VICTORY: Fracking Banned in the Delaware River Basin

Now Delaware River Basin Commission Must Ban Fracking Wastewater and Water Withdrawals

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – In response to the draft regulations released today by the Delaware River Basin commission to ban fracking and discourage fracking wastewater importation and fracking-related water withdrawals, Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Associate Director issued the following statement.
“Communities in the Upper Delaware have had fracking’s dangerous health and community impacts hanging over their head for the last ten years. In 2015, thanks to the work of New Yorkers statewide, Governor Cuomo banned fracking in our state--but the threats to the entire Delaware River Basin remained. Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is ready to put the final nail in fracking's coffin for our entire region. This is a huge win to everyone who lives here, and we applaud the DRBC.
What we've learned over the past ten years is that fracking's impacts are not just at the well pad. Now its time to roll up our sleeves and make sure the DRBC does the right thing--we have 90 days for a comment period, and the agency needs to realize that wastewater should not be imported into the Basin and withdrawing water from the river should also be banned.”


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Catskill Mountainkeeper Applauds Funding for Flood Study in Livingston Manor, NY

Media Statement

November 21, 2017

Livingston Manor, NY – Earlier today the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Assemblywoman Gunther announced that the state will invest up to $50,000 in an Army Corps of Engineers study examining flood control and community preparedness in Livingston Manor. In response, Catskill Mountainkeeper issued the following statement, attributable to Ramsay Adams, Executive Director.

“Livingston Manor has been waiting for years for the Army Corps of Engineers to step up and address our persistent flooding issue. As climate change begins to impact our own hometown, making storms more dangerous and severe, New York’s commitment to lead on this issue is incredibly welcome. We look forward to working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, and Supervisor Rob Eggleton to address the flooding in a way that makes our community more prepared while protecting our waterways and wildlife. We thank Governor Cuomo, DEC, and Assemblywoman Gunther for their quick response to the October 30, 2017 flood, and their commitment to funding and addressing this problem.”  


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Press Release: Community Solar Comes to Local Markets – Access to Renewable Energy for ALL

Fifteen Counties Included in NEW Solarize Project

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – Today marks the beginning of a new, first of its kind community solar Solarize campaign from RenewableNY. With an exclusive focus on supporting and expanding community solar--solar farms that deliver energy to owners or subscribers throughout a given area--the campaign will run in 15 Mid-Hudson Valley and Southern Tier counties. This is the first Solarize program to focus only on community solar and to operate on a scale this large in New York, and anyone can learn more and sign up at

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Catskill Mountainkeeper Commends Governors’ Vote for Fracking Ban

Livingston Manor, NY – Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, along with the Governors of Delaware and Pennsylvania, comprising a majority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), announced that they voted in favor of a resolution to issue draft regulations that will permanently ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in the Delaware River Basin. 


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We WON Our Day in Court!

Constitution Pipeline Loses Initial Round in Federal Case

Catskill Mountainkeeper Congratulates Cuomo Administration, DEC and Coalition Partners, calling VICTORY! 


August 18, 2017 Livingston Manor, NY – Today, Constitution Pipeline lost a federal case challenging the NY DEC’s refusal to grant the project a water-quality certificate for the $685 million project, which had previously received federal approvals. Represented by Earthjustice, Catskill Mountainkeeper had intervened in the case with two other groups to help DEC defend its denial.

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A free ride program is giving Liberty residents a reliable way to get to the Liberty Farmers’ Market

Liberty, NY: 7.10.17 - A free ride program is giving Liberty residents a reliable way to get to the Liberty Farmers’ Market at 119 N. Main Street. Market Ride, a collaborative effort of C.A.C.H.E., Catskill Mountainkeeper, Sullivan Renaissance, and The Liberty Networking Group, will begin operating on Friday, July 14th. The initiative was conceived to allow those without reliable transportation access to fresh, local food. “Without a car, something as simple as shopping for groceries becomes a real burden”, said Walter Stein, Executive Director of C.A.C.H.E., the organization providing a van and drivers for this effort.


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Climate & Community Protection Act Passes

Assembly Holds Up Their End on Climate Change
Catskill Mountainkeeper Commends Passing Climate and Community Protection Act
Senate Continues to Kick Bill Down the Road


Statement on the passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act by Wes Gillingham, Associate Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper


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New York on the Right Side of History - Catskill Mountainkeeper Commends NYS Governor Bold Action to Push Back on International Disgrace of Trump’s Withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord

Statement from Ramsay Adams, Executive Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Today President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement. This is a reckless international disgrace. Change begins at home, which is why Governor Cuomo's executive order is so critically important.  Making it state policy to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, and directing all state agencies to develop implementation plans in the next nine months is the perfect place to start. New York's economy is huge - our GDP was $1.405 trillion in 2014 making it one of the largest in the world. Climate policy here will help drive policy nationally.

Even as we laud today's bold moves, there is always more to be done. We urge the Governor and the Legislature to pass legislation to compliment this order and ensure home rule supersedes any weakened national environmental policies under this administration.



183 Organizations from Four Watershed States Tell Delaware River Basin Commissioners to Enact a Fracking Ban in the Watershed

Today, Catskill Mountainkeeper joined with 182 organizations in four states to tell the Delaware River Basin Commission to ban fracking in the watershed.  

As our own Wes Gillingham said, “New York State banned high volume fracking because of the overwhelming scientific evidence of its threats—especially those to public health. The Delaware River Basin Commission must do the same. This is the only course to protect our water, air, health and communities—it’s one that Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf supports, one that New York’s Governor Cuomo has implemented, and we urge all of the commissioners to follow their lead.”

Read the full release and letter here.  And watch Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolf commit to supporting a fracking ban in the watershed here (h/t to our friends at Food & Water Watch for capturing the moment on video).

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Statement on the Second Anniversary of New York's Fracking Ban

December 17,2016--The following statement is attributable to Ramsay Adams, Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper

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