Riverkeeper Blogs

How does the CEO of a major fracking company react when asked to publicly answer to facts about the true environmental and economic cost of hydraulic fracturing? The same way frackers react to the contaminated drinking water and wrecked communities they leave in their wake: […] More
On Friday, February 24, New York Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio, Jr., upheld the town of Middlefield’s ban on natural gas development within its borders, just three days after Justice Phillip R. Rumsey upheld Dryden’s nearly identical ban. The Dryden and Middlefield decisions are […] More
In the first ruling on whether local governments can limit gas drilling, or hydraulic fracturing (fracking), through local zoning ordinances in New York, Judge Phillip R. Rumsey of the Sixth Judicial District of the New York Supreme Court upheld the Town of Dryden’s ban on gas development within its borders. More
During a Bar Association panel discussion on Wednesday, New York State confirmed that its environmental review on fracking will be finished this Spring. If we don’t stop it, fracking is coming to New York this Summer. The battle is on to preserve our health, water […] More
What it means for the protection of NY’s water bodies from fracking and other high-water usage activities Last summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s first-ever uniform water use management legislation, closing the loophole that long allowed high-volume water withdrawers to pump large amounts of […] More
The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday, February 7, passed legislation that would all but eliminate the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities to ensure gas development occurs outside of residential and other non-industrial areas. The bill, which Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett has already pledged to sign into law, turns […] More
Fracking Day of Action
Citizens rally against fracking on Monday, January 23, 2011, at the capitol in Albany. Photos courtesy Jessica Riehl
On Monday, January 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens from all over New York State converged upon Albany to demand that our elected representatives safeguard our water resources, air quality, environment and public health from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The citizens, including Riverkeeper staff members, traveled […] More
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Dimock, PA residents, whose wells were contaminated by Cabot Oil & Gas’s fracking operations, will receive some relief today when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivers clean water to four of the eleven families that have been victims of irresponsible fracking. These families have […] More
This morning, thanks to many of you, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) woke up to tens of thousands of comments on its flawed fracking proposal. More
The New York Water Rangers, a partnership of environmental and community groups working to protect the state’s waters and communities from the dangers of industrial gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” this month launched a TV commercial designed to get the issue some much-deserved […] More

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