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In what could be precedent-setting cases for local governments in New York State, a gas company and landowners recently filed separate challenges to town bans on shale gas extraction via horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking”). On September 16, 2011, a Denver-based gas company, Anschutz […] More
On September 22, 2011, Riverkeeper testified at the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection’s public hearing on hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking”).  Chief among the concerns we expressed to the Council is that DEC continues to rush the regulatory process, seriously limiting the public’s opportunity […] More
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Credit WVSORO.org Thank you for your ongoing support in the fight against the rush to fracking in New York State.  We are at a crossroads and the next few months are critical to how fracking will move forward here. Last week, the DEC released its […] More
Today’s editorial in The New York Times highlights the very same concerns Riverkeeper has been raising regarding New York’s failure to commit to issuing regulations before permits and the inadequate proposal for protecting the NYC drinking water supply in its revised fracking environmental impact statement: […] More
On August 25, 2011, a Sullivan County judge enjoined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. from drilling for natural gas under a residential subdivision, and barred the company from recovering the $99,255 signing bonus it paid to the homeowner for the rights to drill. At issue […] More
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Tell Gov. Cuomo & NY’s Environmental Agency: 60 Days is Not Enough! Join us for a virtual rally on September 6th from 4 to 8 pm to tell Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) how you feel about dirty gas drilling and […] More
In a Riverkeeper exclusive interview by Karen Rybold-Chin, Lisa Graves, Executive Director of The Center for Media and Democracy, talks about the task forces of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the work going on to secretly advance its agenda, targeting legal rules that […] More
Last month, we blogged about Morgantown, West Virginia’s passage of an ordinance that banned shale gas drillers from using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques in the city or within a mile of the city’s limits. Northeast Natural Energy and Ern-out Properties LLC sued the city shortly […] More
When: August 23, 2011, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Where: Katonah Village Library, The Garden Room, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, N.Y. 10536 NY Senator Greg Ball (R, C- Patterson) will hold a hearing on August 23, 2011 to examine the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing (also […] More
On August 11, 2011, after 90 days of deliberation, a seven-member U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) advisory panel released an interim report presenting recommendations to reduce the environmental impacts from shale gas production. The panel’s recommendations may serve as a major turning point in the […] More

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