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Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
Mountain Mart in Canton, NY. According to EPA data, the agency found violations at seven gas stations in Malone, Massena, Moira, Plattsburgh, and Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Adk Energy to pay $112,000 to prevent underground gas leaks

A Malone-based company will have to install new equipment to detect leaks at gas stations it owns across the North Country. Federal officials already fined Adirondack Energy $46,000.  Go to full article
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)
A hydro-fracking tower. (Photo: The Innovation Trail.)

Financial expert criticizes economics of shale gas exploration

Drilling companies have been criticizing New York for delaying permits to drill for gas in the state's underground shale formations. The Department of Environmental Conservation says it is still considering regulations, and might not issue permits until 2013.

Deborah Rogers is glad New York is asking questions before allowing this type of drilling. Rogers has become a leading critic of the economics of shale gas exploration. She's an advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas. Rogers spoke Tuesday night at Clarkson University, and earlier in the day with Julie Grant.  Go to full article

For North Country drivers, horror at an oil spill but hunger for gas

For weeks, we've been horrified by the images and reports coming from the Gulf coast.

BP's shattered well continues to spew oil that has begun washing up on sensitive coastlines from Louisiana to Florida.

Oil from that well would have supplied some of the gas that we pump into our cars across the U.S.

So Brian Mann decided to check in with drivers at local convenience stores to find out what connection they feel to the disaster that's still unfolding.  Go to full article

Automakers push a gas tax

Chances are, you haven't bought a new car this year. Auto sales are down across the board, including in the small car and electric-gas hybrid markets. Now some dealers and automakers are proposing a way to move some of those more fuel efficient cars: increase the gas tax. Samara Freemark explains why the same people who sell cars might want to make driving them more expensive.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: Changing the gas price

The price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dipped below $3.90 in many parts of the North Country. That means gas station employees are scrambling out with a pole and suction cup to change the prices every day. David Sommerstein has this Heard Up North from the Sunoco station in Lowville.  Go to full article
Steve Kuno faces a volatile oil market this winter.
Steve Kuno faces a volatile oil market this winter.

A "fuel jobber" in the middle of high prices

Snow is still just a rumor in the North Country. But the rising cost of heat isn't. Oil and natural gas prices could be double what they were last year. Homeowners are bracing for a budget-stretching winter. So are the people who deliver the oil. Most are small business owners caught in the middle between global oil traders and anxious customers. David Sommerstein profiles one oilman in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Jane "Granny" Bashaw, Katie Cariffe, and Lee Ann Pierce fear this winter's high heating costs.
Jane "Granny" Bashaw, Katie Cariffe, and Lee Ann Pierce fear this winter's high heating costs.

North Country prepares for winter heating crisis

It's still plenty hot outside, but North Country residents are already bracing for the cold. Heating oil prices have almost doubled. Kerosene and natural gas are way up, too. People are scared. Local officials fear a season-long crisis, with people have to choose between eating and staying warm. Many communities are taking unprecedented steps to get prepared. David Sommerstein has the first of two reports.  Go to full article

Congress readies for high heating costs

Local, state and national leaders are trying to prepare for a coming storm of high heating costs this winter. Heating oil and natural gas are projected to rise from 20 to 40% over last year. Officials fear many people will have to choose between keeping warm and buying food or medicine. Later this week, we'll hear how local officials are preparing for what they say is a coming crisis. And we'll profile the owner of a local heating oil delivery company, caught between the high cost of oil and their customers' busted budgets. Today, we look at the situation in Washington. Congressman John McHugh supports two measures to provide assistance: more than doubling the amount of money available in the Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and offering a tax credit to people who spend a lot on heat this winter. McHugh spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

A three-day weekend every weekend

With gas well over $4 a gallon, more employers are offering the four-day work week as a way to cut down on commuting costs. Rebecca Williams reports it can boost morale, but it might not always save on gas.  Go to full article

From the trash to the tank

For the past few years, ethanol's been a political darling, but lately it seems the party's over. There's concern the industry's using too much corn. That's contributing to rising food prices. Well, some companies want to avoid the controversy. Reporter Shawn Allee explains they want to make ethanol from stuff we leave behind at the dinner table.  Go to full article

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