By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012 - 11:22 am
On Monday, April 2, the Olive town board will hold a special public meeting to discuss hydraulic fracturing and the prospect of passing local legislation to ban it in the town. Supervisor Berndt Leifeld said that there is broad agreement on the town board... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2012 - 12:26 pm
Earlier this week, we reported that the Delaware County Planning Board is seeking to prevent a proposed gas ban in the town of Sidney from being enacted. The Daily Star reports that another local conflict between a town and a county planning department is... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Mar. 23, 2012 - 2:01 pm
British R&B master James Hunter is playing in a quiet corner of Sullivan County tonight to raise money for the anti-fracking efforts of Catskills Citizens for Safe Energy. At $20 a pop, the entrance fee is a steal to see Hunter, who was nominated for... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2012 - 4:06 pm
Above: Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers," demanding one million dollars -- no, scratch that, 100 billion dollars -- from the governments of the world. $81.3 billion. That's how much Delaware County officials are demanding in reparations for the... Read more
By Andrea Girolamo on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 - 5:48 pm
Some people sign petitions, stage protests, write congress, when they're unhappy about something. Big Fracas Productions has chosen the time-honored tradition of using music to gather attention and support for their anti-hydraulic-fracturing position (Get... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 - 10:37 pm
The legality of town bans on gas drilling in New York State is being tested in court -- and so far, the bans are holding up. Today, a state judge upheld a gas drilling ban in the Otsego County town of Middlefield, which was challenged by a local dairy... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 - 8:30 pm
In recent weeks, two different companies have publicly discussed plans for natural gas pipelines that would cross through the Leatherstocking region and northern Catskills in upstate New York. The prospect of a major new natural gas pipeline in the region... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 - 9:49 am
Yesterday, advocates of town "home rule" won a key legal battle in the ongoing statewide debate about hydraulic fracturing. A Tompkins County state Supreme Court judge ruled that a gas drilling ban passed by the town of Dryden could stand. Jon Campbell, a... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 - 4:16 pm
Map of area showing a proposed ban on gas drilling in or near NYC watershed land and infrastructure. Above: A map of areas that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection is seeking to place off-limits to gas drilling, in upcoming... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 - 2:38 pm
In the LA Times today (and other papers across the country) is a feature story about how the hot-button issue of hydraulic fracturing is dividing neighbor from neighbor in upstate New York. And brother from brother: Reporter Neela Banerjee illustrates... Read more


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