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On July 1, Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg joined Kate Hudson of Riverkeeper in going head to head with fracking proponents, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera and former Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Susan Tierney, in a nationally broadcasted event presented by Intelligence Squared in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival. More
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The gas industry resorted to pointing fingers and invoking bogeymen yesterday, claiming that the environmentalists are guilty of manufacturing falsehoods and half-truths about drilling for resources.  ExxonMobil’s CEO blamed the press for producing scare stories without checking their facts, and he blamed the advocacy groups for […] More
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Policymakers should be equally as concerned about wastewater spills and disposal issues related to shale gas extraction as they are about the possibility of groundwater contamination from fracking fluids according to a new report by Pacific Institute released last week. More
Mark Ruffalo at the New Yorkers Against Fracking Rally
Photos from the New Yorkers Against Fracking Rally in Albany, N.Y., on May 15, 2012. More
Originally posted on Media Matters April 13, 2012 2:15 pm ET by Salvatore Colleluori The New York Post, the New York-based daily newspaper run by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has published 21 opinion pieces on the controversial process of natural gas extraction called hydraulic fracturing […] More
It’s like the gas industry and their apologists are living in a different universe from the rest of us, when it comes to the risks from shale gas extraction via fracking.  Call it the “Spin Zone.” At a Wall Street Journal conference last week, Chesapeake […] More
On Friday, February 24, New York Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio, Jr., upheld the town of Middlefield’s ban on natural gas development within its borders, just three days after Justice Phillip R. Rumsey upheld Dryden’s nearly identical ban. The Dryden and Middlefield decisions are […] More
In the first ruling on whether local governments can limit gas drilling, or hydraulic fracturing (fracking), through local zoning ordinances in New York, Judge Phillip R. Rumsey of the Sixth Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court upheld the Town of Dryden’s ban on gas development within its borders. More
The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday, February 7, passed legislation that would all but eliminate the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities to ensure gas development occurs outside of residential and other non-industrial areas. The bill, which Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett has already pledged to sign into law, turns […] More
Fracking Day of Action
Citizens rally against fracking on Monday, January 23, 2011, at the capitol in Albany. Photos courtesy Jessica Riehl
On Monday, January 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens from all over New York State converged upon Albany to demand that our elected representatives safeguard our water resources, air quality, environment and public health from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The citizens, including Riverkeeper staff members, traveled […] More
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Dimock, PA residents, whose wells were contaminated by Cabot Oil & Gas’s fracking operations, will receive some relief today when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivers clean water to four of the eleven families that have been victims of irresponsible fracking. These families have […] More
This morning, thanks to many of you, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) woke up to tens of thousands of comments on its flawed fracking proposal. More