NY threatens to sue DRBC over fracking regulations

Prompted by the end of the public comment period for the Delaware River Basin Commission's proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced yesterday that he will sue the federal government if it allows the DRBC's fracking regs to go into effect without doing a full environmental review of the consequences.

Schneiderman announced his shot over the DRBC's bow in a press releasse:  Read more

Ramps: Too trendy?

After we posted our weekend cartoon about ramps, that coveted wild leek so loved by the foodie crowd, Watershed Post reader Leigh Melander shared a link to a post on Chefs Collaborative on our Facebook page that is quite sobering on the subject.

The post, written by botanist Lawrence Davis-Hollander, sounds the alarm about over-harvesting ramps:  Read more

Woman stabs brother in Napanoch

A Napanoch man is in critical condition today, after being stabbed by his sister during a domestic dispute. A press release from the Ulster County Sheriff's Department:

Detectives from the Ulster County Sheriff's Office report the arrest of a Napanoch woman following a violent domestic dispute late last evening.

On 4/17/11 at about 10:50 PM, deputies and troopers responded to 78 Clinton Street in Napanoch for a domestic dispute between two siblings. Upon arrival deputies found the male half of the dispute had suffered several critical stab wounds from a knife. Investigation at the scene and thereafter determined these wounds were caused by the female half of the dispute.  Read more

Report: Walnut hulls, instant coffee, and carcinogens all found in frac fluid

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce has released its study of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, and it reports that energy companies have injected instant coffee, walnut hulls, and the highly toxic cancer-causing benzene into the ground as they drill for natural gas. The Times Herald-Record and the Daily Freeman have more.

From the report's executive summary:  Read more

Dramatic horse rescue after trailer crash on Rte. 28

A trailer containing three horses slid off the road and partially overturned on Rte. 28 in Andes this afternoon, leading to a dramatic equine rescue by the Andes Fire Department, state troopers, a Delhi veterinarian, and multiple volunteers who rushed to the scene to help.

Watch a slideshow of the rescue as it unfolded -- click on the photos to read captions:  Read more

John Burroughs in the flesh

This weekend is the last time you'll be able to catch Walter Putrycz, flanked by fidders above, playing John Burroughs, the famous naturalist, at the Open Eye Theater in Margaretville. "Pepacton," the theater's multimedia tribute to one of Roxbury's most famous sons, is showing tonight and tomorrow at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm. For more info about the show, see its listing in our calendar. Photo contributed by Amie Brockway Henson.

Bear that attacked woman to be trapped, killed

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers have set a large trap for the bear that knocked down a Cairo woman in front of her home earlier this week, the Daily Mail reports. The first bear that is caught in the trap will be killed, according to the story, which gives more details about the attack:

Joy Bayer, 53, of Alpine Drive was knocked down by a bear Wednesday afternoon after going to investigate an overturned garbage container and trash that had been strewn into a nearby wooded area.

The animal pinned Bayer to the ground with one of its paws while it foraged for food. When the animal was finished, it released Bayer and fled into the wilderness.

Three more months to buy a dirty outdoor wood boiler

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation just gave a small reprieve to anyone who sells outdoor wood boilers, the controversial home heating furnaces known as OWBs. As of today, sellers have three more months to sell any old OWBs that don't meet the state's new emission standards. The department made the announcement in a press release issued today:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the adoption of an emergency rule pertaining to the sales of outdoor wood boilers in New York. The emergency rule extends the current regulation's sell-through date by 90 days, allowing a distributor to sell through July 14, 2011 any non-certified outdoor wood boiler models that were in the distributor's stock as of April 14, 2011.

Today was the first day the DEC's new certification rules regarding OWBs went into effect, so this is quite a last-minute change.  Read more

Kingston man shot by Ulster County deputy

According to a press release from the State Police in Kingston, a man who fled police in Kingston early this morning was shot by an Ulster County Sheriff's Deputy during an altercation in a Van Deusen Street backyard.

The man, 28-year-old Raymond Snyder of Kingston, is in critical but stable condition the Albany Medical Center today, according to the release.

The encounter began when state troopers attempted to stop Raymond for driving a Honda with an inadequate exhaust system. Raymond reportedly refused to stop and began "speeding through the city streets attempting to evade the pursuing patrols." He allegedly jumped out of his car when he was blocked by an Ulster County Sheriff's vehicle and ran into the backyard of a residence on Van Deusen Street, where, reportedly, "an altercation" occurred between him and the unnamed Ulster County Sheriff's Deputy.   Read more