NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 - 10:08 am
While driving near the Pepacton Reservoir last weekend, reader Lillian Browne snapped the photo above. She writes: "I was traveling along 206 around the Pepacton Reservoir...and this majestic beauty swooped down in front of me -- two of these beautiful... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 11:39 am
Willie Janeway, a Department of Environmental Conservation official who heads the agency's Region 3 in the Hudson Valley and lower Catskills, is leaving for a nonprofit job in the high peaks of the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Council, a prominent... 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 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, Dec. 19, 2012 - 3:51 pm
New York State is currently accepting public comments on its latest draft of gas drilling regulations. Helen Slottje, a lawyer who has been prominent in the movement to pass town bans on gas drilling, is hosting a series of public forums this week on the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 - 11:12 am
On Thursday afternoon, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation unveiled its latest set of proposed regulations to govern hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The new proposed regulations replace an earlier set of draft regulations,... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 - 2:10 pm
Nighttime photo of white-tailed deer by Flickr user Ian T. Edwards. Published under Creative Commons license. Four young Delaware County hunters have been arrested and charged with 85 violations of environmental conservation law that range from deer... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 - 12:42 pm
Above: Photo of emerald ash borer taken at the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station Laboratory, East Lansing, Michigan. Source: insectimages.org. The march of the invasive emerald ash borer across the Catskills continues. Today, the state... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 - 12:39 pm
This week's must-read story for upstate New York: An editorial by Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun, titled "End of the anti-frack world is near." In it, LeBrun claims that a gubernatorial plan to greenlight hydraulic fracturing by the time the leaves... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012 - 12:44 pm
Tomorrow, the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice opens with "The Benefit," an operatic comedy starring Maria Todaro and Michelle Jennings. But even before the show begins, all eyes will be on another VIP: Ted Blazer, president of the Olympic Regional... Read more


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