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.

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...

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate that has divided environmentalists

Monday, April 29, 2013

Governor Cuomo has kept his promise to wait for the science before he makes a decision on fracking, and this is just one more example of political players in Albany putting their self-interests above the state�s needs

Muddying the Waters (April, 2007)

New York is failing to review the performance and limitations placed on industries, municipalities and other facilities discharging tens of billions of gallons of pollution to the state’s waters every single day. Through its investigations Environmental Advocates of New York has uncovered 1,150 polluters whose operations have not received proper scrutiny by the state.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind New York's Failure to Track or Treat Fracking Waste (May, 2012)

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is contemplating whether to allow drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica Shales using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or high-volume “fracking.” If this process is permitted, how New York requires drillers to handle, treat, and dispose of high-volume fracking’s toxic wastes will be among the administration’s greatest challenges.

Photo: Laurence B. DeWitt, www.photosbydewitt.com

According to Environmental Advocates of New York’s new report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has failed to responsibly monitor the transport, treatment, or disposal of waste from the state’s active gas wells.

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