- Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future.
- Part 1: Minnesota Town Caught in 'Frac Sand' Mining Rush Wants Answers on Pollution
- Part 2: New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules
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Part 1: Minnesota Town Caught in 'Frac Sand' Mining Rush Wants Answers on Pollution
Residents of Winona, Minn., a frac sand transportation hub, say data from the state pollution control agency is months overdue. The state Pollution Control Agency (PCA) said the data would be released in March.
Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller
Winona, Minn. is the first local government in the nation to monitor air pollution escaping from the piles of frack sand being trucked through its downtown. Data was promised in March, but because of a dearth of labs to process the data, the community is still waiting. Credit: Ryan Keene
Jun 23, 2014 | How much dangerous dust is being kicked into the air from the mounds of frac sand hauled daily across the southern Minnesota town of Winona?
Looking for answers, the community got the state to install in January a pollution monitor for crystalline silica, or frac sand, the first in Minnesota not financed by industry. Located on a building above a major intersection for sand trucks bound for fracking fields, it's been collecting data ever since.
Zahra Hirji: Reporter, InsideClimate News
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Part 2: New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules
The ruling may lead the oil and gas industry to abandon fracking in New York as Cuomo considers whether to lift a statewide moratorium instituted in 2008 that he inherited when he took office.
Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg
June 30 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Betty Liu reports that New York State’s highest court ruled that towns and cities can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, upholding a six-year-old statewide moratorium on the practice. She speaks on “In The Loop.”
Jun 30, 2014 New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to uphold a six-year-old statewide moratorium.
The Court of Appeals in Albany today upheld rulings dismissing lawsuits that challenged bans enacted in the upstate towns of Dryden and Middlefield.
Chris Dolmetsch: Bloomberg News legal reporter, covering NY state courts.
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