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Petitions bloom on Ithaca neighborhood developments



Two development proposal in separate city neighborhoods are generating vigorous petition drives and discussions.

Student-housing developer targets Cornell Heights

A Chicago-based developer and manager of student housing has filed plans with the city for a 45-unit apartment complex at 1 Ridgewood Road, in the area of the Cornell Heights neighborhood where proposed rezoning has bogged down.

CA Student Living has filed a site plan review submission with the city for three buildings on a 2.4-acre parcel. It would have 114 beds. The property, under a sale contract, according to the plan’s submission cover letter, has frontage on Ridgewood Road and Highland Avenue. The total project cost is put at $8 million.

Obama heads to center of NY fracking debate



Walter Hang, the owner of Ithaca-based Toxics Targeting and a well-known organizer in the Southern Tier, said he's focusing his efforts on the Binghamton University stop.

In an email Monday to thousands of fracking critics, Hang said the Obama visit will "dwarf all others in importance."

"We're working with as many groups as we possibly can to make this a national event on shale fracking," Hang said. "We're going to be putting out the call to action to groups in Pennsylvania and Ohio and all over New York."

Transparency battle unites fracking advocates, opponents




ALBANY — Nearly five years after New York first looked at large-scale hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, both sides of the highly contentious shale-gas-drilling debate have finally reached common ground -- not on policy, but on a perceived lack of transparency.

Cuomo on fracking: Decision too important to rush




ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday pushed back against the suggestion his administration is playing politics in further delaying a decision on hydraulic fracturing, saying the issue is “too important to make a mistake.”

Lawmakers press health chief for fracking details

ALBANY — New York Health Commissioner Nirav Shah broke his silence on the state’s review of the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, telling a panel of lawmakers Wednesday he anticipates completing the analysis in “the next few weeks.”

During a legislative budget hearing on public health and Medicaid spending, state lawmakers pressed Shah for details on when the department’s findings would be public.

Panel: Important deadlines loom in New York fracking debate




This article also appeared in the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

JOHNSON CITY — After more than four years of watching lawmakers and regulators progress toward a decision on whether to permit hydraulic fracturing in New York, area leaders on both sides of the debate are bracing for the endgame that many expect will unfold in 2013.

During a two-hour panel discussion Thursday morning, four experts on the controversial natural gas drilling technique, commonly known as hydrofracking, explained that important deadlines are looming in coming weeks and should provide a much clearer picture on the industry’s fate in New York.

By late February, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will likely clear some of the final hurdles left before completing its environmental review of hydrofracking, which started in 2008.

AG inquires about conflicts on fracking votes in Southern Tier

The New York State Attorney General’s Office has launched an ethics inquiry concerning votes by Southern Tier town board members related to natural gas drilling, according to documents obtained by the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

In single-page letters sent in October, Assistant Attorney General Judith Malkin indicated that drilling-related action by town boards earlier in the year raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.

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