By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 - 10:06 pm
City councilors in the Northern New York city of Watertown are considering stepping in to prevent a local wastewater treatment plant from accepting hydrofracking fluid, the Watertown Daily Times reports. "My feeling all along is that this is a parochial... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Monday, Mar. 15, 2010 - 5:46 pm
A young harp seal spotted last week in the Rondout Creek died in the middle of a rescue attempt organized by the Riverhead Foundation, the Daily Freeman reports. Earlier: Seal swims to Kingston
By WP Newsroom on Friday, Mar. 12, 2010 - 9:51 am
David Turick, proprietor of the aptly-named Auto Undertakers in Monticello, is being charged with contempt of court after repeatedly blowing off court orders to clean up his property. He faces up to $2 million in fines, and the state A.G.'s office is... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Friday, Mar. 12, 2010 - 9:32 am
Weather watchers are expecting moderate flooding this weekend around the Catskills region, but nothing massive. That's great news, considering the epic snowfall we got this month. A slow thaw over the past week has local emergency responders breathing a... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010 - 6:23 pm
Spectators along the Rondout Creek got a rare glimpse of an Arctic harp seal yesterday. The Daily Freeman has the story, with video. Steve Noble, an environmental educator for the city Parks and Recreation Department, said the seal, which spent most of... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010 - 10:44 am
A panel discussion of natural-gas drilling at SUNY New Paltz last night drew several hundred people, the Times Herald-Record reports. Those against it — including New York City and most of the crowd of some 200 Monday night — again said drilling, or... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Mar. 8, 2010 - 5:46 pm
Catskills tsunami: A couple of feet of snow in late winter, followed by heavy rain. Anybody who was in the Margaretville area in 1996 can attest to the awesome might of a little poorly-timed rain. (Fourteen years ago, I was standing on my mother's front... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2010 - 4:57 pm
The Catskill Landowners Association issued a press release today stating their opposition to any ban on gas drilling in the New York City watershed that does not include compensation for Catskills landowners. “The Catskill Landowners Association views... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Monday, Mar. 1, 2010 - 1:39 pm
The gasmen are coming to town. Among the byproducts of the Marcellus Shale natural-gas drilling boom: a flood of legal work that is already well underway a few miles to the south. The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to PA lawyers about the impact Marcellus... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Monday, Mar. 1, 2010 - 11:33 am
The New York Times continues its excellent "Toxic Waters" series today, with a disturbing revelation: Rulings in recent years by the Supreme Court have left the nation's courts with an increasingly vague definition of which waterways the Clean Water Act... Read more


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