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A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.
A photo from a National Transportation Safety Board powerpoint from 2012 shows how DOT-111 tankers can puncture. Photo: NTSB.

"Inadequate" oil tankers rumble through Canton & North Country

There's been renewed attention to the safety of the freight trains that run through North Country towns. The horrible oil explosion that destroyed much of a Quebec village and killed 47 people makes any railroad town ask, "what if?" And a plan by CSX to increase train speeds through the village of Canton has local officials concerned the rail company is putting quick commerce before safety.

An investigation by NCPR has found CSX is shipping hazardous liquids like crude oil through Canton and other towns on its Massena line using tankers federal regulators deemed "inadequate" two decades ago.  Go to full article
Eileen Simollardes (at right) from Vermont Gas outlines the pipeline project.  Cornwall select board chairman Bruce Hiland (in blue) looks on at left.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)

NY-VT tension shapes Ticonderoga gas pipeline project

The US and Canada are carrying more and more energy produced in North America on rail tank cars. That's controversial, especially after this summer's disaster in Lac-Megantic.

But there's also a fierce debate underway over construction of new pipelines to carry the surge of domestic natural gas and oil. Much of the controversy has focused on the Keystone XL project in the Midwest. But we have our own pipeline battle shaping up here in the North Country.

A company in Vermont hopes to build a new line that would feed natural gas from Vermont underneath Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. Some environmental activists and local government leaders in Vermont are promising to block the project unless major changes are made.  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Will the Vermont Gas line serve all of Ticonderoga?

One lingering question on the New York side of the lake is whether this gas pipeline project will benefit consumers in Ticonderoga other than International Paper.

Some local residents and businesses hope that they too might eventually be able to tap into low-cost natural gas delivered from Vermont.

Speaking this week, Eileen Simollardes with Vermont Gas said it is possible that a distribution system will eventually be expanded in New York.  Go to full article
Looking across Lyons Falls to the old Gould Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="">Roy Saplin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Lyons Falls, Glens Falls, Fort Edward awarded money for brownfields

Three North Country communities were awarded grant money from New York State yesterday to address contaminated sites called brownfields.  Go to full article
Photo: Kate O'Connell

Energy regulator responds to transparency challenge

New York's Public Service Commission - or PSC - has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with claims that it's proceedings lack transparency.

The commission's...  Go to full article
The Jefferson County Sheriff's office reports the arrest of 22-year-old Caleb Larson in the incident. Photo: <a href="">dfirecop</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fort Drum soldier charged with "making a terroristic threat"

Police have arrested a Fort Drum soldier for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Jefferson County school. According to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff,...  Go to full article
Eliza Moore.  Photo:

New music: Eliza Moore's "Everything to Me"

Montreal-based singer-songwriter Eliza Moore has a new album and she'll give a concert in Canton on Saturday night. Her musical journey has taken her from Vermont to Indiana,...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.  Go to full article
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Photo: Comptroller's office

Comptroller addresses NY's "uneven" recovery

New York's top accountant says the state needs to re-double its efforts to regrow its economy across all regions.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that...  Go to full article
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duvé speaks to the press Wednesday in the Grand Jury room in the county courthouse building in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Duve fights back against DA challenger

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve defended her record yesterday from attacks by her Republican challenger.

Duvé, a Democrat, said former public...  Go to full article
 Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) NCPR file photo

Owens hopes for normalcy after budget vote

As we've been hearing, Congress voted last night to reopen the Federal government and to extend the nation's debt limit. North Country congressman Bill Owens - a Democrat...  Go to full article
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