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DEC issues tougher recommendations for hydrofracking

ALBANY -- In a surprise move Thursday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a long-awaited summary of major, sweeping changes to its ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a day before a full 900-page report is due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The new recommendations include an outright ban of high-volume hydrofracking in the Syracuse and New York City watersheds and also would prohibit drilling on the surface of state-owned land. That stipulation could have a significant impact on one of the largest of the Southern Tier's landowner coalitions.

Well water might not be in city budget

It looks like the local residents and out-of-towners who have been clamoring in recent weeks for the city to stop allowing natural gas firms to dump wastewater from gas wells at the city sewage treatment plant are closer than ever to getting their wish.

Auburn gas well water debate continues

AUBURN – The debate over natural gas well water at the city sewage plant continued as residents, city officials and the natural gas industry sounded off on the issue.

Multiple industry professionals discussed the drilling, permitting and testing process during Thursday’s city council meeting, asking councilors to consider what they said is all the data before deciding whether to stop processing well water at the plant.

At the same meeting, area residents continued asking the city to stop taking the water, which they say is an environmental hazard.

AP Interview: NY drilling regs may take all summer

ALBANY, N.Y. - The new head of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation believes
that gas drilling in the massive Marcellus Shale formation is the most daunting environmental issue the
agency has faced in its 40-year history, and he's hopeful rules will soon be in place to address the
potential impact.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Joe Martens said DEC staff will meet twice
each week starting in early April and through the summer to complete a new environmental impact

Auburn group hopes protest sways city to stop taking wastewater from natural gas drilling

An Auburn group is planning a rally on Thursday to try to convince the city to stop accepting wastewater produced by natural gas drilling companies.
The protest will start at 4 p.m. outside Memorial City Hall, 24 South St., a half-hour before city council convenes inside the building.

“The message we want (to send) is that we want the city to stop taking any natural gas drilling wastewater,’’ said Beth Beer Cuddy, one of the founding members of the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance.

Rally planned against gas well water in Auburn

A group of local residents concerned about natural gas drilling issues will gather next week to raise their voices at city hall in Auburn.

The Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance is organizing a rally planned for 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 to publically call on the Auburn City Council to ban the acceptance of any water at the city’s sewage treatment plant that comes from natural gas exploration. The plant is one of the only remaining public plants in the state to accept natural gas well water.

The Capitol Pressroom for May 24, 2011

Tompkins County bankers and Assembly member Barbara Lifton met with Cuomo administration officials within the last few weeks to discuss a potentially explosive problem for land owners who have gas drilling leases. It turns out that gas/oil leases are generally not accepted by lenders such as Well, GMAC, FNCB, Fidelity, FHA, First Liberty or Bank of America, among others. Lifton and others are requesting that the administration reopen the DEC’s SGEIS process to include the study of land values. Lifton will join us with more.

The Capitol Pressroom for May 20, 2011

Activist Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting recently sent a letter to Governor Cuomo about mortgage lenders and hydrofracking. What could they possibly have in common? We will tell you.

A post from The Capitol Pressroom which includes a partial transcript of the interview and the letter sent to Governor Cuomo in its entirety.

Does Natural Gas Leasing Hurt Property Values?

QUESTION — Does natural gas leasing hurt property values?

ANSWER – There is some damning evidence that it does.

Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting joined us on the Capitol Pressroom last Friday 5/20 to discuss this issue. He spoke with several banking institutions about their rules surrounding lending money for both residential and commercial land investment, and the results are on his website.

The Capitol Pressroom for May 10, 2011

And why is the Independent Oil & Gas Association in Albany this week? We will speak with Lenape’s John Holko about state legislation that has piqued the interest of the gas-drilling industry, and who they are lobbying.

Marcellus Shale forum in Wellsville draws over 200

More than 200 people interested in finding out the facts about hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale area attended a forum on the campus of Alfred State College Saturday.

The four-hour forum included experts from the drilling industry, a health researcher, a consultant opposed to hydrofracking and county Legislator Kevin LaForge of Wellsville, chairman of the county Special Communications & Technology Ad Hoc Committee. In Central and Western New York, Marcellus Shale stretches about 6,000 feet below the surface.

Organizer Brent Kelley said he was pleased with the turnout.

DEC Commissioner: Gas drilling regs a tough issue for the agency

ALBANY(AP) - The new head of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation believes that gas drilling in the massive Marcellus Shale formation is the most daunting environmental issue the agency has faced in its 40-year history, and he's hopeful rules will soon be in place to address the potential impact.

Rally to expand hydrofracking impact study


As people on both sides of the hydrofracking debate wait for the state's environmental impact statement, one group is calling on the governor to expand the scope of the study. And Thursday, they rallied at the Capitol to share their concerns. Our Erin Connolly has more.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Armed with signs, people at the capitol Thursday made it clear they aren't fans of hydrofracking, the process of extracting natural gas from underground shale deposits.

Local Protesters Travel To Albany To Rally Against Hydrofracking

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local people traveled to Albany Thursday to voice their opinions about hydrofracking in New York State.

The bus picked people up in Ithaca before making a stop for more protesters in Binghamton.

The protesters will rally outside of the New York State Capitol until 4:00 P.M. Thursday.