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Hydrofracking in New York: A Brief Overview

Posted on October 13, 2011

Although high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) has been in the media for the past several years, the debate has intensified in recent months with the publication by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) of a revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for HVHF, which itemizes the environmental costs and benefits of the process and establishes conditions designed to mitigate any adverse impacts. This article provides an overview of the HVHF issue in New York, a summary of New York’s existing program regulating the environmental impacts of natural gas drilling, an overview of DEC’s recent HVHF-related activities, and a summary of the issues associated with local regulation of HVHF.

CWC Flood Recovery Fund

Posted on September 14, 2011

The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) has transferred $5 million from the Catskill Fund for the Future (CFF) to aid in... READ MORE

EPA Adopts New Power Plant Cap-and-Trade Program

Posted on August 23, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently adopted a new emission trading program designed to address ozone and fine particulate matter (PM) nonattainment problems