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Ashokan Reservoir
Courtesy of the NYC DEP

A company that sought to build a hydroelectric facility using the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills has withdrawn its proposal, citing strong opposition as one reason. While the company intends to propose a similar project elsewhere in the New York City watershed, opponents are celebrating news of the Ashokan project’s demise.

NYS Budget Includes Historic Funding For The Catskills

Apr 12, 2021
Atop a Catskills Peak
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The New York state budget enacted last week includes a number of environmental investments, including record levels for the Catskills. Nonprofits in the Catskills and other parts of the Hudson Valley praise the legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for funding a number of environmental initiatives.

Delaware River Basin, Mount Bethel, PA
Courtesy of NRDC

Fracking is now permanently banned in the Delaware River watershed.

LNG facility (not Gibbstown, NJ)
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A decision on whether to approve permits for a Liquefied Natural Gas export facility at a southern New Jersey port has been postponed by a commission whose members are appointed by four governors, including from New York. Environmentalists oppose the proposed facility, saying it will threaten nearby communities and the Delaware River.

NRDC, Others Sue EPA Over Temporary Policy

Apr 20, 2020
smokestacks
wikipedia.org

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s temporary guidance policy that tables enforcement of pollution monitoring because of the coronavirus. EPA, in its policy, says it expects regulated facilities to comply with regulatory requirements and to return to compliance as quickly as possible.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Three groups are seeking to put an end to what they say is a growing dumping operation in Saugerties, New York. They updated community residents Tuesday night, urging them to put pressure on lawmakers and the state Department of Environmental Conversation to take action.

Constitution Pipeline

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case from Constitution Pipeline over New York’s denial of a key permit. Opponents are claiming victory, but the pipeline company remains committed to seeing the project through.

FERC Denies Constitution Pipeline Petition

Jan 12, 2018
Constitution Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dealt a blow to Constitution Pipeline Thursday, rejecting the company’s petition that asked FERC to find that New York state wrongly denied the project a key permit. The pipeline company plans to fight the decision.

Regional Body Proposes Fracking Ban

Dec 1, 2017
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The Delaware River Basin Commission Thursday released draft regulations that would ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the basin. The draft rules also include provisions for the treatment and disposal of fracking wastewater. Environmental groups are cautiously praising the proposal, while an oil and gas industry trade group is highly critical.

Courtesy of DRBC

Governors of New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania have approved a resolution to issue draft regulations to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Environmentalists and the natural gas industry criticized the resolution, for different reasons.

Former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck addressed the crowd in Academy Park across from Albany City Hall
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President Donald Trump's early June announcement that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord has been sharply criticized by environmental advocates  who have been organizing protests and demonstrations.

Courtesy of renewableny.com

A grassroots advocacy group in the Catskills has begun a campaign focusing on renewable energy.

Doug Kerr, flickr

New York State’s 2013-2014 budget contains a $2 million grant to launch a Catskill Mountain Rail Trail in Ulster County. Yet there are differing visions about what that means.

Study Puts Figures to Catskills Open Space

Jan 24, 2013
Andy Arthur

There’s a new study that puts a dollar figure on the economic value of Catskills recreation land. The full report will be released next week, during a public forum.