hydrofracking Tag All blog entries tagged as hydrofracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:01:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Groups Offer Suggestions For Moreland Commission http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/07/22/groups-offer-suggestions-for-moreland-commission- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/07/22/groups-offer-suggestions-for-moreland-commission- Common Cause New York and The Fair Elections For New York campaign both want Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission to follow the money when it comes to political donations from pro-hydrofracking groups.

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Common Cause issued a report that found pro-hydrofracking groups have contributed over $14 million to candidates and commitees from 2007 to 2013. The group's analysis claims to show that the candidates who recieved the most money have been the most vocal on the subject of allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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"Powerful businesses and industries which stand to benefit from fracking use campaign contributions to gain influence with their local lawmakers, candidates, and party organizations," said Susan Lerner, director of Common Cause/NY, in a statement. "We see a wide spectrum of fracking related interests taking full advantage of New York's lax campaign finance laws in the hope of a future payday if fracking is permitted."

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Citizen's Union is a member of The Fair Election For New York campaign and Gotham Gazette is published by Citizen Union's sister organization Citizens Union Foundation.

Common Cause wants the Moreland Commission to look at the following issues:

1. Examine the timing of the contributions made to the top legislative recipients in relation to the introduction or discussion of fracking related bills.

2. Examine the involvement of lobbyists and bundlers relating to the contributions to the top legislative recipients.

3.Examine the circumstances of, and any conversations which took place in relation to, the donations made to the Senate and Assembly campaign committees.

The Moreland Commission was created by Cuomo after a year of major political scandal and the indictments of a number of legislators on corruption charges. But the commission is tasked with looking at the campaign finance system and the influence of money on politics.

Cuomo has faced pressure since he took office to decide whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in Western New York. Supporters say allowing the technique would be a major boon to the upstate economy. Detractors say the chemicals used in the fracking process can taint local water supplies and destroy the environment.

A representative from the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York did not immedietly respond to a request for comment.

dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:04:42 +0000
Dissident Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Suspend Fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/03/05/dissident-senate-democrats-introduce-bill-to-suspend-fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/03/05/dissident-senate-democrats-introduce-bill-to-suspend-fracking A member of a dissident faction of Senate Democrats has introduced legislation that would put a a 24-month moratorium on the form of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, pending the outcome of major health studies into the practice.

Sen. David Carlucci, who is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference representing Rockland and Westchester counties, announced Tuesday that he had introduced the bill.

“A quick buck is not worth the long-term debt that our children will have to live with if we get this decision wrong," Carlucci said in a statement. "Rushing to judgment without all of the facts is a recipe for a disaster, particularly involving a hydrofracking process that lacks transparency and accountability, and has appeared to pose significant harmful health effects towards populations surrounding the Marcellus Shale. I cannot in good conscience support any measure that does not first fully evaluate all related scientific data, and that is precisely what we are advocating for here today. Let’s get the facts at our disposal before we launch into unchartered territory.”

Sen. Jeff Klein had similar reservations: "As I've said before, I have serious concerns about the process. These studies will provide the Department of Health with a much clearer sense of whether or not hydrofracking can ever be conducted safely."

A release from Carlucci's office notes that three major studies into hydrofracking are ongoing: One on the impacts on drinking water resources by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a Geisinger Health System of Pennsylvania study on the health histories of hundreds of thousands of people who live near natural gas wells on the Marcellus Shale that covers parts of New York as well as Pennsylvania; and a study of health impacts led by academic researchers.

The bill comes shortly after The Associated Press reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convinced to hold off on allowing fracking in New York State after conversations with Robert Kennedy Jr., who said he believes Cuomo is waiting for for the outcome of the $1 million Geisinger study.

dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:02:57 +0000
Addabbo Attacks on Fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/10/addabbo-attacks-on-fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/10/addabbo-attacks-on-fracking

Sen. Joseph Addabbo is holding a news conference tomorrow at Russo's on the Bay in Queens to discuss hydrofracking and "its adverse affects, and what it would mean for the district and state if hydrofracking is legal."

Addabbo used his opponent Councilman Eric Ulrich's support of hydraulic fracturing as a way to paint him as falling in line with the wishes of the mostly upstate Republican Senate Majority in a recent interview with Gotham Gazette. Ulrich has used his cash advantage over Addabbo to air a blitzkrieg of television spots focusing on small business in the district.

The Addabbo camp has responded with events dealing with small business across the district but this event may be an attempt on their part to dictate the issues of the campaign. A recent Siena Poll showed Addabbo only two points over Ulrich and also found that jobs and the economy are a major concern across the district.

Both men will debate at Our Lady of Grace Church, at 100-05 159 Ave. in Howard Beach on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The debate will be co-hosted by The Queens Chronicle and Citizens Union, the sister organization of Gotham Gazette. Members of public can send questions for the candidates to mark@qchron.com.

dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:43:09 +0000
Krueger Currently Has Cuomo's Back on Fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/10/krueger-currently-has-cuomos-back-on-fracking http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2012/10/10/krueger-currently-has-cuomos-back-on-fracking

Sen. Liz Krueger sprung to the defense of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his handling of the review of hydraulic fracturing today after he was criticized in a Bloomberg article by a member of the pro-fracking Joint Landowners Coalition.

Coalition member Brian Conroy said in the story published by The Syracuse Post-Standard:

We’ve given him a long leash and now it does look like politics is coming into play…Either there’s incompetence, where they just can’t handle a complex technical study like this, or the potential of cowardice, where he isn’t being decisive and is floundering with decisions.

Cuomo recently said that the state would conduct a health review of fracking before it moves towards regulating it. Krueger responded in a statement:

The idea that the Joint Landowners Coalition has Governor Cuomo ‘on a leash’ is offensive to all New Yorkers."

The governor has made the right choice not to rush into any decision on fracking before we have answers to the significant questions that remain. While I have serious concerns about the lack of clarity and public involvement throughout this process, it is critical that the debate be based on the merits of fracking as public policy.

The governor has a responsibility to all New Yorkers to take an informed course of action. It is unfortunate that instead of engaging in a substantive way by considering who will be responsible for insuring against potential property damage, the true impacts of fracking on public health, and how to meaningfully engage the public, this lobby group is throwing around words like 'cowardice' and 'incompetence' and acting as if they have authority to dictate to the duly-elected governor of our state.

I continue to urge deliberate action by the governor, and strongly encourage the administration to take a more open approach to this process. I understand there is a sense of frustration—I assure Mr. Conover, he is not alone. But the governor's and the legislature's highest obligation and shared responsibility is to ensure this remains a debate about public safety and what path is best for New York’s future.

Sen. Liz Krueger at an anti-fracking event with Mark Ruffalo.

dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:11:41 +0000