By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012 - 11:37 am
On Tuesday, at their regular town meeting, the Highland town council voted 5-0 to ban natural gas drilling and exploration within town limits. Highland is now the fourth Sullivan County town to pass a local bans on gas drilling, joining Bethel, Tusten and... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jul. 3, 2012 - 5:20 pm
Above: Photo of cut log by Flickr user EasyPickle. Published under Creative Commons license. This afternoon, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that they are loosening the regulations that govern transportation of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jun. 28, 2012 - 10:25 pm
In the last year, several towns in Sullivan County have passed resolutions banning or imposing a moratorium on gas drilling within town borders. Last week, according to news accounts in the River Reporter and Sullivan County Democrat, the town of Delaware... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2012 - 12:23 pm
In today's New York Times, reporter Danny Hakim writes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is quietly pursuing an entirely new plan to regulate hydraulic fracturing. Anonymous sources, including a senior Department of Environmental Conservation... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Jun. 8, 2012 - 3:48 pm
In a move that has angered local residents and town officials, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has walked away from the bargaining table over the building of a sewer treatment plant for the hamlet of Phoenicia. Last month, after... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Thursday, May. 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm
We are writing in response to the information we have received from our town board and from other neighboring towns. We are very happy to hear that the towns of Rochester, New Paltz, Marbletown and others are working to pass zoning bans to prohibit... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, May. 10, 2012 - 3:00 pm
The Ulster County town of Olive has a new law on the books: A one-year moratorium on all gas drilling activity, including the transportation of fracking waste, within town borders. The law was approved unanimously by the town board at their regular... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, May. 8, 2012 - 6:00 pm
A natural-gas compressor station. Photo by Penn State Live; published to Flickr under Creative Commons license. The Sullivan County Democrat reports today that the Millenium Pipeline Company is seeking to build a natural-gas compressor station in the... Read more
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


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