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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n20 (05/17/2012) » Section: Week in Review

UB Shale Institute Taps Industry Shills

On Tuesday, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Shale Resources and Society Institute issued its first report, “Environmental Impacts During Shale Gas Drilling: Causes, Impacts and Remedies.” In a nutshell, the paper argues that mistakes learned from high-volume horizontal hydro-fracturing accidents in Pennsylvania would not be repeated in New York State, given the appropriate industry regulation. It’s a pro-fracking piece.

The Sins of the Father

On Wednesday morning, in the matter of filling the vacancy in the South District seat previously occupied by Mickey Kearns, Buffalo’s Common Council completed its embarrassment by appointing to the seat a fellow whose only qualification for the position seems to be his last name.

A Voice With No Vote, and the Vagaries of Vice

The bill sponsored by State Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger to create a new seat on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s much-beleaguered board has now passed both the Assembly and the Senate. The bill itself, however, is a compromised version of what transportation advocates have been calling for, which is voting representation for the people who actually use the transit system.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

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