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Uncommon legal concept may surface in New York after fracking ban


For six years while shale gas extraction in New York was in a state of indefinite hold pending environmental and health reviews, landowners and oil and gas firms talked about “takings.” It’s a legal concept that, like eminent domain, requires the government to compensate private property owners for assets taken away because of government action. When New York Gov. Andrew ...

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Poll: New York voters back ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new poll suggests that New Yorkers strongly back the Cuomo administration’s recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The Quinnipiac University survey found that 55 percent of respondents support the decision on fracking and 25 percent oppose it. Citing risks to health and the environment, regulators last week announced the state would prohibit the ...

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Obama signs New York state disaster declaration

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in upstate New York. That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm had cost more than $46 ...

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Sliding oil prices means lower power bills

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While oil prices continue to slide, New York City households and businesses can expect to see lower utility bills. According to Bloomberg, “Wholesale power for delivery to the city in January, when heating demand is highest, has tumbled 23 percent over the past six weeks. Crude has dropped by half since June amid a global supply glut, pulling down the ...

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Oil cars, tracks inspections show defects

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PORT HENRY — A new round of crude-oil tank car and rail inspections uncovered 100 defects, including eight critical safety defects that required immediate repair. State Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration inspectors examined about 95 miles of track and 23 switches along the Canadian Pacific Railway main line between Albany and Whitehall and from Plattsburgh to the Canadian ...

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NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

FILE - This Feb. 14, 2013 file photo shows David Johnson posing in the kitchen of his home at his family's Apple Hills Farm in Chenango, N.Y. While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, file)

ALBANY, N.Y. — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. “I’m devastated,” Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. “I have concerns about how to continue ...

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The Buffalo News, N.Y., David Robinson column

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New York State put up the Cuomo Wall last week to keep the natural gas boom from spilling over into the Southern Tier. By moving to ban hydraulic fracturing in the state, the Cuomo administration slammed the door shut on the natural gas industry and blocked it from drilling the same types of prolific wells that now number in the ...

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Producers shrugging off New York fracking ban

Even if the Cuomo administration had allowed fracking in New York State, it’s uncertain that oil and gas companies would have blitzed the borders, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sam Kusic reports that Jim Tramuto, vice president of governmental and regulatory strategies for Southwestern Energy Co., said operators prefer to be in states that are welcoming and where the ...

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EDITORIAL: Not one well; not a bit too soon

The official public schedule for Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, Dec. 17, read as follows: “11:15 AM Governor Cuomo Holds Cabinet Meeting, The Red Room, State Capitol, Albany, New York. OPEN PRESS.” Savvier political minds than ours may have anticipated that a bombshell would be dropped at this otherwise unremarkable-sounding event. But it’s safe to say that many New Yorkers ...

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Cuomo gets kudos, scorn for New York fracking ban

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn’t his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday ...

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