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.

Untapped Potential: Water Infrastructure Spending in New York (February 2019)

Untapped Potential: Water Infrastructure Spending in New York examines how successful New York's Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) has been at addressing the state's growing water infrastructure crisis. Created in 2015 by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature, WIIA provides critical grants, which enable municipalities facing financial hardships to fix corroding water mains, repair sewers, and upgrade wastewater treatment plants, among other projects. Since 2017, WIIA has been funded through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act.

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.

The fracking industry has deep pockets. In the last few years, they have spent millions attempting to bully and coerce New York into fracking before any of us are the wiser about fracking’s true dangers and impacts.

But in a state known for political scandal, somehow, frackers haven’t gotten their way. Their failure can be explained, in part, by their highly offensive personal attacks on people who dare express concerns about fracking’s true impacts.

This canard is one of the most ridiculous and offensive myths pushed in public policy circles in recent memory.

Most New Yorkers recognize that being concerned about our environment, the quality of our water, and the health of our families does not equate to disdain for people having jobs. However, the fracking industry’s multi-million dollar propaganda machine has created a fear within the halls of state government for legislators afraid to look anti-job to their constituents.


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