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Two Gas Lawsuits Are Dismissed

Another legal challenge to the delay in a decision on whether natural gas drilling should be allowed in New York State is sunk.

A State Judge has dismissed two lawsuits filed by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York and the trustee of the estate of Norse Energy, which went bankrupt during the on-going moratorium

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Fracking Foes Call For New Environmental Study

Opponents of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York state are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to withdraw a draft environmental impact statement on the process.

Fracking foes have sent a letter to the governor urging him to direct the state Department of Health to conduct an open and transparent public health impact study

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

New Vestal Walking Trail To Open Soon

An extension of a popular walking trail in the town of Vestal will officially open in a few days.

The 1.7 mile trail segment runs along the northern edge of the Southern Tier Expressway from Main Street to Castle Gardens

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Daniel Barry/Getty Images

N.Y.’s Legislature Votes to Expand Fracking Ban

Legislation to continue a moratorium on drilling for natural gas in New York State for three years is being handed over to the State Senate.

The Assembly has approved an extension on the ban on hydraulic fracture drilling until 2017 to allow for more study of the impact of facking to residents’ health and the environment

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Trees Planted Near Binghamton Highway Project

Dozens of trees are being planted in Binghamton adjacent to the Prospect Mountain project at the junction of Route 17 and Interstate 81.

Workers began the plantings this week along Prospect Street, west of the Front Street intersection

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

N.E. Pennsylvania Benefits From Natural Gas Play

A Pennsylvania Congressman says Bradford and Tioga County municipalities are reaping the rewards of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Republican Representative Matt Barker of Wellsboro released a statement recently saying the counties and municipalities are in line to collect about $22

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Buys Street Sweepers With FEMA Funds

The city of Binghamton has purchased a pair of street sweepers to replace older units that sustained heavy wear and tear as the result of cleanup work after the 2011 flood.

The equipment cost nearly $389,000

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Binghamton Beefs Up Code Enforcement

Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the City is taking steps to crack down on code violators, especially in areas identified as problem neighborhoods.

David joined Code Enforcement officers June 6 for an enforcement sweep on the West Side

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Zombie Kill Bill Targets Abandoned Properties in New York

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking to make the owners of vacant properties accountable for upkeep of the structures and land.

A proposed bill called the Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act or the Zombie Kill Bill targets so-called zombie properties and would force mortgage holders, including banks that have foreclosed on properties, to maintain the locations until the foreclosure is final

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Local Facking Ban Ruling Expected in New York’s High Court

New York State's highest court could come to a decision by the 4th of July as to whether municipalities like Dryden in Tompkins County can use their zoning laws to prevent gas companies from using hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas within their borders

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