Apr 15, 2013 — Farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. The groups argue fracking is a threat to the state's agricultural viability. Go to full article
Turbines at the Marble River wind farm in Clinton, NY. Photo: Sarah Harris
Apr 15, 2013 — A recent study from Cornell and Stanford universities outlines a scenario that would see New York State generating all its energy from renewable sources by year 2030.
Cornell University Professor Tony Ingraffea co-authored the study. The basic question researchers considered was whether New York could do without energy from fossil fuels in the near future. The answer, he says, is yes. Go to full article
Feb 11, 2013 — New York gun owners are fighting back against the state's new gun control law. WNYC's Robert Lewis has been following the story, which took him to a gun show in Albany. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jan 30, 2013 — Organizers of the New York State Arms Collectors Association annual gun show say they saw a slightly bigger crowd in 2013 in the wake of a new gun control law passed in New York and potential changes at the federal level. Video courtesy of New York NOW and the Innovation Trail. Go to full article
Rochester, NY, Oct 05, 2012 — A meeting of upstate Chambers of Commerce has come out strongly in support of hydrofracking in new York.
As the Innovation Trail's Kate O'Connell reports, panelists meeting in Rochester believe the controversial process will eventually be approved and that New York is in a good position to benefit. Go to full article
Oct 03, 2012 — A new report from the New York Federal Reserve shows that advances in technology and globalization mean job opportunities are growing in high skill sectors like engineering, and also in lower skill sectors like childcare. But opportunities in between are declining. Go to full article
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail
Syracuse, NY, Oct 02, 2012 — Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before - and if - the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing is approved in New York. Go to full article
A tanker trucks transports water for hydro fracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa. Photo: Marie Cusick
Ithaca, NY, Sep 06, 2012 — Last summer, an anti-fracking group leaked a state transportation department document estimating the financial impact on New York's roads if hydro fracking for natural gas extraction goes ahead. The total expected was $200 to $400 million annually.
As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, many local governments have been working to make sure drilling companies will be accountable. Go to full article