Buffalo, NY, Aug 02, 2012 — A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University poll shows New York residents are evenly split on the issue of hydrofracking. The survey comes hard on the heels of a new pro-fracking public relations effort in upstate communities.
Last week, Buffalo was the stage for a screening of "Truthland," a film financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. As Daniel Robison reports, the event highlighted how starkly polarizing the topic can be for the public. Go to full article
Volunteer Kathy Cronin stands in Binghamton's Pierce Creek after collecting baseline data on the stream. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG
Binghamton, NY, Jul 27, 2012 — High-volume hydraulic fracturing has not come to Pierce Creek in the City of Binghamton. During the past four years, the Department of Environmental Conservation, or NYSDEC, has been conducting an environmental review of fracking. New York has more than 70,000 miles of rivers and streams running through it and opponents of hydrofracking say the controversial practice poses a risk to the state's waterways. Go to full article
GraFighters co-founder Eric Cleckner, right, shares a laugh with fellow entrepreneur and BrandYourself co-founder Patrick Ambron, left. Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Syracuse, NY, Jul 25, 2012 — A stick-figure here, maybe a monster there: odds are most of us have been bored enough during a meeting or class to take to doodling in our notebooks. Maybe we even wished those drawings could come to life. That wish turned into an entire business platform for one group of friends. But as the Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports, those friends soon learned their dream takes hard work. Go to full article
The Windsor Town Board took public commentson a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking. Photo: Matt Richmond/WSKG via Innovation Trail
Windsor, NY, Jul 18, 2012 — The debate over hydraulic fracturing in New York State is growing heated in Southern Tier towns. And it's getting more complicated as localities wait for the state to issue its proposed regulations for hydrofracking. Many of the town boards there have passed resolutions supporting state control over gas drilling regulation. As The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, supporters are using the resolutions as a way to stem the flow of local drilling bans. Go to full article
The voyage will be led by Sherri Mason, a SUNY Fredonia professor. Photo: Daniel Robison / WBFO
Jul 16, 2012 — Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes. This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world's largest fresh water system. The Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison has more. Go to full article
The Sensordone tracks facets of its environment, including light and gas levels, color, humidity and more. Photo: Innovation Trail, courtesy of Sensorcon
Buffalo, NY, Jul 12, 2012 — A small company in western New York wants to spark a "sensor revolution." They're going far beyond the household smoke detector. As the Innovation Trail's Daniel Robison reports, the startup has created buzz with a small keychain that reads temperature, dew point, carbon monoxide levels and more. Go to full article
Jul 06, 2012 — An Ithaca-based company called International Climbing Machines makes small robots that can climb wind turbines to check for damage. As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, workers on the ground might enjoy having these mechanical friends in high places. Go to full article
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu meeting with President Obama. Photo: Charles Watkins, White House photographer
Hop Bottom, PA, May 30, 2012 — In the debate over whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in New York State, the need for millions of gallons of water at each well is a major concern.
A Canadian company called Gasfrac has developed a fracking method that eliminates the need for all that water. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports it's still too early to tell whether it will make a dent in a crowded industry. Go to full article
It's the private sector that's leading the way in job creation, as the public sector is dragging.
Rensselaer, NY, May 29, 2012 — New York State is on the brink of returning to pre-recession job levels, largely thanks to upstate. That's according to a new analysis from IHS Global Insight. The Innovation Trail's Alex Crichton has more. Go to full article