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Dec
12

Erie County bans hydrofracking

The Erie County Legislature today banned high volume hydraulic fracturing on county land and imports of any drilling waste to its water treatment facilities. The legislation passed 9-2. The vote comes almost three years after Buffalo became the second city in the nation to ban the controversial gas drilling practice, also called “hydrofracking.” On Dec. […]

Aug
30

Court to decide fate of anti-fracking bans

Can a New York town or city ban hydrofracking? Buffalo and 61 other municipalities already have passed bans. But the state’s highest court will decide if towns and cities have the power to do so. A report from Bloomberg.

Jul
03

Feds back off on fracking study

Reports ProPublica: “Environmentalists see an agency (EPA) that is systematically disengaging from any research that could be perceived as questioning the safety of fracking or oil drilling.”

Jun
12

More natural gas conflicts of interest

The Buffalo-based Public Accountability Initiative has issued a new report, this one detailing ties between environmental groups and the natural gas industry participating in the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

Jun
04

Another down side to fracking

Methane is a more harmful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. It’s also a byproduct of hydrofracking. A report from the Guardian.

Mar
12

New York hydrofracking decision soon?

Health Commissioner Shah says he could have a decision to the governor in a few weeks on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing. Neither the governor nor Shah said they need to wait for the results of a study that will look at health histories of scores of people living near natural gas wells.

Feb
22

Pennsylvania’s deep ties to natural gas

The Public Accountability Initiative offers the first extensive report of the connections between the natural gas industry, Pennsylvania government officials and the environmental regulators.

Feb
11

Activists claim hydrofracking conflicts

Seven organizations, including Public Citizen, ask the district attorney in Albany to investigate whether the stock holdings of Lawrence Schwartz, a key Cuomo insider, represent a conflict of interest. The groups said Schwartz owns stock in companies that would benefit financially should Cuomo approve hydrofracking.