By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 - 11:05 am
The Evening Sun reports that a Chenango County board of supervisors meeting this week got unusually feisty on the topic of natural-gas hydrofracking. Supervisor Ross Iannello kicked off the discussion about local exploration and drilling by asking for... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 - 12:30 pm
Not all of the social costs (or, as the economists like to say, "negative externalities") of horizontal natural-gas drilling are related to the actual fracking process. For instance: wear and tear on rural roads from dramatic increases in heavy truck... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 - 9:05 pm
The AP has a really good story on horizontal natural-gas drilling that's been making the rounds of many newspapers, both in and out of the Marcellus Shale. Explained: why "fracking" creates more waste than conventional techniques, why getting rid of the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 - 10:36 am
We've been following the escalating dispute between Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and local officials over five upstate hospitals and nursing homes that have been fined for flushing drugs down the drain. Here's a timeline of the controversy with links to... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 - 8:54 pm
Delaware County Board of Supervisors chairman Jim Eisel submitted a grievance today to the Watershed Protection and Partnership Council. **Update: It has come to our attention that the letter below is a draft. ***Update 2: The county has sent it to the... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 - 7:44 pm
Un-Natural Gas reports that Calvin Tillman, mayor of DISH, Texas, is visiting Delaware County later this month to talk about the problems his town has had with natural gas drilling. DISH  hosts eleven massive natural gas compressors, four metering... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 - 12:56 pm
The Oneonta paper has a story in today's edition about Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's crackdown on hospitals in the New York City watershed. Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford) raises the looming spectre of the hospitals losing their $1 million... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 - 11:01 am
The debate between local pols and the NYC's DEP about how to manage high water levels goes on, the Daily Freeman reports. From the vault, here's a NYT editorial from 2006 on the topic.
By WP Newsroom on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 - 10:49 am
The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports that pro- and anti-gas-drilling groups in the area sat down over breakfast recently to talk about what they have in common when they're not hurling nasty epithets at one another. Dan Fitzsimmons, chairman of... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 - 2:18 pm
Flanked by local officials at the offices of the Catskill Watershed Corporation, State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch call on Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to fire watershed inspector general Philip Bein. (Left to right: Hamden... Read more


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