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
A Mid-Summer Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper
Please join us for our third annual Mid-Summer Supper as we celebrate the seasonal bounty of the Catskills at Neversink Farm. You are welcomed to tour the farm while enjoying delicious, fresh, locally-sourced foods creatively prepared by James Beard award-winning chef, Patrick Connolly. Bring the whole family and relax while enjoying a leisurely summer afternoon exploring the lush fields and rolling riverside pastures of Neversink Farm. Experience a multi-course tasting of fine foods served family style while listening to the old-timey sounds of the Poison Love string trio...
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.
Breaking News: Oil Explosion in Lynchburg, Virginia Amplifies Urgent Need to Derail Expansion of Oil Trains in New York State
These days, there’s a lot of crude oil from the nation’s heartland running through New York State and if the oil companies have their way, there’s going to be a lot more. Production from shale fields in the nation’s interior and Canada has dramatically increased. Since there’s limited capacity for shipping petroleum products by pipeline, energy companies are turning more to rail transportation to ship its crude to coastal refineries, and then export. As a result, the nation’s oil industry now wants to make Albany, our state’s capital, a major refining and export center. Help us stop the expansion of crude oil transportation - send a letter to Governor Cuomo today!...Read more
The New York State Energy Plan Should Rely on Renewable Energy, Not Fracked Natural Gas
In January, the Cuomo administration released a draft of its New York State Energy Plan, and the window to submit comments is quickly closing. To submit your comments by the April 30thdeadline, click here today! What are State Energy Plans? State energy plans help to guide and build consensus among stakeholders in moving toward a shared goal of meeting future energy needs in a cost-effective and sustainable manner....Read more
Catskill Mountainkeeper Launches Climatekeeper
What do the Polar Vortex in the Northeast US, decimating drought in the Southwest US, devastating flooding in England and the warmest winter Olympics in history have in common? They are all new and extreme weather events that are indicative of the coming instability of our climate as a result of human caused climate change...Read more
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.
The Community Fracking Defense Project Ramps up Local Efforts
The Fight Continues Against Fracking in Upstate New York: Catskill Mountainkeeper ramps up effort at local government level By Betta Broad High-Volume hydraulic fracking is not currently taking place in upstate New York, but the threat that this process poses to our environment continues to grow in other ways. Right now a de facto moratorium exists in New York to allow the state's Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation to research the health and environmental impacts of proposed fracking. We continue to wait for their initial findings but the struggle to prevent gas and oil companies from bringing fracking, its infrastructure, and its waste to New York goes on. As the oil and gas industry expands fracking in neighboring states, trucks carrying toxic frack waste from sites in Pennsylvania and Ohio travel our roads in New York....Read more
The New York State Water Supply: We Can't Become Another West Virginia
By Ramsay Adams
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