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Mar 30, 2011 4:55 pm
Groups warn Cuomo about gas extraction plan
James Odato reports in the Times Union that about 40 groups have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo advising him to put the brakes on hydraulic fracturing. The entities, ranging from Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation to Trout Unlimited, say that the controversial gas drilling process currently under review would pose a multitude of risks. Common Cause and the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote. “Specifically, we ask that you clearly confirm that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be allowed both adequate time and resources to fully and properly evaluate the full range of potential risks associated with new natural gas development utilizing hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' before issuing a revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impacts Statement," the letter reads. " imply put, the arbitrary June 1, 2011 target date established by former Governor David Paterson in EO 41 is wholly inadequate to allow for the development of an appropriately comprehensive or legally sufficient revised DSGEIS.”

Ashland receives Ag Dept. approval for water system

Michael Ryan of the Daily Mail reports that the United States Department of Agriculture has said it is ok to proceed with the construction of a new water supply system in the Greene County town of Ashland. The federal agency had waited for the town to acquire land to be used as a site for a 60,000 gallon water tank that is integral to the project and talks had broken off. Things got back on track when discussions started with a second property owner, according to Alan Tavenner of Delaware Engineering, the project overseer.

NY providing grants to promote ‘buy local’
The Albany Business Journal reports that a new Pride of New York Retail Promotion Grant Program will provide up to $5,000 in matching grants to individual food stores and grocery chains. The grants can be used to highlight fresh produce and to promote processed and value-added products made in New York, including those involving specialty crops, such as frozen produce, jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey. Grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. A total of $43,172 is available. The funding came from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. For an application, go to www.agmkt.state.ny.us.