NY REGION NEWS



Wyoming County well malfunction causes spill, evacuation – Scranton Times-Tribune - 3/15/2013 (link)

WASHINGTON TWP. - Three Wyoming County families near a malfunctioning natural gas well were evacuated Wednesday night and Thursday as thousands of gallons of fluid waste escaped from the well before crews could shut it down.

New York judge upholds fracking ban in towns - Reuters - 2/21/2012 (link)

(Reuters) - In a blow to the oil and gas industry, a judge has ruled small towns in New York have the authority to ban drilling -- including the controversial method known as fracking -- within their borders.

New York Rules on Hydrofracking Get 20,000 Comments - New York Times - 1/11/2012 (link)

After taking over 20,000 public comments, more than on any issue they have ever faced, New York environmental officials are getting ready for the final phase of work on their proposal to allow hydrofracking of natural gas in the state.

U.S. to Slash Marcellus Shale Gas Estimate 80% - Bloomberg - 8/23/2011 (link)

The U.S. will slash its estimate of undiscovered Marcellus Shale natural gas by as much as 80 percent after a updated assessment by government geologists.

Cuomo expands "hydrofracking" review - CNY Central - 5/28/2011 (link)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has ordered an expanded environmental review of proposed "hydrofracking" for natural gas in New York after a well in Pennsylvania spilled chemical-laced water for two days. An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press directs the state Department of Environmental Conservation to review and learn any lessons from the April accident in Pennsylvania's Bradford County. A creek was polluted and homes were evacuated.

Tapping natural gas could unleash uranium - UPI - 10/25/2010 (link)

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Plans to tap one of the largest sources of natural gas in the United States could release naturally trapped uranium into the environment, researchers say.

Natural Gas Drilling Produces Radioactive Wastewater - Scientific American - 11/9/2009 (link)

Wastewater from natural gas drilling in New York State is radioactive, as high as 267 times the limit safe for discharge into the environment and thousands of times the limit safe for people to drink

The new gold rush - Crains New York - 11/1/2009 (link)

Cheaper way to drill for gas ignites land prices and emotions.

Chesapeake Energy Won't Drill for Natural Gas in New York Watershed - New York Times - 10/27/2009 (link) NYC officials urge gas drilling ban in watersheds - Reuters - 10/23/2009 (link)

New York City officials and environmental groups on Friday urged a ban on natural gas drilling in the city's watersheds, fearing it could contaminate the city's water supply.

New York's natural gas battle - CNN Money - 10/22/2009 (link)

The Marcellus Shale is a gold mine of natural gas - pitting gas companies and farmers against locals and environmentalists.

Sullivan County would do well to look at Pennsylvania experience with fracking - Times Herald-Record - 10/18/2009 (link)

Steel yourself, Sullivan County. When the natural gas rush hits the Catskills — and it will — your life and land will profoundly change. This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the drilling boom in neighboring Susquehanna County, Pa., an area that sits on the same gas-rich Marcellus shale formation as Sullivan.

Municipalities to oversee gas waste treatment - The Ithaca Journal - 10/15/2009 (link)

New York state's environmental regulations on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale task local municipalities with important responsibilities on the front end and the back end.

Report: Gas drilling imperils water - Times Union - 10/8/2009 (link)

A preliminary report from a consultant hired by New York City warns that "nearly every activity" associated with natural gas drilling, as proposed for southern New York, could potentially harm the city's drinking water supply and that while the risk can be reduced with strict regulations, "the likelihood of water quality impairment ... cannot be eliminated."

New York Sets Rules on Upstate Gas Drilling Near City's Water - New York Times - 9/30/2009 (link)

After months of deliberations, state environmental regulators on Wednesday released long-awaited rules governing natural gas production in upstate New York, including provisions to oversee drilling operations near New York City’s water supplies.

Water Contamination Concerns Linger For Shale Gas - NPR - 9/23/2009 (link)

Advances in technology have helped boost the growth of shale drilling in the United States over the past few years. But as the practice of harvesting natural gas embedded in shale rock deep below the Earth's surface has expanded, it has raised concerns about the impact this type of drilling has on the environment — especially on groundwater.

T. Boone Pickens' Hedge Fund Concentrates on Energy, Drops Basic Materials - Seeking Alpha - 8/23/2009 (link)

BP Capital Management’s second quarter SEC filing shows that the hedge fund manager is focusing solely on energy companies these days. While the firm’s founder and Chief Investment Officer T. Boone Pickens has been publically supporting clean energy technologies, his stock portfolio suggests that he is still a strong believer in dirty energy. After selling-out of its basic materials sector holdings, the fund now holds 100% of its portfolio in the energy sector, specifically oil and natural gas companies.