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Another State Senate Republican gets ‘Oil Slick Award’

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This month an environmentalist lobbying group gave state Sen. Kathy Marchione, R-Halfmoon, the 2014 “Oil Slick Award” for advocating a rollback in state business regulations, which it said could result in environmental disaster.

“Right now in her district, General Electric is dredging PCBs out of the Hudson River, and each day hundreds of train cars filled with dangerous crude oil is traveling on local rails,” Environmental Advocates said in a statement posted on its website. “So we’d expect her to have a fuller appreciation of what strong safeguards mean since a lack of oversight of this industry has a direct impact on her constituents’ quality of life.”

In 2013, the Oil Slick Award went to Senate co-leader Jeff Klein, which did not deter the League of Conservation Voters, a pro-fracking group that disguises itself as pro-environmental, from endorsing him for re-election last month. The masqueraded group cited “his strong commitment to the environment.”

Environmental Advocates’ Travis Proulx, a former Senate aide, said Marchione’s bill to identify regulations ripe for reform was “extreme … The effort she led wasn’t to clean up regulations. It wasn’t to make sure everything worked well together. It was really going through it with a hatchet.”

Environmental Advocates says “fighting environmental rollbacks” was one of its key priorities in the 2014 legislative session.

The pro-fracking League of Conservation Voters is presently funding Senator Mark Grisanti’s campaign against anti-fracking Democrat Marc Panepinto.

By Brian Blamire