Journalists on the Environment Beat Look Ahead

How you head toward 9 billion people with the fewest regrets is not a news story. It’s an ongoing question. And anyone who says there’s a single answer is not being truthful. So the only form of journalism that really captures that well is an ongoing conversation, which is a blog… [Dot Earth blog]

Veil may be pulled from NY’s review of fracking in 2014: State has 45 days to begin releasing files on health review

Under the threat of a lawsuit by a citizens action group called Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Cuomo’s administration settled a case to release administrative documents, letters, and other records detailing the [state] Department of Health study that will determine the outcome of the governor’s decision to allow or ban fracking – whenever that decision might come. [Shale Gas Review]

Report: Parts of Brooklyn still reeling from Sandy

More than a year after Sandy, many [coastal] areas have not fully recovered and much still needs to be done to repair the damage and beef up Brooklyn’s resiliency for the next time. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

Is Poor Maintenance of Rooftop Water Tanks Endangering New York City’s High Quality Drinking Water?

An investigation by Times reporters Ray Rivera, Frank G. Runyeon and Russ Buettner has found muddy sediment and e-coli bacteria accumulated at the bottom of some water tanks that the Times recently sampled in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. In addition, the Times reports, such water tanks may not have been cleaned or inspected for years, in apparent violation of the City’s health code. [NRDC blog]

Coney Island Garden Uprooted for Theater

The Boardwalk Community Garden, just steps from Coney Island’s beach, was a place where the neighborhood’s needy residents grew and reaped fresh produce for the dinner table for about 17 years. But before dawn on Dec. 28, bulldozers and backhoes rolled in and leveled the plot of land at West 22nd Street and the Boardwalk, destroying produce still waiting to be harvested. [The Wall Street Journal]

State confirms that no permits for natural gas drilling will be issued in 2014

“[State] Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens told legislators Wednesday that he has “absolutely no” plans to issue permits to drilling companies in 2014, clearing the way for Gov. Cuomo to run for reelection without having to deal with the controversial issue. [New York Daily News]

U.N. appoints former NYC Mayor Bloomberg cities, climate change envoy

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy for cities and climate change, in a bid to build momentum ahead of a planned U.N. summit meeting in September. [Reuters]

Sneak Peek Avenue V Pump Station

Construction is nearly complete on an extensive, $200 million rehabilitation project at the century-old Avenue V Pumping Station in Gravesend, Brooklyn. When work is finished later this year, the Station will be able to pump 80 million gallons of wastewater a day to the Owl’s Head Wastewater Treatment Plant during wet weather…The upgrade will help reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in Coney Island Creek. [NYC DEP Weekly Pipeline]

The Newtown Creek “Magic Lantern” Show

A photographer and blogger, Mitch has been wandering around the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens for several years. Documenting the rich history and environmental issues which plague the largely unknown 3.8 mile long waterway, found at the center of New York City and recently named to the Federal Superfund list, Mitch has visited its hidden corners and works to reveal its obscure story. [Brooklyn Brainery]