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Stop and Think

by Erin Pihlaja January 16, 2014

  It was hard to miss the anti-fracking rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse when Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his 2014 State of State address last Wednesday (Jan. 8). The thousands of people waving signs ...

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A Decision Will Have to Be Made

by Christina Dillon October 24, 2013

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  Saturday (Oct. 19) was an international day of action to ban hydrofracking. The event, called Global Frackdown, united the Capital Region’s residents alongside 200 other towns and cities across the world. Albany’s Townsend Park attracted ...

Don’t Frack on Me

by Erin Pihlaja June 19, 2013

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In the largest anti-fracking showing in Albany yet, several thousand people organized at the Capitol on Monday (June 17), in another attempt to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state. Whether ...

No Laughing Matter

by Erin Pihlaja April 10, 2013

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  Phil and Joanne Markham donned their finest garments and set up shop in Albany’s Townsend Park last Saturday (April 6) to hock homemade pickles. The main ingredient, discounting the shriveled ex-cucumbers, was fracking “brine”—a chemical ...

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Shale Game

by Ann Morrow January 10, 2013

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  The dialogue is so spot-on in Promised Land—Hollywood’s dramatization of the fracking debate—that it’s no surprise that the story and first draft are by star writer Dave Eggers. And as delivered by Matt Damon as ...

About Geologic Time

by Erin Pihlaja August 30, 2012

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  As the crowd, which numbered over 1000 people, filed past New York State’s Capitol building in Albany, it seemed for a brief moment that Gov. Andrew Cuomo might hear the mob shouting his name and ...

Fracked Memory

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson August 30, 2012

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  Bradley J. Field has amnesia. Field is the director of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources, the agency responsible for putting together the high-volume-fracking environmental-impact statement that's supposed to protect ...

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The Privilege of Protest

by Miriam Axel-Lute August 30, 2012

  I took some time I didn’t feel like I had on Monday to join the anti-fracking rally and march that gathered in the Corning Preserve by the Hudson River, made a stop at the DEC ...

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Field of Distortions

by Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson June 29, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly stated that “science” will determine the fate of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state. Science? How about voodoo science? Scientists know that methane, the main constituent of natural gas, is a potent ...

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Growing Uncertainties

by Amy Halloran May 17, 2012

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After a very warm spring, temperatures dove at the end of April and threatened grape buds at Natural Selection Farm Winery in Washington County. Ken Denberg, like other owners of orchards and vineyards, watched the ...

Anti-Frack Attack

by Amy Halloran May 17, 2012

By 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, people filled the million-dollar staircase at the Capitol. They were holding signs and listening to speakers. Mark Ruffalo’s voice moved over the carved stone like the space was a church, ...

Silent Drilling

by Mike Ludwig May 17, 2012

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. The "Rogers" family signed a surface-use agreement with a fracking company in 2009 to close their 300-acre dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. That's not the end of the Rogers' story, but ...

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Rallying Cries

by The Staff December 30, 2011

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In February, a crowd of more than 500 people, including Rep. Paul Tonko (D-Amsterdam) and representatives of local labor unions, gathered for at the New York State Capitol for one of 50 nationwide rallies held ...