Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine Wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Jul 14, 2014 — Four environmental groups say they plan to sue in state court to stop a mining project proposed for the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks.
NYCO Minerals already has mining and processing operations in the Champlain Valley towns of Lewis and Willsboro.
They hope to conduct a series of test drills this summer, searching for a new vein of a mineral called Wollastonite. But green groups say state officials need to do a more thorough environmental review before digging begins.
This latest lawsuit reflects growing tension between some environmental activists and the Cuomo administration over management of the Adirondack Park. Go to full article
Environmental activists like Richard Brummel suffered a major defeat last week. Photos: Brian Mann
Tupper Lake, NY, Jan 24, 2012 — Last week's decision by the Adirondack Park Agency to allow construction of a massive new resort in Tupper Lake was a major defeat for environmental groups. Developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort won permission to build more than 700 luxury homes and condos, much of it on timberland that borders the High Peaks Wilderness.
Green activists spent much of the last decade opposing the project, insisting that it would set dangerous precedents for future development. But debate over the resort came at a time when once-powerful environmental groups were disintegrating, faltering under financial strain and deeply divided over the movement's agenda.
As Brian Mann reports, last week's vote could signal a balance of power in Park debates as environmentalists scramble to regroup. Go to full article
David Gibson with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve