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Breaking: DEC commish nixes independent study on fracking’s health impact

This just in from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Statement of Commissioner Joseph Martens: DEC has been reviewing approximately 80,000 comments submitted concerning the Department’s review of high volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking). While a wide variety of issues are addressed by the comments, many focus on the potential public health impacts of high volume...
Poll: Don't rush fracking, say 7 out of 10 in state

Poll: Don’t rush fracking, say 7 out of 10 in state

More than seven out of 10 New York state voters (72 percent) think that Governor Cuomo should “wait for all the necessary health and environmental studies to be completed first before opening the state to fracking,” according to a major new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey. Significantly, a closer look at voters in the state’s...
Could über-toxic fracking wastewater end up in Kingston? Possibly.

Could über-toxic fracking wastewater end up in Kingston? Possibly.

Kingston is located just beyond the eastern edge of the underlying Marcellus Shale. This gift of geography would seem to exempt Kingstonians from the environmental woes associated with high-volume natural gas hydraulic fracturing, which may begin in the gas-rich shale formation next year with the lifting of the state’s temporary moratorium. Yet the city potentially...
Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Hugh Reynolds: Gibson and Eldridge, face to face

Raucous groups of partisans emitted whoops, yells and hisses at the first public face-off between Congressional candidates Chris Gibson and Sean Eldridge at overheated Miller Middle School in Lake Katrine the evening of Monday, Oct. 6. The rowdies numbered only about a third of the more than 600 in attendance. The majority came to look,...
Slugfest in Lake Katrine

Slugfest in Lake Katrine

Onstage before a partisan-packed standing-room-only crowd, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson and challenger Sean Eldridge traded some of the fiercest barbs yet in a race that has already seen allegations of shameless carpet-bagging and selling out to corporations. The debate, the second of four forums scheduled this month, was held Monday evening at Miller Middle School...
Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Letters: CMRR, Gibson-Eldridge, Niagara Bottling

Goodbye, CMRR It is easy to see what side of the train debate Mr. Reynolds supports. Good journalism would hope that fair and unbiased reporting would show not only the benefits for a for-profit railroad company but also the negative impact that this railroad company has had on the many residents who have had to...
Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

Euro-tent looks to bring a new vibe to Midtown

The advent last summer of the Midtown Farmer’s Market, which sells fresh local produce every Tuesday afternoon on the site of the former vice-epicenter King’s Inn on Broadway, planted a seed on a depressing stretch of Broadway, a seed that a few weeks ago led to a second, spectacular blooming — the erection of a...
Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

Fortis foes allege eco-misdeeds

In pressing the case that the proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of Central Hudson by Canadian holding company Fortis would be bad for ratepayers, Citizens for Local Power (CLP), an Ulster-based grassroots group which has risen to oppose the merger, is pointing to what they say is Fortis’ poor record in dealing with projects in Belize...
Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

Commentary: Nothing good about CH-Fortis deal

By Maurice Hinchey I am very concerned about the proposed acquisition of Central Hudson by the Canadian holding company Fortis, Inc. In the interests of New Yorkers and the future of our great state — especially the mid-Hudson region — it should be rejected. In my thirty eight years as an elected public official —...
Editorial: Energetic encounters

Editorial: Energetic encounters

So, I’m with my fiancée at the home show in Lagrange on Sunday, and we’re talking with someone about solar panels. She’s redoing her house and is interested in solar because a.) she’s a good person and conscientious about the environment and b.) she heats with electricity — not by choice, that’s just how the...
Editorial: The fading dream of Cuomo as Uniter

Editorial: The fading dream of Cuomo as Uniter

Here in America — strife-torn, hopelessly partisan-ized America — many of us yearn for a Uniter. A leader who can, by dint of charisma and/or courage, persuade and/or inspire us to pull together, dammit, like we did in the war or in some other mythologized period of long-lost American history. It may never truly happen...

Hugh Reynolds: Fire away

Every now and then a legislature stumbles onto an issue that really turns constituents on, and boy, then it hits the fan! That’s what happened last week at the Ulster County Legislature. Last year anti-fracking forces packed the Senate Gym at UlsterCountyCommunity College. Now gun control has taken the stage. It would appear the legislature...