Issues: Environment

Water quality was focus of Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Hearing

Senator Betty Little and Senator Antoine Thompson, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, listen to testimony at a water-quality hearing in Albany today.  The public hearing drew testimony from experts on many issues including sewage treatment, drinking water quality, storm water infrastructure, detection of pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies and aquatic invasive species.

October 1, 2009
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DEC Unveils Proposed Gas Drilling Regulations

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released highly anticipated, long-awaited draft regulations for gas drilling throughout the Marcellus Shale.  Read more.

For anyone interested in more information, including an upcoming public comment period, details are available from DEC here.

October 1, 2009
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Seward Invites Public To Weigh In On Drilling

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

October 1, 2009
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Natural Gas Drilling - Draft SGEIS

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.

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I. Introduction

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II. Description of Proposed Action

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III. Proposed SEQRA Review Process

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IV. Geology

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V. Natural Gas Development and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

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VI. Potential Environmental Impacts

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VII. Mitigation Measures

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VIII. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination

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IX. Alternatives

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Glossary

October 1, 2009
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National Estuaries Day At APEC

New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) joined members of the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) and local environmental enthusiasts at a day-long event to mark National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 26, 2009.  Established in 1988, National Estuaries Day seeks to foster awareness regarding the importance of estuaries and wetlands and the increased need to protect and preserve them throughout the country.

September 29, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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Senator Thompson Addresses Water Quality For WNY Beaches

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009Contact: Heather Zeisz | zeisz@senate.state.ny.us | 716.854.8705

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D-Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties) will be holding a press event shortly before the clean water hearing is set to begin.  The press event will take place tomorrow morning at the Erie County Historical Society at 25 Nottingham Terrace at 10:45 am.

September 28, 2009
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It's My Park! Day, Featuring "Seining: The River Wild"

Find out what lives in the East River and help clean the shoreline to create a healthy habitat for the variety of species that call it home!

October 17, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Recording of Senator Squadron's September 23rd community convention follow-up call

On September 23rd, Senator Squadron hosted a conference call to give an update on the goals and priorities outlined at the first-ever 25th District Community Convention  held in March. The discussion focused on buses, subways, MTA funding, and MTA issues, pedestrian safety, street changes, bicycle lanes, traffic control, environmental sustainability, alternative energy and parks and open space.

The call was the first in a series of community convention update calls, all of which are open to the public.

September 24, 2009
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Senator Thompson Seeking Testimony on New York State’s Water Quality

Contact: Rashied McDuffie(518) 455-3371rashied_mcduffie@yahoo.com

Buffalo, NY- New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson (D- Parts of Erie & Niagara Counties), Chair of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, announced the public hearing schedule to solicit input and obtain feedback from the public on water quality in New York State.

September 24, 2009
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Our Unwavering Commitment To Owasco Lake

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. As the season winds to a close, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the significant progress we’ve made to improve the water quality of Owasco Lake. Owasco is one of our region’s most cherished and valuable natural resources. It provides water for Cayuga County residents, supports our unique wine region and is critical to Cayuga County’s tourism industry. That is why protecting Owasco Lake has always been a top priority for me.

September 22, 2009
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Senate Approves Oppenheimer Bill Requiring the Most Humane Animal Euthanasia Practices

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) announced Senate passage of her bill, S. 4962-B, which significantly updates New York state laws regarding the euthanasia of animals.  The measure would ban the euthanasia of animals by lethal gassing and ensure that animal euthanasia is performed in the most humane manner possible.

September 17, 2009
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New Open Burning Regulations


Express Terms

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

6 NYCRR Part 191, Forest Fire Prevention

6 NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

Existing Part 215 is repealed.

A new Part 215 is added as follows:

215.1 Definitions

215.2 Prohibitions

215.3 Exceptions and restricted burning

Section 215.1 Definitions.

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Part 215 ExpressTerms.pdf

September 16, 2009
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SENATOR GOLDEN REMINDS COMMUNITY TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG OR FACE INCREASED FINE

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) is reminding local residents of a law that went into effect last October, (Chapter 153 of 2008) that increased the maximum fine for non compliance with canine waste laws from $100 to $250 per violation.      Senator Golden, who supported the legislation which amended a law passed in 1986, was recently contacted regarding the problem of dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs.

September 16, 2009
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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS: YONKERS WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT TO GET “GREEN” MAKEOVER

              State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) announced today that Westchester County will receive federal stimulus funding in the amount of $234,000 earmarked for the installation of energy efficient components at the Yonkers waste water treatment facility.

September 11, 2009
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