Garden Project will offer the opportunity for a hands-on youth development experience and exposure to food and agriculture as important aspects of our culture and community, and potential career opportunities,” said Emily Deans of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

During May, the construction and installation of three gardens will begin; two are located at schools: Roscoe Central School and the Sullivan West campus in Jeffersonville ; a third will be at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Liberty. The Cornell garden will promote the CCE “Eat Smart New York” program.

There will be a build day at the Sullivan West Jeffersonville Campus on May 19 starting at 8 a.m. and at the Roscoe Central School on May 22 at 1 p.m. Community volunteers are welcome to participate. Link here

Medical records could yield answers on fracking

NPR, May 16, 2012
Jon Hamilton

A proposed study of people in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve a national debate about whether the natural gas boom is making people sick. The study would look at detailed health histories on hundreds of thousands of people who live near the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in which energy companies have already drilled about 5,000 natural gas wells. If the study goes forward, it would be the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of gas production.  Read More…..