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WNYC News

New York Moves to Prohibit Fracking

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New York will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

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WNYC News

Health Commissioner Stays Tight-Lipped About Fracking Review

Monday, February 03, 2014

During testimony before a legislative hearing on Monday, Dr. Nirav Shah said he's not ready to share a progress report with New Yorkers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cracking Fracking

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gregory Zuckerman, special writer at The Wall Street Journal and the author of The Greatest Trade Ever and The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters (Portfolio Hardcover, 2013), profiles the men who "discovered" hydro-fracking as a profitable means to extract energy from shale and started the controversial industry.

→ EVENT: Gregory Zuckerman will be reading tonight at The Half King Bar & Restaurant, 505 W 23rd Street, at 7 PM.

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WNYC News

NY Delays Fracking Decision Again

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A February deadline on New York’s process to allow hydrofracking will be missed, with Governor Cuomo’s Health Commissioner now saying he needs more time to complete an ongoing health study.

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NY State Health Department Report Says Fracking Could Be Done Safely

Thursday, January 03, 2013

A document from Governor Cuomo’s Administration assessing the health impacts of hydro fracking, written in early 2012, says the gas drilling process is likely safe if proper precautions are taken by the governor’s environmental agency.

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WNYC News

Anti-Frackers Say NY's Health Review Process "Surreal"

Monday, December 03, 2012

A coalition of environmentalists and elected officials called on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health and environmental agencies to provide more information on a health review on hydrofracking that they say has been shrouded in secrecy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fracking: Hurry Up and Wait

Monday, December 03, 2012

Tom Wilber, journalist in Central New York and the author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, talks about the latest deadline extension to finalize regulations on New York State fracking, a decision process that is moving too fast according to anti-fracking activists.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cause and Effect

Monday, December 03, 2012

Hear how gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale could change the energy calculus for the nation. Plus: the latest on tax and spending negotiations in Washington; City Councilman Brad Lander a bill banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants; a new constitution for Egypt and what it means for the region; how telecommunication companies are regulated and why it matters after a natural disaster; and the founder of the Bread and Puppet show on a 50th anniversary performance.

WNYC News

New York's Delay on Fracking Decision Surprises Few

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A legal expert says that the Cuomo administration’s decision to delay a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York for another 90-days makes sense.

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The Empire

Senate Democrats Invite GOP Counterparts to Fracking Forum

Friday, April 20, 2012

The state Senate Democrats are holding a forum on hydrofracking—and they’d like Senate Republicans to join them. In a letter to the leader of Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, his counterpart in the Democratic minority, Senator John Sampson, invited Skelos and his fellow GOP members to join their colleagues to hear “expert testimony from environmental activists, economists and healthcare professionals.”

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WNYC News

DEP, Upstate Landowners Discuss Alternative Fracking

Thursday, March 29, 2012

An upstate New York landowners group may have found a way to get around the state's de facto moratorium on shale gas drilling — by using propane instead of water for hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

A new statewide coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking, is launching a campaign to ban the controversial drilling technique here in New York. Wes Gillingham of the Catskill Mountainkeeper will have details of this morning’s event. Plus keynote speaker, author, biologist and activist Sandra Steingraber will join him on the air. And she won’t just be talking about hydrofracking. She will also be dishing about her latest break-up. In case you didn’t hear the news, Sandra dumped the Sierra Club. She lets it fly in the latest edition of Orion Magazine.

The Supreme Court today begins hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Affordable Care Act. Over the next three days, the court will be presented with four questions:

  1. GATEWAY ISSUE -- Should the Justices be hearing this case at all since no one has yet been penalized for failing to obtain health insurance? Aka Anti Injunction Act
  2. INDIVIDUAL MANDATE-- Does Congress have the power to mandate that people buy healthcare coverage?
  3. DOMINO EFFECT-- If the Justices say “no” the mandate isn’t constitutional, then the next question is “Can the other provisions of the law stand?” (this is the severability question)
  4. COERSION --“Does Congress have the power to require states to expand Medicaid? Does it make it impossible for States NOT to comply by forcing them to foot the entire bill for Medicaid, if they say ‘no’?

We will be joined by three experts in different aspects of the case. Susan Low Bloch, a Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown; Richard Kirsch a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and the author of Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States; and Thomas Dennison, professor of public administration and director of the Syracuse Maxwell School’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and co-director of the Central New York Master of Public Health program, a collaboration between Syracuse University and SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Governor Andrew Cuomo joins us at 11:06am to discuss Tier VI and redistricting.

Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari will have highlights from the Assembly's budget.

Then, how can the state & municipalities earn revenue from hydrofracking, while at the same time, paying for the costs associated with it? It’s a question that Carol Chock and Dan Barber have been trying to figure out. They are part of a working group associated with the Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG), which is urging New York State to refrain from issuing gas drilling permits until "it can capture appropriate taxes and fees and allocate them to cover costs to all levels of government, based on sound policy and verifiable data." Both Chock and Barber will join us to explain.

And the New York Immigration Coalition is pushing for a New York State version of the Dream Act that would provide TAP funding to illegal immigrants attending New York State colleges and universities. Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of the NY Immigration Coalition and 23 year old CUNY student Yajaira Saavedra will join us.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Big week in Albany with both budget and redistricting.

Former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno wants taxpayers to reimburse him for his legal fees. The Times Union says his request is premature. The TU's Editorial Page Editor Jay Jochnowitz joins us on the show to discuss the paper's position on this issue, as well as an upcoming Doonesbury strip dealing with a Texas law requiring a mandatory sonogram before an abortion. The cartoon has sparked debate among newspaper editors around the country.

$81.3 billion dollars over 60 years plus millions in real property tax revenues and loss opportunities. THAT's how much the Delaware County Board of Supervisors Board is demanding in "reparations from the City and State for the mineral rights taken from affected landowners and communities" in light of the "no gas drilling" policy in place within in the NYC Watershed. This is the next big legal issue that will face the municipalities in the gas drilling debate. Paul Finkelman, the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center at Albany Law School joins me today to explain the constitutional provision allowing for such a lawsuit.

State Senator Dan Squadron is looking for 38 signatures. Why? He and Rory Lancmen are sponsors of the "Corporate Political Activity Accountability to Shareholders Act" (S101/A696A) that would require shareholder approval for corporate political contributions, public disclosure of the contributions, and justification of the business rationale for making them. But the bill was prevented from moving out of committee last week by a vote in the the Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee. In response, Squadron has now begun circulating a petition for chamber consideration of the bill. If he gets the signatures of 38 State Senators he can bring the bill to the floor of the Senate.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Analysis of Super Tuesday’s results, and the latest on congressional redistricting with Bruce Gyory and Dave Catalfamo.

Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) is demanding public hearings on legislation having to do with gas drilling in New York.

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) of Rockland County is angry over an attempt by United Water to use her in its push to build a desalination plant in Haverstraw.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 02, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News updates us on the latest redistricting news. And over which issue George Takei is threatening to debate Donald Trump.

Former AG Bob Abrams says he has the answer to the redistricting question.

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act or RLUIPA has combined two topics, prisoners and zoning and it's creating a burden on municipalities in the lower Hudson Valley. Patty Salkin, the Dean of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School and a land use expert joins us to explain. Plus we will speak with a documentary filmmaker Anne MacGregor who has produced a film "America's Holy War" about the issue.

And the town of Vestal is definitely *not* all pro-gas drilling. Sue Rapp will explain.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Chuck Malloy, Superintendent of the Unatego School District and Martin Messner, a teacher in the Schoharie Central School District and Teacher Assocation President will join us to highlight the challenges facing rural and smaller-city school districts.

Anschutz Explorations Attorney Tom West discusses the recent Dryden ruling on Home Rule.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Chairman of the Codes Committee has concerns about the so-called "Quick Kill" bill and protecting shelter animals

And Pedro Noguera shares the reasons behind his resignation several weeks ago from the SUNY Board of Trustees.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

How will Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann go about creating the Congressional maps that Albany lawmakers failed to agree on by March 12th? What criteria should inform her decision-making? Will she work from previous maps, or start from scratch? To what extent will incumbency be a factor? Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner has some thoughts on the subject.

New York Gaming Association President James Featherstonhaugh on enhanced casino gambling.

Keith Pickett, the Executive Director of the Center for Problem Gambling on enhanced casino gambling and its relationship to problem gambling.

Former Special Counsel to Governor David Paterson, Peter Kiernan shares a look back at some of the political calculations made at the very beginning of the hydrofracking debate in New York State. Kiernan is participating in today’s ‘standing-room only’ Warren Anderson Breakfast conversation on the issue in the Capitol’s Assembly Parlor from 8am – 9am.

And Marina Marcou-O'Malley, Policy Analyst for Alliance for Quality Education and Karen Scharff, Executive Director of Citizen Action of New York, join us with yet another reason why pre-k education should be fully funded.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, February 27, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Medicaid is one of the primary cost drivers in the state; reforming the system is long overdue. As policy makers explore possible ways to contain costs, they also must balance the needs of the most vulnerable New Yorkers who depend on services that Medicaid provides. Today on the Capitol Pressroom we discuss the impact that certain state policies have had on two of these groups: people with mental illness and people with developmental disabilities.

Mental Illness
When state psychiatric facilities close, where do the residents go? According to the Mental Illness Policy Organization, too many go to prison. Patricia Baker, Vice President the New York State Public Employees Federation joins us along with DJ Jaffe, the founder of Mental Illness Policy Org to discuss what their respective organizations both consider trends of concern regarding the state's policy of transitioning people with mental illness from state institutions into community-based care.

Developmental Disabilities
Similarly, the state is hoping to close some larger institutions where people with developmental disabilities live. This comes in response to both the cost of care, as well as widely publicized systemic abuses within the system. Albany Law School's Bridgit Burke and Rhonda Frederick of the nonprofit provider Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York will share concerns about the changes being implemented.

“Home” Rulings
Ithaca attorney Helen Slottje, of the Community Environmental Defense Council joins us along with Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates with a pro-home rule perspective on the court decisions in both the Dryden & Middlefield cases.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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The Empire

ICYMI -- Court: Town of Dryden can ban fracking

Thursday, February 23, 2012

By the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond

In his decision, Supreme Court Justice Phillip R. Rumsey says New York's oil and gas law gives the state the authority to decide how, but not where, drilling can be done.

Under this construction, local governments may exercise their powers to regulate land use to determine where within their borders gas drilling may or may not take place, while DEC regulates all technical operational matters on a consistent statewide basis in locations where operations are permitted by local law.

The decision will come as a relief to the dozens of other towns in New York that have banned  or placed moratoriums on drilling.

Dryden's ban was enacted in August as an amendment to a zoning law already prohibiting heavy industry. In September, the Denver-based oil and gas company Anschutz Exploration filed a lawsuit challenging that ban.

Dryden's lawyer, Mahlon Perkins, says the state will still regulate the technical aspects of drilling.

"And it was left to municipalities under their zoning authority and land use authority to regulate the "where" and even the 'if.'"

Anschutz is considering whether or not to appeal the decision based on business factors, says the company's lawyer Tom West.

"That'll be based on cost and whether or not they're going to remain involved in New York State," says West.

He says the outcome of a landowner challenge of the Town of Middlefield's ban on drilling will also determine the next step.

"Ultimately, this issue may have to go back to the legislature but I think it's premature at this point," West predicts. "We need to get a ruling from the courts and we need to get an appellate ruling clarifying what is and what is not allowed."

West notes that the Dryden decision runs counter to that of Pennsylvania.

"Pennsylvania kept the authority of municipalities to regulate some aspects of natural gas activities but required the municipalities to declare that drilling is a permitted use in every zone. So they've essentially taken the opposite position saying municipalities cannot ban natural gas drilling."

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