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By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 - 3:18 pm
This week, a widely reported natural gas story has the industry scrambling to defend their actions: A probe by Congressional Democrats has found that between 2005 and 2009, U.S. gas drillers injected at least 32 million gallons of fluid containing large... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 - 1:54 pm
ProPublica, whose reporter Abrahm Lustgarten is currently one of the most prominent critics of hydrofracking in the media, published a long piece yesterday that casts doubt on the purported climate benefits of natural gas. An excerpt: Advocates for... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 - 10:13 am
Today's New York Post lambastes Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- one of the most powerful figures in New York State politics -- for his law firm's making money off lawsuits against gas-drilling companies in other states, while leading the charge against... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010 - 10:07 am
New York State's environmental advocates aren't getting everything they wanted for Christmas, but they did just get a nice present from Governor David Paterson yesterday: an executive order banning all horizontal drilling with hydrofracking in the state... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 - 9:41 am
Gov. David Paterson has until Monday to either sign or veto the gas drilling moratorium bill passed by the Legislature. (We wrote earlier, based on information in a story by the Elmira Star-Gazette, that the deadline was today. But the Times-Union reports... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 - 12:53 pm
Since its passage by the New York State Assembly last week, a bill that would impose a moratorium on hydrofracking for natural gas until May has been sitting on Gov. David Paterson's desk, awaiting his signature. Paterson has til Saturday to decide... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 - 9:59 am
During a special session last night, the New York State Assembly passed a moratorium on issuing new permits for natural gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing (A11443B). Since the Senate has already passed its companion bill, S8129B, the measure now heads... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 - 10:38 am
This Thursday evening, December 2, the Davenport Firehouse will host a panel on the risks of natural gas drilling, open to residents of Delaware County and surrounding areas. Speaking at the event will be: -Lou Allstadt, former executive VP of Mobil Oil... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 - 10:45 am
People are getting mighty excited about gas drilling. An article on the business website The Street yesterday urged its readers to jump on the natural-gas bandwagon before it, er, "explodes:" 2011 is going to be the year for natural gas. Stories keep... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 - 4:22 pm
Answer: When they're drilling straight down, not sideways. I admit, I was puzzled last week, when we got word of a company called Gastem getting approval from the New York State DEC to frack a couple of wells in Otsego County. (The announcement sparked a... Read more


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