hydraulic fracturing

By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm
Mike Hein announces an executive order banning the use of frac fluid by any county department. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Ulster County Executive. Ulster County executive Mike Hein issued an executive order today to prevent the spreading of brine... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012 - 11:51 pm
Gas drillers aren't exactly clamoring to set up rigs in the Ulster County town of Olive, well north and east of the more gas-rich parts of the Marcellus Shale in New York State. But town officials are worried enough about the prospect of hydraulic... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012 - 11:22 am
On Monday, April 2, the Olive town board will hold a special public meeting to discuss hydraulic fracturing and the prospect of passing local legislation to ban it in the town. Supervisor Berndt Leifeld said that there is broad agreement on the town board... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 - 12:26 pm
Earlier this week, we reported that the Delaware County Planning Board is seeking to prevent a proposed gas ban in the town of Sidney from being enacted. The Daily Star reports that another local conflict between a town and a county planning department is... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 - 11:09 am
So far, the "home rule" legal debate over whether towns have the authority to ban gas drilling has focused on two levels of government: The town and the state. But county governments are increasingly concerned with the issue. A standoff between Delaware... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 - 4:06 pm
Above: Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers," demanding one million dollars -- no, scratch that, 100 billion dollars -- from the governments of the world. $81.3 billion. That's how much Delaware County officials are demanding in reparations for the... Read more
By Andrea Girolamo on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 - 5:48 pm
Some people sign petitions, stage protests, write congress, when they're unhappy about something. Big Fracas Productions has chosen the time-honored tradition of using music to gather attention and support for their anti-hydraulic-fracturing position (Get... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 - 10:37 pm
The legality of town bans on gas drilling in New York State is being tested in court -- and so far, the bans are holding up. Today, a state judge upheld a gas drilling ban in the Otsego County town of Middlefield, which was challenged by a local dairy... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 - 9:49 am
Yesterday, advocates of town "home rule" won a key legal battle in the ongoing statewide debate about hydraulic fracturing. A Tompkins County state Supreme Court judge ruled that a gas drilling ban passed by the town of Dryden could stand. Jon Campbell, a... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 - 4:16 pm
Map of area showing a proposed ban on gas drilling in or near NYC watershed land and infrastructure. Above: A map of areas that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to place off-limits to gas drilling, in upcoming... Read more


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