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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

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

As Fracking Spreads Ever-Wider, Communities Increasingly Fight to Determine Own Fate

Posted October 29, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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There’s been a lot of coverage in the national news of late shining a spotlight on the real impacts fracking is having on small towns across the country.  Just this past weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a new analysis...continued

New Poll Confirms Governor Cuomo Should Continue His Cautious Approach to Fracking

Posted September 30, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Once again, we have clear evidence that New Yorkers are worried about fracking. A new poll, released today by the Siena College Research Institute, shows that 45% of voters in New York are opposed to fracking, the highest percentage to...continued

New report confirms methane emissions from fracking are high, more needed to understand scale

Posted September 18, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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A report out yesterday from the University of Texas (funded by the Environmental Defense Fund and members of the oil and gas industry) provides the results from a study of methane emissions (a potent global warming pollution) at 190 onshore...continued

Anti-Fracking Protestors to Appeal Directly to President Obama during Presidential Visit to Shale Country

Posted August 22, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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President Obama’s welcome on his trip to Pennsylvania and New York this week may not be as warm as he’d hoped. Anti-fracking citizens in both states, dismayed at the President’s decision to embrace natural gas development as a major energy...continued

More calls on EPA to reopen Dimock fracking investigation

Posted August 7, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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In the aftermath of an illuminating story in the LA Times last week that revealed that staff at the Environmental Protection Agency believed that there was evidence that fracking activities in Dimock, PA had caused "significant damage" to water quality, calls...continued

Why Would EPA Hide Info on Fracking & Water Contamination in Dimock?

Posted July 28, 2013 by Kate Sinding in Health and the Environment

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The Los Angeles Times published a story today reporting on a leaked document that indicates that the Environmental Protection Agency  has never conveyed to the public the possibility that methane released during drilling “and perhaps during the fracking process” resulted...continued

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