Clean Water & Fracking

About Our Clean Water & Fracking Work: Protecting our water and natural resources is the foundation of New York's economic development and quality of life. Environmental Advocates of New York's Water & Natural Resources Program focuses on ways to ensure our waterways are protected for generations to come.

Gas Drilling & Fracking: We are particularly concerned about the potential environmental dangers of industrial gas drilling by means of "fracking," in New York State.

Watchdogging Water Quality: Environmental Advocates is also working to ensure that the state's water pollution permitting program—the method used to regulate pollution discharged into state waters—is enforced. New York currently rubber-stamps and renews thousands of water pollution permits without substantive review, endangering the health of our waters. Environmental Advocates continues to expose the state’s flawed approach to issuing water pollution permits as part of a larger effort to protect New York’s water quality.

Here, there, and everywhere in New York State, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure is aging and breaking down. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) states that New York State has at least $36 billion worth of necessary wastewater infrastructure upgrades – and yet the governor chose to dedicate $0 for water infrastructure despite more than $5 billion in surplus funds from bank settlements.

In 2009, to much fanfare, the Legislature passed – and Governor David Paterson signed into law – the Public Authorities Reform Act. That law came from the recognition that state authorities – including the Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) – needed to do their work out of the shadows, answer to the Legislature and be held accountable to the public.
 

A new poll shows that the people who would be impacted by fracking – residents of the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley – strongly oppose it. Despite the industry funneling millions into bullying New York into drilling, the results aren’t even close: 51 to 35.

Do you know where the water in your bottled water is coming from?

If you guessed the high peaks of towering mountains, crystal-clear springs, or some pristine glacier, chances are likely that you’re wrong. However, if you guessed drought-stricken states like California, you’re probably right!

The public notched an important win against the fracking industry as the state’s highest court affirmed the right of our communities to ban drilling.

Anyone who believes New York is safe from the environmental and public health consequences of fracking is mistaken. Right now, frackers working in other states are dumping their toxic waste inside our borders. Incredibly, a bill that would block this practice was recently voted down in the state Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. At a recent hearing our Katherine Nadeau told legislators what they should be doing to address the issue.

We’ve sounded the alarm on a reckless plan state Senators have proposed to roll back thousands of hard-fought public health and environmental protections in what’s a clear giveaway to special interests.

Reuters broke some remarkable news: Chesapeake is dropping its fight to hold landowners in gas leases in perpetuity – often against their will – and pulling out of those leases. To which I say: don’t let the door hit you on your way out. This is not only great news for individual landowners looking to get out of leases, but for New York as a whole.

In my 20s I had a type, and he liked B List horror movies. I can’t explain it, and I won’t try. Sometimes we just have to accept these things. 

As a result I’ve seen (read: endured) my fair share of zombie flicks. There’s only one I would ever want to see again (Disclaimer: this is an R-rated zombie clip resplendent with fake blood and guts, harsh language, and Queen).

License to Dump (February 2015)

License to Dump sheds light on the practice of potentially radioactive out-of-state fracking waste getting dumped in New York despite Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing implementation of a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking). 

To date, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reports that at least 460,000 tons of solid fracking waste and 23,000 barrels of liquid waste have been dumped in five New York landfills. Comparatively, the DEC says the state does not accept this type of waste.

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