Today's Environmental News in New York
Opponents of hydrofracking on Wednesday called for a do-over of a lengthy review process due to the fact that a consulting firm hired by the state in 2011 to assess the economic impacts of hydrofracking was listed as member of the state's major oil and gas association.
New York State might just have to scrap the latest draft of its environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and state lawmakers are asking for a re-do after the discovery of a pretty large conflict of interest.
When anthrax powder was found on Tom Brokaw’s desk at NBC News back in 2001, the desk had to be trashed. It was wrapped in plastic, in fact, and junked whole. Do you know where that toxic garbage ended up? In the Town of Porter, New York.
More than 40 years after the nation’s only commercial effort to reprocess nuclear fuel was closed down, the West Valley nuclear waste site is arguably Western New York’s most toxic location.
A consultant hired by the state to assess the impacts of shale-gas drilling is a member of one of New York’s largest gas-industry groups, according to a letter posted by the trade organization Monday.
New York's natural gas producers said Monday that five years of waiting for the state to green-light high-volume hydraulic fracturing has put them "in crisis" - and the uncertainty could stretch until after the 2014 election.
Earth Day 2013 finds the world with new warnings of a dramatically changing climate, but there are positive signs, too, if we follow them.
New Yorkers hoping one day to enjoy the promising financial rewards of fracking might not know whether to laugh or cry over a bill meant to ensure safety but requiring use of unionized employees.
At various times since 2008, New York regulators have taken their best guess at when the state would decide on whether to allow large-scale fracking, the much-debated technique used to unlock gas from the Marcellus Shale. Each time, they’ve been off.
Sure, the folks who might drill wells for natural gas know that many people say fracking will pollute the water we drink. Not true, say those drillers. So why the bad rep?
Thirty-five years after underground toxics turned the Niagara Falls neighborhood of Love Canal into a ghost town, researchers are warning that Western New York is still home to nearly 800 hazardous waste sites that could someday lead to big trouble, not only for local residents, but for the entire Great Lakes region.
The owners of the state's only commercial hazardous waste incinerator are planning the first federally required air pollution control tests since high-temperature kilns were rebuilt under state orders two years ago because of a history of pollution violations.
Residents of the town of Sanford and their attorney ended a lawsuit against the town claiming victory. The town board issued a 'gag order' on public comment on hydraulic fracturing last September.
Conservationists urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday to join thousands of citizens who have shown their support for a new Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River management plan over the past several months.
In a move designed to protect southern Queens against future storms and improve the eco-system of Jamaica Bay, the state is giving local groups $645,000 to help rebuild 28 acres of salt marshes.
A coalition of farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet throughout the week to alert the public to the risks they believe fracking poses to the state’s agricultural viability.
Can New York town governments, using their long-standing land use planning and zoning authority, ban gas drilling (hydrofracking) in their jurisdictions? The towns of Dryden and Middlefield say yes. Gas drillers and landowners say no.
An environmental study has been delayed at a pre-Civil War gas manufacturing plant in Elmira that has been identified for possible cleanup in the state Superfund program. But the late start shouldn't delay the resulting report, a NYSEG spokesman said.
Oneida County has reduced its number of children with the highest levels of lead poisoning by 72 percent since 2006. Despite the strides, however, the county still has the worst lead poisoning problem in the state, including New York City — 29 children per 1,000 tested.
A foul smell prompted the removal of a light ballast containing PCBs at PS 32 in Great Kills Thursday -- but no liquid leaked from the fixture, according to the city Department of Education.
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