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Two town supervisors mull secession from N.Y.

While they acknowledge it would be a drastic measure, two town supervisors from southern Delaware County said Thursday that the idea of having their municipalities break away from the state of New York and attach themselves to Pennsylvania has enough allure to warrant serious study. “It’s basically a way of saying: We’re still here but we’ve had enough of this ...

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Cold delaying gas-pipeline progress

MALONE — Continual sub-zero weather is delaying the Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas natural-gas pipeline, which has just 17 percent of customers ready for service. “We need to get that 83 percent going,” General Manager Jim Ward told Franklin County legislators Thursday. He said this is the coldest winter the North Country has experienced since the 1800s, so the company hasn’t made ...

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EDITORIAL: Tracking fracking

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WE SUPPORT newly elected governor Tom Wolf for restoring a moratorium on natural-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on state parklands. His action last week reversed a move by Gov. Tom Corbett, a guy who never met a fracker he didn’t like, who lifted an earlier ban on the activity less than a year ago. Allowing fracking in state parks was not ...

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Cuomo wants $20M energy contest for Southern Tier

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ALBANY, N.Y.  — Businesses in New York’s Southern Tier could compete for $20 million in state funds under a clean energy contest suggested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo included the proposed competition in a $142 billion state budget proposal unveiled Wednesday. Cuomo says the competition would encourage investments in renewable energy and make use of the area’s natural resources while ...

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NY budget includes $172 million for environmental fund

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ALBANY, N.Y.  — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $141.6 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $172 million for the Environmental Protection Fund, a $10 million increase over last year. The fund is used for clean water projects, parks, land purchases, farmland preservation and a broad range of other environmental programs. The fund once stood at $255 million. Cuomo also ...

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Poll: New York voters approve of Cuomo’s fracking ban

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A poll has found that New York voters support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban shale gas development using high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg says Tuesday that between 55 and 61 percent of voters from every region of the state support the fracking ban, while about a third of upstate voters oppose the ...

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Perry blasts Cuomo on fracking in final speech as governor

Texas Governor Rick Perry left no stone unturned in his final speech as governor of Texas on Wednesday, which included a shot at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Perry, a heavy proponent of fracking in the oil-rich lands of Texas, criticized Cuomo on his statewide ban on fracking. Perry says Texas is “creating thousands of energy jobs utilizing fracking to ...

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Peer-reviewed science violates several codes of conduct

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The research paper that supported the New York fracking ban has been deemed biased and has violated a minimum of four different codes of conduct for scientific research. It has been brought to the public’s attention that the research report that is behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in the state of New York was peer-reviewed by active ...

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Fracking rivals brace for pipeline hearings


COOPERSTOWN — A landowners’ group is urging supporters of natural gas drilling to use state hearings on the Constitution Pipeline project this week as a forum for sounding off against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing. The hearings are intended to elicit public comment on the state Department of Environmental Conservation permits that both the pipeline and a ...

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Illinois fracking registration off to slow start

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two months since Illinois enacted rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, no company has applied for a state permit to put hydraulic fracturing to use. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Denver-based Strata-X Energy registered Nov. 14 with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. But the company hasn’t formally applied to begin so-called fracking. The Illinois Oil ...

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