“New York State Sets the Bar High for Fracking,” ABA Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter

“New York State Sets the Bar High for Fracking,” ABA Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Newsletter

April 2020

In an article for the ABA’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law newsletter, Nicholas Fox and Scott M. Press, associates in Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law and Toxic Tort groups, discuss newly proposed legislation to restrict fracking-related activities in New York State.

In the article, Nick and Scott talk about the various types of environmental impacts and public health outcomes from fracking, the state’s clean energy initiative, and how the implementation of a ban or harsher regulatory controls is a hot-button topic for the 2020 presidential election.

“Despite what advocates of the fracking industry would argue is a lost opportunity in New York, the fracking ban in the state is consistent with the goals of Cuomo’s Green New Deal, which sets nation-leading clean energy targets by reducing reliance on fossil fuels such as natural gas, and seeks to make New York entirely carbon-neutral by 2040,” they write. “The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), signed by Cuomo in July 2019, mandates the Green New Deal’s clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2025, six gigawatts of distributed solar energy by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030.”


New York State Sets the Bar High,” ABA’s Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, Spring 2020




Nicholas Fox focuses his practice on counseling and defending clients in all stages of complex toxic tort, environmental, and asbestos litigation. His background includes handling claims related to personal injury, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice, as well as litigating business, commercial, and construction matters. Additionally, Nick possesses experience in several other areas of law, such as contract disputes, product liability, premises liability, negotiable instruments, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Law, business torts, and business fraud.

Scott M. Press focuses his practice on complex litigation involving environmental law and land use, representing clients in environmental litigation claims, regulatory and compliance counseling, and enforcement. Scott provides clients with an in-depth knowledge of state and federal environmental regulations including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act, and others. He routinely handles complex environmental litigation matters, as well as regulatory enforcement and compliance matters including hazardous waste, site remediation and federal and state cost recovery and contribution claims.