Environmental Issues and Protection

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    In Huge Defeat for Oil and Gas Industry, Court Rules New York Towns Can Ban Fracking

    Huge news this morning for shale-gas drilling skeptics: the highest court in New York state ruled that towns have the authority to ban oil and gas companies from operating within city limits. Deborah Goldberg, the lawyer who argued on behalf of the town of Dryden, New York, tells the Voice, will h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    The Gowanus Canal Is Terrifying, Filled With Shipwrecks and Will Cost Millions to Clean Up

    Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    State Senate Deputy Majority Leader With Fracking Connections is Taking Heat

    A Bloomberg story blew the lid on one state senator's ties to the fracking industry yesterday. Turns out state Senator Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), who said in March that he'd "make sure no [fracking moratorium] bill passes the Senate," has deep ties to a real-estate company leasing underground natura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Upper East Siders Try to Make Waste Transfer Plan Into Mayoral Issue

    One neighborhood in the contentious battle over the location of the city's temporary garbage dumps is looking to up the stakes. This week, an Upper East Side community organization, Residents for Sane Trash Solutions, released a study highlighting the adverse impacts of putting a waste transfer stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    DEC Hired Fracking Lobby for $50 Million to Assess...Fracking?

    Update: See statement from the DEC, and a letter from E&E explaining its relationship to IOGANY, at the bottom. New York State might just have to scrap the latest draft of its environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and state lawmake ... More >>

  • Film

    March 6, 2013
  • Film

    December 26, 2012

    Promised Land's Hard Sell

    For Matt Damon and company, the message is the message

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    New Yorkers Still Slightly in Favor of Fracking Even as More Shady "Studies" Emerge

    New Yorkers believe that the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the risk of potentially harmful environmental repercussions, according to today's Quinnipiac University Poll. The poll finds that 44 percent of New Yorkers think the economic pros of hydrauli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    ManBearPig Resurrected: Is Global Warming To Blame For Sandy's Destruction?

    As you know, weather happened in New York City this week, leaving dozens dead, millions without power, and pundits arguing about whether "Global Warming" is an actual thing.Mayor Mike Bloomberg appears to be on the side of Al Gore and the Inconvenient Truth-ers -- yesterday, the mayor endorsed Presi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    Here's Some Old-Timey Video of New York's 1938 Hurricane -- Which Was Not Caused By "Global Warming"

    The Global Warming crowd is claiming that climate change is part of the reason that a hurricane is about absolutely crush New York City."Substantial evidence indicates that global warming may be responsible for the recent increasing intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, including increasing their size a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 17, 2012
  • News

    September 19, 2012

    Fracking: Boom or Doom

    America's hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2012

    Mayor Bloomberg, Fracker-in-Chief?

    In the late 1980s, George Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Energy & Development Corporation with a degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M, wanted a method that could find and extract formerly unseen deposits of natural gas. With a combination of horizontal drilling and something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Hydraulic Fracturing: Is There Bad Science in The Fracking Debate?

    Does fracking make people sick? The jury is largely still out on that one. However, new info indicates that some claims about hydraulic fracturing's reportedly significant health risks appear to have been based on bad science.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Hydraulic Fracturing: Can Environmental Regulators Handle a Fracking Boom? (UPDATE)

    Can New York's environmental regulators keep up with fracking? This is the question raised in a report recently published by Earthworks, a group that monitors the petroleum and mining industries. Earthworks' new accountability project charges that New York's Department of Environmental Conservati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Is Your Definition of Organic the Same as the USDA's? Cornucopia Institute Declares an Organic Watergate

    The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute is one of the country's leading preservers of the organic flame - a think-tank and advocacy group that benefits the small, family-owned farms that were once in the vanguard of the organic movement. Of course, big agribusiness has long since infiltrated (some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Fracking Rules: Obama Administration Guidelines Don't Affect Most U.S. Land

    As the fracking debate rages on in New York, Barack Obama's administration hasn't hidden the fact that it's pro-fracking, and widely publicized its decision to release environmental guidelines for the practice. Indeed, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement Tuesday that his department had OK ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Utah Will Get Fracked!

    There's so much fracking news across the country, it's hard to keep up with! As the debate over hydraulic fracturing in New York continues, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar just OKd a major gas drilling project in Utah, The Associated Press reports. Though some fracking is already taking plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Will Fracking Spread Across America?

    The Prez has hardly made it a secret that he supports fracking as part of his push for domestic oil and natural gas development, with the Obama administration announcing last week that it plans on setting environmental standards for hydraulic fracturing. And what happens in D.C. does not stay in D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    NY Post Goes Fracking Crazy in Pro-Hydraulic Fracturing Editorial

    The Post is a bit beside itself this morning, unable to process the position of fracking opponents. It's not simply that the editorial board disagrees with them and published an opinion piece explaining why -- the board can't wrap its head around the fact that dissenting opinion should have weight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Fracking Secrets: Hydraulic Fracturing Still Shrouded in Mystery

    As Albany pols weigh the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, it seems like full disclosure of fracking practices remains iffy. Shortly after reports surfaced that physicians in Pennsylvania couldn't publicly discuss info about fracking chemicals, some New Yorkers have started to begging Departm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Are Fracking Chemicals a Secret? (UPDATE)

    The health risks of hydraulic fracturing have been key in policymaking debates, with health advocates calling on legislators to assess fracking chemicals before allowing the polemic practice to take place. Friends of fracking, however, have pushed back against full disclosure: in Pennsylvania, for ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 4, 2012


    The pros and cons of the practice

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Water Wars: What's Up With The Upstate-Downstate Debate?

    The Times reports today on the "slow boil" over water issues now playing out between Upstate communities and New York City. Ulster County, for example, has been pissed at the City for years. The county says that it's unfairly had to endure "development bans, flooded basements and ruined crops" just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Will Woodstock Criminalize Hydraulic Fracturing?

    From a report earlier today, it looks like Woodstock might try outlawing hydraulic fracturing -- the highly controversial natural gas extraction method that many fear will pollute New York's water supply with carcinogenic chemicals and radiation. The Town Board has decided to consider a proposal t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Hydrofracking Can Be Banned in Dryden, NY

    ​A court decided yesterday that the upstate town of Dryden -- located in Tompkins county -- can bar hydrofracking -- marking a major win for fracking opponents. The New York Times reports that Dryden's battle began in August, when the town's board passed a zoning law that bans gas drilling w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gasland Filmmaker Joshua Fox Arrested at Fracking Hearing, by Order of House Republicans

    In an unprecedented move, House Republicans had a filmmaker arrested yesterday after he showed up to a public congressional hearing. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment was meeting to discuss the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing, colloquially known as "fracking." When Joshua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Department of Environmental Protection Clarifies Fracking E-Mail (UPDATE)

    Mayor Mike Bloomberg has had his share of public reservations about hydrofracking, urging government honchos to keep drilling far from NYC's water. The City's environmental agency is on board, too. But a strange little newsletter released this afternoon from the Department of Environmental Protect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Royally Fracked: Those 40,000 Comments on Hydraulic Fracturing Don't Change Anything

    Remember how New York's citizens, many of them not too keen on having chemicals blasted into underground rock to extract natural gas, recently submitted 40,000 comments to the state's environmental agency? That public comment period on highly polemic hydraulic fracturing came to a close earlier th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Frack! EPA Voices Concerns About Hydraulic Fracturing

    The Environmental Protection Agency says that New York should set limits to the amount of radiation that can be in fracking wastewater before the drilling starts, according to The Associated Press [via The Wall Street Journal]. The EPA announcement comes just as the state's Department of Environme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Hot Dogs Against Fracking

    Eat this choucroute to show you oppose fracking.​ Actually, it's choucroute against fracking. Bark Hot Dogs, in Park Slope, has teamed with the makers of the film Gasland and the anti-fracking group United for Action for a dinner and screening next Wednesday, November 9.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    Cuomo Attempts to Lift Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

    ​When Governor Cuomo signed the landmark same sex marriage bill into law last week, you probably thought, "There's no way the 'gov is topping this." Guess again! The New York Times reports his administration will announce their attempt to lift what is effectively a statewide ban on hydraulic f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    T.G.I. Friday's Among Those Charged With Dumping Waste and Raw Sewage in Brooklyn Waterways

    Because untreated grease gives us all something to smile about!​Here's yet another reason we find ourselves weary of the continuing existence of T.G.I. Friday's.

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2010

    Bin Laden Book Club: Terrorist's Recordings Recommend More Than Killing Americans

    ​Sunday's New York Times includes a somewhat original, overlooked take on the most infamous terrorist in the world, the still-not-caught Osama bin Laden, who released two new audio recordings over the weekend. The article, instead of the standard "Where's Waldo?", focuses on bin Laden's "wide- ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    McCain weighs in on Sarah Palin's cap

    ​The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2008

    Governor Proclaims "Change a Light Day New York"

    It's good to know that in these times of crisis, our elected officials maintain a healthy sense of perspective. Governor Paterson proclaims today, October 1, "Change a Light Day New York," and with the York State Energy Research and Development Authority encourages you to switch to compact fluoresc ... More >>

  • News

    March 13, 2007

    All Wet

    Bloomberg's man Dan Doctoroff has an answer for rising seas: more coastal condos!

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2006

    Al Gore and the Moral Imperative

    "Our political system has something in common with the earth's climate," Al Gore is saying to wild applause. "It is non-linear. Change can seem to be happening slowly, and then it can shift to a completely new path." The former vice president and current star of the documentary An Inconvenient T ... More >>

  • Film

    May 16, 2006

    Fahrenheit 2050

    The man who would've been president warns of an imminent deep impact

  • News

    December 13, 2005

    Foul Play

    Raw sewage continues to pour into the city's waterways

  • News

    May 25, 2004

    Stirring Up A Storm

    Enviros hope 'The Day After Tomorrow' will change the climate regarding climate

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    Coal Dirt Cheap

    New EPA Rule Threatens to Increase Local Pollution

  • News

    April 24, 2001

    Sierra Club Scores Shrub's First 100 Days

    Prez Not All Bad on Environment. Just Mostly.

  • News

    January 30, 2001

    Libertarian Belle

    Gale Norton Rings in an America Where Polluters Police Themselves and Environmentalists Go Extinct

  • News

    August 22, 2000

    Trading Gas

    Polluters Fight Global Warming—and Government Regulation—With a New Market in Emissions Credits

  • News

    December 14, 1999

    Green vs. Green

    A Bitter Struggle in New York City Splits the Sierra Club

  • News

    December 7, 1999

    King of the Earth

    Eco-Friendly Leo Rises Above ‘Beach’ Accusations

  • News

    November 23, 1999

    Green With Envy

    Pataki Wrestles Spitzer for Eco-Laurels

  • News

    September 21, 1999

    Unnatural Disasters

    How Humans Are Behind the Weather Weirdness

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