The Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour: October 5, 2011

A lawn sign opposing fracking from Otsego2000. Photo by Flickr user Bosc d'Anjou.

This week on the Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour, we talk with David Merzig, a municipal lawyer for several upstate towns who has been working on local bans on gas drilling. He is currently crafting a zoning regulation for the Town of Andes that would prevent hydraulic fracturing, and other kinds of heavy industry, from happening within town borders.

Also on the show:

  • The New York Department of Environmental Conservation riles opponents of hydraulic fracturing by issuing draft laws to allow drilling across the state.
  • Margaretville faces a pricey decision.
  • Disaster aid for Ulster County brings relief ... and confusion.
  • The DEP is giving $1 million to rebuild communities in the Catskills.
  • A Greene County man was killed on Monday while trying to cross a ramp at a rest area.
  • NYC's tap water is still pristine.
  • Feral pigs are once again menacing the Catskills.
  • Reenactors get hitched in an 18th-century-style wedding.
  • The O+ Festival swaps healthcare for art in Kingston in just one of This Weekend's many festivals.
  • The weekly News Poem and the Perpetual Optimist’s Glass-Half-Full News Corner.

The Watershed Post Half-Hour News Hour airs live at 1pm on Wednesdays on WIOX 91.3 FM in Delaware and Ulster counties and at 3pm on Wednesdays on WGXC 90.7 FM in Greene and Columbia counties.

You can listen to today's show below, and past editions of the show by clicking here.