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Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec
Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec

U.S.-Canada mayors call for safer rail oil shipping

Mayors of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River cities are calling for improved safety of oil transportation across through the region.

The mayors of both Canadian and U.S. cities say the reaction of federal governments and energy and transportation companies to accidents such as Lac-Megantic has been slow and insufficient.  Go to full article
SolarCity installers putting solar panels in place on a roof. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smgerdes/3101452000/"></a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

SolarCity's Silevo buy could add to New York plans

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) SolarCity's planned purchase of solar panel manufacturer Silevo could lead to construction in Buffalo of one of the world's largest solar panel production plants.

SolarCity, one of the nation's largest installers of rooftop solar systems, announced the deal to buy California-based Silevo on Tuesday.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/41438753@N07/4380265225/">Del Duncan</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

20K without power after storms hit upstate region

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) About 20,000 homes and businesses across upstate New York are without electricity after powerful thunderstorms moved through the region, knocking down utility lines and trees.

RG&E reports about 4,800 customers still without power in the Rochester area Wednesday morning after high winds and heavy rain hammered Monroe County Tuesday night. About 9,000 customers lost power during the storm.  Go to full article
Photo: Bosc d'Anjou

NY Assembly passes fracking ban; Senate hopes dim

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that's as far as the bill is likely to go.
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Vermont gas pump <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/capturedscenery/1172495510/">TIm </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont sues over gasoline additive pollution

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Attorney General's office is suing more than two dozen of the country's largest refiners of gasoline over the use of the gasoline additive...  Go to full article
Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Biomass plant proposed for Vermont Yankee site

VERNON, Vt. (AP) A biomass plant has been proposed to occupy the site of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is shutting down at the end of year.

The...  Go to full article

Oil train classroom-on-rails trains responders

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A train equipped with four oil tankers and two classroom cars is making a whistle stop at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing...  Go to full article
Attorney Tom West representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy makes his oral argument before the Court of Appeals. Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg listens in the foreground. Photo: Innovation Trail

Dryden defends anti-fracking in home rule case

The debate over whether a municipality can ban hydraulic fracturing within its borders was brought before the State Court of Appeals Tuesday afternoon. The town of Dryden is...  Go to full article
The plan calls for a big increase in energy from renewable sources like this wind farm in Clinton County. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the EPA's "Clean Power Plan" means for New York

On Monday the Environmental Protection agency introduced its ambitious new plan to combat climate change: a proposed regulation called "The Clean Power Plan" which would...  Go to full article
Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, NY emitted almost 3.8 million tons of CO2 last year. Photo: <a href=" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kintigh_Generating_Station_-_Somerset,_New_York.jpg"> Matthew D. Wilson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York in group welcoming pollution cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York is among nine states already cutting greenhouse gases from power plants that say proposed federal guidelines for future national reductions are...  Go to full article

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