EPA Raid on Upstate, Sept. 2010
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Even after armed federal investigators raided its offices in 2010 and the New York Department of Health suspended its state certification in early 2012, Upstate Laboratories Inc. continued its lucrative business of testing water samples from landfills and wastewater treatment plants across the state.
Officially, state environmental regulators will not accept test results from labs the DOH has not certified. The rule is fundamental to the integrity of the program that was designed to protect the state’s waterways from industrial pollution. Yet the state Department of Environmental Conservation kept accepting Upstate’s test results for more than a year after DEC managers learned of the suspension and wrote emails saying the results should be rejected.
On the morning of February 27, 2012, the DOH notified the DEC that it had suspended Upstate Labs. A few hours later, Jason Fagel, an official at the DEC’s Division of Water, emailed other DEC managers: “For any regulatory entity that your division may oversee, like landfills, they should not be using Upstate to report monitoring results to DEC. If you notice this happening, DOH would like to know about it.” Continue reading Tainted Water Testing Lab Flourished Under Lax New York State Regulators
Huntington Beach Pier
The California Coastal Commission dealt a setback this week to Poseidon, a company trying to build a $900 million ocean water desalination plant in Huntington Beach. It is a setback, but it is unlikely to defeat the corporation’s 15-year effort.
Poseidon Resources Vice President Scott Maloni said the company would resubmit its application after completing studies of the ocean floor as required by the commission in its latest review. An estimated 127 million gallons of seawater will likely be required to produce roughly 50 million gallons of freshwater daily.
Continue reading California Coastal Commission Delays Poseidon’s Huntington Beach Desal Plant
NY Median IP Projections – Jerry Acton mapped his projections for median initial production at gas wells in New York based on production figures from wells in similar geology in Pennsylvania. Black diamonds represent uneconomic drilling.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The real reason New York State has not allowed high-volume hydrofracking for natural gas in its Marcellus shale is that there is almost no gas that can be economically extracted, according to four retired professionals turned fracking analysts.
Their argument contradicts the gas industry’s narrative – widely accepted as fact by many landowners, investors, politicians and state regulators – that shale gas is a potential economic “game-changer” for poor, rural upstate New York.
For the past four years, two governors have repeatedly extended the state’s de facto moratorium on fracking while they tinkered with the rules. Since last fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he is waiting for the results of a vaguely defined health study, frustrating pro-gas groups with his apparent lack of urgency. Continue reading New York Shale Play Gets Major Downgrade