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TN MOVING STORIES: Highway Bill Vote This Week, E.U. Bans Airport Body Scanners, Detroit's Buses Get an 'F'

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Top stories on TN:

Where -- and when -- did transit over the Tappan Zee Bridge go? (Link)

The New York MTA and the Transit Workers Union opened contract negotiations. (Link)

As police cleared Zuccotti Park, bicyclists helped reinforce Occupy Wall Street protesters. (Link)

The Capitol (photo by Skibum 415 via Flickr)

The House is almost ready to vote on a highway bill. (The Hill)

And: lawmakers say the FAA bill will be ready to go by the end of the month. (Politico)

There are more vehicles on the roads in the DC area -- but more of them are passenger cars, not SUVs. (Washington Post)

One road in London is doing away with curbs and sidewalks in an effort to be more pedestrian-friendly. (Good)

Montreal unveiled a $16.8 billion plan to increase transit ridership, but funding it is going to be a problem. (Montreal Gazette)

Back in the day, new MTA head Joe Lhota wanted City Hall to control the city's transit system. (New York Times)

The Illinois state legislature signed off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s call for speed cameras near schools and parks. (WBEZ)

A transit advocacy group says half of Detroit's buses are either late or don't arrive at all. (Detroit Free Press)

WNYC looks at the economic benefits of hydrofracking.

The Canadian government ruled out federal funding for a high-speed rail line between Windsor and Quebec. (The National Post)

The European Union banned U.S.-style body scanner machines in European airports. (ProPublica)

A bike room grows in lower Manhattan.  (New York Times)

How many riders must high-speed rail attract to offset the construction emissions? (Atlantic Cities)

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WNYC News

Disagreement Over How Much Gas, Employment Fracking Would Bring to NY

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tonight, New York State regulators will hold the first of four public hearings on the Cuomo administration’s proposal to permit and regulate the natural gas drilling technique called “fracking.” While much of the discussion has focused on the environmental hazards, there is also debate over the economic benefits of fracking, and even the amount of gas contained in the Marcellus Shale.

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WNYC News

In Upstate NY, Gas Drilling Debate Gets Local

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Throughout upstate New York, town boards are debating its merits and some are deciding to use zoning to ban fracking locally. And as the debate heats up, it is pitting neighbor against neighbor: landowners who want gas leases against environmentalists and others who fear fracking.

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WNYC News

NY Agency Puts Brakes on Fracking

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The state's environmental agency has put the brakes on the process to approve the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking on some private lands in New York because a key advisory panel will not make the November 1 deadline to issue a report.

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WNYC News

Panel Report on Potential Fracking Fees May Be Pushed Back

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A state advisory panel on hydrofracking in New York may not meet its initial November deadline to report on potential fees to charge gas drillers and impacts of the controversial process on the state.

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WNYC News

EPA to Establish Rules For Fracking Wastewater

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it will, for the first time, set national standards for disposal of the toxin-laden wastewater that results from hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.

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WNYC News

State Environment Chief In Hot Seat Over Fracking

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Department of Environmental Conservation Chief Joseph Martens submitted to nearly three hours of intense questioning by members of a New York State Assembly committee on an issue that has inflamed passions like few others: high volume hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as 'fracking.'

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WNYC News

State Needs to Focus More on Health Effects of Fracking, MDs Say

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

More than 250 physicians and medical professionals have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting the state devote more study to the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing before issuing permits for the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

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WNYC News

State Releases Draft Regulations on Controversial Fracking

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

State environmental regulators formally issued draft regulations on Wednesday for the controversial gas drilling technique known as fracking in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region of southern New York.

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WNYC News

Most NYers Fear Fracking Will Damage Environment: Poll

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A majority of New York state residents are aware of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking, and though most expect it would create jobs, they also believe it will cause environmental damage, according to a new poll.

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WNYC News

Panel Begins Advising DEC on Fracking

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A new panel made up of natural gas drillers, environmentalists and government officials has begun to advise New York's Department of Environmental Conservation about the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fracking Report

Friday, September 09, 2011

Mireya Navarro, environmental reporter for The New York Times focused on the New York region and the author of Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009), talks about the state DEC report on hydraulic drilling for natural gas, the economic impact of drilling, and the start of the public comment period.

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WNYC News

Study Suggests Controversial Gas Drilling Method Could Add Jobs

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WNYC

Aggressive development of Upstate New York's natural gas resources could create tens of thousands of jobs and draw large numbers of people to live in economically depressed communities that have been losing population for decades, according to a study commissioned by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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WNYC News

New Fracking Report Examines Community Impact of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

New York state regulators is set to release a study Wednesday on the impact of natural gas drilling on communities.

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WNYC News

New State Report May Reignite Debate Over Fracking

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A new fracking study by state officials set to be revealed Wednesday could re-ignite debate about the local impact of the controversial gas drilling technique.

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WNYC News

Christie Vetoes NJ Fracking Ban, But Orders Moratorium

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill to ban the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking in the state on Thursday — but he ordered a one-year moratorium on the practice.

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WNYC News

USGS: Northeast Gas Reserves Smaller than Expected

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WNYC

Upstate New York might not sit on one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world after all. That's according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Geologic Survey.

Upstate New York might not sit on one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world after all. That's according to the latest estimate by a federal agency. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains the new numbers could spell trouble for the companies seeking to develop the resource.
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[No one disputes that there's a lot of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from upstate New York to West Virginia. But exactly how much gas is there?
The US Geologic Survey looked at, quote, new geologic information and engineering data, and put reserves at 84 trillion cubic feet. That's 80 percent less than an earlier estimate made by the Energy Department, and an even smaller percentage of what energy companies have been saying.
For them, this could spell trouble. New York's Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, recently subpoenaed documents in a probe of whether energy companies misled shareholders with overly optimistic assessments of gas reserves. 
For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz]

 

 

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WNYC News

DiNapoli Proposes Fracking Protection Fund

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydro fracking — similar to the state’s oil spill fund — to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.

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It's A Free Country ®

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - Eight Months In

Thursday, August 04, 2011

This is a matter of restoring public confidence. People do not believe that there's one set of rules for everyone on Wall Street anymore, we have to restore that confidence for the markets to get going. And as you can see the housing markets are still paralyzed by the overhang from this disaster.

—Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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WNYC News

Advisors on Fracking Unsure of Cuomo Administration’s Expectations

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A panel appointed by the Cuomo Administration earlier this month has been tasked with giving advice on some of the most sensitive issues related to the controversial gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But weeks after it was created, the group’s role is still unclear to some of its members, and there are questions about balance.

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