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State says community support will be major part of fracking decisions

Earth Day came and went in New York without too much discussion of what many environmentalists believe to be the biggest issue facing the state, when and where the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking will occur. Karen DeWitt has an update.  Go to full article
Marcy Dam in the Adirondacks was severely compromised by Tropical Storm Irene last year.
Marcy Dam in the Adirondacks was severely compromised by Tropical Storm Irene last year.

Water expert says even wet communities need to think about drought planning

The North Country is no stranger to the awesome power of water. We saw what it could do last spring and summer, when spring floods, and later Irene, swept through the area. Our economy depends on water in various forms: agriculture needs just the right amount, fisheries need to be healthy and clean, the mountains need snow in the winter.

Journalist Charles Fishman writes about how we're handling water issues in America today and what we need to be doing in his new book, The Big Thirst. Fishman will speak at SUNY Potsdam on April 25. He told Nora Flaherty the world has all the water it needs, and it's infinitely renewable even if it's absolutely filthy--it just needs to be cleaned.

Charles Fishman will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 in Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. The presentation is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, (315) 267-2515.  Go to full article
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region in Roulette, Pennsylvania. Photo: Laurie Barr
Drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale region in Roulette, Pennsylvania. Photo: Laurie Barr

Group says fracking would transform the rural landscape, hurting tourism

An historic preservation group is weighing in on hydro fracking for the first time, and they don't like what they say they've been learning about the gas drilling process.

They say it would change the nature of the landscape from rural to industrial and would detract from heritage tourism in the Marcellus shale region. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
We have made a mistake, is what I believe, in saying that the EPA should regulate carbon emissions.

Romney on issues where environment, economy meet

For the first time in a long time, political observers had been eyeing New York's Republican Presidential Primary, wondering if New York voters might actually have an impact on who's running for the White House. But it appears the GOP nominee has all but been decided before a single ballot is cast in the Empire State.

The Innovation Trail's Zack Seward looks at Mitt Romney's positions on a couple of key economic issues.

Marie Cusick, Ryan Delaney, Matt Richmond and Daniel Robison contributed reporting on this story. The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting on New York's innovation economy. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Go to full article

Industry reps explain fracking

Members of the oil and gas industry were in Albany Wednesday explaining the technical side of hydrofracking, and natural gas drilling. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Matt Foley checks the meters at his power plant in Wadhams, NY (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Matt Foley checks the meters at his power plant in Wadhams, NY (Photos: Brian Mann)

Electricity glut threatens North Country's green power industry

Yesterday, we reported on New York's growing reliance on electricity produced Canada. A new project now in the works would pipe enough energy from hydro dams in Quebec to power a million homes in New York City.

The North Country has also seen a boom in energy production in recent years, with new wind farms, wood pellet plants, and biomass. But with more and more competition, and the lingering economic downturn, electric rates have plummeted.

That's putting pressure on small-scale producers of electricity, including companies trying to generate green, carbon-free energy. A biomass plant in Chateaugay, in Clinton County, laid off 13 workers last month. And many of the region's small hydro dams are also struggling.

This morning, Brian Mann profiles one dam operator in the Adirondacks who says without big regulatory changes, some green energy producers won't survive.  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail
Photo: Innovation Trail

Dryden court decision could open door for local fracking bans

A judge in Cortland County has upheld the Tomkins county town of Dryden's ban on gas drilling within its borders. As the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, this is just the first step in what could be a long process.  Go to full article
The Marcellus Shale region
The Marcellus Shale region

DOE drastically reduces natural gas estimates

The Department of Energy has drastically reduced its estimate for natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.  Go to full article
Demonstrators delivered loaves of bread to Cuomo's offices at the Capitol that they say represent the harvest from farmers across upstate New York who are opposed to fracking. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Demonstrators delivered loaves of bread to Cuomo's offices at the Capitol that they say represent the harvest from farmers across upstate New York who are opposed to fracking. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Protestors to Albany: "No fracking way!"

Hundreds of anti-hydrofracking protesters were at the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details on the protests.  Go to full article
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DEC: State has 40,000 hydrofracking comments to go through

The State's environmental commissioner estimates the agency has received 40,000 comments in the public comment period on proposed hydrofracking in New York, which ended Wednesday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article

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