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, 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,

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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