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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Two Syracuse councilors call on Obama to reconsider his stand on fracking: Your letters

Syracuse Post-Standardhttp://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Governor-Cuomo-insist-on-a-drilling-4413098.php

To the Editor: As Syracuse Common Councilors tremendously proud of our city, we are pleased that President Obama chose to visit this week, casting a national spotlight on Syracuse and the surrounding region. As individuals who have each spent much of our careers focusing on the environment and clean water, we urge President Obama to carefully consider the science on fracking and reevaluate his position.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Letter: Governor Cuomo, insist on a drilling moratorium

Albany Times Unionhttp://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Governor-Cuomo-insist-on-a-drilling-4413098.php

By Dominic Frongillo and Leah Golby

On behalf of a bipartisan group of more than 635 local elected officials from all 62 counties across New York, we agree with the Times Union’s editorial in support of a moratorium on fracking. Wisely, the Times Union cited a growing majority of New Yorkers who question the safety of fracking: “Safe? Prove it. We can wait.”


Friday, February 8, 2013

Elected Officials to Protect New York Holds Press Conference to Battle Hydrofracking Development

CNYNews.comhttp://cnynews.com/elected-officials-to-protect-new-york-holds-press-conference-to-battle-hydrofracking-development//

By Ted Muehl

The anti-hydrofracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York held a news conference at the capitol on Wednesday arguing that the potential costs of dealing with a natural gas boom could be seen as an unfunded mandate on localities.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Is hydrofracking an unfunded mandate? (video added)

Albany Times Union: Capital Confidential Bloghttp://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/177843/is-fracking-an-unfunded-mandate/

By Rick Karlin

That’s what a new group, Elected Officials to Protect New York, is saying, pointing to potential costs of dealing with a boom that could be created by allowing hydrofracking in New York, and to what they say are the uncertain long term benefits.


Officials speak against fracking at state Capitol

The Saratogianhttp://saratogian.com/articles/2013/02/06/news/doc51131913c21e1970764057.txt

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY — Upstate officials opposed to hydrofracking went to the Capitol Wednesday to complain that approval of the controversial gas drilling industry would be a costly unfunded mandate for rural communities.


Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman says hydrofracking OK would amount to ‘unfunded mandate’ (video)

Kingston Daily Freedmanhttp://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/02/07/news/doc511311cfb5881621168500.txt

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY, N.Y. — County and municipal leaders opposed to hydrofracking came here Wednesday to argue that state approval of the controversial gas drilling method would be a costly unfunded mandate on rural communities.


Local Elected Leaders Raise Concerns Over Fracking

YNN Capital Tonighthttp://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2013/02/local-elected-leaders-raise-concerns-over-fracking/

A decision on the future of high volume hydraulic fracturing is expected in the coming weeks. And many local officials in the Hudson Valley and Southern Tier are anxiously waiting for more details so they can figure out how big of an impact it will have on their budgets. Town of Rochester Supervisor Carl Chipman, Cooperstown Village Trustee James Dean, and Otsego Town Council Member Julie Huntsman discuss their concerns.


Anti-fracking group rallies at Capitol

Albany Times Unionhttp://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Anti-fracking-group-rallies-at-Capitol-4258027.php

By Rick Karlin

ALBANY — The anti-hydrofracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York held a news conference at the Capitol to argue that the potential costs of dealing with a natural gas boom could be seen as an unfunded mandate on localities.


County officials concerned about the impacts fracking could have on their finances, communities

The Troy Recordhttp://troyrecord.com/articles/2013/02/07/news/doc51134c855b4b0102524999.txt

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY — Upstate officials opposed to hydrofracking went to the Capitol Wednesday to complain that approval of the controversial gas drilling industry will be a costly unfunded mandate on rural communities..


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Elected Officials Raise Questions About the Cost of Fracking

WXXI Newshttp://wxxinews.org/post/elected-officials-raise-questions-about-cost-fracking

By Carlet Cleare

As the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to make a decision on the safety of hydraulic Fracturing, some local officials are speaking out in opposition.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Anti-fracking group urges state to consider impact

Rochester Democrat & Chroniclehttp://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130204/NEWS01/302040042

By Justin Murphy

Local members of the anti-fracking group Elected Officials to Protect New York presented their case at Rochester City Hall Monday afternoon in a press conference timed to coincide with Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens’ appearance in Albany.


DEC chief: State may miss fracking deadline

Rochester Democrat & Chroniclehttp://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20130204/news01/302040028/dec-chief-state-may-miss-fracking-deadline

By Jon Campbell and Justin Murphy

ALBANY — The state may miss a key deadline in its analysis of hydraulic fracturing if the Department of Health recommends new safety measures, New York’s top environmental regulator said Monday.


How could hydrofracking affect you?

WHEC: News10NBChttp://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2920018.shtml?cat=565

By Ray Levato

Governor Cuomo is going to decide this month whether to allow hydrofracking, the controversial gas drilling practice in the state. How could this affect you? What exactly is hydrofracking?


Elected Officials Raise Concerns About Fracking Costs

13WHAM ABChttp://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Fracking-elected-officials-governor-cuomo/MDqPDbOqykm75Pwq8qWHAA.cspx

By Kelsie Smith

Rochester, N.Y. – Next week is the deadline for the state to make a decision about hydrofracking, but hundreds of elected officials are asking Governor Cuomo for more time.


Elected officials to speak out against – gasp! – fracking

Democrat & Chronicle Bloghttp://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/520/?p=3154

By Steve Orr

Several members of Rochester’s City Council, as well as the Brighton town supervisor and Pittsford village mayor, are to join a host of New York elected officials who are voicing displeasure Monday with the state’s handling of possible hydraulic fracturing.


Friday, February 1, 2013

Frack Watch: Confusion Reigns in DEC Review Process

Chronogram Bloghttp://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/frack-watch-confusion-reigns-in-dec-review-process/Content?oid=2143795

By Lynn Woods

By the end of February, it’s possible the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) will approve and implement regulations for hydraulic fracturing, bringing the state a step closer toward allowing the first horizontal wells to be drilled. But with public resistance to natural gas drilling increasing with each passing month, such an outcome isn’t likely. Indeed, mistrust of the state’s ability to review the impacts of fracking—much less monitor the industry should the ban on drilling be lifted—is growing each day, thanks to a process critics charge is mired in secrecy, convoluted, and seems ever more piecemeal and reactive..


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NY elected officials call for continued fracking moratorium

Innovation Trail/WBFOhttp://www.innovationtrail.org/post/ny-elected-officials-call-continued-fracking-moratorium

By Anna Hoffmann

More than 600 ”Elected Officials to Protect New York” are calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the moratorium on fracking.

During a news conference in Buffalo’s City Hall – East Aurora Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Weberg said she’s skeptical of a process that injects precious clean water and chemicals underground.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Officials call for fracking moratorium

YNN Buffalohttp://buffalo.ynn.com/content/634195/officials-call-for-fracking-moratorium/

By Anna Hoffmann

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Several local elected officials are urging Governor Cuomo to be more transparent and to conduct more research before he decides whether or not to lift the state’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Buffalo Common Councilmembers and members of ‘Elected Officials to Protect New York’ gathered at City Hall Monday to call for access to the state’s study on the health effects of the natural gas drilling method. That study was funded by taxpayers, but has not been released to the public.


Will New York Implement Hydraulic Fracturing?

WKBW 7 Eyewitness Newshttp://www.wkbw.com/news/local/Will-New-York-Implement-Hydraulic-Fracturing-188755691.html

By Kyla Igoe

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/RELEASE) – The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing has sparking local lawmakers to join together and urge the governor for more transparency on the issue. Leaders with local municipalities gathered inside Buffalo City Hall Monday demanding for additional studies to be conducted on the process that extracts natural gas. A February 27th deadline is looming for the state Department of Environmental Conservation to either finalize its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations in New York or allow them to expire. There has been a moratorium on Fracking in New York since 2008.


Elected officials to reaffirm ‘fracking’ stance

The Buffalo Newshttp://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130127/CITYANDREGION/130129218/1010

By Richard Baldwin

At least two members of the Buffalo Common Council plan to reaffirm their opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” during a news conference at noon today in the Council’s conference room at City Hall.


Lawmakers state-wide call continued ban on fracking

WBFO 88.7FMhttp://news.wbfo.org/post/lawmakers-state-wide-call-continued-ban-fracking

By Eileen Buckley

More than 600 ”Elected Officials to Protect New York” are calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the moratorium on fracking.

During a news conference in Buffalo’s City Hall – East Aurora Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Weberg said she’s skeptical of a process that injects precious clean water and chemicals underground.


Council members reiterate anti-fracking stand

The Buffalo News: Politics Now Bloghttp://blogs.buffalonews.com/politics_now/2013/01/council-members-reiterate-anti-fracking-stand.html

The Buffalo Common Council, which unanimously voted to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city, hosted an anti-fracking organization during a news conference today in City Hall.

Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith said even if Buffalo isn’t a prime candidate for fracking, upstate officials should stick together.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Group seeks fracking extension: Comment period due to end Friday

Times Herald-Recordhttp://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130108/NEWS/301080330

By Michael Randall

KINGSTON — A consortium including local elected officials called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday to extend the comment period for the state’s revised fracking regulations.

The group, Elected Officials to Protect New York, made its pitches in news conferences in Kingston and elsewhere around the state. The group includes local elected officials in all 62 counties in the state.


Extend comment period for fracking, town supervisors urge

The Daily Freemanhttp://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/01/08/news/doc50eb9114bb531142634164.txt

By William J. Kemble

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Local leaders are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend the public comment period on proposed hydraulic fracturing rules by another two months after a Jan. 11 deadline.

The supervisors contend a secret state Health Department shows information is being withheld from residents.


Monday, January 7, 2013

Local officials challenge latest fracking deadline

New York Public Radio: Innovation Trail: http://www.innovationtrail.org/post/local-officials-challenge-latest-fracking-deadline

By Matt Richmond, WSKG

A group called Elected Officials to Protect New York is pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend a 30-day public comment period that ends Friday. The comment period is for revised hydrofracking regulations released by the Department of Environmental Conservation in November.


Southern Tier officials call for more time to comment on hydrofracking regulations

The Syracuse Post-Standardhttp://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/southern_tier_officials_call_f.html

By Glenn Coin

Elected Officials to Protect New York want the state to extend the comment period on the regulations by 90 days. The current 30-day comment period expires Friday.

Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore said the 30 days didn’t give local governments enough time to meet and respond to the revised regulations, which were released Nov. 28.


N.Y. Leaders Ask for Longer Public Comment Period on Fracking

NBC 18: WETMhttp://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/N-Y-Leaders-Ask-for-Longer-Public-Comment-Period/m89vO70sfUSZaFC2-KUdPw.cspx

By Erica Brecher

ELMIRA, N.Y. — Elected officials across New York are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the public comment period for fracking in New York State.

Members of the group Elected Officials to Protect New York met in Binghamton Monday to call for more participation in the state’s health review.


Local Leaders Ask for More Time to View New Fracking Rules

WBNG12: Action Newshttp://www.wbng.com/news/local/Local-Leaders-Ask-for-More-Time-to-View-New-Fracking-Rules-185940312.html

By Matt Porter

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A group of mayors and other elected officials from the Southern Tier gathered in Binghamton to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and environmental regulators at the Department of Environmental Conservation for more time.

The group, Elected Officials to Protect New York, represents more than 560 elected officials in all of New York’s 62 counties.


Elected officials push for extension of fracking public comment period

YNN Central NY/Southern Tierhttp://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/628274/elected-officials-push-for-extension-of-fracking-public-comment-period/

By Melissa Kakareka

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The clock is ticking on the public comment period for the DEC’s revised hydrofracking regulations. But some elected officials feel their voices aren’t being heard.

“The signal is, this is the minimum we have to do to meet the law and we don’t actually care what the public or local governments think,” said Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson.

More than 560 elected officials from all 62 counties in New York are members of the group Elected Officials to Protect New York. They are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the public comment period on the proposed fracking regulations to 90 days. They say that many municipal governments have not been able to meet over the past 30 days to draft comments


Anti-Fracking Rally

NewsChannel 34 Binghamtonhttp://www.newschannel34.com/news/local/story/Anti-Fracking-Rally/iuneUUpeaUaCp89ISsN3Zw.cspx

A large group of elected officials wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to extend the deadline for people to be able to comment on revised fracking regulations.

Elected Officials to Protect New York, which includes Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan and Elmira’s Mayor, says 30 days is too short. The mayors say 90 days would be more appropriate. The comment deadline is January 11th. The officials say many smaller local governments haven’t had enough meeting time, in part due to the holidays, to draft an appropriate response to the regs.


Officials urge Gov. Cuomo to extend fracking regulations comment deadline

YNN Hudson Valleyhttp://hudsonvalley.ynn.com/content/top_stories/628243/officials-urge-gov–cuomo-to-extend-fracking-regulations-comment-deadline/

By Alexandra Weishaupt

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Local Elected Officials to Protect New York are voicing their concerns. Town Supervisors of Rochester, Wawarsing and New Paltz are urging Governor Cuomo to extend the comment period on fracking regulations.

“We’re just asking to give us a 90 day window to hear from the public. The public is critical in matters like this,” said Town of Wawarsing Supervisor Scott Carlsen.


Group wants more time to comment on fracking regulations

Gannett (Press & Sun, Elmira Star Gazette, and Ithaca Journalhttp://www.stargazette.com/article/20130107/NEWS11/301070070/Group-wants-more-time-comment-fracking-regulations?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1

By Steve Reilly

BINGHAMTON — In a move that drew backlash from natural gas drilling proponents, elected officials with concerns about hydrofracking on Monday asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend a fast-approaching deadline for public comment on proposed regulations.

“There’s no rush for this process to go forward,” said Binghamton Mayor Matthew T. Ryan. “Let’s slow down and do this properly. Let’s make sure that we do this right.”


Friday, January 4, 2013

Citizens pulling together to stop fracking

Albany Times Unionhttp://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Citizens-pulling-together-to-stop-fracking-4158665.php?cmpid=emailarticle&cmpid=emailarticle

By Mary Ann Sumner and Stephen J. Stelick, Jr.

The Genesee County-based drilling company Lenape Resources filed a lawsuit late last month to force the citizens of Avon, in nearby Livingston County, to accept hydrofracking.


Friday, December 28, 2012

Current Fracking Comment Count: 837 (UPDATE)

The Journal News: Politics on the Hudson Bloghttp://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012/12/28/current-fracking-comment-count-837/

By Jon Campbell

…Meanwhile, a group of elected officials opposed to hydrofracking penned a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, calling on them to extend the latest comment period to a total of 90 days. Their rationale? Many governing bodies on the local level don’t meet before Jan. 11, making it difficult for them to approve comments for submission.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Central New York critics call fracking review confusing

The Syracuse Post Standardhttp://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/central_new_york_critics_call.html

By Tim Knauss

A handful of elected officials from Central New York held a news conference today to criticize state regulators for pursuing a confusing process to decide whether to allow the gas-drilling technique known as fracking in New York.


Call for transparency in hydrofracking rules

YNNhttp://hudsonvalley.ynn.com/content/top_stories/618573/call-for-transparency-in-hydrofracking-rules/

By Bill Carey

NEW YORK STATE — It was clear months ago that anti-hydrofracking forces had little faith that the Cuomo administration would consider blocking the controversial gas drilling procedure, preferring, they believed, to allow limited fracking in several counties in the state’s Southern Tier.


550+ Elected Officials Call on Gov. Cuomo to Lift Shroud of Secrecy Around Fracking

EcoWatchhttp://ecowatch.org/2012/gov-cuomo-secrecy-fracking/

Today, Elected Officials to Protect New York—representing more than 550 elected officials from all 62 counties in New York—held a press conference at Syracuse City Hall to release a letter detailing objections to the quiet release of irrelevant regulations on Nov. 29 and the secrecy and inadequacy of the state’s health review.


Southern Tier leaders speak out against hydrofracking

YNNhttp://ithaca-cortland.ynn.com/content/top_stories/618574/southern-tier-leaders-speak-out-against-hydrofracking/

By Web Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. — The hydrofracking debate heated up as Southern Tier leaders spoke out in Albany.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Regarding State Fracking Matters…

The Shawangunk Journalhttp://www.shawangunkjournal.com/2012/11/29/news/1211297.html

Letter to the Editor By Supervisor Carl Chipman

I met with DEC Commissioner Martens along with other members of the steering committee of Elected Officials to Protect New York for an hour and forty five minutes at his office in Albany. Mr. Martens stated that it was highly unlikely that the DEC would meet the November 29th deadline, which is good news. Unfortunately if a revision is made of the SGEIS, he is proposing that there would be no public comment period for that or any other cumulative health or socio-economics. We voiced dissatisfaction at that and brought forth the potential of litigation. On the brighter side, he did say that fracking was not a done deal in NY and that in the end he and Health Commissioner Shah might just say that fracking is not good for New York.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Local officials sound off on the risks of ‘fracking’

The Legislative Gazettehttp://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-c-2012-11-19-82258.113122-Local-officials-sound-off-on-the-risks-of-fracking.html

By Jaleesa Baulkman

Last week a panel of local elected officials against expanded natural gas drilling called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until the controversial process is proven safe for all New York residents.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Some For, Some Against: Local Officials Weigh in On Fracking

WETM NBC18http://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/Some-For-Some-Against-Local-Officials-Weigh-in-On/-6FHlzshok-3hfje16B_hw.cspx

By Bobby Brooks

“Elmira, N.Y. – Elmira Mayor Sue Skidemore spoke earlier this week at a conference in Albany for a group that currently opposes horizontal hydro-fracking for natural gas.

Too frack or not to frack for natural gas. Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore made headlines earlier this week after speaking out at a conference in Albany.”


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Martha Robertson – November 15, 2012 (AUDIO)

WHCU News-Talkhttp://www.whcu870.com/pages/3348692.php

Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature Martha Robertson echoes the message the Elected Officials to Protect New York sent to the DEC in Albany on Tuesday.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11-14-12: Anti-fracking groups continue the fight in Albany. (VIDEO)

The Capitol Report – PBShttp://watch.thirteen.org/video/2304621399

Anti-fracking groups continue the fight in Albany.


Ryan on Albany Trip

News Channel 34http://www.newschannel34.com/news/local/story/Ryan-on-Albany-Trip/VjRjT9N8V0yVGQYvL2yq2w.cspx

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan met with DEC Commissioner Joe Martens in Albany Tuesday.

Ryan and 6 other anti-fracking elected officials shared their concerns regarding the controversial gas drilling technique. While few, if any, gas drilling pads are expected within city limits, Ryan says the industry could still have serious negative effects on Binghamton residents. He’s concerned that the roughnecks brought in to work for the gas industry will increase the crime rate. He cites the recent shootout at the Days Inn on Front Street between police and a welder from Oklahoma working on a Pennsylvania pipeline. Ryan also says other parts of the country where fracking is in full swing have experienced increased smog and surface frack water spills.



Skidmore Speaks Out Against Hydrofracking

WENYhttp://www.weny.com/news/All/skidmore-on–hydrofracking

By Walter Smith-Randolph

“ELMIRA, NY (WENY)—Some elected officials from the Southern Tier are speaking out against hydrofracking. One of them includes the mayor of Elmira, Sue Skidmore.

She’s joined the ranks of an organization known as Elected Officials to Protect New York, a group that wants Governor Cuomo to keep the ban on deep-shale hydrofracking.”


Slow Progress on Fracking Health Review

WXXI NPRhttp://wxxinews.org/post/slow-progress-fracking-health-review

By Karen DeWitt

Fracking could once again be delayed in New York, unless the State Health Commissioner is able to complete requirements to contract with outside health experts and conduct a health review by November 29th.”


Mayor Ryan Returns from Anti-Fracking Rally in Albany

Binghamton Fox 40 WICZhttp://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=25632

There are only 16 days left until the New York Department of Health’s deadline to make fracking regulations, but the review is not complete. Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan travelled to Albany this weekend to speak with DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens about the issue.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Is Fracking Worth It? 525+ Elected Officials Have Doubts

Elected Officials to Protect New Yorkhttp://www.nyelectedofficials.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Elected-Officials-to-Protect-New-York-Press-Release-11-13-12.docx

(Albany, NY) On Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM, Elected Officials to Protect New York held a press conference detailing the negative socio-economic impacts of fracking. They also announced that Elected Officials to Protect New York now represents more than 525 local elected officials from 61 counties, a landmark achievement that is indicative of their broad-based, non-partisan support from across New York State.


Fracking opponents stand against ‘invasion’ in Albany

The Troy Recordhttp://www.innovationtrail.org/post/coalition-elected-officials-request-meeting-cuomo-over-fracking

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY – Opponents of Marcellus shale gas drilling warned Monday of crime and social unrest if New York state permits hydro-fracking, comparing the industry to an “invasion.”

“Across the country, fracking is accompanied by steep increases in crime rates and greater strain on social services,” Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said as he and other officials held a round of meetings with state officials. “That hit home for Binghamton recently when an out-of-state gas industry employee shot two police officers. We can’t afford this. Our communities deserve better.”


Mayors, Elected Officials Criticize Fracking, To Meet With DEC

The Democrat and Chronicle Vote Up Bloghttp://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/voteup/2012/11/13/mayors-elected-officials-criticize-fracking-to-meet-with-dec/

By Jon Campbell

A handful of mayors, supervisors and other elected officials were in Albany today to continue to push state government on hydrofracking, renewing their call that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of the technique is insufficient.

Among those in attendance at an afternoon news conference: Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore, Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Robertson and Carl Chipman, supervisor of the town of Rochester, Ulster County.


Is Fracking Worth It? NY Elected Officials Say No

EcoWatchhttp://ecowatch.org/2012/is-fracking-worth-it/

Today in Albany, NY Elected Officials to Protect New York held a press conference detailing the negative socio-economic impacts of fracking. They also announced that Elected Officials to Protect New York now represents more than 525 local elected officials from 61 counties, a landmark achievement that is indicative of their broad-based, non-partisan support from across New York State. .


Local leaders express fracking concerns

YNNhttp://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/613028/local-leaders-express-fracking-concerns/

By Elyse Mickalonis

ALBANY, N.Y. — Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan isn’t shy about his opinion on hydraulic fracturing.

“I, quite frankly, don’t think we’ll ever be ready for this industry and we should go a different direction,” said Ryan.

Ryan took that opinion to the Capitol Tuesday as part of Elected Officials to Protect New York. It’s a group made up of over 525 members from 61 counties across the state. He and Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore are just two of several local leaders who believe natural gas drilling would result in too many negative socio-economic impacts.


Sue Skidmore Speaks Out On Fracking

WETM 18http://www.wetmtv.com/news/local/story/Sue-Skidmore-Speaks-Out-On-Fracking/rSURk0rWSEu1FklUMajjWQ.cspx

By Marissa Perlman

Elmira, N.Y. (WETM 18 NEWS) – At an anti-fracking conference in Albany this afternoon. Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore questioned if the economic impact hydrolic-fracking would have on the Southern Tier is worth lifting on the Southern Tier is worth lifting the current ban on fracking in New York State.


Elected officials meet with DEC as fracking deadline looms

Gannetthttp://www.pressconnects.com/article/20121113/NEWS01/311140003/Elected-officials-meet-DEC-fracking-deadline-looms?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

By Jon Campbell

ALBANY — With a key regulatory deadline just 16 days away, the Department of Health has yet to identify a panel of outside experts to help assess the state’s review of large-scale hydraulic fracturing.

Representatives from both the state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation did not respond to requests for comment as of Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, a handful of elected officials from the Southern Tier and Catskills region met privately with DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens in the afternoon.


Hydrofracking opponents call industry a dangerous ‘invasion’

The Oneida Dispatch:

By Kyle Hughes

ALBANY – Opponents of Marcellus shale gas drilling warned Monday of crime and social unrest if New York state permits hydro-fracking, comparing the industry to an “invasion.”

“Across the country, fracking is accompanied by steep increases in crime rates and greater strain on social services,” Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan said as he and other officials held a round of meetings with state officials. “That hit home for Binghamton recently when an out-of-state gas industry employee shot two police officers. We can’t afford this. Our communities deserve better.”


Elected Officials To Protect NY Press Conference: Is Fracking Worth It? 525 Local Elected Officials Have Doubts

EcoAnchor NYChttp://ecoanchornyc.com/2012/11/is-fracking-worth-it-525-local-elected-officials-have-doubts/

On Tuesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM, Elected Officials to Protect New York held a press conference detailing the negative socio-economic impacts of fracking. They also announced that Elected Officials to Protect New York now represents more than 525 local elected officials from 61 counties, a landmark achievement that is indicative of their broad-based, non-partisan support from across New York State.


Mayors, Elected Officials Criticize Fracking, To Meet With DEC (VIDEO)

The Journal News Politics on the Hudson Bloghttp://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012/11/13/mayors-elected-officials-criticize-fracking-to-meet-with-dec/

By Jon Campbell

A handful of mayors, supervisors and other elected officials were in Albany today to continue to push state government on hydrofracking, renewing their call that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of the technique is insufficient.

Among those in attendance at an afternoon news conference: Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Elmira Mayor Susan Skidmore, Tompkins County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Robertson and Carl Chipman, supervisor of the town of Rochester, Ulster County.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

17 Groups Petition EPA For Public Reporting Of Chemical Releases From Fracking, Other Oil And Gas Operations

The Sacramentohttp://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/24/4935385/17-groups-petition-epa-for-public.html

By Environmental Integrity Project, Washington, DC

127,000 Tons of Undisclosed Hazardous Emissions: Oil and Gas Would Join Other Industries, Including Coal, That Already Report to the Toxics Release Inventory; Federal Disclosure for O&G Not Yet Required Despite Surge in Fracking Chemical Pollution.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Elected Officials in Sullivan County Call on Governor Cuomo to Protect New Yorkers from Fracking

The River Reporterhttp://www.riverreporter.com/node/10466

As Governor Cuomo nears a decision on drilling, 15 lawmakers from Sullivan County join with over 420 elected officials across the state in asking the governor why concerns from local officials from 50 counties have not been answered or addressed.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

440+ Elected Officials to Governor Cuomo: Many Parts of Fracking Review Still Inadequate

WBNG 12 Action Newshttp://www.wbng.com/news/state/440-Elected-Officials-to-Governor-Cuomo-Many-Parts-of-Fracking-Review-Still-Inadequate-172325431.html

By WBNG News

(WBNG Binghamton) On Tuesday, Elected Officials to Protect New York – representing more than 440 local elected officials from 52 counties across New York State – released a letter spearheaded by Southern Tier elected officials detailing serious concerns they have about fracking.


Coalition of elected officials request meeting with Cuomo over fracking

Innovation Trailhttp://www.innovationtrail.org/post/coalition-elected-officials-request-meeting-cuomo-over-fracking

By Matthew Leonard

Over 35 lawmakers from Oneida County have already joined over 425 elected officials across the state to sign on to a letter urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue banning hydraulic fracturing in New York, at least until more is known on the process.


Extra

Capital Tonighthttp://capitaltonightny.ynn.com/2012/10/extras-637/

By Michael Johnson

Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan coalition of more than 440 local elected officials from 52 counties, is still trying to get a meeting on fracking with Cuomo.



Cuomo denies taking a ‘step back’ on fracking

Capital New Yorkhttp://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2012/10/6537734/cuomo-denies-taking-step-back-fracking

By Azi Paybarah

More than 400 elected officials from 52 counties signed a letter urging Cuomo to oppose fracking.



Cuomo denies taking a ‘step back’ on fracking

The Daily Newshttp://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2012/10/officials-from-52-new-york-counties-urge-caution-on-hydrofracking-as-gov-cuomo

By Celeste Katz

More than 400 elected officials from 52 counties have signed on to a Southern Tier push to hold off on a decision about the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking as Gov. Cuomo — who spoke on the matter during an economic-development tour of Syracuse today — said an upcoming review would better safeguard New York against a court defeat on the issue.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Over 400 local government officials ask governor to keep fracking moratorium

MidHudsonNews.comhttp://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/NewsBlog/archives/2012/09/19/elected-officials-voice-opposition-to-fracking

By Jeremy Moule

KINGSTON – Over 400 local officials from across the state are asking Governor Cuomo to leave in place a moratorium against hydrofracking until all concerns have been addressed.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Elected officials voice opposition to fracking

City Newspaperhttp://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2012/September/20/frack_mor_UC-20Sep12.html

By Jeremy Moule

Over 400 elected officials, including several in Monroe County, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to maintain the de facto moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The letter, led by a group known as Elected Officials to Protect New York, says that the current analyses of fracking are inadequate.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oneida Co. officials support keeping hydrofracking moratorium

Utica Observer Dispatchhttp://www.uticaod.com/news/x1505343540/Oneida-Co-officials-support-keeping-hydrofracking-moratorium

By Amanda Fries

Several Oneida County elected officials gathered at the county legislative chambers Tuesday to announce they are joining more than 425 elected officials statewide in asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep the moratorium on hydrofracking in the state.


Lawmakers urge Governor to keep ban on hydrofracking

WKTV – News Channel 2http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Lawmakers-urge-Governor-to-keep-ban-on-hydrofracking-170256206.html

By Lexie O’Connor

Over 35 lawmakers from Oneida County have already joined over 425 elected officials across the state to sign on to a letter urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to continue banning hydraulic fracturing in New York, at least until more is known on the process.



Area officials are urging Governor Cuomo to rethink position on hydrofracking

CNYhomepage.comhttp://cnyhomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=162452

By Jennifer Lee

As Governor Cuomo nears a decision on hydrofracking, area officials are continuing to write letters to the Governor urging him to rethink his position on drilling in the state of New York.



Officials Warn Utica Could Be Targeted For Fracking

WIBX 950 AMhttp://wibx950.com/officials-warn-utica-could-be-targeted-for-fracking/

By Jeanette Lenoir

Hydrofracking remains a contentious issue among New Yorkers. Today, local lawmakers signed onto a letter constructed by the non-partisan group, Elected Officials To Protect New York, that’s calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to maintain the state’s moratorium on fracking.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wrong time to push fracking

The Times Unionhttp://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Wrong-time-to-push-fracking-3788647.php

By Dominic Frongillo, Commentary

As this record-hot summer continues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is purportedly nearing a decision about fracking. In support of his commitment to base his decision on the facts and science, I urge him to heed the warnings from two national stories this month. First, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated more than half of all U.S. counties disaster zones, due to excessive heat and devastating droughts. Second, a new study — from top NASA scientist James Hansen — concludes the extreme heat and drought in the U.S. and around the world is due to global warming.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Local officials band together against fracking

The Legislative Gazettehttp://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2012-06-11-81814.113122-Local-officials-band-together-against-fracking.html

By Andrew Carden

A coalition of more than 280 New York state elected officials opposed to hydraulic fracturing, or “hydrofracking,” last week launched a new initiative, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue the state’s moratorium on the natural gas drilling process.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tompkins officials join push for more fracking studies before moratorium lifted

The Ithaca Journalhttp://www.theithacajournal.com/article/20120606/NEWS01/206060387/Tompkins-officials-join-push-more-fracking-studies-before-moratorium-lifted?odyssey=tab&nclick_check=1

By Andrew Casler

More than 50 municipal leaders from Tompkins County joined in signing a non-partisan letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, urging the governor to maintain the state’s current moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Municipal Leaders Want More Study on ‘Fracking’

News/Talk 870 95.9 FM WHCU Ithaca, NY: http://www.whcu870.com/pages/13324539.php?contentType=4&contentId=10751085

Tompkins County officials were among the more than 280 municipal leaders across the state who signed a non-partisan letter to Governor Cuomo urging more study before a hydrofracking moratorium is lifted.


Monday, June 4, 2012

The Capitol Pressroom for June 4, 2012

Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter: http://blogs.wcny.org/the-capitol-pressroom-for-june-4-2012/ (begins at minute 28)

Meanwhile, a group of local elected officials from across the state is delivering a letter to the Governor today requesting that he say no to hydrofracking.  We will have two guests: Leah Golby, Albany City Council Member  & Jane Russell, Pulteney Town Supervisor, Steuben County.



Local Officials Want Hydrofracking Moratorium, Additional Studies

Albany Times Union: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/133966/local-officials-want-hydrofracking-moratorium-additional-studies/

By Greg Barber

Elected officials from across the state have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to extend a four-year moratorium on hydrofracking, citing a need to address shortcomings in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s review of the controversial drilling process.



Elected Officials Talk Fracking Moratorium

Capital Tonight: http://www.capitaltonight.com/2012/06/elected-officials-talk-fracking-moratorium/

By Liz Benjamin

More than 280 local government officials have signed on to a petition in favor of continuing the ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State. They say the DEC’s fracking study did not answer enough questions, and they’d like more information before a final decision is made.