New York Top Court OKs Local Drill Bans
UPDATE: One of the leading opponents of the natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - in Sullivan County and New York State cheered the appellate court's decision to uphold local drilling bans.
"It's a huge day for communities in New York," said Wes Gillingham of Sullivan County-based Catskill Mountainkeeper.
Five towns in Sullivan have passed laws to ban fracking. Two, Delaware and Fremont, passed resolutions supporting it.Read more
Democrats Introduce Fracking Waste Bills
A trio of Democrats in the New York State Senate are introducing legislation that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing waste products. The minority conference released four bills that would ban fracking waste from being shipped into the state; ban waste products from being retooled and reused on roads and highways; ban the sale of liquid fracking waste; and prohibit water treatment facilities and landfills from accepting fracked waste products.
Manhattan Democrat Liz Krueger sponsored the bill to prohibit the sale of any fracked liquid waste products. She says toxic materials from other states are being dumped in New York. “I learned from the scientists and the medical doctors we had testifying yesterday that large quantities of the fracking waste are actually being imported across state lines into our state. Some is poured directly into municipal wastewater systems.
Solar Initative Planned for Broome, Tioga
While sunlight may seem scarce right now, Broome and Tioga county residents will soon have the option of buying solar energy in bulk. Local officials will introduce Southern Tier Solar Works on Friday afternoon at SUNY Broome Community College. Southern Tier Solar Works is an initiative of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition in partnership with the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Mountainkeeper. Click here to continue reading.
Calls Raised for Controls on Trains Bearing Crude
In Philadelphia, the groups Protecting Our Waters, Clean Air Council, Philadelphia Interfaith Power and Light, the CatskillMountainkeeper, and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy called for halting trains shipments of fracked oil and gas. "This derailment ...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette · By Jon Schmitz · 1/22/2014
Mountainkeeper Community Organizer Betta Broad on Fox 40 WICZ TV
Fracking Battle a Strong National, Local Issue
By Steve Israel
Published: 2:00 AM - 11/04/12
Who knew more than five years ago that fracking for natural gas would become such a hot-button national issue that politicians from President Barack Obama to Republican challenger Mitt Romney and virtually every local candidate for Congress would have to take a stand? After all, back then, fracking — the horizontal natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing — was only a hot topic in places like Sullivan County that sit on the gas-rich Marcellus shale. But listen to what local folks on both sides of the battle over fracking have to say about it now: "The largest environmental issue in the country in decades," says Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, who says drilling for the fossil fuel is not only partly responsible for climate change, but also at the center of the debate over the future of the country's energy policy. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE
Environmental Groups Want A …
Water Rangers Applaud Senate Minority for Effort to Fund Study of ...
ReadMedia (press release) - March 28, 2012
The campaign is supported by Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Earthjustice, EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project, ...
Local Laws Have Teeth!
Madison County Courier - March 5, 2012
A lawsuit promptly followed, brought by Anschutz Exploration Corporation, which, according to Catskill Mountainkeeper, owns leases on more than 22000 acres ...