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It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...
Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
BP announced earlier today that it’s ”divesting” from the controversial Cape Vincent project it’s been working on for nearly a decade. Our reporter Joanna Richards is working on the story, but here’s a statement...
Those who follow the debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline have very likely formed their own opinion about the project’s merits, or dangers. Further presentations may not change any minds. The controversial project is still awaiting approval...


Energy
Jul 31, 2014 — Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.
Jul 29, 2014 — Obama said further sanctions against Russia's defense, banking and energy sectors were "closely coordinated" with action taken by European allies.
Jul 27, 2014 — At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.
Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Jun 17, 2014 — The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders
 

Special Features

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Audio Slideshow:
Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Audio Series
Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
Audio Series
The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
President Bush: Earth Day in the Adirondacks
President George Bush was met with hospitality & protests while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports from Wilmington.
Photo Audio Essay
Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
Photo Audio Essay
The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.
Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station, Photo: <a href="https://www.burlingtonelectric.com/about-us/what-we-do/joseph-c-mcneil-generating-station">Burlington Electric Department</a>
Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station, Photo: Burlington Electric Department

Burlington pays off debt on McNeil power station

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The city of Burlington has paid off its debt on the 30-year-old McNeil power station.

On Monday, Mayor Miro Weinberger tossed a copy of the bond into the station's wood-burning furnace as the city marked the full repayment of its debt.  Go to full article
The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

St. Lawrence County towns seek more compensation from NYPA

Ever since the giant hydropower dam was erected across the St. Lawrence River 55 years ago, the towns that lost part of their riverfront have felt short-changed.

And even though the state agency that runs the dam has given the towns millions of dollars, those towns say they deserve more.

Negotiations have gone on for decades. The latest chapter ended last week when talks between the towns and the New York Power Authority broke down.  Go to full article
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Vermont Gas gets final permit for pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gas Systems Inc. says it has received the final permit needed to start construction on the first phase of a national gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the permit to the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.  Go to full article
Rooftop solar panels in Poughkeepsie, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_New_York#mediaviewer/File:Rooftop_Photovoltaic_Array.jpg">Lucas Braun</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

California solar company eyes land at Plattsburgh Airport

Solar energy is on the rise in New York State, thanks in part to a company from California, and state incentives that make it more attractive to do business here. SolarCity...  Go to full article
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...  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...  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...  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.
...  Go to full article
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

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

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