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Fracking Gains Ground in New York

Fracking is back in the news again, and in a big way. On July 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, released its recommendations regarding the controversial natural gas extraction technique. Amidst the din of statewide protests, the agency supported fracking in most of the state’s portion… read more

by |July 11, 2011

Fracking Panel Comes to NYC

In an effort to present various views on hydraulic fracturing, a panel of experts spoke to the public at Barnard College in New York City last Tuesday night. Known colloquially as fracking or hydrofracking, hydraulic fracturing has been regarded by many as a potential threat to New York City’s drinking water supply. The mere possibility… read more

by |April 8, 2011

Fracking: What Lies Beneath?

Disclaimer: Although this blog post has been researched like any other news piece I would write, it represents my personal perspective about natural gas drilling. For a journalist, it feels strange to begin with a disclaimer, but that’s what I’ll do here. The reason is simple: This blog post is skewed. Why? because, if the… read more

by |March 28, 2011

New York Times Raises Concerns about Hydrofracking

An article in the New York Times has prompted debate over the effects of hydrofracking, a means of obtaining natural gas, on drinking water supplies.

by |March 7, 2011

DRBC Gives Tentative Go Ahead to Fracking in PA — New York Skips the Meeting

According to the Delaware River Basin Commission, over 15 million people—about five percent of the nation’s population–rely on the Delaware River Basin for “drinking, agricultural, and industrial use.” New York City alone gets half its water from reservoirs located on tributaries of the Delaware. It’s no understatement, then, to suggest that the commission—a regional body… read more

by |July 22, 2010

Life After Coal: The Decline and Rise of West Virginia Coal Country

It is possible for areas formerly reliant on fossil fuel extraction to reinvent themselves and remain relevant in a decarbonizing economy. West Virginia shows that ignoring the need for that transition for too long results in unnecessary pain.

by Eric Scheuch |August 7, 2020
A coal train sits on a track next to a facility in Donora, PA

While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration

The administration is using the pandemic to stop enforcing many environmental and health protections. In a recent webinar, experts discussed what has happened, and what it means.

by |May 21, 2020

How to Take Photos in the Field

What, when and how to shoot photos of scientific fieldwork.

by |May 5, 2020

More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

Fossil fuel companies are ramping up production of virgin plastics, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.

by |February 20, 2020

How the Top Ten Democratic Candidates Plan to Deal With Climate Change

It is critical that whoever becomes president in 2020 commits to tackling the climate crisis. Here are the climate plans of the top ten Democratic candidates.

by |August 29, 2019