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A new fracking ban is coming

New York State Legislature passes bill to close the fracking waste loophole 

Albany, N.Y. — The New York State Legislature voted to close the oil & gas waste loophole after nearly a decade of advocacy from Riverkeeper and our partners. The oil and gas industry enjoys a special exemption from New York State requirements governing the treatment of hazardous waste. Although waste from oil and gas operations – including extraction using hydrofracking – can contain hazardous contaminants, it’s categorically excluded from hazardous waste treatment, storage, transportation and disposal requirements due to a legal loophole. Since 2010, more than 608,000 tons of solid […]

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NY’s new solid waste regs fail to protect our communities

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.

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Lawmakers, Environmentalists, Urge Cuomo To Ban Oil, Gas Drilling Wastewater

Amid Water Crises, Deadline Approaches for DEC on Fracking Waste

Legislators and environmental organizations called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to complete his commitment to ban fracking, and to protect New York’s clean water, by directing his Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to ban waste from oil and gas operations.

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De Blasio signs Levin bill to ban fracking products

NYC Mayor signs milestone fracking waste bill

Left to right: Sean Dixon, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Councilmember Stephen Levin, Eric Landau (NYCDEP), Ling Tsou (United for Action), Roland Lewis (Waterfront Alliance)
New legislation would prohibit oil and gas industry waste from being used by, or disposed in NY

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City council enacts first ban in the nation on 0il and natural gas waste products

The Council of The City of New York City Hall New York, N.Y. 10007 DATE: 8/16/2016 CONTACT: Edward Paulino (212) 788-7348 City Council Enacts First Ban in the Nation on Oil and Natural Gas Waste Products CITY HALL—Today, New York City became the nation’s first municipality to ban the use or discharge of natural gas and oil waste products, including from hydraulic fracturing. Intro 446-A protects New York City communities from toxic pollutants and safeguards our water. The waste associated with hydraulic fracturing (“hydro-fracking”) and other natural gas and oil […]

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Call & Ask Your City Council Member: Join Legislation Banning Fracking Waste in NYC

We need your help to urge NYC to join them and ensure that this toxic waste is never used on City roads or allowed to pollute our environment.

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Riverkeeper Statement Regarding Dimock Fracking Lawsuit Outcome

Two Pennsylvania couples were awarded $4.24 million on Monday by a federal jury, which found Cabot Oil & Gas responsible for contaminating their well water with high levels of methane. Cabot Oil had drilled two natural gas "fracking" wells near their homes.

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