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Daniel Raichel, Project Attorney, New York

Daniel Raichel
As a newly-minted project attorney with the New York Program, I work with NRDC’s Community Fracking Defense Project, which helps local residents and town boards effectively exercise their democratic voice to protect their communities from the harms of industrial fracking activities. I got my start working on fracking issues as a clinic student at Columbia Law School helping Pennsylvania municipalities write protective zoning ordinances against fracking, and am delighted to be able to continue to work directly with local communities in the Marcellus Region. On a personal note, I am a big fan of cooking and city-biking and, as a Chicago-native, was also a beer vendor at Wrigley Field for eight seasons—the last of which I worked while studying for the bar.

Recent Posts

A Casino in a Forest? Why One New York Gaming Proposal Should Be Rejected

Posted October 1, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This week, NRDC submitted written comments affirming a message we voiced to the New York Gaming Facilities Location Board last week at a public hearing in Poughkeepsie—don’t approve a license for a massive resort and casino complex in the middle...continued

PA Citizens Take Action into Their Own Hands as DEP Finally Comes Clean

Posted September 4, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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It only took five years, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finally released a list of all the confirmed cases where “DEP determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities.”  In total, drilling...continued

State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning

Posted July 23, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or...continued

Fracking Victory for NY Communities: High Court Upholds Local Bans

Posted June 30, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Break out the fireworks because it's official.  After several years, a string of victories in the lower courts, and the incredible efforts of countless New Yorkers, the high court of the state, the Court of Appeals, has now made it...continued

What Kind of "Impact" Has Cabot Oil and Gas Had on Pennsylvania?

Posted June 9, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Just about a week ago, Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, the company associated with widespread methane contamination of groundwater in Dimock, Pennsylvania, received one of the Governor’s new “Community Impact Awards”—an award for companies that “exemplif[y] the tenet of ‘doing...continued

NY Home Rule Update: High Court Hears Arguments in Dryden and Middlefield Cases

Posted June 4, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Yesterday, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, heard arguments in the two most important home rule cases in the state—Norse Energy v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield—in which NRDC submitted...continued

NY Home Rule Update: NRDC Files Brief in Support of Municipalities

Posted April 29, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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As I’ve blogged about before, the two leading cases on the right of New York towns to zone fracking activities—Norse Energy v. Town of Dryden and Cooperstown Holstein Corporation v. Town of Middlefield—are now before New York’s highest court, the...continued

Texas Jury and Former Mobil Oil Executive: Fracking Is a Nuisance

Posted April 28, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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Two unlikely announcements last week added to the growing chorus of concern regarding the impacts that fracking can have on local communities. The first came from a jury in Texas last Tuesday, which by a 5-to-1 vote sided with a...continued

Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

Posted March 21, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Every day, communities across the country are taking action to protect themselves against the harms of industrial fracking.  These efforts are illustrated by events like the string of successful bans and moratoria that passed as ballot measures in Colorado’s last...continued

Erie County Joins Growing Number of New York Counties Banning Fracking Waste

Posted January 10, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Erie County now joins the growing list of New York counties taking action to protect local residents from the health harms and potential property damage posed by the use of toxic fracking waste. Yesterday, County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed into...continued

HUGE Victory!: PA Supreme Court Says State Can't Force Fracking on Local Communities

Posted December 20, 2013 by Daniel Raichel in Curbing Pollution

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I normally hate to write anything in all caps, but there is just no way to describe the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 4-2 decision yesterday declaring the zoning provisions of Act 13 unconstitutional as anything other than A HUGE VICTORY FOR ALL PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITIES!! Why...continued

Don't Mess With Dallas: City Passes One of the Strictest Gas Drilling Ordinances in Texas

Posted December 17, 2013 by Daniel Raichel in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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With a 9-6 vote last week to pass a local law requiring  a minimum of 1,500 feet between gas wells and homes, the Dallas City Council has made clear who controls the fracking fate of Texas’ third largest city:  the...continued

CO Congressman Polis to Oil & Gas Industry: Please Stop Suing Our Towns

Posted December 11, 2013 by Daniel Raichel in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Last week, in a letter to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (a trade association composed of Colorado companies working in or with the oil and gas industry, also known as “COGA”), U.S. Congressman Jared Polis had a simple message:...continued

Home Rule Heads to the High Court: NY's Court of Appeals Agrees to Hear Dryden and Middlefield Cases

Posted September 6, 2013 by Daniel Raichel in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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Last week, New York’s highest court (the New York Court of Appeals) agreed to hear the industry appeals of two decisions issued by the New York Appellate Division this past spring in the Dryden and Middlefield cases, in which it...continued

Fracking Your Backyard: All Local Residents Deserve the Same Protection When It Comes to Their Property Rights.

Posted July 29, 2013 by Daniel Raichel in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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While media attention on fracking often centers on the risks it poses to people and the environment—such as the potential health harms from well-site air pollutants or the potential for frack wells to contaminate fresh drinking water—today, I’d like to...continued

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