July 27, 2016

New York Denies Critical Permit for Natural Gas Pipeline

Constitution Pipeline Project Halted,
NYS Denies Needed Permit

“The Department of Environmental Conservation said that in addition to its review of Constitution’s application and supporting materials, the agency also considered more than 15,000 public comments before reaching its decision.”
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | APRIL 22, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. — … Continue reading

Pipeline Continues New York’s Shame

I spent a recent Sunday in New Milford, Pennsylvania and was reminded of what life is like in a gas field.

I drove on pitted county roads turned into industrial thoroughfares for chemical and waste transport. I spoke with landowners who felt powerless to combat an industry that has claimed … Continue reading

Tell Gov. Cuomo to Go Slow on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Your snail mail letters have paid off! There is now a ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Governor Cuomo based his decision on the State Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker’s recommendation that drilling could cause “significant public health risks”. However, low volume fracking (using less than 300,000 … Continue reading

Cuomo Nixes Port Ambrose, Proposed Natural Gas Terminal Off Jones Beach

Fears terminal could cause an environmental catastrophe or become a terrorist target
By Ellen Yan, Newsday, November 12, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday killed a 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach amid fears that it could cause an environmental catastrophe or … Continue reading

Call to Stop the Constitution Pipeline!

Call Governor Cuomo Wednesday, September 2, or any day this week, at 877-235-6537, to stop the “Constitution” pipeline.

It’s important that we keep the pressure on NY Governor Cuomo and the DEC this week to Stop The Pipeline!

Let Albany officials know your opinion on this issue. The call-in process Continue reading

NY State Officially Prohibits High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

DEC Issues Findings Statement Concluding Extensive 7-Year Review

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement, completing the state’s seven-year review of this activity.

“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the … Continue reading

NYS to Make Fracking Ban Official, Not Permanent

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fracking ban may be more of a freeze
By Scott Waldman, Capital, April 29, 2015

NYS DEC Commissioner Martens interview on Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter: The first questions he was asked were about the finalization of the SGEIS and the longevity of the fracking ban. Go Continue reading

NY Court: Drilling Leases Expired Despite State Ban

The NY moratorium on fracking doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts
By Michael Virtanen, Associated Press, March 31, 2015

It seems that this was a decision based on interpretation of the contracts at issue. So interestingly, the Court of Appeals Continue reading

NYC Residents: Is There Radon in Your Kitchen?

Radon Test Kit 2Until recently, the gas used in the New York City area had relatively low levels of radon. This started changing in late 2013 when gas from the Marcellus shale gas areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio started flowing into the gas distribution lines that deliver gas to you.

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Season’s Greetings – A Poem

Christmas Tree in New York State

Christmas Tree in New York State

Christmas Tree in Pennsylvania

Christmas Tree in Pennsylvania

In the dark of winter,
I heard mighty roar,
Our upstate paradise was saved
Fracking is no more.

The solstice will lengthen the day
Gas flaring can go away
My tap water will not burn and flicker
The landsmen face … Continue reading