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.

Keeping New York’s land actively farmed is a huge boon to our environment, but this is the wrong approach

Friday, May 10, 2013

The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled last week that towns can ban the recovery of natural resources within their borders through zoning. But that doesn’t mean that New York towns above the Marcellus Shale, a gas-rich region that New York shares with Pennsylvania, would be wise to leave the natural gas in the ground.

Friday, May 10, 2013

New York State is being violated by the oil/gas conglomerates without high-volume fracking even being approved. They are having their way with New York’s land, air and water.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Yesterday’s Tourism Summit put on by Gov. Andrew Cuomo may evoke images of a similar meeting last summer — the first annual Yogurt Summit. Cuomo made a bit of news then announcing he wanted to expand from 200 to 300 the number of cows that dairy farmers could have before needing a costly CAFO, of concentrated animal feeding operation permit.

Friday, May 10, 2013

New York Water Rangers, a coalition of 10 environmental groups, is calling on state Senator Tom Libous to recuse himself from fracking deliberations after his ties to a real estate company with a natural-gas lease were disclosed.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

On the day of Governor Cuomo’s tourism summit, New York bed-and-breakfasts, wineries and other tourism-related businesses highlighted fracking’s incompatibility with upstate tourism and called on the governor to protect the state’s tourism industry by banning fracking. New Yorkers Against Fracking also announced a radio ad running in Albany, emphasizing the risks that fracking poses to the state’s rural tourism industry. Dozens of citizens wore iconic “I (Heart) New York” t-shirts and handed out literature to participants as they entered the summit.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The state Appellate Division, Third Department, has ruled that local governments can ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The appeal by Norse Energy Corporation challenged the town of Dryden, in Tompkins County, which used local zoning laws to ban fracking.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Syracuse.com readers left their views in the comments section. Here's a sampling of comments from the opposite side of the argument:

Monday, April 29, 2013

Following a trip to hydrofracking sites in Pennsylvania last week, state Sen. David Carlucci said he will push even harder for health and environmental studies to be conducted in New York.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Natural gas hydrofracking opponents turned up the heat Thursday, pointing out two more companies working on the state's hydrofracking environmental review that also appeared on a list of members of a statewide gas lobbying group that chided Gov. Andrew Cuomo for undue delays.Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fracking-list-generates-more-hea...

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