Cuomo seeks to ban fracking permanently, cites Southern Tier as clean energy leader in N.Y.

first_img“In the five years since fracking was banned, we have proven that it was in fact, not the only economic option for the Southern Tier,” Governor Cuomo said in a press release sent to 12 News. The governor announced legislation Wednesday afternoon that would prevent the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation from approving permits that would allow an applicant’s ability to “drill, deepen, plug back or convert wells that use hydraulic-fracking to complete or re- complete a well.” He cited Binghamton University Professor and 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient Stanley Whittingham’s “expertise” in subject as an example of the regions’ dedication to clean energy. The governor says the legislation will protect New Yorkers’ health as well as the environment’s. In a statement sent to 12 News, Cuomo highlighted the Southern Tier’s devotion to clean energy. He says efforts for clean energy in the Southern Tier have “grown rapidly” over five years. (WBNG) — Governor Cuomo is looking to make the fracking ban in New York State permanent. “The region has since become a hotbed for clean energy and economic development investment through programs like 76West and Southern Tier Soaring, creating new good-quality jobs that pave the way for further growth,” he said.last_img read more

Chinese, Vatican foreign ministers hold first meeting: state media

first_imgThe Vatican News, the Holy See’s official information website, cited a statement as saying that the meeting — which took place during the Munich Security Conference — covered the 2018 agreement.The two sides agreed to “continue the institutional dialogue at the bilateral level to promote the life of the Catholic Church and the good of the Chinese people”, the statement said, according to Vatican News.China’s roughly 12 million Catholics have for decades been split between a government-run association, whose clergy were chosen by the atheist Communist Party, and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.But under the terms of the deal agreed in September 2018, both Beijing and the Vatican now have a say in appointing Catholic bishops. The foreign ministers of China and the Vatican have met in the first such high-level encounter between the sides, which do not have diplomatic ties, Beijing’s state media said Saturday.The meeting between China’s Wang Yi and Archbishop Paul Gallagher in Munich, Germany, on Friday comes as relations between the two sides steadily improve following a landmark agreement on the appointment of bishops in 2018.The People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, said Gallagher and Wang spoke about China’s efforts to combat the new coronavirus epidemic, describing it as their first-ever meeting. Topics :last_img read more