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Marcellus drilling opponents cheer passage of NY moratorium

ALBANY - Opponents of natural gas drilling in the Southern Tier's Marcellus Shale formation today are cheering the state Senate's approval of a short-term moratorium late Tuesday night.

The measure sailed through the Senate, 48-9. If approved by the Assembly and Gov. David Paterson, permits to drill for natural gas in the formation would be delayed until May 15, 2011.

Now focus turns to the Assembly, where supporters of the drilling moratorium believe it could be taken up soon.

Natural gas lease offer voted down by Broome County Legislature

Broome County won't be leasing its lands for natural gas drilling anytime soon. The county Legislature shot down a second offer from Inflection Energy. Our Rob Wu explains why most legislators were not in favor, and what this result may mean for the people of the county moving forward.

BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a resounding no to Broome County's second natural gas lease offer from Denver-based Inflection Energy.

Dozens Come Out To Protest Gas Drilling In Broome County

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Dozens of gas drilling demonstrators gathered outside the Broome County Legislature to get their voice heard.

The group gathered to oppose the Inflection Energy proposal to lease mineral rights on Broome County public property.

The group believes there was not enough analysis of the Marcellus Shale, and that could be dangerous.

Broome County Legislature rejects Inflection's $7.8M gas offer

A $7.8 million lease offer for the natural gas rights to thousands of acres of Broome County land was overwhelmingly rejected Thursday night by the Broome County Legislature.

Hydrofracking Discussed At Broome Community College

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An environmental activist brings his views and information about natural gas drilling to Broome Community College.

President of Toxics Targeting, Walter Hang, presents his studies on the potential impact of hydrofracking in the Southern Tier.

Hydrofracking is a process used to extract natural gas from shale underground.

Hang cites numerous cases where gas related incidents are linked to polluted homes and water supplies.

DEC voices concerns over Broome County natural gas lease review

BINGHAMTON -- A proposed plan for a state-mandated review of a Broome County natural gas lease drew concern from a Department of Environmental Conservation official in September, according to internal correspondence.

Betty Ann Hughes, then the DEC's chief of State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and training, said in a pair of messages that without the county completing some analysis of "the potential impacts of typical development activities" on land offered for lease, she would be "concerned that the lease action and supporting SEQR record could be vulnerable to challenge."

Rep. Michael Arcuri on WHCU

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Incumbent Democrat Rep. Michael Arcuri speaks about signing our coalition letter.

VIDEO: Public Hearing on Broome County Gas Drilling Lease

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This was the scene last month's EPA gas drilling hearing in Binghamton, Thursday night it was a much quieter picture as the public gave their opinion on the county becoming the lead agency that will review a generic lease for oil and natural gas drilling.

Landowners and environmentalists agree: Broome County should not sign gas deal

BINGHAMTON -- In the highly polarizing debate about the natural gas rush in the Southern Tier, environmentalists and landowners don't agree on much.

On Monday, they were nearly unanimous in their opposition to a proposed lease deal between Broome County and a Denver energy company. Of 22 people who spoke at a public hearing on a $16 million land deal before the county legislature, 18 were against it.

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