marcellus shale

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Whenever an oil or gas well is drilled, the material that comes out of the well can include rocks and drilling mud and brine and water. New York and the other states in the Marcellus region allow that waste, which comes up before a well is fracked, into municipal landfills.

A study by the US Geological Survey found that the radioactivity associated with the Marcellus Shale is three times higher than in other layers.

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A new report claims that the job impact of shale gas drilling is exaggerated by supporters. The analysis finds only one out-of-every 795 jobs was shale gas related in the six-state area it focused on.

The study by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative looked at the six states that span the Marcellus and Utica Shale, including New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The report finds that direct shale-related employment fell in the 12 months between the first quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.

New York State health commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says he is not waiting for the finalization of  pending studies on gas drilling to make his recommendation on whether the state should give its approval to hydraulic fracturing.

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The eastern Broome County Town of Sanford has been sued by two environmental groups for passing a resolution that bans discussion of fracking at town board meetings.

From the complaint filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy:

Defendant’s September 11, 2012 resolution forbidding all discussion of natural gas development during the public participation portion of Town Board meetings is an unconstitutional restriction on speech that violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the State of New York.
Defendant’s speech ban has harmed and will continue to harm plaintiffs’ members unless and until defendant is enjoined from its unlawful conduct.

Dueling pro and anti fracking filmmakers held screenings and promotions for their films, as they await a decision by Governor Cuomo on whether fracking will go forward in New York. That could come by the end of the month.  As Karen DeWitt reports, at one point in the day ,  the two sides confronted each other in the halls of the Capitol.