By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 - 11:09 am
So far, the "home rule" legal debate over whether towns have the authority to ban gas drilling has focused on two levels of government: The town and the state. But county governments are increasingly concerned with the issue. A standoff between Delaware... 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 Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 - 5:43 pm
The Ommegang Brewery has been at its Cooperstown location since 1997. Photo by Flickr user Jim Kelly. Used under Creative Commons license. Jerry Bennett, Ommegang Brewery's P.R. and creative services manager, told the Washington Post today that, should... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 - 8:53 am
Above: Video coverage of Saturday's "people's hearing" by videographer Jessica Vecchione. On Saturday, a coalition of anti-fracking groups organized a "people's hearing" to accept public comments about hydraulic fracturing from Catskills residents. The... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 - 1:19 am
Above: A photo from the EPA's draft report of contaminated groundwater being sampled in Pavillion, Wyoming. Note the foam. Photo on page 3 of Appendix D of "Draft: Investigation into Groundwater Contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming." For the first time, a... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 - 2:41 pm
The Delaware River Basin Commission, a multi-state and federal agency that governs water use in the Delaware River Basin, has abruptly cancelled a meeting at which commissioners were expected to vote on new gas drilling regulations. A notice posted on the... Read more
By Andrea Girolamo on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011 - 1:42 pm
According to the Daily Star, the Andes Town Board has passed a temporary, six-month moratorium on heavy industry, which includes hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, at its regular meeting, held on November 10. Although the state's draft regulations on... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Sep. 22, 2011 - 12:25 pm
Above: The board of the Town of Dryden unanimously passes a ban on gas drilling on August 2, 2011. Video by ShaleShock, an anti-gas drilling media group. The first shots in what is likely to become a statewide battle were fired recently, as two lawsuits... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Sep. 9, 2011 - 10:11 am
Image: A Catskills map from 1903. From livingstonmanor.net, a website devoted to Livingston Manor history. WXXI, a public radio station in Rochester, reported yesterday that New York State Assemblyman Kevin Cahill -- whose district, the 101st, includes... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011 - 5:03 pm
The New York Department of Environmental Conservaton has released its long-awaited version of the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) on hydraulic fracturing today. The state is accepting comments on it until December 12.... Read more


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