PENNSYLVANIA — Several major conservation initiatives offering technical and financial assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program are currently available to farmers nationwide. Read more
DIMOCK, PA — A number of residents from our area, including Narrowsburg, NY’s Brandi Merolla, who snapped this photograph, visited Dimock on January 20 to see a tanker truck sent by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deliver water to families on Carter Road. Residents on the road have complained that the water in their wells is still tainted by the natural gas drilling operations of Cabot Oil & Gas, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently ruled that Cabot could cease making replacement water deliveries to them.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Members of the group MoveOnSullivanNY travelled in a caravan around the county on January 22 spreading the word about their opposition to the Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Read more
Below are statements issued by Congressman Tom Marino, Congressman Maurice Hinchey, Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Read more
Kingston, NY -- With profound gratitude to the people of New York's 22nd Congressional District and the former 26th Congressional District who he's had the honor of serving, Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) today announced that he will not seek reelection and instead will retire from Congress at the end of his current term. The congressman made the announcement at the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston, New York, which was where he announced his first campaign for Congress in 1992. Hinchey has spent the past 38 years of his life in public service, including 18 years in the New York State Assembly and 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Beginning on February 2, all governments in New York State that have regularly updated websites will be required to post on those sites any documents that are going to be discussed by municipal officials during the regular course of an open meeting. For instance, plans for a new shopping mall would be posted when the developer is seeking permits from a planning board or zoning board. Read more
The opening of the Pike County Emergency Service Training Facility will probably be delayed for four or more weeks due to two pieces of equipment that have yet to be received from a manufacturer in the nation of Jordan in the Middle East.
The two units, called air handlers, are an essential part of the geo-thermal HVAC heating and cooling system in the new facility. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The consensus of opinion at an ethics course at the recent NYS Association of Towns training for newly elected officials was that it is a conflict of interest for town officials who have signed natural gas leases to make land-use decisions related to natural gas drilling in their towns. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — Kurt Leitholf, the longtime head of the Citizens Advisory Council that has oversight of the state’s parks and forests, was fired on January 13 by PA Governor Tom Corbett’s administration, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read more
ALBANY, NY — Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget provides no funding for the estimated 140 positions deemed necessary for enforcement of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed natural gas regulations. Cuomo explained the decision by saying, “You would not be hiring staff to regulate hydrofracking unless you believed you were going ahead with hydrofracking, and we haven’t made that determination. So the budget won’t anticipate hydrofracking approval.”
Wrongful death suit filed against drilling company and driver
Southeast Directional Drilling of Casa Grande, AZ and company employee James R. Hoffpauir of Montgomery, TX are facing a federal lawsuit filed by the wife of John T. Jones III and his 18-year-old daughter, Allison Jones. The suit claims an overweight truck loaded with drilling mud and driven recklessly, overturned onto a Subaru Legacy driven by John Jones who died despite attempts by his injured daughter to save him. The accident occurred on July 29, 2011 in Susquehanna County. Read more
Most of the attention to the proposed new zoning code for the Town of Lumberland so far has gone to Article 10, which would ban some high-impact industrial uses in the town such as gas drilling. But there is another element of the law that will also represent a significant change: the adoption of mandatory conservation subdivisions in some areas. Read more
The storefront that until recently was the home of the Main Street Café in Narrowsburg has a new restaurant and new proprietors. Marla Puccetti and Paul Nanni opened the doors of The Heron with a soft opening on January 14, and are now open for business. Nanni said that initially the restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch on the weekdays, and brunch and dinners on the weekend. Read more
Mike Morris of Beach Lake has a vision. He and his partner Stephen Smith of New York City are developing a broadband data system that will be housed at the former Sullum’s department store at 525 Main Street in Honesdale. When fully operational, the center will employ 20 technicians. Read more
“Yes, indeed Elaine Herzog is a resident,” Robert Bernathy, solicitor for the Borough of Hawley said during the council meeting on January 11.
“We are not obligated to fill a vacated seat to the candidate who received the next highest vote. We are following the law which falls under Section 901 of the Borough Code,” Bernathy said. Read more
January 11 was the last day letters to the DEC could be postmarked and still be considered by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed new gas drilling rules. On that day, Bruce Ferguson, a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, along with members Carolyn Duke, Jill Wiener, Ann Finneran, Laurie McFadden and Roy Tedoff delivered boxes stuffed with about 10,300 letters to the US Post Office In Callicoon Center. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to withdraw the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on high-volume horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. Read more