Fracking Dean Skelos

Fracking Dean Skelos

Read the Federal Criminal Complaint Against Skelos by Buck Quigley - posted 1:49 pm, May 18, 2015 Filed under: Environmental, State Politics Tags: Adam Skelos, Dean Skelos Click here to read the sealed criminal complaint in the matter of the United States of America v. former NYS S… ...
Richard Averett 3 days ago
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Frack Action Petition on the sGEIS

Frack Action Petition on the sGEIS

    New York State just released the final fracking review (the Final SGEIS), which is the next step toward finalizing the ban. We know this is a long email, but we wanted to share this news, some information about the process, as well as th… ...
Richard Averett 4 days ago
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Final SGEIS, alternate download locations

Final SGEIS, alternate download locations

Ordinarily, we would direct you to download these documents directly from the DEC's website here:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html But the DEC website appears to be down for the last 3 days. So, we've combined the FSGEIS and the response document into a single 2040 page document and uploa… ...
William Huston 5 days ago
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New York's Fracked Ban

New York’s Fracked Ban

New York's "ban" on fracking has predictably ended up in a kind of regulatory Catch 22.  The state regulatory agency has updated its environmental regulations that could be used  to permit HVHF (horizontal shale) wells, but it has not updated the regulations that would govern the drilling of such we… ...
Chip Northrup 1 week ago
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The Pope vs. US Climate Change Deniers - Round 1

The Pope vs. US Climate Change Deniers – Round 1

Pope Francis aide blasts U.S. climate skeptics By Nick Gass 5/12/15 2:37 PM EDT The pope’s closest adviser on Tuesday slammed climate-change skeptics, blaming capitalist motivations from “movements in the United States” for opposing the Catholic Church leader’s upcoming environmen… ...
Richard Averett 1 week ago
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Fracking Dean Skelos

May 19, 2015
Fracking Dean Skelos

Read the Federal Criminal Complaint Against Skelos by Buck Quigley – posted 1:49 pm, May 18, 2015 Filed under: Environmental, State Politics Tags: Adam Skelos, Dean Skelos Click here to read the sealed criminal complaint in the matter of the United States of America v. former NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos—for committing fraud, extortion and bribery. It’s an action packed 43 pages. Click here for the story of how Skelos allegedly pressured the health department to come up with favorable findings that would help argue for fracking in New York. Seven months ago he was saying: “Fracking is the answer.” Turns out that statement was true—provided the question was: “Your son made over $200,000 from a company affiliated with which corrupt industry?”  http://blogs.artvoice.com/avdaily/2015/05/18/read-the-federal-criminal-complaint-against-skelos/

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Fracking Your Air

May 19, 2015
Fracking Your Air

Fracking may affect air quality and human health, OSU study finds 05/13/2015 CORVALLIS, Ore. – People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati. The researchers found that hydraulic fracturing – a technique for releasing natural gas from below-ground rock formations – emits pollutants known as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), including some that are linked with increased risk of cancer and respiratory ailments. “Air pollution from fracking operations may pose an under-recognized health hazard to people living near them,” said the study’s coauthor Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist with OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study, which appears in […]

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Frack Action Petition on the sGEIS

May 19, 2015
Frack Action Petition on the sGEIS

    New York State just released the final fracking review (the Final SGEIS), which is the next step toward finalizing the ban. We know this is a long email, but we wanted to share this news, some information about the process, as well as the ban’s permanence. Click here to sign our petition urging the strongest ban possible!  “Like” Frack Action on Facebook   Follow Us on Twitter   DONATE   The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the final fracking review this past Wednesday. This is the next step for New York to finalize the ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which was first announced by the DEC, Department of Health, and Governor Cuomo on December 17th, 2014. While the final review sets the stage for the ban on high-volume […]

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Final SGEIS, alternate download locations

May 17, 2015
Final SGEIS, alternate download locations

Ordinarily, we would direct you to download these documents directly from the DEC’s website here:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html But the DEC website appears to be down for the last 3 days. So, we’ve combined the FSGEIS and the response document into a single 2040 page document and uploaded it two additional locations, and provided short links to each. https://www.scribd.com/doc/265654558/NYS-DEC-Final-SGEIS-Hydrofracking-2015-Combined Short link: TinyURL.com/NYSDECFSGEIS2015A http://archive.org/details/NYSDECFinalSGEIS2015Combined Short link: TinyURL.com/NYSDECFSGEIS2015 Feel free to share. BH PS: If you are looking for PRIOR versions to compare it to: Here is the dSGEIS (Sept. 2009): https://web.archive.org/web/20091003140109/http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html Here is the PRELIMINARY rdSGEIS (July 2011) https://web.archive.org/web/20110704185820/http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.htmlHere is the rdSGEIS (Sept. 2011):  https://web.archive.org/web/20111011191721/http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html Again: Combined FINAL SGEIS (May 2015): TinyURL.com/NYSDECFSGEIS2015 or here: TinyURL.com/NYSDECFSGEIS2015A  

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Fracking The U.S.A.

May 15, 2015
Fracking The U.S.A.

Could Fracking Ruin Your Vacation? Hugh MacMillan, Food & Water Watch | May 14, 2015 9:13 am | Comments As the start of summer draws ever closer, Americans and international tourists will begin to flock to U.S. national parks, forests and other public lands for summer vacations, recreation and appreciation of our natural heritage. But there is something threatening the future of these lands and the communities that surround our national parks. Fracking. President Obama’s Bureau of Land Management finalized thin, new rules for regulating fracking on public lands back in March. When these rules were proposed in 2013, more than 650,000 public comments were delivered demanding an outright ban on the practice instead. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on more than 34 million acres of U.S. […]

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Fracking & Air Pollution

May 15, 2015
Fracking & Air Pollution

    Air pollution from fracking operations   People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati. The researchers found that hydraulic fracturing — a technique for releasing natural gas from below-ground rock formations — emits pollutants known as PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), including some that are linked with increased risk of cancer and respiratory ailments. “Air pollution from fracking operations may pose an under-recognized health hazard to people living near them,” said the study’s coauthor Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist with OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology‘s online […]

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New York’s Fracked Ban

May 14, 2015
New York's Fracked Ban

New York’s “ban” on fracking has predictably ended up in a kind of regulatory Catch 22.  The state regulatory agency has updated its environmental regulations that could be used  to permit HVHF (horizontal shale) wells, but it has not updated the regulations that would govern the drilling of such wells. Moreover, the state regulators have said they do not intend to permit any such wells (that they have no regulations for). The Findings Statement will say what they said it would say: “No Fracking permits in New York.” Because: 1. There are no Fracking regulations, and 2. Nothing worth Fracking, and 3. The simulacrum if not the reality of a frack ban is politically popular. What’s a fractavist to do ? Be thankful for what we got. Respond to the […]

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Wyoming Criminalizes Democracy!

May 14, 2015
Wyoming Criminalizes Democracy!

  Anyone planning a trip to see Old Faithful this summer?   DON’T BOTHER!   They are more concerned about protecting corporations from the people who elected them into office, so…    I can’t wait to see what Mother Nature has in store for Wy in coming months, but I know it will be ‘good’!   Wyoming Has Effectively Made Citizen Science a Crime Jared KellerMay 12, 2015 A sweeping new law could make data like photographs and soil samples inadmissible in court. The government of Wyoming has a strong message to would-be environmental activists: Look, but don’t touch. Under a new statute signed into law by the Wyoming legislature, collecting data on state land—including private and public property like, say, the protected Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks—without the permission […]

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Does The US Still Have The Best Politicians Money Can Buy??

May 13, 2015
Does The US Still Have The Best Politicians Money Can Buy??

Report: U.S. lawmakers had trip funded by Azerbaijan The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku for 10 members of Congress and some of their spouses in 2013, according to a report by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Lawmakers received a number of gifts, but only one lawmaker reported them on his financial disclosure form. The lawmakers said they were unaware of the oil company’s involvement and thought the gifts did not meet the reporting threshold. One additional lawmaker attended while on a separate congressional delegation and did not have his expenses covered by the conference. By Scott Higham, Steven Rich, Alice Crites and Katie Park May 13, 2015 Source: Office of Congressional Ethics. READ MORE

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The Pope vs. US Climate Change Deniers – Round 1

May 13, 2015
The Pope vs. US Climate Change Deniers - Round 1

Pope Francis aide blasts U.S. climate skeptics By Nick Gass 5/12/15 2:37 PM EDT The pope’s closest adviser on Tuesday slammed climate-change skeptics, blaming capitalist motivations from “movements in the United States” for opposing the Catholic Church leader’s upcoming environmental letter. “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” said Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga at a news conference in Rome marking the start of Caritas Internationalis, an annual meeting of Catholic charitable groups, according to The Boston Globe. Pope Francis is expected to issue his encyclical letter on the environment this year, and Rodríguez said many within and outside of the Catholic Church are looking forward to it “with hope.” […]

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