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WFP Looks to Pressure Cuomo on Hydrofracking Ban
June 30th, 2011

The Working Families Party is urging its members to sign a petition demanding Gov. Andrew Cuomo to oppose a lifting of the moratorium of hydrofracking in New York.

“The drillers want to drill first and ask questions later. Tell Governor Cuomo not to let them:” says the release.

“We’ll deliver all of our petitions and your personal messages to the Governor’s office pronto. This can’t wait. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its report tomorrow, and reports say the regulations may give the go-ahead for fracking on private lands in parts of the state soon thereafter.”

Here is the full statement:

Dear friend,

Just a few hours ago, the New York Times reports that Governor Cuomo may lift the statewide moratorium on hydrofracking [1]. Now may be our last chance to urge him to protect our state’s drinking water from this dangerous drilling process.

The drillers want to drill first and ask questions later. Tell Governor Cuomo not to let them:

http://action.workingfamiliesparty.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3271

We’ll deliver all of our petitions and your personal messages to the Governor’s office pronto. This can’t wait.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is due to release its report tomorrow, and reports say the regulations may give the go-ahead for fracking on private lands in parts of the state soon thereafter.

Study after study has shown the dangers of fracking — including carcinogens and dangerous chemical contamination in drinking water — along with its negligible economic impact. In fact, in areas where drilling has taken place, communities have seen their economies worsen. That’s in addition to the degradation of their local environments.

Sure, the drillers say it’s safe. But they’re also facing a possible federal investigation for allegedly misleading their own investors. [2] They’re motivated by one thing only: money.

The reports say that Governor Cuomo will keep some areas of the state, including New York Citys watershed, off-limits to frackers. Thats a very good thing. But do you think there are any areas of the state that should be put at risk?

Sign our emergency petition here, and then tell your friends:

http://action.workingfamiliesparty.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3271

Thanks,

TJ & the WFP team

Sources:
1) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/01/nyregion/cuomo-will-seek-to-lift-drilling-ban.html
2) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/us/politics/29naturalgas.html

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NRDC Says Don't Jump to Conclusions on Fracking Ban
June 30th, 2011

Kate Sinding of the Natural Resources Defense Council says people are getting ahead of themselves on this whole end of fracking ban thing.

“Rumors have been swirling today that New York is lifting its moratorium on new fracking in the Marcellus Shale. Heres the reality: the de facto moratorium that has been in place since the summer of 2008 remains intact,” wrote Sinding on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog.

“And in fact, the Department of Environmental Conservation is for the first time proposing to place significant portions of the state formally off-limits to industrial gas drilling. They are also proposing a variety of strict new safeguards. These proposed measures appear to represent a step in the right direction, but a full review of the states proposal is required before it can be determined whether New Yorks drinking water, public health and communities are fully protected.”
Sinding says that tommorrow’s announcement will feature the DEC’s incomplete revised “draft supplemental generic impact statement.” Read the rest of this entry »

By on June 30, 2011, 7:03 pm
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Bloomberg on Fracking Announcement
June 30th, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing in on the DEC’s new guidelines for hydrofracking. Here is his statement:

After more than a year of careful research and analysis, the State Department of Environmental Conservation made the right decision to recommend a ban of hydrofracking in the Citys upstate watersheds and a process to establish rules that will allow drilling elsewhere in a rigorously protective and environmentally responsible way. Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Joseph Martens deserve an enormous amount of credit for protecting the unfiltered drinking water supplies of more than nine million New Yorkers, while increasing our ability to harness the benefits of New Yorks natural gas resources.

My Administration said from the beginning that decisions on drilling had to be based on detailed scientific reviews. After completing our own independent study, it became clear that hydrofracking in New York Citys watersheds would compromise our ability to maintain an unfiltered water supply, and we vigorously advocated for a complete ban on drilling in the Citys upstate watersheds. These new recommendations appear to adopt the restrictions we sought.

We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Martens and their team as the process outlined in the recommendations moves forward. I again want to thank the Governor for fully recognizing the Citys position and for ensuring that the water supply of half of New York State is protected for generations to come.

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Silver Amends Fracking Statement
June 30th, 2011

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has amended his initial statement about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York. It is decidedly positive now compared to the initial release.

“I am pleased that the DEC will permanently ban hydraulic fracturing in sensitive watershed areas and the aquifers that feed them.  The Assembly also will be vigilant as the DEC moves forward and will work to ensure that no permits are issued anywhere in the state where there are any possible dangers identified by the federal EPA study.”

Meanwhile the Independent Oil and Gas Association issued their statement on the DEC’s supplemental generic environmental impact statement: Read the rest of this entry »

By on June 30, 2011, 5:24 pm
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The Dump Continues
June 30th, 2011

The Cuomo administration is releasing news on some of its most contentious issues on the Thursday before the 4th of July weekend. To recap we have prison closings, the lifting of the ban on hydrofracking and the news that Buffalo Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, who had an affair with a 23-year-old intern, is leaving his seat to take up a senior position at the Empire State Development Corporation.

Now about that fracking thing. The New York Times web-site featured a news flash that declared Gov. Andrew Cuomo was set to approve hydrofracking in New York. The Times story came out and revealed that Cuomo would approve fracking outside of the New York City, Syracuse watershed and state-owned land. Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto called the report, “baseless speculation and premature.”

How premature?

Well maybe by an hour or two as the Department of Environmental Conservation issued a press release confirming the Times report and detailing its new recommendations for fracking. DEC commissioner Joseph Martens is scheduled to address the new fracking recommendations at a press conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow. There will also be a 60-day public comment period starting in August. But environmental advocates and politicos aren’t waiting until August. Here is some of what they have to say about the DEC report: Read the rest of this entry »

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What Does the Times' Fracking Report Mean? *Update*
June 30th, 2011

The NY Times is reporting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lift a moratorium on the controversial process of extracting natural gas from shale formations called hydrofracking. The administration will reportedly ban the practice in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds.

The Times article cites unnamed sources and the Cuomo administration has called the report “baseless speculation and premature.”

The DEC is currently working on a review of the fracking process and was expected to release its report tomorrow–that was supposed to be followed up with a public comment period–before any decisions were made about the future of fracking. The DEC says it may not make the deadline–it has delayed the report’s release a number of times before. The Times article notes that the time frame for the lifting of the ban is unclear.

*Update* The Post’s Fred Dicker reports that the DEC’s report recommends lifting the fracking band and that environmentalists who are opposed to the recommendations are leaking the document. Dicker has a habit of running clean up for the Cuomo administration. *Update*

In some ways this seems like non news. Read the rest of this entry »

By on June 30, 2011, 2:17 pm
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Smokers Park?
June 15th, 2011

Marissa Miller filed this post.

Smokers take note: The city’s ban on smoking in parks so far does not apply to Hudson River Park. It is not part of the city’s park system — it is state regulated – and therefore does not fall under its jurisdiction.

That could change, though. The park is in somewhat of a “gray” area and so, according to the parks department, its exemption from the ban is currently under review.

For now, Hudson River Park has refrained from installing the “no smoking” signs found in other city parks. However, some residents in the surrounding neighborhoods worry that it will turn into a smokers “paradise,” infested by smokers from all around the city.

In an e-mail statement, David Katz, vice president of marketing and events at Hudson River Park Trust, wrote, “The state’s Administrative Procedures Act requires us to provide a public review and comment period and a hearing prior to issuing or amending our park rules. We are not allowed to ban smoking until this process is completed. At our most recent board meeting, we were asked to commence this process. We expect to hold a public hearing this summer on a proposal to ban smoking in the park.”

So, New Yorkers will have to wait and see if this park will remain a smoker’s oasis for much longer.

It was reported elsewhere that Battery Park City would also participate in this exemption from the ban as it also falls under state jurisdiction. However, a spokesperson from the Battery Park City Authority confirmed, “Battery Park City will follow New York City Park rules and regulations” and thus abide by the smoking ban.

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Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Shoot Video Against Fracking
June 8th, 2011

Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Zoe Saldana and a host of other New York based actors have filmed a video proclaiming their love for “New York Water.” The anti-hydrofracking campaign is hosted at cleanwaternotdirtydrilling.org. Check out the video to see Saldana brushing her teeth, a scantily clad Hawke taking a shower and a geared up Ruffalo engaging in some fly fishing. They all deliver the line, “I love my New York Water.”

My family moved to our quiet farming town on the Delaware River so we could enjoy a simple, healthy life outside of the bustling city, said Ruffalo in a statement. We want to enjoy that peace down the road, and know that the tap water we drink, and bathe our children in, is safe.

The coalition of actors, with the help of environmentalists is calling on New Yorker’s to tell their legislators to ban fracking in New York.

The Assembly recently passed a bill to extend the current moratorium on fracking til June of next year but the Senate is not expected to move on a similar measure. The Independent Oil and Gas Association called the proposed moratorium, “job killing.” Read the rest of this entry »

By on June 8, 2011, 12:29 pm
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Assembly to Pass Fracking Moratorium
June 6th, 2011

The Assembly is expected to pass a moratorium on hydrofracking. The current moratorium, enacted by former Gov. David Paterson, will expire at the end of the month and the Department of Environmental Conservation will issue new recommendations about hydrofracking in the state. The Assembly’s moratorium would last until June 1 2012. The Senate is not expected to act on similar legislation.

We have heard from thousands of residents across the state about many issues associated with hydrofracking, and prudent leadership demands that we take our time to address all these concerns. The natural gas within the Marcellus Shale isnt going to go anywhere, said Silver. With this legislation, the Legislature will have more time to study the concerns associated with hydrofracking and determine if the benefits of this natural resource can be safely realized without compromising our drinking water and devastating our environment. Hopefully, the Senate will support the moratorium and approve this bill.

Here is a statement from Silver’s office: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Return of the Bag Tax
June 3rd, 2011

Zachary Bergson filed this post.

The controversial plastic bag tax is back as some lawmakers and environmental groups are questioning the effectiveness of a state-recycling program intended to reduce plastic bag waste.

Plastic bags have been littering New York and other major cities for years. In response, cities like San Francisco and Washington D.C. instituted bans and taxes on plastic bags at large retailers. Some New Yorkers think this city should take similar action to reduce plastic bag waste, protect the environment and generate revenue.
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Schneiderman Sues Over Fracking
May 31st, 2011

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned the federal government last month month that he would sue them if they did not oversee the proper regulation of fracking in the Delaware River basin. The federal government hasn’t acted and Schneiderman plans to file his suit later today.

The statement from Schneiderman’s office after the jump:
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Gas Industry Seems Confident
May 17th, 2011

The natural gas industry is sending out signals that it is confident that they will soon be able to use the controversial process of hydrofracking to unlock valuable natural gas stored in the shale formations of Western New York.

The Star Gazette of Elmira New York is reporting that Miller Environmental Group Inc. announced it will open a location in Elmira to serve western New York and Pennsylvania’s northern tier. According to the article the company will “offer turn-key services for drilling mud, fracturing fluids disposal, decontamination of PCBs from gas pipelines, emergency spill response and site remediation, vacuum truck and trailer transporting services, frac tank rentals, light towers, generators, and pump rentals and more.”

George Wallace, the company’s vice president, told the Star Gazette that their expansion is a sign of, “existing customer demand that has driven this terrific organic growth.”

Existing business may be very good in Pennsylvania but opening a location in New York indicates that perhaps the gas industry is confident that the Department of Environmental Conservation will soon be issuing drilling permits again for hydrofracking. Gov. David Paterson issued a moratorium on the controversial process that expires on July 3 of this year. At that time the DEC will issue a new environmental impact statement and open it up for public comment.

Supporters of the process say that hydrofracking will be a financial windfall for the state and residents of the area where the gas is being unearthed. Environmental groups opposed to it say that the process, that uses a mixture of chemicals, sand and water to unearth the gas, could be harmful to the environment, contaminate water supplies and therefore needs more scientific study.

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NYPIRG Delivers Anti-Fracking Petitions
April 26th, 2011

The New York Public Interest Group delivered 10,000 signatures from New Yorkers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo today, urging him to protect New York’s drinking water from the dangers of hydrofracking.

New York must not allow the same shoddy level of water quality protection that Pennsylvania has, said Brendan Woodruff, NYPIRGs hydrofracking campaign organizer. The supposed drilling boom in Pennsylvania is looking more like a boondoggle and the students and citizens who signed these petitions call upon Governor Cuomo to ensure that lax regulations and limited enforcement are not permitted in New York.

Last week an accident in Leroy Township Pennsylvania created a spill of thousands of gallons of chemical-tainted waste water from hydrofracking.

The battle over hydrofracking is heating up as the state’s moratorium on fracking comes to the end and the DEC is schedule to present a new draft environmental impact statement for public review. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greens Have Earth Day Challenge For Cuomo
April 22nd, 2011

As the battle over hydrofracking heats up thanks to a chemical spill in Pennsylvania and the Department of Environmental Conservation’s impending draft environmental impact statement the Green Party is challenging Cuomo to support a ban on hydrofracking. That of course is not all they want of Cuomo. They would also like him to immediately shut down the nuclear reactors at Indian Point, Nine Mile Point and Fitzpatrick. Check out their full list of demands: Read the rest of this entry »

By on April 22, 2011, 11:17 am
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Schneiderman Threatens Fracking Suit
April 18th, 2011

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is concerned about hydraulic fracturing near the Delaware River Basin. The Basin includes the New York City watershed. Schneiderman is so concerned that he is threatening suit against the federal government if it doesn’t review the regulations regarding fracking in the area within 30 days. Here is the release from his office:

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today pledged to sue the federal government if it doesnt commit in 30 days to conducting a full environmental review of proposed regulations that would allow natural gas drilling including the potentially harmful “fracking” technique in the Delaware River Basin. The Basin includes the New York City watershed and portions of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Schoharie, Green, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan Counties, and provides approximately 50 percent of the drinking water used by over nine million New York residents and visitors every day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Advocates Protest SWMP Delays (UPDATE)
April 12th, 2011

Five years after the City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to a solid waste management plan for the five boroughs – one that spread out the city’s garbage burden — council members and environmental justice advocates say the adminsitration is backpedaling.

In its preliminary capital budget, the adminsitration has delayed the construction of four waste transfer stations, three of which are in Manhattan. The cut, said Eric Goldstein of the Natural Resources Defense Council, could delay funding for these facilities between five and eight years. Advocates fear the stations will never occur. Five years from now, there will be a new occupant in City Hall — one perhaps with different priorities.

“We are very troubled,” said Goldstein.

The waste transfer stations are a crucial part of the 2006 solid waste management plan, which attempts to get garbage off of diesel-spewing trucks and onto rail cars and barges instead. The plan was also meant to spread stations throughout the five boroughs to ease the burden on communities inundated with city waste — like the South Bronx, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The delayed stations in Manhattan are the only ones slated for the borough, which currently sends the vast majority of its trash to New Jersey.

We are waiting for a response from the Department of Sanitation.

Advocates also decried the administration’s recent exploration of waste-to-energy — a controversial technology that typically involves burning or heating trash to create electricity (We reported on it here two weeks ago). Laura Haight of the New York Public Interest Research Group decried the move.

“The types of technology they want to pilot have not been proven successful commercially anywhere in the country,” said Haight. “We believe this is a waste of energy.”

A conversation on the equal distribution of these types of facilities is occurring right now at a hearing of the Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses Subcommittee. Councilmember Brad Lander, the committee’s chair, blasted the adminsitration for refusing to testify (his letter appears below).

“We’ve concentrated those facilities in low-income communities, in communities of color,” Lander said this afternoon on the City Hall steps.

A spokesperson for the Bloomberg adminsitration said they would not send a representative, because “fair share,” as it’s commonly referred to, is currently the subject of litigation.

UPDATE: We just got this response from City Hall spokesperson Jason Post:

Because of the economy, the City has been forced to reduce all of its expenditures, including its capital program.

The preliminary capital budget for the Sanitation Department includes deferred spending on four Marine Transfer Stations.

The Administration remains fully committed to SWMPs principles of borough equity, using rail and barge to transfer solid waste, relieving the burden of waste receiving from certain communities, strengthening our recycling infrastructure and piloting new technologies to derive clean energy from waste.

We have made great progress on SWMP alreadylong term rail contracts are in place and two marine transfer stations are under construction, as is the Citys new recycling facilityand we are exploring cost-effective alternatives to expedite the construction schedule outlined in the preliminary capital plan. We will make a decision before the Mayors executive budget presentation.

CM Lander Letter to Mayor Bloomberg Re Fair Share Hearing(2)

By on April 12, 2011, 2:22 pm
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Fracking's Future
April 11th, 2011

Protesters from around the state came to Albany today to protest hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. The moratorium on hydrofracking is set to expire and the oil and gas industry is pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to start issuing permits to allow drilling.

Meanwhile a group of Senate Democrats are pushing for rules that would put tighter restriction on on the practice. It is unlikely that any of them will pass.

Here is a release about the legislation they want:

“As new information continues to surface on the dangers of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, particularly in relation to the wastewater produced during the hydrofracking process, Senators Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), Ranking Member of the Environmental Protection Committee Tony Avella (D-Queens) and Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens) have introduced a package of bills that aim to keep New Yorks water clean against the effects of hydrofracking. First and foremost, the package calls for a ban on hydrofracking. While working towards this goal, the package installs a series of necessary, common sense measures that would implement stronger regulations and heightened scrutiny that will keep New Yorkers, and their water, safe.

A series of articles produced by the New York Times has revealed that studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency show that the wastewater produced in hydrofracking is far more dangerous than previously reported. Even before it enters the ground, the frac fluid used in drilling poses serious threats to the environment and human health, as it is made of a combination of undisclosed chemicals that often contain carcinogenic materials. However, as reported by the New York Times, wastewater produced in hydrofracking grows even more dangerous once its blasted through rock thousands of feet below ground. There, the frac fluid picks up salts and radioactive elements, like radium, that are naturally embedded in the Earth.

To address these issues, the first three bills in the Clean Water Package will implement tighter regulation and ensure transparency so the public can be assured that proper precautions are in place to monitor both frac fluid and the resulting wastewater. The bills providing for increased regulation are absolutely necessary to provide immediate and necessary oversight to keep the public and environment safe while ample political support is gathered to establish an all out ban, which has been proposed by Senator Avella. Senator Kruegers bill (S.425) is currently on the agenda to be voted on in the Environmental Conservation Committee on Tuesday, the 12th.

The bills in the Clean Water Package are:
S.425 (Krueger) Would provide greater regulation of the use of hydraulic fracturing fluids used for oil and gas drilling, including prohibiting the use of frac fluids containing chemicals that pose a risk to human health.
S.2697 (Avella) Would provide for comprehensive regulation of oil and natural gas operations.
S. 4251 (Addabbo) Would require treatment works to test waste from hydraulic fracturing operations for radioactivity.
S.4220 (Avella) Would prohibit the use of hydraulic fracturing in the process of drilling for natural gas and/or oil.

Senator Liz Krueger said, I dont see it as that great of a request to require these gas companies to inform the public on what chemicals theyre blasting into the Earth. They want us to just fall into line and not ask any questions, to just trust them. Well, we saw what they did with Pennsylvanias trust, and I say no. Not here, not in New York. I tend to believe that if you guard a secret with your life its not because youre hiding something good or harmless, its because you know that whatever youre hiding will bring negative consequences for you if it comes to light.

Senator Avella added, Perhaps our greatest resource as New York City residents is the clean, unfiltered and refreshing water we receive every time we turn on our faucets. It is clear to me, that until we can be assured that the practice of hydrofracking presents absolutely no threat to New Yorks residents and their drinking water, we must completely ban fracking.

Senator Addabbo said, Today, I join my Senate colleagues, Tony Avella and Liz Krueger, to support their respective bills, which together with mine, would amend the environmental conservation law, requiring new regulations from the DEC. My new bill authorizes the DEC Commissioner, after hosting a public hearing, to force regulations requiring treatment facilities handling wastewater to test for radioactivity levels. The DEC will identify tests to be performed on the water, including ingredients found within the hydrofracking fluids, and would prohibit the acceptance, treatment or discharge of hydrofracking-produced waste. This was in response to EPA and drilling industry studies that concluded radioactivity in drilling waste cannot be fully diluted in rivers and other waterways.

There are many ways this wastewater puts human health and the environment in danger. In other states, wastewater is often stored in open pits until transported for ultimate disposal, but chemicals evaporate from these open pits, contributing to air pollution. Even prior to fracking, the trucks are carrying the fluids in high concentrations, and are subject to leaks and spills, causing contamination of surface waters. The fracturing fluid left underground can migrate or seep through fractures in underground formations, cracks in well-bore casings or through abandoned wells, polluting groundwater.

Senate Democratic Leader John L. Sampson said, Clean drinking water is one of the most valuable and most vulnerable resources New Yorkers depend on to survive. Taxpayers should not be asked by the energy industry to trust their drilling practices are safe and clean. We need to look no further than the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to recognize the importance of fully understanding the impact of drilling before breaking ground. I applaud my colleagues for introducing common-sense legislation which would enact responsible regulations that keep our water supply safe and ensure continued access to clean, drinkable water for all New Yorkers.

As has been made clear by a number of incidents related to natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, high-volume hydrofracking continues to present unacceptable risks. New York State must adopt new regulation, like those presented in the Clean Water Package to keep its residents safe and healthy.”

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Blizzard Bills at the Council
April 6th, 2011

The City Council is set to approve a package of bills this afternoon which regulate the city’s snow procedures — a response to last year’s Boxing Day blizzard.

Among the proposals, the Department of Sanitation will be required to create a snow removal plan for every borough, and the Office of Emergency Management will be forced to review the previous year’s snow removal process in an annual report. The package would establish emergency protocols for the city and high-volume protocols for 311.

When first introduced, the Bloomberg administration spoke out against the package, claiming it needed its regulations to be “flexible.” But in an apparent flip-flop, a Bloomberg spokesperson said the adminsitration worked with the council on the bills and now supports them.

By on April 6, 2011, 3:10 pm
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Replacing Indian Point
March 23rd, 2011

Today we cover the Bloomberg administration’s renewed interest in developing waste-to-energy facilities — or plants that burn or heat garbage to create energy.

The administration’s interests are even more timely since Gov. Andrew Cuomo, experts and advocates have called for the closure of Indian Point.

(It should be noted that Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not share their opinion. He said last week: We need energy in this city, and the first thing we have to do is take a very close look at what happened in Japan and see if theres any lessons that we should learn from that and any improvements that we should learn and make at Indian Point.”)

Indian Point provides up to 30 percent of New York City’s electricity. Steven Cohen, the executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, estimates waste-to-energy could provide about 10 percent of the city’s needed megawatt hours.

“Particularly if you’d like to get rid of the Indian Point plant, generating 10 percent of the city’s energy from garbage would be feasible,” said Cohen. “What would you rather have? Would you rather have these trucks driving around the city polluting and a nuclear power plant, or would you rather close that down and have a bunch of waste to energy plants?”

Cohen supports the development of small-scale plants throughout the city.

For more on the debate, go here.

By on March 23, 2011, 11:32 am
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Cuomo on Indian Point
March 22nd, 2011

The Indian Point nuclear plant has become the point of much scrutiny in light of the nuclear disaster in Japan. Now Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has the assurance of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission that they will make Indian Point its priority when reviewing seismic risk at nuclear plants across the country. Indian Point is in close proximity to New York City and sits on two fault lines. Here is the release from Cuomo’s office: Read the rest of this entry »

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