Fracking/Gas Drilling

New York’s highest court reaffirms rights of environmental plaintiffs

In a long-awaited decision, the New York Court of Appeals clarified that persons who are harmed by governmental actions taken without due consideration of environmental impacts have the right to sue in court, even if several other people suffer the same injury. The Court held that plaintiffs in Sierra Club v. Village of Painted Post had standing (in other words, had suffered an injury that would allow them to sue) to challenge the Village’s agreement to allow Shell to withdraw up to 1.5 million gallons of public water per day […] Learn More

Pilgrim applies for pipeline license

NY Governor Chooses Safety Over Savings In Rejecting LNG Terminal

Cuomo’s marine natural gas veto could add spur to pipeline push

‘Extra-flammable’ crude oil being stored at Riverhead oil tanks; town officials, first responders kept in the dark

It’s Official: New York State Bans Fracking

Riverkeeper: DEC’s Fracking Ban is Watershed Moment

Official fracking ban a watershed moment for New York

For Immediate Release June 29,2015 Contact: Cliff Weathers, Communications Director 914-478-4501, Ext 239 Riverkeeper: DEC’s groundbreaking Findings Statement on fracking represents a watershed moment in the protection of New York’s communities and natural resources OSSINING, N.Y. – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released its widely anticipated Findings Statement on June 29, 2015, officially instating the ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that Governor Cuomo’s administration courageously announced back in December of 2014. The Findings Statement concludes: “Based on unavoidable adverse environmental impacts and uncertainty regarding the […] Learn More

What does the EPA study tell us about the impact of fracking on drinking water resources?

Jake Hays Director of the Environmental Health Program, PSE Healthy Energy Legal Associate, Riverkeeper Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited draft assessment on hydraulic fracturing and its potential impact on drinking water resources. For the first time, the EPA explicitly acknowledged that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) and its related activities have been responsible for drinking water contamination on numerous occasions and by a variety of mechanisms. Despite how it has been presented in the media, the report was not designed to determine whether fracking […] Learn More

Fracking Waste in New York State: A Business Perspective (Recorded Webinar)

Watch a recorded version of “Fracking Waste in New York: A Business Perspective,” hosted by Riverkeeper and the New York State Sustainable Business Council. See below for some action steps you can take, resources (many of which were discussed during the webinar), and the webinar slides. ACTION ITEMS Urge Your State Senator to Close the Hazardous Waste Loophole, by visiting our Action Center and asking them to vote to pass the Hazardous Waste Loophole Bill, S.884/A.6859 (Learn more about this by reading our recent blog post). Write an op-ed in […] Learn More