“Today, the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) announced a separate environmental review process that will effectively prevent high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the New York City and Skaneateles Lake watersheds.
The New York City watershed, which supplies 90 percent of the city’s drinking water, will require special reviews for companies seeking state permits for high-volume, horizontal hydrofracture drilling for natural gas.
On Monday morning, Senator Duane joined New York Governor David Paterson, Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Lieber, Hudson River Park Trust President Connie Fishman and Trust Chairperson Diana Taylor to formally open Piers 62 and 63 in the Chelsea section of Hudson River Park.
By Kara Cusolito | June 3, 2010 A tour of Dimock, Pennsylvania, with Victoria Switzer is a bumpy ride over torn-up roads, around parking lots filled with heavy machinery and storage tanks, and past well pads that not long ago were forests. The winter here was quiet, but with the thawing ground came the return of the rigs, the trucks, the constant noise and lights of a twenty-four-hour-a-day gas drilling operation. "It's a modern-day
On December 11, Governor David Paterson vetoed legislation which I co-sponsored that would have established a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in both vertical and horizontal wells throughout New York State until May of 2011. He also signed an Executive Order requiring the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to reissue a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking in horizontal wells and subject it to a public comment period in early June. The latter move effectively delays all fracking in horizontal wells until at least early summer, enabling the State Legislature to develop legislation to comprehensively address the threats fracking poses.
Comments by New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane andNew York State Assembly Member Richard N. GottfriedRegarding the New York State Sea Level Rise Task ForceDraft Report to the New York State Legislature