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Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City

Kate Sinding
I am a senior attorney in NRDC’s New York Urban Program. One of the best things about being in the Urban Program is that I get to work on a broad array of matters, some of which you wouldn’t even automatically think of as being “urban.” These days, I spend most of my time fighting to ensure that new fracking isn’t allowed to happen in New York unless and until the risks have been comprehensively and properly considered. We want NY to serve as a model that helps put the pressure on other states, like Pennsylvania, where inadequately regulated fracking is already wreaking havoc on communities and the environment. On the other end of the spectrum, I work to advance policies that require manufacturers to take responsibility for recycling their products, like electronic waste – or packaging – at the end-of-life.

Recent Posts

NY High Court's Local Ban Decision is No Basis for Greenlighting Fracking

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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When the New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that municipalities have the right to use their zoning codes to ban fracking, my reaction was one of intense relief and celebration. But I immediately became concerned that the...continued

NYS Senate Must Enact Three-Year Moratorium on Fracking Now

Posted June 17, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The mad end-of-session rush in Albany is upon us, the time of year for frenetic horse-trading and multiple must-do lists. Our list is short: The Senate, where too often good environmental legislation goes to die, must pass a three-year moratorium...continued

Join Us in Calling on NY's Lawmakers to Impose a 3-5 Year Moratorium on Fracking

Posted June 2, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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For some New Yorkers, fracking is a future nightmare. For others, it’s a delightful daydream of prosperity. It’s pretty safe to file State Senator George Maziarz in that daydream category, judging by his comment hinting that Governor Cuomo is likely...continued

New Senate bill would prevent the oil and gas industry from imposing gag orders on victims

Posted May 20, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Last month, I blogged about the problem of oil and gas companies requiring landowners who complain of water contamination, air pollution and/or health effects from nearby drilling operations to sign so-called "non-disclosure agreements," or "NDAs," when they enter into settlement agreements....continued

New ad campaign tells NY's leaders to keep up their cautious approach to fracking

Posted May 15, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Health and the Environment

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Now more than ever we find ourselves at a critical juncture when it comes to the question of fracking in New York State. With new information about fracking’s risks becoming available, literally on almost a weekly basis, it is clearer...continued

Hugely deserved honor for Helen Holden Slottje, who innovated NY's local fracking bans

Posted April 28, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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It was Nancy Reagan who famously popularized the phrase “just say no,” in the context of drug abuse. Now, an attorney named Helen Holden Slottje has won major recognition for helping dozens of municipalities across the State of New York...continued

Oil and gas industry must stop silencing victims

Posted April 14, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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What is the fracking industry trying to sell us in Marcellus? Certainly not logical consistency. In one notorious case, now described at length by Jonathan H. Marks in The Hastings Center Report, we get a stark look at the contradictory...continued

Latest IPCC Report Shows Why New York Must Choose Clean Energy Over Fracking

Posted April 2, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Arriving at the same time as a big-screen film about an epic, world-changing flood described in the Book of Genesis, the almost biblical sweep of gloomy news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change portrays an unfolding global future of...continued

Growing body of fracking science provides powerful justification for continued health review in NY

Posted March 20, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Drip by drip, study by study, event by event, we keep getting additional reasons to worry about what fracking could potentially do to damage the environment of New York and the health of New Yorkers. Last month, for example, I...continued

New TX Air Quality Investigation Shows Wisdom in NY's Deliberative Approach to Fracking

Posted February 19, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The agonizingly slow grinding of bureaucratic gears can be a source of frustration. But in New York, where the study of potential impacts of fracking has been moving without noticeable hurry, there’s new reason to see that steady pace as...continued

Crude on the Hudson: NYS must act now to prevent a disaster

Posted February 12, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The future health of the Hudson River depends heavily on decisions that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation must make soon. That may sound like the-sky-is-falling overstatement, but it’s not. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo seems pretty...continued

New hope for fracking victims from EPA's inspector general?

Posted February 10, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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It’s a question we have been asking urgently at NRDC: Why would the Environmental Protection Agency prematurely shut down its study of the water quality impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming? Now, there’s a hopeful sign that the...continued

EPA Still Burying Head in Sand on Key Fracking Contamination Cases

Posted January 15, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Earlier this week, NRDC finally received a response to a letter we sent last September to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking an explanation for EPA’s sudden withdrawal from important investigations into suspected drinking water contamination from fracking in...continued

Voters in CO and OH approve anti-fracking measures

Posted November 6, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Voters in at least three more Colorado municipalities, as well as another in Ohio, approved anti-fracking measures in yesterday's elections, continuing a trend whereby local communities are standing up in support of their right to self-determination in the face of rapidly...continued

New Scientific Evidence on Fracking's Risks Shows Cuomo Should Stand Firm on Moratorium

Posted November 1, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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NRDC and a coalition of environmental and public health advocacy groups today sent a memo to Governor Cuomo outlining a variety of new scientific evidence showing the magnitude of potential risks from fracking has grown significantly. In light of this...continued

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