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This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Judge puts temporary halt on NYCO dig in Adirondack Park

A mining operation set to begin as early as tomorrow in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks has been stopped by a New York state judge.

The temporary halt on NYCO Minerals' operation in the town of Lewis comes in response to a lawsuit filed by green groups who say the project needs more environmental review.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

Green groups plan to sue over NYCO Adirondack mining

A coalition of green groups, including two based in the Adirondacks, say they will file legal action to block "exploratory drilling" in the forest preserve.

The groups planned to hold a press conference Friday afternoon in Albany to detail their concerns.  Go to full article
A crowd gathered in the Lewis town fire hall on Wednesday to hear details of NYCO's proposed expansion at two mines that would mean additional truck traffic and hours of operation.  Photo:  Brian Mann
A crowd gathered in the Lewis town fire hall on Wednesday to hear details of NYCO's proposed expansion at two mines that would mean additional truck traffic and hours of operation. Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO mining expansion in Adirondacks raises new questions

Last November NYCO Minerals won a statewide ballot initiative that is expected to allow them to explore for a mineral called Wollastonite on 200 acres of the Adirondack forest preserve in the Jay Mountain Wilderness.

That controversial project, involving a chunk of land known as "Lot 8" is still on-hold, awaiting permits from New York state.

But the company is also moving forward with plans to expand two existing Wollasonite mines in the Essex County town of Lewis. Company officials say the project is needed to maintain NYCO's operations.

Green groups have raised questions about the plan's environmental impacts.

But this time, local residents and some local government officials say they too have questions about the impact on public safety and on quality of life  Go to full article
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
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

APA takes up disputed Jay mining plan

The Adirondack Park Agency will consider a controversial proposal to amend the management plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness area this week.

The change would make the plan consistent with a constitutional amendment New York voters approved in November, letting NYCO Minerals conduct exploratory drilling for wollastonite on a 200-acre parcel of Forest Preserve land in the town of Lewis.

The APA says the amendment repeals wilderness guidelines that would otherwise prohibit NYCO's drilling operations, but a coalition of environmental groups is urging the APA to drop the proposed amendment.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Landowners plan suit over fracking delays

A landowners group says it intends to file a lawsuit against what it says are the Cuomo Administration's unreasonable delays on hydro-fracking before the end of the year.

The Joint Landowner's Association has raised nearly enough money to file a claim in State Supreme Court, says the group's attorney Scott Kurkoski. He says the suit will, in part, focus on New York State's unprecedented delay in a decision about fracking, which has now dragged on for over five years. He says numerous other states that now allow the gas drilling practice decided in anywhere from 8 to 24 months.  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO landswap divides environmentalists

Yesterday during The Eight O'clock Hour, we reported on NYCO minerals operation in the Essex County town of Lewis. The company, which employs more than a hundred people, is hoping that voters statewide will approve a land swap next month that will allow them to expand their mining operation onto roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land.

In exchange, the company is promising to donate roughly 1500 acres of forest land to the Park, most of it bordering the Jay Mountain Wilderness. The deal has the backing of local and state officials, but it has sharply divided the region's environmental community.

Brian Mann, our Adirondack bureau chief, joined Martha Foley to talk about the dispute.  Go to full article
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.
Leonard Gereau in front of his parents' former house--once in Tahawus, since 1963--in Newcomb.

50 years ago: Moving the village of Tahawus

The last couple of years there's been a lot of debate in the Adirondacks about what happens when communities struggle and shrink. There are already ghost towns across the North Country, once-thriving places that have dwindled away to nothing or been abandoned.

Fifty years ago, the National Lead company decided to move its workforce from the mining village of Tahawus, which sits at the edge of the High Peaks. An entire community vanished almost overnight.

Andy Flynn has been talking with people who remember the loss of their village a half-century ago and he has our story.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Fracking ban challenges move to NY's highest court

The challenges to local fracking bans in New York are a step closer to their last day in court.

The state's highest court yesterday agreed to consider cases against the Towns of Dryden and Middlefield.

The plaintiffs had to apply to the Court of Appeals for the chance to appeal because the lower courts were unanimous in deciding against them.  Go to full article
Marjorie Lansing Porter.  Photo: TAUNY
Marjorie Lansing Porter. Photo: TAUNY

Saving the long-forgotten songs of the North Country

Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is spearheading a collaboration on a ground-breaking project to showcase and raise awareness of the folk music of the Adirondack North Country. Todd Moe talks with TAUNY director Jill Breit about the "Songs to Keep" project, and Champlain Valley historian Marjorie Lansing Porter's work to preserve the music of lumber camps and iron mines.  Go to full article
The U.S. Salt plant, owned by Inergy. Salt is currently mined here, and the caverns from previous mining are where Inergy wants to store gas and LPG's (propane and butane.) Photo: David Chanatry
The U.S. Salt plant, owned by Inergy. Salt is currently mined here, and the caverns from previous mining are where Inergy wants to store gas and LPG's (propane and butane.) Photo: David Chanatry

Are the Finger Lakes the place to store natural gas?

It's something few people think about, but all the natural gas and other fossil fuels being produced by hydrofracking have to be stored somewhere before they get to the consumer. Often used for the job: underground salt caverns like the ones near Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes.

Now an out-of-state company wants to expand storage there, a plan some local residents call risky.  Go to full article

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