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.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fracking was a hot topic at Wednesday's city council meeting, as many Food & Water Watch supporters urged the council to consider banning it in the city of New Brunswick.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The crews preparing to build the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge are still determining the best methods to keep the waters of the Hudson River clear and clean as they dredge more than 950,000 cubic yards of tainted sludge from the river bottom in the late summer and early fall.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Ontario County Environmental Quality Committee plans to discuss use of hydrofracking wastewaters at its meeting Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a number of steps to revamp New York’s energy policy since taking office, but critics still have found plenty to criticize in the direction the state is moving.

At City & State’s State of Our State conference in Albany on Tuesday, panelists took issue with the governor’s proposed overhaul of the Long Island Power Authority, a portion of the New York Energy Highway initiative to upgrade transmission lines, the fate of hydraulic fracturing and more.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk was joined Wednesday by opponents of the natural gas drilling technique known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing to announce she'll introduce a bill to ban "the treatment, discharge, disposal, transportation or storage" of hydrofracking waste products in New York state."

Monday, May 13, 2013

With the real estate market as shaky as it is, homeowners can't afford to deal with more problems.

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Thursday, May 2, New York State's Appellate Court upheld the right of two townships - the Tompkins County town of Dryden and the Otsego County town of Middlefield - to use their zoning laws to ban gas drilling. This includes high-volume hydraulic fracturing, during which millions of gallons of sand-and-chemical-laced water are propelled into deep shale rock to force out the methane it contains. Last week's decision defeated corporate challenges to the state's constitutional home rule provision, under which local ordinances trump state laws.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The New York Water Rangers coalition was quoted calling for Senator Tom Libous to recuse himself from fracking deliberations due to his apparent conflicts of interest. The senator responded there are no conflicts, but his response has raised more questions about the quality of his ethical disclosures

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Permission to Pollute (April, 2008)

One of the most important aspects of the federal Clean Water Act is the establishment of a uniform system for regulating the release of water pollution in the United States. Under the Clean Water Act, polluters are required to apply for and receive a permit authorizing the discharge of pollutants.  the Act also defines legally enforceable limits on the type and quantity of pollutants that can be released. In addition, the permits themselves define the monitoring requirements necessary to determine a discharge’s impact on the receiving waters and aquatic life therein.

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