Fracking/Gas Drilling

‘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

Riverkeeper: What EPA really said about fracking’s potential to harm our drinking water resources

New York's clean water advocate says EPA’s report provides support for the State of New York to ban fracking. Learn More

Time to Close New York’s Fracking Waste Loophole

Despite the recent historic ban on high-volume fracking, New York still has a fracking waste problem. More than 510,000 tons and 23,000 barrels – and counting – of waste from oil and gas extraction operations in neighboring Pennsylvania have been shipped to New York landfills for disposal. Leachate from those landfills is then sent to nearby wastewater treatment facilities. And New York State continues to allow the use of certain kinds of waste from low-volume oil and gas extraction on our roads for de-icing and dust control. Fracking waste can […] Learn More

Take Action: Urge Your State Representative to Close the Hazardous Waste Loophole

We need your help to end the loophole that allows the oil and gas industry to avoid hazardous waste requirements! The oil and gas industry currently enjoys a special exemption from New York State requirements governing the treatment of hazardous waste. Even though waste from oil and gas operations – including extraction using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – can contain hazardous contaminants, it is categorically excluded from hazardous waste treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal requirements due to a loophole in state law. More than 500,000 tons and 23,000 barrels of fracking […] Learn More

The Fracking End-Game Begins

The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (“SGEIS”) on High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (“HVHF”) is a document to be celebrated. It contains the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (“DEC”) finding that “there is currently insufficient scientific information to conclude that [HVHF] can be undertaken without posing unreasonable risk to public health.” Therefore, DEC will grant exactly what fracking activists have called for: a formal, legal prohibition on HVHF in New York. The bulk of the Final SGEIS contains an analysis of the potential adverse environmental impacts of permitting HVHF […] Learn More