By Julia Reischel on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 - 11:59 am
According to a press release issued on July 20, Sullivan County is launching a special website today that will publish the minutes of county meetings. In the statement, County Manager David P. Fanslau says that the move is designed as a service for county... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010 - 8:05 pm
Governor David Paterson signed a bill aimed at pollution from home heating oil into law yesterday. By mid-2012, the sulfur content of home heating oil in New York State will be dramatically lower. (Two or three orders of magnitude lower, to get scientific... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010 - 4:27 pm
Pete Seeger and Mark Ruffalo were among the citizens calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Albany yesterday, as part of a protest organized by Frack Action. Frack Action's website has videos of the day's speechifying, including Seeger's... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 10:02 am
I highly doubt Rick Bates's truck is in any way a good thing for the environment, but it's kind of amazing. He cobbled it together from about $100 worth of parts, and it’s pretty low-tech. One of his fuel filters, for example, is a trash can filled with... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 9:50 am
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the early players in the natural gas leasing effort in the area, has put its entire leased acreage in Sullivan County up for sale. It’s also doing the same in neighboring Wayne... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jul. 8, 2010 - 11:53 am
The scene at yesterday's Otsego County board meeting in Cooperstown to discuss hydrofracking: Beefed-up security, a crammed-to-the-gills county building, and people being turned away at the door. Andrew Minnig of Cherry Valley said his first concern was... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 8, 2010 - 11:39 am
He may be the reincarnation of Marlon Brando, but Mark Ruffalo really just wants to own a cow. NPR pays a visit to Callicoon, where Ruffalo lives in a farmhouse with his family and knows the names of his neighbors. (He already has chickens, but the bovine... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 - 3:49 pm
The debate over gas drilling in the Marcellus is beginning to attract some Madison-Avenue-style advertising stunts, such as this video by Riverkeeper's Don't Frack With NYC campaign: It stars Louis Thompson, the owner of Terrace Bagels in Prospect Park... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 - 10:31 am
Having welcomed Marcellus shale drillers with open arms, Pennsylvania now thinks it might be a good idea to pass a tax on revenue from Marcellus wells. The Times-Tribune reports that the gas industry is seeing Pennsylvania's newfound zeal for a severance... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jun. 28, 2010 - 8:40 pm
David Knudsen, a Sullivan County realtor and blogger, addresses the issue of how to talk about real estate in a county that might soon become the home of multiple gas wells: One of the problems we face at the moment in Sullivan County is that the media... Read more


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