By Lissa Harris on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 - 5:29 pm
Democracy: It's so expensive. And it really snarls up the morning commute. But thanks to some really enlightened thinking by Binghamton University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the city of Binghamton won't have to suffer the slings and... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 - 2:08 pm
Since the surprising passage of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing by the New York Senate on Tuesday night, the political chess pieces have been moving around the board.  Our own Catskills-area state senator John Bonacic, who reversed his previous pro-... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 - 9:28 am
The New York state Senate had a few surprises up its sleeve last night, and for once, they weren't about Pedro Espada. Not only did the senators finally pass the long overdue state budget, they then quickly debated and passed Senate Bill 8129B, which bans... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010 - 11:59 am
According to a press release issued on July 20, Sullivan County is launching a special website today that will publish the minutes of county meetings. In the statement, County Manager David P. Fanslau says that the move is designed as a service for county... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010 - 4:27 pm
Pete Seeger and Mark Ruffalo were among the citizens calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Albany yesterday, as part of a protest organized by Frack Action. Frack Action's website has videos of the day's speechifying, including Seeger's... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jul. 19, 2010 - 9:50 am
If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the early players in the natural gas leasing effort in the area, has put its entire leased acreage in Sullivan County up for sale. It’s also doing the same in neighboring Wayne... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jul. 8, 2010 - 11:53 am
The scene at yesterday's Otsego County board meeting in Cooperstown to discuss hydrofracking: Beefed-up security, a crammed-to-the-gills county building, and people being turned away at the door. Andrew Minnig of Cherry Valley said his first concern was... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 8, 2010 - 11:39 am
He may be the reincarnation of Marlon Brando, but Mark Ruffalo really just wants to own a cow. NPR pays a visit to Callicoon, where Ruffalo lives in a farmhouse with his family and knows the names of his neighbors. (He already has chickens, but the bovine... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 7, 2010 - 3:49 pm
The debate over gas drilling in the Marcellus is beginning to attract some Madison-Avenue-style advertising stunts, such as this video by Riverkeeper's Don't Frack With NYC campaign: It stars Louis Thompson, the owner of Terrace Bagels in Prospect Park... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2010 - 10:31 am
Having welcomed Marcellus shale drillers with open arms, Pennsylvania now thinks it might be a good idea to pass a tax on revenue from Marcellus wells. The Times-Tribune reports that the gas industry is seeing Pennsylvania's newfound zeal for a severance... Read more


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