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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 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.
Jul 16, 2014 — The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.
Jul 15, 2014 — Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.
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
 

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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.
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The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
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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.
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
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 defending its right to home rule against lawyers representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy.

Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg says she feels confident bringing the case before the court because home rule is protected by the state constitution and New York isn't alone.  Go to full article
A hydrofracked well and drilling pad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Richmond

NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's highest court is set to consider whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas.  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 welcome.  Go to full article
Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT. Photo: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Vermont Yankee gets good last review from NRC

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is giving the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant positive reviews for its performance last year.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Local Albany officials say they're not ready for crude oil accidents

Albany County officials are trying to reassure the public over concerns about the crude oil trains that travel through the city. The city's port has become a major hub for...  Go to full article
The Port of Albany. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/billmorrow/7129166341/">Bill Morrow</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comment period extended on crude oil facility

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) State regulators have extended the public comment period for a fuel shipping company's plan to expand crude oil handling operations at the Port of...  Go to full article

Vermont firm to workers: Save energy, earn bonus

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont manufacturer of renewable energy equipment has found a formula to get its employees to save energy: a $6,000 annual bonus, offset with a carbon...  Go to full article
Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. Photo: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

Canadian court rejects proposal for Darlington nuclear expansion

A Federal Court ruling has thrown out the preliminary approvals for a series of new nuclear power reactors in Ontario.

Justice James Russell ruled yesterday that...  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Critics, supporters tangle over pipeline under Lake Champlain

SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions...  Go to full article
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded last week in Lynchburg, VA. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission

Feds order disclosure of crude oil train shipments

Railroads will have to tell emergency responders when and where shipments of crude oil are traveling on the rails. That's according to a new order the U.S. Department of...  Go to full article

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