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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently claimed that no frack waste is being dumped in New York. FACT CHECK: But since 2010, at least 23,000 barrels of liquid waste and 590,000 tons of solid waste from Pennsylvania’s fracking operations have been dumped in New York landfills. More
Ashokan Reservoir
The New York State Department of Health will soon determine whether New York City’s water supply may remain unfiltered for the next decade. Roughly 90% of the the City’s water comes from a 1,600 square mile watershed in the Catskill Mountains. From there, roughly one billion gallons per day are piped through a series of gravity-fed aqueducts and reservoirs to serve nine million consumers in the City and Lower Hudson Valley. More
Photo: CC, US Department of Agriculture
Rampant agricultural discharges are contaminating waters across the state. New York is the third largest milk production state with roughly 620,000 cows, each of which is estimated to produce 120 pounds of liquid manure per day. More
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 […] More
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
Photo courtesy Ulster County
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
Sawkill/Esopus Confluence
Photo courtesy Ulster County
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
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
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
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
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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