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Big change in a New York minute

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By Nadia Steinzor

December 17, 2014

When it comes to statements on fracking by elected officials, my motto is usually “stunning but not surprising.” Yesterday, that was replaced by “surprising and stunningly amazing”—thanks to New York Governor Cuomo’s decision to prohibit shale gas drilling in the state. 

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Tagged with: fracking, public health, new york, ban


Save now on regulators—and pay later for damage to water, air, and health

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By Nadia Steinzor

December 11, 2014

This week, New York State’s Comptroller issued a report examining the work of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in an era of budget cutbacks. The conclusion: “The combination of increased responsibilities, reduced staffing, and ongoing fiscal pressure raises questions regarding the DEC’s capacity to carry out its critical functions.” 

Specifically, DEC funding is down over 15 percent since 2008 and new responsibilities haven’t come with new staff and resources. DEC is being forced to do more with less—and this in a state with a de facto moratorium on shale gas development.  

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Tagged with: fracking, epa, public health, pennsylvania, water


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