By Anne Pyburn Craig on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013 - 5:39 pm
Seeds of change, sprouting at last. Photo taken in a Catskills garden on April 17 by Julia Reischel. The official Earth Day, April 22, falls on a Monday this year. Celebrations and events around the region are taking place this weekend, next weekend, and... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Friday, Apr. 12, 2013 - 4:52 pm
Above: Retrofitters at work transforming a Rosendale home into a model of energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Manna Jo Greene. The Festival Town -- site of the first green-built, geothermal community center in the state -- will be ahead of the enviro-... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 - 4:33 pm
To the Editor, I own land in Delaware County on the proposed route for Constitution Pipeline Company LLC’s high-pressure interstate gas pipeline. The projected route would run directly under the only area of my property that is buildable. Without being... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013 - 9:02 pm
Above: Screenshot of a video from a Wednesday morning press conference by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and fellow Assembly Democrats on a bill that, if passed into law, will place a two-year moratorium on fracking in New York State. Source: The Albany... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 11:47 am
Photo of New York City's Ashokan Reservoir. Photo by Flickr user dougtone; published under Creative Commons license. Two towns in New York City's Catskills watershed passed bans on gas drilling on Tuesday: Andes, near the Pepacton Reservoir in Delaware... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 1:16 am
New York State is slated to miss a key Wednesday deadline in the long march toward issuing regulations on hydrofracking. State health commissioner Nirav Shah announced Tuesday, in a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm
The Ulster County town of Olive is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a ban on gas drilling and petroleum extraction within town borders. A hearing on the proposed local law was held on Monday, February 11.  In May of 2012, the Olive town board passed a one-... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 - 10:10 am
This morning, a joint legislative budget hearing was packed to the gills as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens testified to legislators about hydraulic fracturing. Martens began speaking at 9:30am. The Democrat and Chronicle... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 - 2:26 pm
Not content to ban "fracking" for natural gas within town borders, Woodstock's town board has voted to petition New York State to make hydraulic fracturing a criminal offense. According to an account in the Daily Freeman, the Woodstock town board voted to... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 - 2:51 pm
Above: A poster that includes clippings from newspaper coverage about fracking regulations in Cobleskill, posted on the Sharon Springs Against Hydrofracking Facebook page on Saturday.  The debate over how hydraulic fracturing will be regulated in towns... Read more


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