October 21, 2014

PA DEP Admits Drilling Probe Error in Range Inquiry

Tainted-water hearing targets Range inquiry
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 29, 2014

The state Department of Environmental Protection might have used incomplete and inaccurate test information to decide whether chemicals leaking from a Marcellus Shale wastewater impoundment and a drill cuttings pit contaminated a water well and springs in … Continue reading

Groups Condemn Federal Ruling on Cove Point LNG Export Facility

FERC approves massive $3.8 billion source of pollution without a full Environmental Impact Statement
By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, September 29, 2014

News Release: FERC Authorizes Construction of Cove Point LNG Export Project

Environmental and community groups are bitterly denouncing today’s decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … Continue reading

Results of Town of Delaware Methane Testing to be Announced

Press Release: Test first of its kind in New York State

Download the Town of Delaware Methane Baseline Report as a pdf.
See the Video of the public meeting.
See short version of the Video of the public meeting.

Whether or not you live in the Town of Delaware, if Continue reading

PA Seeks Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

The PEDA (Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority) grant is seeking applications for renewable energy projects in Pennsylvania.

The deadline to submit an application is 4 pm, Friday, August 15, 2014.

If you are a school, business or community organization within the commonwealth that is considering bioenergy, but aren’t sure what steps … Continue reading

Cuomo’s Fracking Investment Scandal

Documents indicate top advisors have conflicts of interest
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FOIL documents indicate that Larry Schwartz, Secretary to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and one of the governor’s closest advisors, has a conflict of interest due to his stock investments over his role in New York’s decision over whether … Continue reading

Audit Blasts PA DEP’s Handling of Gas-Well Industry

“The DEP was underfunded, understaffed, and inconsistent” in its regulation of Marcellus Shale well activity
By Amy Worden, The Inquirer, July 24, 2014

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State environmental officials failed to adequately monitor Pennsylvania’s drinking-water supply and were slow to inform the public about the results … Continue reading

Massachusetts Grants $3.5 Million to Renewable Thermal Industry

Technologies eligible for funding include woody biomass, grass pellets, advanced biofuels, biogas, solar thermal, and inverter driven air and ground source heat pumps
By Anna Simet, Biomass Magazine June 05, 2014

Massachusetts has dedicated $3.5 million to nine renewable thermal projects in the state through a new grant program, the … Continue reading

Renewable Heat NY Funds 18 Woody Biomass Projects

Gov. Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive funding to help install high-efficiency, low-emission wood-fired heating equipment
By Anna Simet, Biomass Magazine February 18, 2014

Promptly implementing New York’s recently introduced Renewable Heat NY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced 18 projects that will receive program funding to help install … Continue reading

NYS Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Challenging Fracking Delay

Judge dismisses a pair of lawsuits that sought to force Gov. Cuomo to decide whether to authorize shale-gas drilling in NY
By Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson, July 14, 2014

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A state judge on Monday dismissed a pair of lawsuits that sought … Continue reading

Expert: PA Didn’t Address Fracking Health Impacts

Former health secretary says PA has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of fracking
By Kevin Begos, The Associated Press, July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling … Continue reading