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SAVE THE DATE - Rally for Renewable Energy at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
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CUOMO NIXES HIGH-VOLUME FRACKING

In a historic victory for environmental activists, Governor Cuomo has said he will bar high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State. This decision means that New York's shale gas reserves are likely to remain in the ground for the foreseeable future. Before announcing his decision, the governor called on Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Department of Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to report their findings. Commissioner Martens said that fracking could have major impacts on air quality, water resources and communities, while Dr. Zucker reported that his department's two-year review found that the process could pose "serious health risks." He concluded that he wouldn't want to live in a community where fracking takes place, and wouldn't let his child play in a school field nearby.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE DECISION

New York's Department of Health didn't conduct original research of its own; instead it reviewed the existing literature in the field. Yesterday it released its findings in this 176-page report. PSE Healthy Energy also surveyed the more than four hundred peer-reviewed scientific studies that consider the impacts of unconventional oil and gas extraction on air quality, water quality, and human health. While there are still significant data gaps, the emerging trend is unmistakable. In every area, the preponderance of scientific studies point to either significant risks or to adverse impacts associated with fracking.







All charts courtesy of PSE Healthy Energy

And last week saw the release of another important study, NRDC's Fracking Fumes: Air Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing Threatens Public Health and Communities, which links air contamination with respiratory and neurological problems, blood disorders, cancer and birth defects.




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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF
SHALE GAS DRILLING


Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth's latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.

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Draft Guidelines for Energy Infrastructure Development
    ?Guidance on when and how to consider greenhouse gas emissions and climate change for all Federal actions.

A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing For Shale Gas Development
    New York State Department of Health, December 17, 2014.

COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDINGS DEMONSTRATING RISKS AND HARMS OF FRACKING (UNCONVENTIONAL GAS AND OIL EXTRACTION)
    2nd edition December 11, 2014.

Developmental and reproductive effects of chemicals associated with unconventional oil and natural gas operations
    Written by Ellen Webb, Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, Amanda Cheng, Christopher D. Kassotis,Victoria Balise and Susan C. Nagel DeGruyter, December, 2014

Fracking Fumes: Air Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing Threatens Public Health and Communities
    Published by NRDC, December, 2014.

Towards an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2014
    December 10, 2014.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Port Ambrose
    Released December 9, 2014 and open for public comment

Global Shale Gas & Drinking Ground Water Reserves & Earthquake Regions
    Sources: WVGISTC, WVU, WRI, UNESCO, USGS, NASA; posted December, 2014.

Local Fracking Decisions Highlight Failures in New York’s Municipal Ethics Laws
    Published by NYPIRG, December 2014.

Letter from Economist Jannette Barth to Governor Andrew Cuomo
    The true economic impact of fracking. December 4, 2014

Fracking Frenzy: How the Fracking Industry is Threatening the Planet
    Friends of the Earth Europe, December, 2014.

Bringing a Health Impact Assessment to the Question of Hydraulic Fracking in New York State—a talking points document
    By Sandra Steingraber, undated.

INNOVATION: MANAGING RISK, NOT AVOIDING IT. Evidence and Case Studies
    Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2014. The report project team was David Bennett, Graeme Collinson, Mike Edbury, Elizabeth Surkovic and Jack Wardle. Published November, 2014.

Star Power The Growing Role of Solar Energy in America
    Written by: Judee Burr and Lindsey Hallock, Frontier Group and Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center, November, 2014

BURNING MONEY Updating Rules for Oil and Gas Loss on Federal Lands
    Taxpayers for Common Sense, Making Government Work, November, 2014.

IN THE PITS : Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal into Open Unlined Pits and the Threat to California’s Water and Air
    Clean Water Action, Clean Water Fund Report, November, 2014

NATURAL GAS EXPORTS: WASHINGTON’S REVOLVING DOOR FUELS CLIMATE THREAT
    Lee Fang from Republic Reports and Steve Horn from De Smog Blog, November, 2014

The fossil fuel bailout: G20 subsidies for oil, gas and coal exploration
    Written by Elizabeth Bast, Shakuntala Makhijani, Sam Pickard and Shelagh Whitley, Oil Change International and Overseas Development Institute November, 2014

A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the United Kingdom
    Environmental, Human Health and Climate Impacts Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing Operations. Commissioned by The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation. Written by Anna Grear, Evadne Grant, Dr. Tom Kerns, Professor Karen Morrow, Dr. Damien Short. Published October 30, 2014

Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study
    Authors: Gregg P Macey, Ruth Breech, Mark Chernaik, Caroline Cox, Denny Larson, Deb Thomas and David O Carpenter for Environmental Health. Published October 30, 2014

DRILLING DEEPER A REALITY CHECK ON U.S. GOVERNMENT FORECASTS FOR A LASTING TIGHT OIL & SHALE GAS BOOM
    by J. David Hughes, Post Carbon Institute, October, 2014

Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk?
    Tanja Srebotnjak and Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council, Posted October, 2014.

FOOD, FOSSIL FUELS AND FILTHY FINANCE
    Oxfam Briefing Paper 191, October 17, 2014

FRACKING’S TOXIC LOOPHOLE Thanks to the “Halliburton Loophole,” Hydraulic Fracturing Companies Are Injecting Chemicals More Toxic than Diesel
    Environmental Integrity Project, October 22, 2014. This report was researched and written by Eric Schaeffer and Courtney Bernhardt. The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws.

Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines
    Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines on Residential Property Assessment In Ontario 2012 Assessment Base Year Study. Municipal Property Assessment Corp.

MATERIAL RISKS: HOW PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY IS SLOWING TAR SANDS DEVELOPMENT
    This paper was conceived, written and researched collectively by Tom Sanzillo, Lorne Stockman, Deborah Rogers, Hannah McKinnon, Elizabeth Bast, and Steve Kretzmann with assistance and/or additional contributions from Adam Wolfensohn, and Amin Asadollahi for the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis, October, 2014.

NEW TRACERS CAN IDENTIFY FRACKING FLUIDS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
    Authors: Avner Vengosh and Robert Jackson, Duke University. Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. Published October 20, 2014

Warning Sign: Toxic air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Development Sites
    Results from Community Air Monitoring Reveal Chemicals Linked to Health Hazards. Published by Coming Clean and Global Community Monitor. Published October, 2014

Safety Advisory Bulletin - Guidance for Pipeline Flow Reversals, Product Changes and Conversion to Service
    Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration September, 2014

A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development
    NYS Department of Health report, Dec 2014

Drilling Down: Local Fracking Decisions Highlight Failures in New York’s Municipal Ethics Laws
    New York Public Interest Research Group December 2014; authors Russ Haven & Cathleen Breen.

Fracking Fumes: Air Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing Threatens Public Health and Communities
    NRDC Issue Brief; Tanja Srebotnjak and Miriam Rotkin-Ellman.

Public Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming
    George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication, Oct., 2014

COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDINGS DEMONSTRATING RISKS AND HARMS OF FRACKING (UNCONVENTIONAL GAS AND OIL EXTRACTION)
    Report by Concerned Health Professionals of NY, 2nd Edition, Dec 11, 2014

Managing the Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing ?
    Fraser Institute Report by Kenneth P. Green, posted Dec, 2014.

2014 DISCLOSING THE FACTS: TRANSPARENCY AND RISK IN HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
    AUTHORS Richard Liroff, Investor Environmental Health Network Danielle Fugere, As You Sow Lucia von Reusner, Green Century Capital Management, Inc. Steven Heim, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC, posted Dec, 2014

Environmental Funding in New York State
    Report by Thomas P. DiNapoli New York State Comptroller, Prepared by the Office of Budget and Policy Analysis

Unsafe & Unsustainable: Experts Review the Center for Sustainable Shale Development’s Performance Standards for Shale Gas Development
    prepared for The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 2014

Waste Not: Common Sense Ways to Reduce Methane Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
    Clean Air Task Force Report Summary. The full report will be available in Dec, 2014. Earthjustice, Earthworks, and Environmental Defense Fund have reviewed this report. The full text of the report will be available online at http://catf.us/resources/publications/view/205



Climate Solutions for a Stronger America: A Guide for Engaging and Winning on Climage Change & Clean Energy
    2nd Edition, 2014; Authors Betsy Taylor and Kathy Washienko, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, Inc.

"PM2.5 Airborne Particulates" Abstract
    Crispin Pierce, Kristin Walters, Jeron Jacobson and Zachary Kroening University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Health (Nov. 2015, in press). Abstract: The rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction in the U.S. has led to more than 140 permitted “frac” sand mines and processing plants in Wisconsin.

PM2.5 Airborne Particulates near Frac Sand Operations--Acceptance Letter
    Accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Health (Nov. 2015, in press).

Video: FRACK US: the dangers of gas fracking.
    RT Documentary--53 minutes. Published on Oct 10, 2014 All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don’t believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination. Ever more extraction sites are being approved and developed with new plant being built in once idyllic landscapes.

Department of the Army Letter: Permit Application by Constitution Pipeline Co., LLC
    Letter dated Oct 8, 2014 regarding construction of a new 124-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

Strengthening the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Increasing renewable energy use will achieve greater emissions reductions
    Union of Concerned Scientists Policy Brief, Oct. 2014. Document also available at: www.ucsusa.org/renewablesandcleanpowerplan

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fossil Energy Extracted from Federal Lands and Waters: An Update
    Wilderness Society Report by Stratus Consulting, Sept, 2014

Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas
    Nature, Oct, 2014. Authors: Haewon McJeon, Jae Edmonds, Nico Bauer, Leon Clarke, Brian Fisher, Brian P. Flannery, Jérôme Hilaire, Volker Krey, Giacomo Marangoni, Raymond Mi, Keywan Riahi, Holger Rogner & Massimo Tavoni "Our results show that although market penetration of globally abundant gas may substantially change the future energy system, it is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy9, 10.:

Upper Delaware River Basin: One of 10 Special Places
    As natural gas extraction expands across the Central Appalachian region, that industrial-scale energy development is encroaching on public lands that are critically important for fishing and hunting. In this report, Trout Unlimited takes a deeper look into those public places, outlining the potential risks posed by gas drilling operations and providing recommendations from sportsmen and women that promote responsible energy development.

The 2001–Present Induced Earthquake Sequence in the Raton Basin of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
    Authors: Justin L. Rubinstein, William L. Ellsworth, Arthur McGarr, and Harley M. Benz, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, October 2014,

The URGENT Case for a Ban on Fracking
    Food & Water Watch, Sept 2014

DEP PA Water Supply Determination Letters
    The following list identifies cases where DEP determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities in Pennsylvania

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Standord Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and Hoover Institutiion's Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, posted September, 2014.

Organic compounds in produced waters from shale gas wells
    by Samuel J. Maguire-Boyle and Andrew R. Barron, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts (Formerly the Journal of Environmental Monitoring), August13, 2014; abstract.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT Water Availability and Business Risks
    Authors: PAUL REIG, TIANYI LUO, AND JONATHAN N. PROCTOR; World resources Institute Posted Sept, 2014.

GLOBAL SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT Water Availability and Business Risks (Exec Summary)
    Authors: PAUL REIG, TIANYI LUO, AND JONATHAN N. PROCTOR; World Resources Institute, Posted Sept, 2014.

Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science
    August 2014., Creative Commons, Oregon Sierra Club.

TOXIC WORKPLACE: Fracking Hazards on the Job
    Food & Water Watch, August 2014.

Blackout in the Gas Patch How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement
    How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement Published: August 7, 2014 by Earthworks By: Nadia Steinzor -

FEMA Mitigation Policy: Limits on Subsurface Uses of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquired Lands
    Policy Number: FP 302-405-146-1, May 5, 2014

Up in Flames: U.S. Shale Oil Boom Comes at Expense of Wasted Natural Gas, Increased CO2
    AUGUST 2014 EARTHWORKST OIL & GAS ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT

Climate Impacts of Natural Gas Production and LNG Export: A Synopsis of Current Science
    Oregon Sierra Club, Ted Gleichman, editor. August, 2014

Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland
    July 2014 Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health School of Public Health University of Maryland, College Park

Open Letter from members of Congress to Obama
    "To enhance our nations' energy security and reliability and to protect our environment, methane emissions must be reduced. Letter signed by 49 members of Congress. May 14, 2014

Anatomy of an Industry Front Group How the oil and gas industry runs the show at the Center for Sustainable Shale Development
    Public Accountability Initiative, August, 2014 report Executive Summary

UP IN FLAMES: Taxpayers Left Out in the Cold as Publicly Owned Natural Gas is Carelessly Wasted
    Western Values Project, May, 2014.

Letter: Shale Gas Development and Mars Area School Permitting Decision
    Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy letter to PA DEP dated Aug 12, 2014

Considerations in Signing an Easement Agreement
    Pipeline Safety Coalition, Posted August, 2014

Landowner's Guide to Pipelines: Safety, Responsibilities, Your Rights
    Pipeline Safety Trust, July 2014

FRACKING BEYOND THE LAW Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing
    The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. Report Aug 13, 2014

After Action Review Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Incident Response Chevron Appalachia LLC - Lanco 7H Well Fire Dunkard Township, Greene County
    This report provides an After Action Review (AAR) of the Chevron Appalachia LLC Lanco 7H well fire incident. This well fire incident occurred from February 11, 2014 through March 3, 2014.

SUMMARY OF BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONS INFORMATION GATHERING EFFORTS CHEVRON LANCO PAD A GAS WELL FIRE
    This summary offers factual circumstances that may bear upon more complete evaluation of the Lanco A Well Fire and its cause(s).

Blackout in the Gas Patch How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement
    Earthworks report, August, 2014. Author: Nadia Steinzor. Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project

Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement -
    Report Executive Summary by Earthworks, August, 2014. Earthworks conducted a year-long investigation into how DEP permits and oversees gas and oil operations, what has occurred at certain loca- tions, and the circumstances facing numerous households and communities. - See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/library/detail/blackout_summary#.U-O8a1ZD5g0

Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
    Authors: Seth B.C. Shonkoff, Jake Hays and Madelon L. Finkel in Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol 122, Num 8, August, 2014

Fracking in the Digital Landscape
    2014 Makovsky Report, Makovsky Integrated Communications

Lighting the Way The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013
    Written by: Jordan Schneider, Frontier Group Rob Sargent, Environment America Research & Policy Center August 2014

Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps
    Authors: Sara Souther, Morgan W Tingley, Viorel D Popescu, David TS Hayman, Maureen E Ryan, Tabitha A Graves, Brett Hartl, and Kimberly Terrell. The Ecological Society of America, 2014. * Exploitation of oil and gas reserves trapped in shale rock, including the extraction process known as “fracking”, poses substantial and unexplored risks to living creatures • Understanding the biotic impacts of operations that fracture shale to access reserves is hindered by the unavailability of high-quality data about fracturing fluids, wastewater, and spills or violations • The risks of chemical contamination from spills, deep well failures, storage leaks, and underground fluid migration are top research priorities • Cumulative effects of shale development may represent the most severe threats to plants and animals, but are particularly challenging to study

Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll July 20-23, 2014 544 Registered Voters in Hudson Valley Southern Tier in New York
    Q20. Switching gears, the State Department of Environmental Conservation - or DEC - is expected to soon issue a decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking - that is, the proposed method to recover natural gas from parts of upstate New York - to move forward. How much have you heard or read about it - a great deal, some, not very much, or nothing at all? Q21. Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York? Q22A. Hydrofracking is too dangerous as it leads to unsafe levels of methane gas being released Q22B. Hydrofracking is important in order to harvest the abundant supply of natural gas that is otherwise currently inaccessible

DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement
    GAO Report 14-555, June, 2014.

Fracking Brussels: A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby
    Friends of the Earth Europe; author Rachel Tansey, published july, 2014

Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence
    Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane; Published by © Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in July 2014

A Summary Report of Perceptions of the Politics and Regulation of Unconventional Shale Development in Texas
    Authors: Sam Gallaher, Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Pierce, Post-Doctoral Scholar Chris Weible, Associate Professor Jennifer Kagan, Graduate Assistant Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor Benjamin Blair, Research Associate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver, July, 2014


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New Yorkers may have dodged the fracking bullet, but all across the state residents are being assailed by a host of infrastructure projects that threaten their health, safety and peace of mind.

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Even as Governor Cuomo was announcing a ban on HVHF, twenty-eight protesters were being arrested for blocking the entrance to a construction site where Houston-based Crestwood is building a giant gas-storage facility on the shores of Seneca Lake.

Led by We Are Seneca Lake, the campaign of non-violent civil disobedience got underway in late October after Crestwood received federal approval for the project. To date, more than 150 protesters have been arrested. The New York State DEC has not yet issued its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) on Crestwood.


CONSTITUTION PIPELINE APPROVED, LANDOWNERS BULLIED

On December 2 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission conditionally approved construction of the 30" diameter "unconstitutional" pipeline that is intended to deliver Marcellus gas to New York, New England and overseas markets. The proposed pipeline has sparked opposition since it was first proposed in 2012 and nearly half the property owners along the pipeline's proposed route have refused to give the pipeline company access to their land.

Although the Constitution Pipeline Company has not satisfied the conditions required by FERC, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hasn't completed its review of the project, company lawyers wasted no time before threatening to "condemn the Rights of Way" on private property and seize land by eminent domain. In response, a legal team from the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic warned the law firm of Saul Ewing that the intimidating letters sent to landowners might violate the rules of ethical conduct "involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation." The Center for Sustainable Rural Communities complained to the New York State Attorney Eric Schneiderman that the letters were intended to intimidate landowners and included "arbitrary deadlines and citations of legal statutes that may not be relevant to the pipeline, and for which recipients of the letters, many of whom are low income and/or elderly, may not have the resources to validate or challenge."

PORT AMBROSE IS BACK

On December 9, the U. S. Coast Guard issued the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Port Ambrose, the proposed deepwater LNG port that would be constructed nineteen miles off the coast of Long Island. In the weeks ahead we'll be analyzing the nearly two thousand-page document and developing detailed comments. We'll also be calling on Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie to exercise their statutory authority and veto this dangerous and unnecessary project when it reaches their desks.



Rally for Renewable Energy at Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State Address

Wednesday, January 7, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY
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Dec 22, 2014
Drilling Industry: People In Harrisburg Changed, Not The Impact Of A Severance Tax
PA Environment Digest


Representatives of Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the PA Independent Oil and Gas Association Tuesday held a press conference to again express their opposition to a severance tax on natural gas production. “Some things have changed in Harrisburg,...  [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2014
Sen. Brewster Details Severance Tax For Education, Local Governments
PA Environment Digest


Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny) Tuesday said he will soon introduce a plan that would earmark revenue from a new shale gas extraction tax for public schools while retaining current well impact fees that support local government operations. “My ‘Extraction for Education’ proposal is simple, reason...  [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2014
New York Dept. Of Health Recommends Fracking Ban
PA Environment Digest


The New York Department of Health has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and Acting DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker recommended Wednesday that high-volume hydraulic fracturing should not move forward in New York State. Dr. Zucker announced his findings and r...  [Full Story]

Dec 22, 2014
EP Publishes Interim Final Policy Implementing Mandatory Stream Buffer Changes
PA Environment Digest


The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the December 20 PA Bulletin asking for comments on an interim final policy implementing Act 162 of 2014 relating to mandatory stream buffer requirements. The policy takes effect December 20, but DEP is asking for public comments by Fe...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
Senator Avella – The One Guy Who Got It Right
NO FRACKING WAY
Chip Northrup

From the git-go, one politician in Albany got fracking right on literally every issue – and had the gumption to say so and the integrity to actually do something about it. My pal Senator Tony Avella not only hosted hearings and forums on virtually ever aspect of the issue – health, regulations, econ...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
Reed: Congress May Override State Fracking Ban
State of Politics


GOP Rep. Tom Reed on Friday raised the possibility of the federal government exploring ways of superseding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to prohibit hydrofracking in the Southern Tier. Reed, who represents the area of the state where natural gas deposits are especially rich, told Fred Dicker on Talk-1...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
RFK, Jr. and Josh Fox Chime in on New York Fracking Ban Victory
EcoWatch
Stefanie Spear

Last night on Thom Hartmann‘s Best of the Rest of the News, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance, and Thomas Linzey, co-Founder of the Community Legal Defense Fund, joined Hartmann to talk about the dangers of fracking and the New York fracking ban. On Wednesday, New York Gov...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health
Democracy Now!


New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. Fracking involves blasting sand, water and toxic chemicals deep into shale rock to release ...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
The Alarming Research Behind New York's Fracking Ban
The Atlantic
NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR

The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State appears to have reached its end. Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban on the oil and natural gas harvesting practice in the state on Wednesday. The 184-page report...  [Full Story]

Dec 19, 2014
White House NEPA guidance could trigger change at FERC
E & E Newswire
Hannah Northey

The Obama administration's release yesterday of new proposed guidance for how climate change should factor into federal environmental reviews could prompt changes at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, analysts say. The proposed guidance could encourage FERC, which conducts reviews of gas pip...  [Full Story]




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