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Schlumberger gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira, NY. Photo: Matt Richmond
Schlumberger gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira, NY. Photo: Matt Richmond

New York landowners threaten lawsuit against the state over fracking review

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is demanding the release of the state's environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. Matt Martin reports that the landowners are threatening to take legal action if the state doesn't release the report.

The letter stated the DEC has until February 13th to release the report, known as the SGEIS. The state has had a de facto moratorium on hydrofacking for almost six years now.  Go to full article
A mix of trees planted in April will give Empire Evergreen farm an idea of how well the new Turkish fir will thrive. Photo by Matt Martin, WSKG
A mix of trees planted in April will give Empire Evergreen farm an idea of how well the new Turkish fir will thrive. Photo by Matt Martin, WSKG

Christmas tree farm branches out to fight disease

Every year, Christmas tree farmers lose some of their crop to disease.

A fungus that attacks the root of the tree is well-established in many parts of the country. And it's more and more of a problem for New York tree farmers.

One tree farm in the Southern Tier is trying out a species of fir that seems to be more resistant to the disease.  Go to full article

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