About two dozen activists held vigil today in front of the federal building in Syracuse urging President Obama to reject the expansion of the Keystone pipeline. The action follows the release late last week of the State Department’s final environmental impact review, on which the president is expected to base his decision. Long-time activist Sandy Porter says the process harms the environment from the time huge earth movers dig out the tar sands, to where they process it.
Some of the scientific community that’s been studying Hydro-fracking for natural gas is trying to broaden the discussion about impacts and expectations. A series of forums will look at emerging knowledge around gas drilling in Marcellus shale here in New York.