High energy meets low politics in Albany

June 18, 2013 • Nadia Steinzor

There’s nothing like the looming end of a legislative session to focus people’s attention on important issues—and for elected officials to ignore them. Today in Albany, both happened.

Outside the Capitol, thousands gathered to call on the state to reject natural gas development and embrace clean, renewable energy. Speakers eloquently made the case for why New York—now truly at a crossroads in its decision on fracking—should embark on a path paved with sunshine and wind rather than drill rigs and toxic waste.

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Gov Cuomo & DEC Fracking Policy Omits Costs to Communities, Health & Environment

September 28, 2011

ALBANY, NY (09/28/2011)(readMedia)-- In response to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) release today of regulations for industrial gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale by means of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," if such drilling is permitted, several environmental groups criticized Governor Cuomo and the DEC for not looking at the true costs of industrial gas drilling, particularly costs related to infrastructure, public health, and the environment that will be borne by communities. The groups are calling this omission Governor Cuomo and the DEC's "Don't Know, Don't Care" policy.

The New York Water Rangers also criticized the Governor for fast-tracking the state's fracking plans by releasing the regulations while the state's environmental review is incomplete.