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Joe Martens

Siena Poll: NYers Evenly Split On ‘Fracking’

Alex Beauchamp, Fracking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Hydraulic Fracturing, Joe Martens, Karen Moreau, Poll, Siena Research Institute The Siena Research Institute poll released Monday says voters statewide were split 40-40 percent when asked if the Department of Environmental Conservation should ...

NY's feelings on fracking remain the same

The Associated Press reported last month that comments from Joe Martens, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation indicate that it is "extremely unlikely" that New York will offer any permits during the coming fiscal year because Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget ...

Adirondack rails-trails debate still stuck "in limbo"

Speaking earlier last week during a visit to Lake Clear, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens acknowledged frustration with the slow process, but said a careful review is warranted. "My staff and DOT staff have been reviewing the hundreds and hundreds ...

Capitol Confidential » DEC will have hunting license blackout

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced that beginning Thursday, December 26, the public will not be able to purchase hunting, fishing or trapping licenses, or secure a recreational marine fishing registration or report their ...

NY fracking decision faces further delay on health study

"As we have been reviewing the scope of these studies, I have determined that the DOH Public Health Review will require additional time to complete based on the complexity of the issues," said health commissioner Nirav Shah in a letter to Joe Martens, commissioner of the Department of ...

N.Y. green chief promises caution at raucous fracking hearing

Those critics, who are pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to permanently ban the successful yet controversial process from the Empire State, packed a joint state House and Senate budget hearing, where Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testified. The lengthy ...

"Fracking" opponents to pack NY budget hearing

Busloads of opponents of natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing are heading to Albany to hear Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testify Monday morning. Lawmakers are expected to question Martens about fracking, as they did with Health ...

Sea Bass Fishing Season Extended in Wake of Superstorm Sandy

After hearing concerns from the East End fishing fleet, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, sent a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens on Dec. 20, warning that "If New York chooses not to open the season, we will lose business to ...

Cuomo Orders Oversight of Oil Shipping by Rail

Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, announced the action at a legislative budget hearing. He said the governor had issued an executive order directing the department and other agencies to evaluate the state’s spill prevention, response and ...

Cuomo: $20M in Grants Available for Post-Sandy Fishing Industry

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said, “In visiting the area affected by Sandy, I saw firsthand the damage the fishing industry sustained in the wake of Sandy. These funds, championed by Governor Cuomo, will help recreational and commercial fishing ...

$20M settlement for St. Lawrence River pollution

"Although we can't turn back the clock, the trustees worked hard to ensure that this settlement improves environmental quality," said Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement should help ...

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hears from Central New York sportsmen during closed meeting

CORTLAND, N.Y -- DEC Commissioner Joe Martens meeting with select group of outdoors sportsmen today at the DEC's Cortland office was slated to last two hours - and ended up lasting more than three. "Things went fine," said Martens in a phone interview shortly after the meeting ...

Oneida Lake bass fishery now on DEC Commish's radar screen thanks to successful outing

It was a chilly afternoon, but DEC Commissioner Joe Martens warmed up quickly to Oneida Lake's bass fishing scene. (Mike Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com) It started with a playful challenge issued earlier this year when I was interviewing Joe Martens, commissioner of the state ...

DEC Commissioner Martens to meet behind closed doors with Central NY sportsmen

Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is scheduled to meet with a select group of outdoors sportsmen behind closed doors Friday afternoon at the DEC Region 7 office in Cortland. The meeting is closed to the press, a DEC spokesman said. The ...

Hydrofracking decision won't be 'rush to judgment,' says New York DEC commissioner

Commissioner Joe Martens of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment in Albany, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (Mike Groll | The Associated Press) Syracuse, N.Y. -- There's still no timetable for a ...

Revised DEC mute swan plan may include regional differences, use of 'non-lethal' methods

Revised DEC mute swan plan may include regional differences, use of 'non-lethal' methods The state Department of Environmental Conservation today firmed up, and added a few more specifics to comments made earlier this week by DEC Commissioner Joe Martens about his agency's controversial ...

Crossbows for hunting could be legal by fall

(Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com) Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said the use of crossbows by hunters in this state could be legal by this fall -- provided Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget is passed by the state Legislature. "It's got to ...

Local DEC forest ranger, employees and volunteer return after fighting Montana forest fires

... in the Lolo Creek Complex in Missoula, Mont. A 20-member New York firefighting crew that traveled to Montana to assist in the containment of the Lolo Creek Complex wildfires returned to New York this morning, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced...

Niagara County-owned landfill closing appears likely

The state Department of Environmental Conservation ’s Hudson River Estuary... Full Article at Daily Freeman The announcement was made Monday by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens. “We will continue to work with local governments and land trusts to protect ...

DEC commish concedes agency's press policy is too restrictive, needs work

Joe Martens, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, conceded Sunday that his agency's press policy has problems and that he's trying to fix things. Martens, told the Adirondack Press Enterprise that he's trying to change the department's media policy ...

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