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Mike Dulong

Mike Dulong

Michael Dulong joined Riverkeeper in May 2012 as a staff attorney with the Watershed Program. His work focuses on a range of watershed protection issues, including monitoring agency compliance under the New York City Watershed Agreement; ensuring the operation of New York City’s reservoirs and infrastructure has minimal impact on local ecosystems and communities; and investigating and developing citizen pollution complaints. He also performs advocacy for Riverkeeper’s campaign to prevent irresponsible industrial gas extraction and development in New York with a particular focus on gas development’s adverse socioeconomic impacts. Mr. Dulong received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law in 2011. Michael received his B.A., cum laude from The University of Massachusetts and his M.A. in British and American literature from New York University.

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It would be hard to overestimate the importance of the victory won today by municipalities and grassroots advocates across New York State. In a landmark decision, the State’s highest Court ruled that local municipal governments may decide if and where gas companies can perform the highly industrial practice known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within town borders. More
The Lower Esopus Creek
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The final consent order dealing with NYC's unauthorized discharges of turbid, muddy water from its Ashokan Reservoir to the Lower Esopus Creek fails to protect homes, businesses or the environment. More
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The New York State Department of Health Released draft revisions to New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). The document allows NYC to avoid filtering water it collects from watersheds in upstate New York for consumption in the City. It also requires NYC to acquire and preserve land and implement protective regulations in those upstate areas. More
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Fracking site in Susquehanna County PA - Photo credit: Misty Duvall
In a surprise decision, New York's highest court announced Thursday that it will hear appeals from fracking proponents who have challenged the municipal fracking bans enacted by the towns of Dryden and Middlefield. More
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Humpo Marsh in New Paltz, courtesy Laura Heady
Riverkeeper and the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic submitted an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief to the Third Department Appellate Court of New York in support of the Town of New Paltz’s right to protect its wetlands, waterbodies and watercourses from irresponsible destruction. More
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Middlefield Neighbors, a grassroots anti-fracking group from the small town of Middlefield, NY demonstrate their opposition to fracking. Photo via Flickr 350.org
Oral argument in the Dryden and Middlefield municipal fracking ban cases was heard yesterday, March 21, 2013, at the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, in Albany. More
The efforts of hundreds of thousands of activists have held off fracking in New York until now, but that could change this month. More
Setbacks
Riverkeeper has identified many flaws in the Revised Draft High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) Regulations, but here are ten of our major concerns. Please use these as a guide to help you in preparing your own personalized comments on the regulations. More
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Go see the movie this opening weekend to send the message of New York State’s and the nation’s growing concern about fracking. More
Watch the debate live online here. Riverkeeper’s President Paul Gallay will advocate that fracking causes more harm than good at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, as part of Syracuse University’s Campbell Debates series.  He will be joined by Robert Howarth, Professor of Ecology and […] More
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Today, pro-fracking organizations are gathering in Albany under the banner “Real People for Real Jobs” to urge the state to put a rubber stamp on its fracking plan, claiming it will bring jobs and revenue to upstate New York. We want all New Yorkers to […] More
Governor Cuomo may release his plan to open parts of New York to fracking before Labor Day.  Cuomo’s deeply-flawed plan reportedly won’t initially include any new DEC inspection staff, taxes or levies on the drilling industry to pay for the community costs of fracking, or a […] More