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June 6, 2013 —  New York Localities Act on Fracking.  

Joe Hoff, Chairman of Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking, keeps track of the Hydrofracking Legislation, Court Cases and similar activities. He occasionally sends out a summary. The list show on this page are his notes from New York State.

June 5, 2013 –Now the gas industry admits that “mistakes” were made and fracking in Pennsylvania “was not the industry’s finest hour.” Read more in this editorial.

5/16/2013 — A busy day at the Sierra Club on Energy

To start, the Sierra Club released a statement on the Confirmation of Ernest Moniz As Secretary of Energy.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ernest Moniz as the new Secretary of Energy. In his new role at the helm of the Department of Energy (DOE), he will be responsible for implementing President Obama’s energy policy, including overseeing investments in clean energy, reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, working to address the global climate crisis, and helping to create millions of new jobs.

Read more here.

This was followed by an open letter from Deb Nardone, Campaign Director for the  Beyond Natural Gas Campaign.

Congratulations on being confirmed as Secretary of Energy. You will play a vitally important role leading our country toward a clean-energy future.

As you begin to consider how natural gas will fit into our energy policy, the Sierra Club’s 2.1 million members and supporters urge you and the Department of Energy (DOE) to seriously consider whether fracking for gas is really going to benefit Americans.

You can see Deb’s complete statement here.

Finally, in response to the Bureau of Land Managements woefully inadequate new rules governing fracking on public lands, the Club released a statement by Michael Brune, which you can read here.

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04/11/2013 – The New York City Group of the Sierra Club passed a resolution opposing the proposed “Hudson River Park Neighborhood Improvement District” (HRPT NID) because it is likely to be used to help finance environmentally damaging work in and over the critical habitat in the near-shore waters of the lower Hudson River and harm the lawns and open space along the shoreline. To see the resolution, click here.

3/28/2013 — The EPA has extended the deadline for comments on its Gowanus Canal cleanup proposal.

2/20/2013 — Major League Soccer is insisting on building in Flushing Meadow park to keep costs down when other, nearby and, from the communities point of view, better locations are available because they won’t have to pay for the parkland. See this article.

2/20/2013 Clean Air Victory:  City Suspends Burning of Hurricane Sandy Debris, See this article.

2/6/2013 There’s Been Movement in Albany and New York City  on Fracking, See this article.

2/6/2013 According to this article on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, the EPA has labeled fracking as the No. 2 emitter of Greenhouse Gases.

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2/4/2013 –Sane Energy Project reports back from Albany and State-level Spectra case decided

Sane Energy Project participants in today’s Joint Senate/Assembly Environmental Conservation Budget Hearing in Albany report back. “The focus of questions from many, if not most, was on hydrofracking.”  See the report here.

A second story on the same page reports that the State level case in the HRPT/Spectra/ConEd pipeline dispute has been dismissed because it should be addressed at the Federal level.

1/22/2013 –  Sierra Club Challenges DOE Choice of Consultants for Natural Gas Export Study. See story here.

1/7/2012 A Federal Appeals Court Rules In Brodsky v. NRC; Reverses Lower Court Decision. See story here.

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12/28/2012 — EPA Proposes a Plan to Plan to Clean-up Gowanus Canal

On December 27, 2012, the EPA proposed a plan to clean up the Gowanus Canal. The Press Release can be found here and the plan document can be accessed here.  Meetings to discuss the plan will be held on January 23rd and January 24th and the close of comments is scheduled on March 2828th, as indicated on the plan document.