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hydraulic fracturing

Mar 31, 2015

COA: Drilling leases expired despite state ban

ALBANY — The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals answered that question for a federal appeals court reviewing the case. It follows a federal judge’s 2012 ruling for the […]

Mar 26, 2015

Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take […]

Mar 20, 2015

Administration tightens rules for chemical disclosure

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for well construction and disposal of water and other fluids used in fracking, a drilling method […]

Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for fracking ban

ALBANY —Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn’t his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced […]

Nov 19, 2014

Commentary: A clash of titans over hydrofracking

A recent New York case, Wallach v. Town of Dryden, illustrates a deep schism in conflicting public attitudes over energy and local governments’ regulation of land use. The case involved the authority of an upstate town to prohibit “hydrofracking” by landowners or their agents to produce oil or gas. Hydrofracking involves the injection of water […]

Nov 4, 2014

Cuomo: Fracking is ‘divisive’ issue

MOUNT KISCO (AP) —Gov. Andrew Cuomo reflected on the hot-button issue of hydraulic fracturing after voting in suburban Mount Kisco. At the Democratic governor’s polling place, about 70 supporters chanting “four more years!” drowned out about two dozen anti-hydraulic-fracturing protesters. The noisy crowd stood behind police ropes Tuesday at a Presbyterian church. Cuomo arrived [...]

Jul 1, 2014

COA affirms home-rule authority on fracking

A split Court of Appeals decision Monday affirmed a lower court ruling on two cases last year that allows municipalities’ “home rule” authority to make land-use decisions when it comes to restricting the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing. The court did not offer an opinion on the controversial practice, also known as […]

Jan 7, 2014

Groups to call for NY ban on ‘fracking’ at speech

ALBANY — Environmental groups opposed to natural gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing plan to make a lot of noise at the Empire State Plaza this week. They plan to form a quarter-mile-long line of sign-waving, chanting protesters along the underground Concourse between the Capitol and the convention center where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is giving […]

Dec 20, 2013

Defunct company sues over fracking delay

ALBANY — A bankrupt company that hoped to drill for gas in New York is suing the Cuomo administration over what it calls an unreasonable delay in deciding whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. A trustee for Norse Energy USA said he filed a lawsuit Tuesday in state Supreme Court in Albany naming […]

Dec 17, 2013

Cuomo: Still no date to decide fracking for gas

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he expects to end years-long deliberations about whether New York should allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas by Election Day next year— maybe. The Democrat, who is seeking re-election, cautions that he doesn’t want even that ballpark estimate to pressure his staff into a decision. Cuomo’s health commissioner, Dr. […]

Nov 18, 2013

Penfield looks to extend moratorium on fracking

Penfield town officials seem to be heading toward an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing within its borders, but that decision might be a year away. The Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for Dec. 4 on extending a moratorium on the controversial practice of drilling for natural gas, also known as fracking. Penfield Supervisor […]

Nov 7, 2013

Republican leader jabs Cuomo over fracking

ALBANY — As state Republican Chairman Ed Cox leads an attack Wednesday on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s indecision over whether to approve hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, Democrats attacked Cox’s own personal stock and position with a global natural gas drilling company. Cox confirmed that he and his wife, Tricia Nixon Cox, a daughter of […]

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