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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...
With sympathy for the majority of folks who are seriously tired of winter, it has been a fabulous season for skiing. I’m strictly cross country so I can’t speak to downhill conditions. But I imagine those have been good...
Love it or hate it, it’s back. Earth Hour will be marked by many around the globe tonight from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, local time. This hour of action represents a magnificent rallying point, silly symbolism, or something in between,...
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...
  New rules came out last month from the U.S. Department of the Interior designed to help stomp out the illegal trade which led to the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants in 2012 alone. Rhino are killed for their horns too and...

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Apr 18, 2014 — It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.
Apr 18, 2014 — Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.
Apr 18, 2014 — A government report says the land has been poisoned by heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic, and concludes that the condition of China's soil offers "no optimism."


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
APA's Ross Whaley: plan "insensitive"
APA's Ross Whaley: plan "insensitive"

Parking Banned At Adirondack Scenic Vista

On Friday, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan that will end public use of one of the region's most scenic vistas. The popular pull-off north of Saranac Lake will be closed with guard rails and "no parking" signs. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

ESCO to Power Up North Country

North Country businesses will soon have a new option for buying electricity. A St. Lawrence County couple is starting an Energy Services Company, or ESCO, that will buy and sell power on long-term contracts. As David Sommerstein reports, the ESCO hopes to boost the local economy, support renewables like wind and hydro, and promote energy efficiency.  Go to full article

Feuding Over A Famous Adirondack View

In the Adirondack Park, spectacular views are supposed to be protected and enhanced, according to state law. But the future of a scenic vista north of Saranac Lake has triggered controversy and a feud between state agencies. As Brian Mann reports, the state Department of Transportation plans a road project near Donnely's Corners that could ban public use of the overlook.  Go to full article

Critics say Canada Behind in Great Lakes Cleanup

While public officials and environmentalists met in Washington recently to discuss progress on cleaning up the Great Lakes, Canada is being criticized for being far behind...  Go to full article

Adirondack Man Lobbies Against Deer Feeding Ban

Feeding deer has long been a winter ritual in the north country, especially in the Adirondacks where deer herds are much smaller. New York's Department of Environmental...  Go to full article

"Deer Lady" Defies Feeding Ban

A 63-year-old woman known as the ``Deer Lady'' is on trial for violating the state's ban on feeding wild deer. Anita Depczynski is on trial after being ticketed repeatedly by...  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Scrutinized, Again

The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open another shipping season on March 25th. Observers warn letting giant freighters into the St. Lawrence too early can damage...  Go to full article

Ice Jams Flood Clinton County Village

Ice jams on the Great Chazy river in Clinton County triggered flooding over the weekend that forced some residents to evacuate. A state of emergency was declared Sunday in...  Go to full article

Court Clears GE to Sue EPA Over Superfund Cleanups

An appeals court has ruled General Electric has the right to challenge federal orders to clean up toxic waste sires, a decision the Environmental Protection Agency warns...  Go to full article

Trash Burning Can Threaten Human Health

For most of us, getting rid of the garbage is as simple as setting it at the curb. But not everyone can get garbage pick-up. So, instead, they burn their trash. The Great...  Go to full article

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