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The Daily Frack – Dec. 19

December 19, 2014
The Daily Frack - Dec. 19

Dryden group celebrates no New York fracking Wine flowed and spaghetti was taken in by the plateful as Dryden anti-hydraulic fracturing activists and town officials celebrated New York ’s fracking ban. Some wine bottles carried labels of Finger Lakes vineyards, a piece of local culture that these Dryden residents say they’ve fought to protect. About a dozen people celebrated the state’s decision Thursday at the Dryden Community Center Cafe. Dryden’s town-wide fracking ban evolved into a landmark lawsuit on whether New York municipalities have the power to ban fracking. The town took final victory in the case this June, when New York ’s highest court issued a decision upholding the Dryden law in Norse Energy v. Town of Dryden . That decision weighed heavy Wednesday as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state […]

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Senator Avella – The One Guy Who Got It Fracking Right

December 19, 2014
Senator Avella - The One Guy Who Got It Fracking Right

Every fracking bit of it.  From the git-go, one politician in Albany got fracking right on literally every issue – and had the gumption to say so and the integrity to actually do something about it. My pal Senator Tony Avella not only hosted hearings and forums on virtually ever aspect of the issue – health, regulations, geology, economics – to get the facts out on fracking in New York, but he also sponsored key legislation to do something about it. Bravo Senator Avella. The Best Senator The Frackers Couldn’t Buy.    SENATOR AVELLA JOINS ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS IN PRAISING HISTORIC HYDROFRACKING BAN & CALLING FOR COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM FRACKING DANGERS   (QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella joined a number of environmental advocacy groups, activists and stakeholders to praise the New York State […]

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100 W. Virginia Neighbors Sue Fracking Gasholes

December 18, 2014
100 W. Virginia Neighbors Sue Fracking Gasholes

After Living Next to Fracking, 100 W.Va. Residents Sue Frackers  By Glynis Board Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that’s in the middle of construction in Doddridge County. Credit WV Host Farms Nuisance and negligence lawsuits have been filed this year throughout West Virginia related to horizontal drilling activities. Noise, air, and water pollution, traffic and debris are among complaints. It’s a new industrial world for many West Virginians living in the growing rural gas fields.   Gas Moved In Next Door, And Made Itself At Home Lyndia Ervolina stood in her front yard, 75 feet or so from Route 50 in Doddridge County. She pointed to several heavy trucks passing by. “They’re hauling water, they’re hauling sand, they’re hauling that silica […]

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The Daily Frack – Dec. 18

December 18, 2014
The Daily Frack - Dec. 18

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” — Neil DeGrasse Tyson Resistance is never futile. Congratulations to the many individuals, organizations and leaders who have worked so hard on this issue for so many years. But let us remember that during our time focusing on fracking, we have learned about many related issues: oil trains, gas storage facilities, unsafe pipelines, leaking methane, climate issues, etc. which have not been resolved. The lessons learned and the coalitions built around fracking still have much application as we move forward toward a sane and sustainable energy future in our state and on our planet.   NYS Ban on Fracking: Ripple Effect Expected Says NYIT Expert New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking […]

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Thank You Governor Cuomo

December 17, 2014
Thank You Governor Cuomo

You deferred to DOH Commissioner Zucker and DEC Commissioner Martens, but we all know who was responsible for this epic act. So for that, we thank you Governor Cuomo. First, I’m going to thank you on behalf of some people that aren’t here to thank you themselves. Our beloved Theo Colborn did not live to see the day, but god knows she would have agreed with Dr. Zucker and she would thank you. Hillary Acton followed you everywhere with her home-made signs, as did thousands of other, but she’s no longer with us, so on Hillary’s behalf, I thank you. Pete Seeger didn’t live to see the day, so for Pete’s sake, I thank you. I’m going to thank you on behalf of Ian McKee, who was burned to death on a rig in […]

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Why New York Banned Fracking

December 17, 2014
Why New York Banned Fracking

Hint: It wasn’t just the DOH’s health study, copy here. . . Health Risks + No Economic Boom = Cuomo Bans Fracking By ANDREW C. REVKIN DECEMBER 17, 2014 5:11 PM December 17, 2014 5:11 pm Comment A photo illustration making the rounds of anti-fracking websites after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration moved to ban the gas-drilling method.Credit After years of gauging the environmental, medical, economic and political risks of hydraulic fracturing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is moving to ban this method of extracting natural gas from shale deposits in New York State. It had been clear for years, as I wrote in 2012, that there was little political or economic impetus to act quickly, even though I felt (and still am convinced) that gas extraction from shale can be done safely and […]

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Governor Cuomo Saves New York From Getting Fracked !

December 17, 2014
Governor Cuomo Saves New York From Getting Fracked !

Governor Cuomo has done the environmentally, economically and politically practical thing and has banned fracking in New York.  Because it simply is not worth the risk. Bravo. The Cuomo Administration just passed The Fracking IQ Test. Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker stated the obvious – the science isn’t there to turn frackers loose in New York: “I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. The DOH report on fracking is here.  That did it. Then Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said the DEC would not permit fracking and issued a press release to that effect. The announcements occur at 41:45 into this video Both of them cited the greatly reduced area where fracking would actually take […]

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The Science of Fracking Equates to Not One Fracking Well

December 17, 2014
The Science of Fracking  Equates to Not One Fracking Well

Mark Ruffalo Oscar-nominated actor, climate change activist, New Yorker  The Science on Fracking Is In: Not One Well! Posted: 12/16/2014 4:28 pm EST Updated: 12/16/2014 5:59 pm EST While filming a new movie in London, I learned that the sole shale gas well in the nation — just a few hours north of me — has triggered two earthquakes, suffered a “structural integrity failure,” and risked poisoning water supplies. That’s right: the only fracking well in the United Kingdom failed and caused two earthquakes! This news is a stark reminder of what’s at stake in my home state of New York, where newly re-elected Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that he will soon make an announcement about fracking. In his first four year term to date, despite much sound and fury […]

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Local Crooked “Frack Us First” Politicians

December 17, 2014
Local Crooked "Frack Us First" Politicians

You don’t have to be a Congressman to be a crooked shale shill. A town official will suffice. Just sign a lease with a fracker and vote according to your interest. Under the law, elected officials are supposed to recuse themselves when voting on an issue that they have an interest in. But not, according to this story, if you’re a crooked fracking politician voting on a Frack Us First Ordinance – that directly benefits you, to the detriment of your neighbors and the environment.   ALBANY – The circumstances surrounding several Southern Tier town boards and their position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas make the case for stronger statewide ethics laws, according to a government watchdog organization. The New York Public Interest Research Group on Tuesday released a report examining 59 resolutions passed by […]

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Albany. January 7th. Be There or Get Fracked

December 16, 2014
Albany. January 7th. Be There or Get Fracked

It’s Our Obligation: Rally in Albany on January 7 Dear fellow New Yorkers, Yesterday, Governor Cuomo said that he will take a position on fracking before the Times Square ball drops on New York’s Eve. Today, I’m calling you to sign the Pledge to Resist Fracking in New York and come to Albany to rally with me in the concourse outside of Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address on January 7. Rally details here. Buses are coming from every corner of the state. There will be multitudes. Yes, we’ve done this before. Yes, we’re doing it again. It’s our obligation—as I learned from a 90-year-old woman with whom I was recently arrested. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s our situation: Governor Cuomo has signaled that the state’s review of the public health impacts […]

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