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 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.

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.


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