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Texas Gas Drillers Agree To Report Risks

AP | By MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 10.03.2014 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two Texas companies that drill for natural gas have signed agreements with New York's attorney general to release information ab...

Standing in Solidarity to End Fracking

Deborah Cipolla-Dennis | Posted 05.21.2014 | Green
Deborah Cipolla-Dennis

Our communities have good reason to be concerned: fracking has been associated with poisoned water, air pollution and serious health problems, not to mention animal deaths and industrial disasters and explosions.

De Blasio Speaks Out Against Fracking

Posted 01.24.2014 | New York

Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C. Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio voiced his "firm" opposition to hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as frac...

New York's Energy Plan Has Very Obvious Omission

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's newly released energy plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and clean technology and anticipates reduced u...

Kate Sheppard

Four Colorado Cities Vote On Whether To Halt Fracking | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

Voters in four Colorado cities will decide this Election Day whether or not to ban fracking within their communities, putting the state at the center ...

Fracking Opposition On The Rise In New York

AP | Posted 12.01.2013 | Green

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The latest Siena College poll shows 45 percent of New York voters oppose hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and 37 percen...

For Democrats Nationwide, Pennsylvania Offers a Lens on the Widening Rift Over Fracking

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Wenonah Hauter

As President Obama's misguided reign over our nation's energy policy ebbs on, Democrats that seek to succeed him would be wise to pay heed to the widening chasm over fracking that is increasingly dividing the party.

Energy Company Abandons 13,000 Acres Of Drilling Leases

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green

By Edward McAllister NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp has agreed to release more than 13,000 acres of land leased ...

State's Top Court To Review Local Fracking Bans

AP | By MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court agreed Thursday to hear appeals from a drilling company and a farmer challenging municipal bans on hydr...

Kate Sheppard

New York Enviros To Obama: No Fracking Way! | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

Anti-fracking activists confronted President Barack Obama as he toured upstate New York on Friday. Organizers reported that more than 500 protesters s...

WATCH: NYC Fracking Pipeline Has Activists Up In Arms

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.03.2013 | New York

The Spectra pipeline, a high-pressure natural gas delivery system that aims to bring hundreds of millions of barrels of hydrofracked gas directly into...

New Ruling On State's Local Fracking Bans

AP | GEORGE M. WALSH | Posted 07.02.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas, a mid-lev...

Consultants' Role In NY drilling Study Questioned

AP | By MARY ESCH | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Government watchdog Common Cause and 11 environmental groups raised more questions Thursday about the role of gas industry-assoc...

Measuring Fracking's True Methane Footprint

Posted 03.27.2013 | Green

From EarthTechling's Beth Buczynski: Anti-fracking activists in New York State have conducted one of the first methane baseline assessments on an a...

Appeals Court To Consider Local New York Fracking Bans

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. — Backers of natural gas drilling and environmental advocates wrangled Thursday over whether New York's towns have the legal right ...

Can New York State Power its Way to a Sustainable Future?

Stacy Clark | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green
Stacy Clark

As fossil fuel exploration and extraction become riskier, their associated external costs will increase exponentially, whereas clean energy alternatives will stabilize energy costs for taxpayers and corporations. This is the arithmetic that could forever change America's perception of renewables.

Fracking Recommendation May Come In Next Few Weeks, Says New York Health Commissioner

AP | By MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.12.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's health commissioner said Monday he never intended to wait for completion of any of the pending gas drilling studies, ...

State Assembly Approves Fracking Moratorium

Newsday | Joan Gralla | Posted 05.07.2013 | Green

ALBANY -- The Democrat-dominated State Assembly on Wednesday approved a two-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing from the Southern Tier...

Are You Faking Your Fracking Knowledge? Here Are Six Good Sources

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

People across America are talking about the effect hydraulic fracturing (often called "fracking") is having on our food, water and health. But even if you don't have time to read all the reports and articles, you are probably curious about fracking, and why people are concerned.

Cuomo Reportedly Changes Course On Fracking After RFK Jr. Calls

AP | By MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 05.02.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came as close as he ever has to approving fracking last month, laying out a limited drilling plan for...

9/11 Workers' Face Environmental Battle Upstate

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 02.14.2013 | New York

MINISINK, N.Y. -- After four months helping in ground zero recovery post-Sept. 11, New York City Police Officer Nick Russo sought respite by moving wi...

Fracking, Health and Our Chemical History

Michael Green | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Though fracking companies keep their chemical use secret, a 2011 study identified more than 600 chemicals used in fracking. We urged New York Governor Cuomo to put profits ahead of our health and environment by maintaining the moratorium on fracking.

DEC Misses New York Fracking Study Deadline

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Environmental groups praised state regulators for delaying a decision on shale gas development until a more in-depth health study is f...

Frack Tracks: New York Regulations Delayed, Fracking Could Still Begin Soon

Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback via email or Twitter. Natural gas suporters expressed further frustrations and anti-...

'You're Silencing Us' -- Protecting Free Speech Rights in Sanford, New York

Kate Sinding | Posted 04.14.2013 | Green
Kate Sinding

Last September, after taking a series of pro-fracking actions over a four-year period, Sanford's Town Board abruptly imposed a gag order silencing its citizens from discussing the red-hot issue of proposed new fracking in New York and the town.