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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.

How rail safety became a key issue in the energy policy debate

Much of the oil arriving at the Port of Albany passes first through the North Country, carried on rail tanker cars through communities in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys.

We've been keeping a close watch on this story since last summer, when Brian Mann reported on the rail tanker disaster in Quebec that left more than 40 people dead.  Go to full article
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer opens NY's new utility control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has formally opened the state's new high-tech utility control center near Albany that aims to improve the efficiency of the state's electrical grid.

The Democrat attended the official opening of the $38 million center Tuesday. Known as the New York Independent System Operator Utility Control Center, the facility is intended to better coordinate electrical production with demand.  Go to full article
Dr. Nirav Shah, New York State Health Commissioner. Photo: NYS DOH

NY health chief resignation leaves fracking review in limbo

There's "Help Wanted" at the state Department of Health with the resignation yesterday of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's appointed Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah.

Salary issues were the reason for his departure, according to Gov. Cuomo as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester.

His resignation leaves the future of the Health Department's much-anticipated health review of hydraulic fracturing in New York in limbo.  Go to full article
Solar at peak power in Middlebury, VT. Photo: <a href="">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt. has new law encouraging small power generation

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A new Vermont law makes it easier for small power producers to sell any excess electricity they produce.

The "net metering" law signed...  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Sen. Gillibrand asks for update of oil spill plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to upgrade contingency plans for oil spills in New York and New...  Go to full article
North Dakota crude oil spilled into wetlands near Aliceville Alabama from a train derailment. Photo: <a href=" ">John Walthen, Public Herald</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY asks feds to update oil spill response plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York officials are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to update a contingency plan for dealing with oil spills, in light of the rapid expansion...  Go to full article
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station in Scriba, NY. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear plant back online after power outage

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) Constellation Energy says its Nine Mile Point 2 nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario in central New York is back in service after being shut down last week...  Go to full article
Long Island Solar Farm Photo: <a href="">Brookhaven National Labratory</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY awards $28.6 million for solar projects

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state's NY-Sun initiative has awarded $28.6 million to 37 projects across the state, including 29 photovoltaic projects that will add 33.6 megawatts of...  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS fines CSX for failure to report derailments

The New York State Department of Transportation has fined the rail company CSX $10,000 for failing to report two derailments of trains carrying crude oil. ...  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Vermont towns oppose gas pipeline to Ticonderoga

Three towns in Vermont are pushing back against a plan to build a natural gas pipeline connecting to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. At Town Meeting Day...  Go to full article

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