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As stakes rise in NY Gas drilling fight, groups band together to educate public: New billboard, campaign come as federal hearing on drilling postponed due to crowd concerns

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Risks to NYC’s Water Supply Prompt Short-Term Ban on Gas Drilling

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Cuomo’s Flawed Vision of Natural Gas in NY

The most significant problem in Cuomo’s plan is that it continues the discussion of drilling for natural gas near New York City’s water supply. To be sure, the policy is that “any drilling in the Marcellus Shale must be environmentally sensitive and safe.” The problem is that under current technology no drilling can guarantee that our water supply would not be threatened. This entire discussion should be taken off the table. New York’s water system is a rare and essential natural and engineering wonder. Continue reading

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Fracking: A Concern For Every Citizen

In spite of gas’ reputation as a “clean” form of energy, hydrofracking it appears to be anything but.
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Fracking Moratorium Only a Temporary Delay

“Actually, if anything, it (the bill) could improve our strategic position as I anticipate a time limited moratorium on hydraulic fracturing shale permits would extend our lease term under the force majeure clause and allow us to hold more land with our ongoing Herkimer activity,” the Norwegian company’s Chief Executive Officer Oivind Risberg stated. Continue reading

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The Ironic Politics of Gas Drilling

According to James Northrup, a veteran oil and gas driller, fracking a well — forcing a million gallons of water, sand and chemicals, several of them highly toxic — is like exploding an air bomb underground. “Once that thing’s gone off, it’s going to follow the lines of least resistance, and if it finds a fault in the rock, it’ll just follow it,” he says, taking with it benzene, toluene, diesel oil, and other chemicals.

This could be pretty dangerous if a well was fracked near Cooperstown’s water supply — Lake Otsego. Current regulations allow a gas well to be drilled within 150 feet of the lake, he points out, and if a frack found a fault, it could poison the lake. Lake Otsego is also the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, which flows to Chesapeake Bay.

One of the hope of the gas industry: Getting bailed out by selling some, or all, of the company to offshore investors — from India, for instance, which is about to begin developing major gas fields. Continue reading

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CO Senator Objects to EPA Regulation of Fracking

Eighteen Republican members of the Colorado State Legislature Monday sent a letter (pdf) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding the federal agency refrain from regulating the natural gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” no matter what a two-year EPA study of the process reveals. Continue reading

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