UPDATE 11/24 GRISANTI OUT AS DEC COMMISSIONER "Environmental groups got nervous this week when they heard rumblings that the governor would tap soon-to-be-former Sen. Mark Grisanti to replace Joe Martens as head of the DEC. Martens, who had a considerable environmental background before joining the administration, has been with the governor since 2011. Grisanti is the outgoing Senate Environmental Conservation Committee chairman and is seen as especially close with the Cuomo … [Read more...] about Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?
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The 5 Grisanti bills each codify the water use thresholds that would exempt a frack job of under 300,000 gallons from the SGEIS review propose. Meaning any propane frack job would fall outside of the scope of the SGEIS. And any small horizontal water frack - 300,000 gallons or less - does not have to meet the environmental safeguards proposed in the SGEIS. The SGEIS pertains to gas wells that consume 300,000 gallons of water or more during the frack. Gas wells that consume less than this … [Read more...] about Grisanti’s Fracking Loopholes
New York state Senator Grisanti has introduced a gas spacing bill, ostensibly to protect habitat. But it's transparently a ploy to simply increase the spacing size - to benefit the drillers. By going from one square mile, 640 acres (a "section") to 2 squares miles, the driller benefits.Because the driller can hold the entire acreage - 1,280 acres - by just drilling one well. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97490165/Grisanti-s-Endangered-Chesapeake-Bill And that is the game all shale gas … [Read more...] about Grisanti’s Endangered Chesapeake Bill
Or until Casella stops handing him the fat envelopes. Whichever comes first . . . ALBANY, NY- A bill sponsored by Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk (S.5123A) to ban the disposal of hazardous fracking waste in NY was defeated in the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee by a 6-7 vote, along party lines. Among the republican “NO” votes were Senators LaValle, Grisanti, Marcellino, Little, Young, Maziarz and O'Mara. Committee Chairman Grisanti declared before the vote that "I’m not actually sure … [Read more...] about Grisanti: “New York Will Take All The Fracking Filth That Fracksylvania Can Dish Out !”
As noted in a previous post, if you want some action in Albany, this is the year to clean out the senate - by getting rid of the Republican majority. Pick 3. Any 3. So long as one of them is Tom Libous: http://www.nofrackingway.us/2012/03/11/want-a-ban-frack-some-new-york-state-senate-republicans-out-of-a-job/ The Republican senatorial committee chairs will sit on every bill that comes up - no hearings, no nothing . For instance - Senator Grisanti was asked over a week ago to schedule … [Read more...] about Want A Fracking Hearing ? Get Rid of 3 Republican State Senators.
New York Opts Out of ‘Shale Mania’ By Peter Mantius, on December 31st, 2014 Natural Resources News Service | Leave a Comment! Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations when he banned the practice in New York State on Dec. 17. While the oil and gas titans hope to contain the uprising to one state, … [Read more...] about Why Governor Cuomo Did Not Buy Into All That Fracking Hype
New York's Nonexistent Environmental Agency New York State lacks an autonomous environmental oversight of shale gas. New York is one of the few states that task its environmental agency, the DEC, with promoting drilling. This compromises the DEC’s effectiveness as an environmental agency. New York is the only shale gas state that does not tax gas production, leaving its regulatory agency chronically under-staffed. The regulations are written by the industry. The DEC deviates from the … [Read more...] about No Environmental Oversight Of Shale Gas
New report details who is a member of Frack Club and why the first rule of Frack Club is to not talk about Frack Club. Except to deny you're in Frack Club . . . and even go into hiding over it: Libous steps down as head of Senate Republicans' Frack Money Committee Frackers in the Lobby By MATTHEW DONDIEGO The good-government group Common Cause/NY released a detailed report revealing that more than $14 million has been donated to state lawmakers and … [Read more...] about Frackbook: Frackers Friend Politicians
Trying to buy the Governor and the legislature in a state that has hardly any fracking gas. Come to the Shale Gas Mythbusters Show this week at Ethical Culture 2 W. 64th on Thursday night or Foothill Center in Oneonta on Friday night and we will explain why the Frackers have lobbied in New York way out of proportion to the state's shale gas potential. Wanna guess why ? NEW YORK, NY (01/13/2014)(readMedia)-- Today, Common Cause/NY released "Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in New York State," a … [Read more...] about Frackers Spent Over $64 Million in Albany
From The Rachel - a compendium of articles and reports on radioactivity in shale gas and shale gas drilling waste. The most radioactive waste material are the drill cuttings from the horizontal (shale) section of a well. Since the shale is the most radioactive sedimentary layer, the horizontal section basically mines radioactive material. Disposing of radioactive drill cuttings can be particularly problematic. At a conventional well - where the cuttings are not from radioactive shale - … [Read more...] about Shale Gas Radioactivity