November 24, 2014

Leaked Documents Show Fracking Concerns

NY county health departments prepare reports on the burden natural-gas drilling could place on their operations and express concerns about the state’s ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing
Jon Campbell, Stargazette, July 1, 2014

Download the documents. Note: These documents are from 2012 and show that the current Cuomo ‘fence-sitting’ is 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

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

Oil and Gas Well Leaks in PA – A Risk Analysis

Introduction

Casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells can lead to methane migration into the atmosphere and/or into underground sources of drinking water. An analysis of 75,505 compliance reports for 41,381 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania drilled from January 1, 2000–December 31, 2012, was … 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

Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut
By Patrick Skahill, WNPR News, June 16, 2014

Hazardous WasteGovernor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut. The moratorium will extend to at least to July 2017. … Continue reading

German Proposal Seeks to Sharply Curtail Fracking

Worries that the practice could pollute drinking water and damage the environment
By Melissa Eddy, New York Times News Service, July 4, 2014

Germany’s ministers for energy and the environment are seeking a ban on shale gas and oil drilling over the next seven years because of worries that the … Continue reading

Letter of Dr. Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children

No evidence to indicate that unconventional natural gas extraction can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health
By Duane Nichols, Frack Check WV, July 2, 2014

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To: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

I am writing in regard … Continue reading

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Victory: As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states
By Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice, June 30, 2014

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.… Continue reading