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  50.          <title>
  51.            DEC Speeds Up Water Permit Giveaway
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  54.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/10/1027pplawsuit.html
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  60.            The DEC is pushing forward to process water withdrawal permit applications
  61.            under our states's new water permitting law without requiring compliance
  62.            with the water conservation standards contained in the new law or
  63.            conducting environmental reviews of the permit applications. The
  64.            permits are being issued gratis without the payment of water usage
  65.            fees or application processing fees. As of April 1, 2015, notice
  66.            of 125 water withdrawal permit applications has been given in the
  67.            weekly Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) published by DEC. The
  68.            pace of processing is picking up. Notice of 75 applications has been
  69.            given since January 1st (three/fifths of all applications noticed
  70.            to date).
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  73.            Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13:40:00 EST
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  77.          <title>
  78.            Painted Post Case to be Heard by Court of Appeals
  79.          </title>
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  84.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/10/1027pplawsuit.html
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  86.          <description>
  87.            New York's highest court granted Petitioners' motion for leave to
  88.            appeal the case of Sierra Club v. Village of Painted Post. In their
  89.            motion for leave to appeal, Petitioners urged the Court of Appeals
  90.            to clarify the confusing array of standing decisions in cases involving
  91.            adverse environmental consequences affecting a large number of people
  92.            and to address the application of SEQRA to municipal bulk water sales.
  93.            In March 2013, the trial court in Steuben County found that the Village
  94.            could not sell hundreds of millions of gallons of water from its
  95.            municipal water system to SWEPI LP without conducting a review under
  96.            SEQRA. The trial court found that Petitioner John Marvin had standing
  97.            based on his proximity to the rail loading facility and his complaint
  98.            of noise from the facility. SWEPI and the Village appealed Judge
  99.            Fisher’s decision to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. On
  100.            March 25, 2014, the Fourth Department ruled in their favor based
  101.            on standing. The appellate court found that Petitioner Marvin did
  102.            not quality for standing under SEQRA despite the fact that he lives
  103.            500 feet from the rail loading facility. The appellate court concluded
  104.            that the noise impacts he experienced were not “different in kind
  105.            or degree from the public at large.”
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  107.          <pubDate>
  108.            Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EST
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  111.        <item>
  112.          <title>
  113.            Queens Judge Rules against SEQRA and Coastal Zone Review of Water
  114.            Withdrawal Permits
  115.          </title>
  116.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  117.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/10/1010ravenswood.html
  118.          </guid>
  119.          <link>
  120.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/10/1010ravenswood.html
  121.          </link>
  122.          <description>
  123.            In a precedent-setting decision, Justice Robert McDonald of the Queens
  124.            County Supreme Court ruled that the first permit issued to an existing
  125.            user under New York’s new water withdrawal permitting law was not
  126.            subject to review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act
  127.            (“SEQRA”) or the State Waterfront Revitalization Act. The case, Sierra
  128.            Club v. Martens, Index No. 2949-14, challenged the issuance of an
  129.            initial water withdrawal permit to Trans Canada's Ravenswood Generating
  130.            Station in Queens to take up to 1.5 billion gallons per day from
  131.            the East River. Petitioners Sierra Club and Hudson River Fishermen's
  132.            Assoiciation claimed that an environmental review should have been
  133.            conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  134.            (“DEC”) pursuant to SEQRA and the Waterfront Act prior to issuance
  135.            of the Ravenswood permit. The court did not address Petitioners’
  136.            claims that issuance of the permit violated the requirements of the
  137.            water withdrawal permitting law and the public trust doctrine.
  138.          </description>
  139.          <pubDate>
  140.            Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:00 EST
  141.          </pubDate>
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  143.        <item>
  144.          <title>
  145.            DEC Continues to Rubber Stamp Water Withdrawal Permit Applications
  146.            as Objections Mount
  147.          </title>
  148.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  149.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/04/0421permits.html
  150.          </guid>
  151.          <link>
  152.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/04/0421permits.html
  153.          </link>
  154.          <description>
  155.            The DEC has given notice of 13 water withdrawal permit applications
  156.            under New York's new water withdrawal permitting law and regulations
  157.            to date. Despite the clear wording of the new law, as pointed out
  158.            in comments filed on a number of the applications and in a lawsuit
  159.            filed by the Sierra Club and the Hudson River Fishermen's Association,
  160.            the DEC continues to rubber stamp the water withdrawal permit applications
  161.            it is receiving and refuses to conduct the reviews required under
  162.            the state environmental quality review act (SEQRA) and the state's
  163.            coastal zone management laws.
  164.          </description>
  165.          <pubDate>
  166.            Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EST
  167.          </pubDate>
  168.        </item>
  169.        <item>
  170.          <title>
  171.            Appeals Court Rules Against Petitioners in Painted Post Case on Standing
  172.          </title>
  173.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  174.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/04/0402pplawsuit.html
  175.          </guid>
  176.          <link>
  177.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2014/04/0402pplawsuit.html
  178.          </link>
  179.          <description>
  180.            tanding. The court said Marvin will not suffer noise impacts different
  181.            in kind or degree from the public at large. The court also determined
  182.            that the organizational petitioners did not have standing, stating
  183.            Here, . . . , because 'none of the individual petitioners alleges
  184.            a unique, direct environmental injury,' none of the organizational
  185.            petitioners can be found to have standing. Having determined that
  186.            none of petitioners had standing, the appeals court reversed the
  187.            judgment of the trial court, and granted the motion of respondents
  188.            Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development, LLC, and SWEPI,
  189.            LP to dismiss the petition.
  190.          </description>
  191.          <pubDate>
  192.            Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00:00 EST
  193.          </pubDate>
  194.        </item>
  195.        <item>
  196.          <title>
  197.            Sierra Club and HRFA Challenge DEC on Ravenswood Water Withdrawal
  198.            Permit
  199.          </title>
  200.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  201.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/12/1210ravenswoodwithdrawapp.html
  202.          </guid>
  203.          <link>
  204.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/12/1210ravenswoodwithdrawapp.html
  205.          </link>
  206.          <description>
  207.            The Sierra Club and the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association filed
  208.            suit December 6, 2013, in New York State Supreme Court in Queens
  209.            County against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  210.            and TransCanada Ravenswood LLC. The suit is an Article 78 proceeding
  211.            challenging the DEC's failure to conduct an environmental review
  212.            under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) as part
  213.            of the process in issuing a water withdrawal permit to the Ravenswood
  214.            Generating Station. Ravenswood has applied for a permit to withdraw
  215.            1.5 billion gallons of water per day from the East River in New York
  216.            Harbor.
  217.          </description>
  218.          <pubDate>
  219.            Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:51 EST
  220.          </pubDate>
  221.        </item>
  222.        <item>
  223.          <title>
  224.            Will 12 NY Power Plants Get Permits this Year for 111% of NY's Total
  225.            Fresh Water Usage?
  226.          </title>
  227.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  228.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/08/0815nywaterpermitting.html
  229.          </guid>
  230.          <link>
  231.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/08/0815nywaterpermitting.html
  232.          </link>
  233.          <description>
  234.            The total freshwater maximum usage of 12 facilities required to apply
  235.            for water withdrawal permits this year, each of which is a power
  236.            generating station, is almost 7.8 billion gallons per day. A comparison
  237.            of this amount with New York State's total fresh water usage of 7.1
  238.            bgd as determined by USGS shows that the maximum daily usage of these
  239.            facilities is 111% of New York's total daily freshwater usage.
  240.          </description>
  241.          <pubDate>
  242.            Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00:51 EST
  243.          </pubDate>
  244.        </item>
  245.        <item>
  246.          <title>
  247.            DEC Gives Two Weeks to Comment on First Water Withdrawal Application
  248.            for 1.5 Billion GPD
  249.          </title>
  250.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  251.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/08/0808ravenswoodwithdrawapp.html
  252.          </guid>
  253.          <link>
  254.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/08/0808ravenswoodwithdrawapp.html
  255.          </link>
  256.          <description>
  257.            The first noticed application for a water withdrawal permit under
  258.            New York's new water withdrawal laws and regulations, the application
  259.            of the Ravenswood Generating Station in Queens, does not establish
  260.            a comforting precedent for the handling of such applications by the
  261.            New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The
  262.            DEC's categorization of the project as a Type II action is difficult
  263.            to fathom because projects that would use ground or surface water
  264.            in excess of 2,000,000 gallons per day are explicitly defined as
  265.            Type I actions in Section 617.4(6)(ii) of the SEQRA regulations.
  266.          </description>
  267.          <pubDate>
  268.            Thu, 08 Aug 2013 22:00:51 EST
  269.          </pubDate>
  270.        </item>
  271.        <item>
  272.          <title>
  273.            SEQRA Review Required of NY Water Withdrawal Permit Applications
  274.          </title>
  275.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  276.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/04/0407nywaterregs.html
  277.          </guid>
  278.          <link>
  279.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/04/0407nywaterregs.html
  280.          </link>
  281.          <description>
  282.            Environmental impact assessments are required under SEQRA before
  283.            the DEC processes the individual permit applications it receives
  284.            under its new water withdrawal permitting program. Under the water
  285.            withdrawal regulations, applications for systems withdrawing 100
  286.            million gallons per day (gpd) or more are due June 1, 2013. Under
  287.            the SEQRA regulations, any project or action that would use ground
  288.            or surface water in excess of two million gpd is a Type I action,
  289.            requiring an environmental impact review under SEQRA. A water withdrawal
  290.            application for 100 million gpd or more is without a doubt a Type
  291.            I action.
  292.          </description>
  293.          <pubDate>
  294.            Sun, 07 Apr 2013 14:00:51 EST
  295.          </pubDate>
  296.        </item>
  297.        <item>
  298.          <title>
  299.            Judge Enjoins Painted Post Water Sales
  300.          </title>
  301.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  302.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0326nyppsuit.html
  303.          </guid>
  304.          <link>
  305.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0326nyppsuit.html
  306.          </link>
  307.          <description>
  308.            Judge Kenneth Fisher issued his rulling yesterday in Sierra Club
  309.            v. Painted Post, Index No. 2012-0810, a legal challenge to the agreement
  310.            made by the Village of Painted Post in Steuben County, New York to
  311.            sell water to SWEPI, LP (an affiliate of Shell Oil Company) for gas
  312.            drilling in Pennsylvania. The decision granted summary judgment to
  313.            the petitioners.
  314.          </description>
  315.          <pubDate>
  316.            Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:30:51 EST
  317.          </pubDate>
  318.        </item>
  319.        <item>
  320.          <title>
  321.            Putting Local Aquifer Protections in Place
  322.          </title>
  323.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  324.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0316nyaquifers.html
  325.          </guid>
  326.          <link>
  327.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0316nyaquifers.html
  328.          </link>
  329.          <description>
  330.            New USGS report on Susquehanna River Valley aquifers assists communities
  331.            seeking to put aquifer protections in place in an area that may be
  332.            targeted for high volume hydrofracking activities.
  333.          </description>
  334.          <pubDate>
  335.            Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:30:51 EST
  336.          </pubDate>
  337.        </item>
  338.        <item>
  339.          <title>
  340.            Painted Post Water Export Suit Heard March 1
  341.          </title>
  342.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  343.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0307nyppsuit.html
  344.          </guid>
  345.          <link>
  346.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2013/03/0307nyppsuit.html
  347.          </link>
  348.          <description>
  349.            The first hearing in the lawsuit challenging water exports to a gas
  350.            drilling company in Pennsylvania by the Village of Painted Post in
  351.            Steuben County, NY, was held Friday, March 1, 2013, before Judge
  352.            Kenneth R. Fisher in Rochester.
  353.          </description>
  354.          <pubDate>
  355.            Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:30:51 EST
  356.          </pubDate>
  357.        </item>
  358.        <item>
  359.          <title>
  360.            Overview of New York's New Water Permitting Rules
  361.          </title>
  362.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  363.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/11/1211nywaterregs2.html
  364.          </guid>
  365.          <link>
  366.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/11/1211nywaterregs2.html
  367.          </link>
  368.          <description>
  369.            In this post, we give an overview of the new water withdrawal regulations
  370.            released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  371.            (DEC) on Nov. 21, 2012. Until the new permit conditions are made
  372.            publicly available, it is not possible to fully evaluate the new
  373.            requirements.
  374.          </description>
  375.          <pubDate>
  376.            Sat, 24 Nov 2012 16:05:51 EST
  377.          </pubDate>
  378.        </item>
  379.        <item>
  380.          <title>
  381.            Cuomo's Gift to the Gas Industry: New York's Water Withdrawal Regulations
  382.            Issued
  383.          </title>
  384.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  385.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/11/1211nywaterregs.html
  386.          </guid>
  387.          <link>
  388.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/11/1211nywaterregs.html
  389.          </link>
  390.          <description>
  391.            Governor Cuomo announced a delay in issuing the state's proposed
  392.            gas drilling regulations on Tuesday, but yesterday his Department
  393.            of Environmental Conservation (DEC) went ahead and issued the state's
  394.            new water withdrawal permitting regulations. The gas industry and
  395.            other large water users in the state have a generous gift to be thankful
  396.            for this Thanksgiving Day.
  397.          </description>
  398.          <pubDate>
  399.            Thu, 22 Nov 2012 08:05:51 EST
  400.          </pubDate>
  401.        </item>
  402.        <item>
  403.          <title>
  404.            Judge Dismisses Lawsuit for Full Environmental Review of Gas Drilling
  405.            in Delaware River Basin
  406.          </title>
  407.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  408.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/09/1209nyagdrbcsuit.html
  409.          </guid>
  410.          <link>
  411.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/09/1209nyagdrbcsuit.html
  412.          </link>
  413.          <description>
  414.            Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn dismissed a lawsuit seeking environmental
  415.            studies to determine the effect of gas drilling on the Delaware River
  416.            Basin. The suit was filed May 31, 2011, by New York Attorney General
  417.            Eric Schneiderman on behalf of the citizens of New York and was joined
  418.            in by several environmental groups. The Delaware River and its tributaries
  419.            supply water to about 15 million people, including 9 million New
  420.            Yorkers.
  421.          </description>
  422.          <pubDate>
  423.            Tue, 25 Sep 2012 12:25:51 EST
  424.          </pubDate>
  425.        </item>
  426.        <item>
  427.          <title>
  428.            Lawsuit Filed against Painted Post Bulk Water Sales for Gas Drilling
  429.          </title>
  430.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  431.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/07/1207nyppsuit.html
  432.          </guid>
  433.          <link>
  434.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/07/1207nyppsuit.html
  435.          </link>
  436.          <description>
  437.            A lawsuit challenging the plans of the Village of Painted Post to
  438.            engage in bulk water sales for gas drilling in Pennsylvania was filed
  439.            on on June 25, 2012. The suit was filed in Steuben County Supreme
  440.            Court in Bath by the Sierra Club, the Coalition to Protect New York,
  441.            People for a Healthy Environment and five individual petitioners
  442.            against the Village of Painted Post, Painted Post Development LLC,
  443.            SWEPI and the Wellsboro
  444. &amp;
  445.            Corning Railroad. I am working with attorney Richard J. Lippes from
  446.            Buffalo to represent the petitioners.
  447.          </description>
  448.          <pubDate>
  449.            Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:25:51 EST
  450.          </pubDate>
  451.        </item>
  452.        <item>
  453.          <title>
  454.            SRBC Should Put Water Withdrawals for Gas Drilling on Hold
  455.          </title>
  456.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  457.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/05/1205srbcwithdrawalsny.html
  458.          </guid>
  459.          <link>
  460.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/05/1205srbcwithdrawalsny.html
  461.          </link>
  462.          <description>
  463.            Two New York water withdrawal applications and a number of Pennsylvania
  464.            applications are on the agenda for the SRBC's May 10, 2012 public
  465.            hearing in Harrisburg, PA and are scheduled for action by SRBC at
  466.            its June 7, 2012 business meeting in Binghamton, NY. Both New York
  467.            projects are to withdraw water from the Elmira-Horseheads-Big Flats
  468.            Aquifer on the Chemung River. The Elmira-Horseheads-Big Flats Aquifer
  469.            is one of only 14 primary aquifers in New York state.
  470.          </description>
  471.          <pubDate>
  472.            Mon, 07 May 2012 10:25:51 EST
  473.          </pubDate>
  474.        </item>
  475.        <item>
  476.          <title>
  477.            Painted Post Water Exports to Pennsylvania
  478.          </title>
  479.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  480.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/05/1205nymunicipalwithdraw.html
  481.          </guid>
  482.          <link>
  483.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/05/1205nymunicipalwithdraw.html
  484.          </link>
  485.          <description>
  486.            I am posting factual material relating to the plans of the Village
  487.            of Painted Post to sell water withdrawn from its municipal water
  488.            system to Shell Western Exploration and Production LP (SWEPI) for
  489.            export to SWEPI operations in Pennsylvania on my law office website.
  490.          </description>
  491.          <pubDate>
  492.            Sun, 06 May 2012 12:25:51 EST
  493.          </pubDate>
  494.        </item>
  495.        <item>
  496.          <title>
  497.            Court Finds New York's MS4 General Permit Violates the Clean Water
  498.            Act
  499.          </title>
  500.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  501.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/03/1203nymunicipalwithdraw.html
  502.          </guid>
  503.          <link>
  504.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/03/1203nymunicipalwithdraw.html
  505.          </link>
  506.          <description>
  507.            On March 7, I spoke at a forum in Bath, NY about legal issues presented
  508.            by municipal water exports to Pennsylvania. An overview of the issues
  509.            discussed at the forum is contained in an op-ed piece, Municipal
  510.            water export: Whose water? Whose rights? I wrote with Bath attorney
  511.            Mark Schlechter that appeared in the Steuben Courier Advocate on
  512.            March 17, 2012.
  513.          </description>
  514.          <pubDate>
  515.            Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:40:51 EST
  516.          </pubDate>
  517.        </item>
  518.        <item>
  519.          <title>
  520.            Court Finds New York's MS4 General Permit Violates the Clean Water
  521.            Act
  522.          </title>
  523.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  524.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/02/1202nysgenpermitcase.html
  525.          </guid>
  526.          <link>
  527.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/02/1202nysgenpermitcase.html
  528.          </link>
  529.          <description>
  530.            A state court in Westchester County has annulled the general permit
  531.            issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  532.            (DEC) for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer
  533.            Systems (the MS4 General Permit) on the ground that it fails to comply
  534.            with the federal Clean Water Act and the provisions of New York law
  535.            that implement it. Two key reasons for the ruling were that the general
  536.            permit process allowed municipalities to self-certify compliance
  537.            without oversight by the DEC and that the process did not provide
  538.            for hearings on individual applications. The decision may have repercussions
  539.            for other general permits issued by the DEC, including the General
  540.            Permit for Discharges from Construction Activity, the Multi-Sector
  541.            General Permit, the General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding
  542.            Operations, and the proposed General Permit for Stormwater Discharges
  543.            from High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing.
  544.          </description>
  545.          <pubDate>
  546.            Sat, 11 Feb 2012 14:25:51 EST
  547.          </pubDate>
  548.        </item>
  549.        <item>
  550.          <title>
  551.            SRBC Modifies Public Participation Process and Will Reconsider December
  552.            Actions
  553.          </title>
  554.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  555.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201srbchearing.html
  556.          </guid>
  557.          <link>
  558.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201srbchearing.html
  559.          </link>
  560.          <description>
  561.            The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has announced changes
  562.            to its public participation process. It will now conduct a public
  563.            hearing on project applications one month before the Commission acts
  564.            on the projects. In accordance with these changes, the SRBC will
  565.            conduct a public hearing on February 16 to accept public comments
  566.            on water withdrawal and consumptive use project applications scheduled
  567.            for action by SRBC at its next business meeting in mid-March. The
  568.            SRBC will accept written comments on the project applications until
  569.            February 27. The project applications scheduled for the February
  570.            16 hearing include those that were approved at SRBC
  571. &#8217;
  572.            s December 15, 2011 hearing in Wilkes-Barre. Pa. The Commission decided
  573.            to reconsider its December action on those project applications because
  574.            the disruptive behavior of certain individuals prevented interested
  575.            persons from offering testimony at the time,said SRBC Executive Director
  576.            Paul Swartz.
  577.          </description>
  578.          <pubDate>
  579.            Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:25:51 EST
  580.          </pubDate>
  581.        </item>
  582.        <item>
  583.          <title>
  584.            Public Comment Period Extended 15 Days for New York's Proposed Water
  585.            Withdrawal Regulations
  586.          </title>
  587.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  588.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterregs2.html
  589.          </guid>
  590.          <link>
  591.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterregs2.html
  592.          </link>
  593.          <description>
  594.            The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  595.            has extended the public comment period for the department's proposed
  596.            water withdrawal regulations discussed on our post earlier this week
  597.            by 15 days. The new deadline for comments is 5:00 PM on Monday, February
  598.            6, 2012. For more information about the proposed regulations and
  599.            how to submit comments, visit the DEC website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/78258.html.
  600.          </description>
  601.          <pubDate>
  602.            Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:00:51 EST
  603.          </pubDate>
  604.        </item>
  605.        <item>
  606.          <title>
  607.            New York's Proposed Water Withdrawal Regulations: Unequal Treatment
  608.            for the Great Lakes Basin
  609.          </title>
  610.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  611.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterregs.html
  612.          </guid>
  613.          <link>
  614.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterregs.html
  615.          </link>
  616.          <description>
  617.            My initial review of the proposed water withdrawal regulations published
  618.            by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  619.            in the New York State Register on November 23, 2011, discloses six
  620.            preliminary areas of concern: 1. The proposed regulations are being
  621.            issued without a cumulative impact analysis of water usage in the
  622.            state, including water usage for hydrofracking. 2. The proposed regulations
  623.            are being issued without the revised permit language being available
  624.            for review. 3. The proposed withdrawal regulations do not address
  625.            the consumptive use of water for gas drilling and will not cover
  626.            most withdrawals for this purpose, leaving the Great Lakes Basin
  627.            less protected than the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basins. 4.
  628.            A staggered schedule of implementation is proposed, with the largest
  629.            permits being issued first, thereby prioritizing the state's largest
  630.            water users. 5. No public hearings are required before permits are
  631.            issued, leaving residents of the Great Lakes Basin with fewer rights
  632.            than residents of the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basins. 6. No
  633.            water usage fees are imposed for withdrawals in the Great Lakes Basin
  634.            although fees are imposed by the DRBC and the SRBC for withdrawals
  635.            in the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basins. I urge the DEC to withdraw
  636.            the proposed regulations and offer new regulations for comment that
  637.            address these concerns.
  638.          </description>
  639.          <pubDate>
  640.            Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:05:51 EST
  641.          </pubDate>
  642.        </item>
  643.        <item>
  644.          <title>
  645.            New York Water Law Seminar, Feb. 29, 2012, NYCn
  646.          </title>
  647.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  648.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterseminar.html
  649.          </guid>
  650.          <link>
  651.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2012/01/1201nywaterseminar.html
  652.          </link>
  653.          <description>
  654.            Half Moon Seminars is offering an all-day seminar on New York Water
  655.            Law, Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, at NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71
  656.            West 23d Street, in New York City. The program will address federal,
  657.            state and local regulation of New York waters and water supplies,
  658.            water use in natural gas and petroleum production, clean up of polluted
  659.            water resources, complying with water quality laws and regulations
  660.            and water utility regulation. I will give the opening presentation
  661.            on the Development of New York Water Laws. CLE credit for attorneys
  662.            and engineers is available.
  663.          </description>
  664.          <pubDate>
  665.            Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:45:51 EST
  666.          </pubDate>
  667.        </item>
  668.        <item>
  669.          <title>
  670.            SRBC Adopts Final Rulemaking on Gas Drilling, Ignores Concerns
  671.          </title>
  672.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  673.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112srbcwaterregs.html
  674.          </guid>
  675.          <link>
  676.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112srbcwaterregs.html
  677.          </link>
  678.          <description>
  679.            At its December 15, 2011, meeting in Wilkes Barre, PA, the Susquehanna
  680.            River Basin Commission (SRBC) voted to amend its project review regulations
  681.            for gas drilling and approved 22 water withdrawal and consumptive
  682.            use applications. The amended SRBC rules become effective April 1,
  683.            2012. In response to some outspoken members of the public, the December
  684.            15th meeting was adjourned before the agenda was completed. After
  685.            adjourning, the Commissioners voted off-the-record to approve the
  686.            majority of the water withdrawal applications. A group of environmental
  687.            organizations has pointed out that the Commission
  688. &#8217;
  689.            s approval of the water withdrawal applications may not be legally
  690.            effective because the approvals occurred after the meeting was adjourned.
  691.            Prior to the meeting, a number of commentators had urged the SRBC
  692.            to announce a moratorium on water withdrawals for hydraulic fracturing
  693.            until the Commission has in place a comprehensive plan for water
  694.            use and management based on a study of the cumulative impacts of
  695.            projected gas development in the Susquehanna River Basin.
  696.          </description>
  697.          <pubDate>
  698.            Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:45:51 EST
  699.          </pubDate>
  700.        </item>
  701.        <item>
  702.          <title>
  703.            DRBC Puts Water Withdrawals for Gas Drilling in New York on Hold
  704.          </title>
  705.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  706.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112drbcwithdrawalsny.html
  707.          </guid>
  708.          <link>
  709.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112drbcwithdrawalsny.html
  710.          </link>
  711.          <description>
  712.            The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) adopted a resolution at
  713.            its meeting on December 8, 2011, postponing action on any applications
  714.            for water withdrawals for natural gas drilling in New York state
  715.            until the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  716.            (DEC) has completed its environmental review of hydraulic fracturing.
  717.            The decision was made at the request of DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
  718.            The DRBC's decision to postpone consideration of applications from
  719.            New York puts on hold a controversial application from XTO Energy
  720. &#8212;
  721.            a subsidiary of Exxon-Mobil
  722. &#8212;
  723.            to withdraw up to 250,000 gallons of water per day from Oquaga Creek,
  724.            a pristine trout stream in eastern Broome County. Two other water
  725.            withdrawal applications, both in Broome County, were also postponed
  726.            by the commission's decision.
  727.          </description>
  728.          <pubDate>
  729.            Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:00:51 EST
  730.          </pubDate>
  731.        </item>
  732.        <item>
  733.          <title>
  734.            New York's Proposed Water Withdrawal Regs Issued
  735.          </title>
  736.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  737.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112nywaterregs.html
  738.          </guid>
  739.          <link>
  740.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2111/12/1112nywaterregs.html
  741.          </link>
  742.          <description>
  743.            With little fanfare, the New York State Department of Environmental
  744.            Conservation (DEC) has published its proposed regulations to implement
  745.            the water withdrawal legislation passed unanimously by both houses
  746.            of the legislature earlier this year and signed into law by Governor
  747.            Cuomo on August. 15, 2011. The proposed water withdrawal regulations,
  748.            amendments to 6 NYCRR Parts 601 and 621, were announced in the New
  749.            York State Register on November 23, 2011, and are posted on the DEC
  750.            website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/78258.html Written public
  751.            comments on the proposed regulations are being accepted through January
  752.            22, 2012. No public hearings on the proposed regulations have been
  753.            scheduled. On Dec. 2, 2011, the DEC announced public information
  754.            sessions in New Paltz on December 6, 2011, in Henrietta on December
  755.            13, 2011, and in Albany on December 12, 2011. We will be posting
  756.            a detailed analysis of the proposed regulations.
  757.          </description>
  758.          <pubDate>
  759.            Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:45:51 EST
  760.          </pubDate>
  761.        </item>
  762.        <item>
  763.          <title>
  764.            DRBC Postpones Consideration of Proposed Regulations
  765.          </title>
  766.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  767.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/11/1111drbcregspostponed.html
  768.          </guid>
  769.          <link>
  770.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/11/1111drbcregspostponed.html
  771.          </link>
  772.          <description>
  773.            On November 18, 2011, the Delaware River Basin Commission announced
  774.            that the Commission's special meeting scheduled for November 21,
  775.            2011, in Trenton, NJ would be postponed. The announcement came after
  776.            reports that Governor Markell of Delaware and Governor Cuomo of New
  777.            York would vote no on the proposed regulations that would have opened
  778.            the Delaware River Watershed for gas drilling and fracking, which
  779.            were to be voted on at the meeting. A new meeting date is still to
  780.            be determined.
  781.          </description>
  782.          <pubDate>
  783.            Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:45:51 EST
  784.          </pubDate>
  785.        </item>
  786.        <item>
  787.          <title>
  788.            DRBC Revises Proposed Water Withdrawal Regs for Gas Drilling
  789.          </title>
  790.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  791.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/11/1111drbcwaterregs.html
  792.          </guid>
  793.          <link>
  794.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/11/1111drbcwaterregs.html
  795.          </link>
  796.          <description>
  797.            The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) published a revised draft
  798.            of its proposed regulations applicable to water withdrawals for gas
  799.            drilling in the Delaware River Basin on November 8, 2011. The DRBC
  800.            has scheduled a vote on the revised draft regulations on November
  801.            21, 2011 at a special meeting in Trenton, NJ. A vote to approve gas
  802.            regulations would lift the current moratorium. As noted in previous
  803.            posts, the federal agencies overseeing the DRBC and the DRBC have
  804.            been sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a group
  805.            of environmental organizations for their failure to conduct a full
  806.            environmental review of the proposed regulations under the National
  807.            Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  808.          </description>
  809.          <pubDate>
  810.            Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:00:51 EST
  811.          </pubDate>
  812.        </item>
  813.        <item>
  814.          <title>
  815.            New York Water Legislation Signed by Governor
  816.          </title>
  817.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  818.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108nywaterlaw.html
  819.          </guid>
  820.          <link>
  821.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108nywaterlaw.html
  822.          </link>
  823.          <description>
  824.            On August 15, 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the water
  825.            withdrawal permitting legislation unanimously passed by the State
  826.            Senate and Assembly. The new law (Chapters 400-402, Laws of 2011)
  827.            expands the permitting requirements contained in Art. 15 of the Environmental
  828.            Conservation Law to require that persons withdrawing 100,000 gallons
  829.            or more per day of the state's waters obtain permits from the the
  830.            New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) . The
  831.            law imposes no fees for water usage or permit issuance. The new permitting
  832.            requirements do not become applicable until the DEC promulgates new
  833.            regulations implementing the legislation.
  834.          </description>
  835.          <pubDate>
  836.            Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:15:51 EST
  837.          </pubDate>
  838.        </item>
  839.        <item>
  840.          <title>
  841.            Nonprofits Challenge DRBC Gas Drilling Regulations
  842.          </title>
  843.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  844.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108usnyagsuit.html
  845.          </guid>
  846.          <link>
  847.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108usnyagsuit.html
  848.          </link>
  849.          <description>
  850.            A coalition of nonprofit organizations filed suit last week against
  851.            the Army Corps of Engineers and the Delaware River Basin Commission
  852.            (DRBC) for their failure to comply with federal law by proposing
  853.            gas drilling regulations without first conducting a full environmental
  854.            review as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. Plaintiffs
  855.            include the National Parks Conservation Association, Riverkeeper,
  856.            and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The lawsuit was filed on August
  857.            4, 2011, in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York where the Army
  858.            Corps office is located.
  859.          </description>
  860.          <pubDate>
  861.            Mon, 15 Aug 2011 08:00:51 EST
  862.          </pubDate>
  863.        </item>
  864.        <item>
  865.          <title>
  866.            Pennsylvania Suit Challenges Discharge of Gas Drilling Wastewater
  867.            into the Monongahela River
  868.          </title>
  869.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  870.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108uspatreatment.html
  871.          </guid>
  872.          <link>
  873.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/08/1108uspatreatment.html
  874.          </link>
  875.          <description>
  876.            Two Pennsylvania groups, Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper,
  877.            filed suit in federal court on July 19, 2011, against the Municipal
  878.            Authority of the City of McKeesport seeking to enjoin the Authority
  879.            from accepting wastewater from gas drilling operations and discharging
  880.            it into the Monongahela River. The river supplies drinking water
  881.            for nearly a half million people, including a portion of the City
  882.            of Pittsburgh.
  883.          </description>
  884.          <pubDate>
  885.            Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:15:51 EST
  886.          </pubDate>
  887.        </item>
  888.        <item>
  889.          <title>
  890.            Suit Seeks Release of DOE Energy-Water Roadmap
  891.          </title>
  892.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  893.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/07/1107usmadoefoia.html
  894.          </guid>
  895.          <link>
  896.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/07/1107usmadoefoia.html
  897.          </link>
  898.          <description>
  899.            The Massachusetts-based Civil Society Institute (CSI) has brought
  900.            suit under the federal Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative
  901.            Procedure Act seeking release of a U.S. Department of Energy study,
  902.            known as the National Energy-Water Roadmap.
  903.          </description>
  904.          <pubDate>
  905.            Wed, 6 Jul 2011 11:15:51 EST
  906.          </pubDate>
  907.        </item>
  908.        <item>
  909.          <title>
  910.            NY Water Bills Pass Unanimously
  911.          </title>
  912.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  913.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/06/1106nywaterbills.html
  914.          </guid>
  915.          <link>
  916.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/06/1106nywaterbills.html
  917.          </link>
  918.          <description>
  919.            On June 16, the NYS Senate became the second house of the NYS legislature
  920.            to pass the pending water withdrawal permitting legislation, A5318A/S3798.
  921.            The senate vote was 62-0. The assembly passed the legislation on
  922.            May 2 with a vote of 101-0.
  923.          </description>
  924.          <pubDate>
  925.            Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:15:51 EST
  926.          </pubDate>
  927.        </item>
  928.        <item>
  929.          <title>
  930.            NY AG Sues for Full Environmental Review of Gas Drilling in Delaware
  931.            River Basin
  932.          </title>
  933.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  934.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/06/1106usnyagsuit.html
  935.          </guid>
  936.          <link>
  937.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/06/1106usnyagsuit.html
  938.          </link>
  939.          <description>
  940.            New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit May 31, 2011,
  941.            against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Park Service,
  942.            the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection
  943.            Agency seeking, inter alia, an injunction ordering the Defendants
  944.            to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by promptly
  945.            preparing a draft EIS subject to public comment, which shall include
  946.            consideration as an alternative to the proposed DRBC regulations
  947.            a prohibition on natural gas development within the New York City
  948.            Watershed within the Basin, and which shall also include an analysis
  949.            of reasonable measures to mitigate all potentially significant adverse
  950.            environmental impacts.
  951.          </description>
  952.          <pubDate>
  953.            Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:00:51 EST
  954.          </pubDate>
  955.        </item>
  956.        <item>
  957.          <title>
  958.            Suit Challenges Hydrofracking in New York State Forests
  959.          </title>
  960.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  961.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/05/1105nyforestplan.html
  962.          </guid>
  963.          <link>
  964.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/05/1105nyforestplan.html
  965.          </link>
  966.          <description>
  967.            The Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition (CWCWC) has filed suit
  968.            against the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  969.            challenging the failure of the DEC's final Strategic Plan for State
  970.            Forest Management (SPSFM) issued on December 29, 2010 to prohibit
  971.            High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State Forests.
  972.          </description>
  973.          <pubDate>
  974.            Wed, 4 May 2011 21:15:51 EST
  975.          </pubDate>
  976.        </item>
  977.        <item>
  978.          <title>
  979.            What Protections Are Offered by NY's Pending Water Withdrawal Bills?
  980.          </title>
  981.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  982.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/04/1104nywaterbills.html
  983.          </guid>
  984.          <link>
  985.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/04/1104nywaterbills.html
  986.          </link>
  987.          <description>
  988.            t basin are protected like waters in the Susquehanna River Basin
  989.            and the Delaware River Basin, why put in place legislation that will
  990.            not give comparable protections?
  991.          </description>
  992.          <pubDate>
  993.            Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:07:51 EST
  994.          </pubDate>
  995.        </item>
  996.        <item>
  997.          <title>
  998.            Private Landowners Granted Right to Challenge EPA
  999. &#8217;
  1000.            s Clean Water Act
  1001. &#8220;
  1002.            Impaired Waters
  1003. &#8221;
  1004.            Listing Decisions
  1005.          </title>
  1006.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1007.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103uscwaprivate.html
  1008.          </guid>
  1009.          <link>
  1010.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103uscwaprivate.html
  1011.          </link>
  1012.          <description>
  1013.            Meline MacCurdy reports a recent Ninth Circuit holding that a
  1014. &#8220;
  1015.            perceived
  1016. &#8221;
  1017.            decrease in value of private property following EPA
  1018. &#8217;
  1019.            s approval of a state
  1020. &#8217;
  1021.            s
  1022. &#8220;
  1023.            impaired waters
  1024. &#8221;
  1025.            listing under Section 303 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) is sufficient
  1026.            to establish the standing of a private plaintiff to challenge the
  1027.            agency
  1028. &#8217;
  1029.            s decision. The case gives private property owners adjacent to creeks,
  1030.            rivers and other waterbodies in the West a seat at the table in CWA
  1031.            listing decisions, a step that often occurs long before affirmative
  1032.            obligations are imposed on uses of the private properties through
  1033.            the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program.
  1034.          </description>
  1035.          <pubDate>
  1036.            Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:07:51 EST
  1037.          </pubDate>
  1038.        </item>
  1039.        <item>
  1040.          <title>
  1041.            Permit Systems Entrench Large Water Users
  1042.          </title>
  1043.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1044.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103waterlawclimate.html
  1045.          </guid>
  1046.          <link>
  1047.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103waterlawclimate.html
  1048.          </link>
  1049.          <description>
  1050.            Dan Tarlock's new paper on Water Law
  1051. &#8217;
  1052.            s Climate Disruption Adaptation Potential raises pertinent issues
  1053.            for the discussion going on in New York about proposed legislation
  1054.            to issue water withdrawal permits to large water private users. The
  1055.            paper describes the role permits played in Georgia
  1056. &#8217;
  1057.            s law making responses to a severe drought and notes that,
  1058. &quot;
  1059.            [t]he reality is that the permit system entrenches large withdrawals.
  1060. &quot;
  1061.          </description>
  1062.          <pubDate>
  1063.            Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:15:51 EST
  1064.          </pubDate>
  1065.        </item>
  1066.        <item>
  1067.          <title>
  1068.            New York Water Withdrawal Bills Advance
  1069.          </title>
  1070.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1071.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103nywaterbills.html
  1072.          </guid>
  1073.          <link>
  1074.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/03/1103nywaterbills.html
  1075.          </link>
  1076.          <description>
  1077.            The water withdrawal legislation considered by the New York legislature
  1078.            in its 2009-2010 session has been reintroduced and is advancing.
  1079.            S3798 was voted out of the Senate En Con committee yesterday. Today,
  1080.            A5318A was amended to match S3798.
  1081.          </description>
  1082.          <pubDate>
  1083.            Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:15:51 EST
  1084.          </pubDate>
  1085.        </item>
  1086.        <item>
  1087.          <title>
  1088.            WI Supreme Court to Address Public Trust Doctrine and Municipal Powers
  1089.            to Adopt Water Ordinances
  1090.          </title>
  1091.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1092.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101wipublictrust.html
  1093.          </guid>
  1094.          <link>
  1095.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101wipublictrust.html
  1096.          </link>
  1097.          <description>
  1098.            The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted review of a dispute over
  1099.            the permitting of a high-capacity water well. Upon review, the court
  1100.            is expected to decide the reach of the public trust doctrine and
  1101.            to decide whether a municipal ordinance governing groundwater transfers
  1102.            is preempted by state law.
  1103.          </description>
  1104.          <pubDate>
  1105.            Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:15:51 EST
  1106.          </pubDate>
  1107.        </item>
  1108.        <item>
  1109.          <title>
  1110.            MI Supreme Court Rules on Water Law and Standing Issues
  1111.          </title>
  1112.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1113.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101miausable.html
  1114.          </guid>
  1115.          <link>
  1116.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101miausable.html
  1117.          </link>
  1118.          <description>
  1119.            A significant new decision of the Michigan Supreme Court addresses
  1120.            water law and standing issues. The case of Anglers of the AuSable
  1121.            v. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Merit Energy
  1122.            Company holds the diversion of contaminated water at issue in the
  1123.            case was “manifestly unreasonable”, and establishes broad rights
  1124.            for citizens to sue state agencies.
  1125.          </description>
  1126.          <pubDate>
  1127.            Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:15:51 EST
  1128.          </pubDate>
  1129.        </item>
  1130.        <item>
  1131.          <title>
  1132.            US Supreme Court to Hear Water Compact Arguments Today
  1133.          </title>
  1134.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1135.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101usmtvwy.html
  1136.          </guid>
  1137.          <link>
  1138.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101usmtvwy.html
  1139.          </link>
  1140.          <description>
  1141.            U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on Montana’s claim
  1142.            that Wyoming is violating the provisions of the Yellowstone River
  1143.            Compact.
  1144.          </description>
  1145.          <pubDate>
  1146.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
  1147.          </pubDate>
  1148.        </item>
  1149.        <item>
  1150.          <title>
  1151.            Final NY Forest Plan Allows Hydro-Fracking
  1152.          </title>
  1153.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1154.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101nyforest.html
  1155.          </guid>
  1156.          <link>
  1157.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101nyforest.html
  1158.          </link>
  1159.          <description>
  1160.            DEC's final forest plan calls for permitting gas drilling using the
  1161.            techniques of horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing
  1162.            in the state forests.
  1163.          </description>
  1164.          <pubDate>
  1165.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
  1166.          </pubDate>
  1167.        </item>
  1168.        <item>
  1169.          <title>
  1170.            Seminar on Natural Resource Damages, Jan. 20-21
  1171.          </title>
  1172.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1173.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101semnrd.html
  1174.          </guid>
  1175.          <link>
  1176.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101semnrd.html
  1177.          </link>
  1178.          <description>
  1179.            Seminar offered on litigating Natural Resource Damages: The Ground,
  1180.            Groundwater and the Gulf: New Developments and Best Strategies, January
  1181.            20 - 21, 2011, Miami, FL.
  1182.          </description>
  1183.          <pubDate>
  1184.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
  1185.          </pubDate>
  1186.        </item>
  1187.        <item>
  1188.          <title>
  1189.            NY Village of Owego Puts Wastewater Sale on Hold
  1190.          </title>
  1191.          <guid isPermaLink="true">
  1192.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101nyowegosale.html
  1193.          </guid>
  1194.          <link>
  1195.            http://nywaterlaw.com/blog/2011/01/1101nyowegosale.html
  1196.          </link>
  1197.          <description>
  1198.            The Village Board of Owego, New York, near Binghamton, decided at
  1199.            a meeting on Dec. 20, 2010, to conduct an environmental assessment
  1200.            before voting on a proposed wastewater sale to Inflection Energy.
  1201.          </description>
  1202.          <pubDate>
  1203.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
  1204.          </pubDate>
  1205.        </item>
  1206.        <item>
  1207.          <title>
  1208.            PA Decision on Hydraulic Fracturing and Strict Liability
  1209.          </title>
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  1217.            A PA judge has refused to dismiss a suit against Cabot for claims
  1218.            that Cabot's hydraulic fracturing operations contaminated the plaintiffs’
  1219.            property and water with methane, natural gas, and other toxics.
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  1221.          <pubDate>
  1222.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
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  1227.            NY Water Law Blog Launched
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  1235.          <description>
  1236.            Website launched as a resource for citizens and lawyers studying
  1237.            water law issues in New York, and to promote greater understanding
  1238.            of New York's laws governing water usage and protection from water
  1239.            contamination.
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  1241.          <pubDate>
  1242.            Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:52:51 EST
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