Riverkeeper Blogs

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The state currently allows the use of brine from conventional, low-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and gas storage in New York to be spread on our roadways for de-icing, dust control and road stabilization. More
We need your help! Join us on May 12th in Albany to talk to state legislators about fracking, the improper handling of its waste, and the need for an official moratorium and comprehensive health impact assessment. More
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Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC (Constitution) has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to build a 124 mile, 30 inch natural gas pipeline – the Constitution Pipeline – from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY, crossing a portion of the Hudson River […] More
InsideClimate News, The Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel / Image: Lynn Buehring (Credit: Lance Rosenfield/Prime)
The Weather Channel – along with Inside Climate News and The Center for Public Integrity – recently unveiled the results of an eight month investigation into emissions of air pollutants and related health impacts from oil and gas drilling using of high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing […] More
Riverkeeper – along with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – recently filed a friend of the court (amicus curiae or amicus) brief in support of the lower court’s decision in a case brought by Sierra Club and others challenging a municipality’s agreement to allow Shell to withdraw up to 1.5 million gallons of public water per day in New York for use in Pennsylvania fracking operations. More
Even though the de facto moratorium on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing in New York State continues, the disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations is occurring in New York now and deserves our attention. More
Tanker on the Hudson River believed to be carrying fracked crude oil from North Dakota
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a proposed “policy letter” that would allow shale gas extraction waste (or “frack waste”) to be shipped in bulk via barge on all American waterways, including the Hudson and Delaware Rivers. Without having performed an environmental review, the Coast […] More
The federal Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed revised oil and gas regulations to cover high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands, Indian lands, and private lands overlying federal minerals. 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
Riverkeeper, in conjunction with a coalition of environmental groups represented by Earthjustice – Catskill Mountainkeeper, Clean Air Council, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Sierra Club – submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Constitution Pipeline’s application to construct a interstate pipeline to transport natural gas from Pennsylvania to the New York City and Boston metropolitan areas. More

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