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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...
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...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 10, 2013

Pastors: Ban fracking New York is debating the possibility hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), a method of natural gas exploration and extraction. Recognizing that this issue is heavy with disputed studies, emotional issues, and economic aspirations, we, the undersigned, active and retired pastors of the Hudson Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, stand with those...
Editorial: Who we like next Tuesday

Editorial: Who we like next Tuesday

(Editor’s note: The Ulster Publishing editorial board consisted of Woodstock Times editor Brian Hollander, who wrote the above endorsements in consultation with the other board members; Kingston Times editor Dan Barton; and Ulster Publishing columnist and reporter Hugh Reynolds.) It’s been a tumultuous election season, one where it appeared that the president was headed for...
Hugh Reynolds: He shot the sheriff

Hugh Reynolds: He shot the sheriff

Before astonished and perplexed Ulster County legislators last Wednesday, an obviously agitated Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum put a beating on Comptroller Elliott (“BS”) Auerbach unheard of (by me, anyway) in the annals of county government. Was this the classic case of the sheriff killing the messenger, or was the comptroller’s report on drug-cops project URGENT...