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

Elmira thinks twice about its fracking boom

The City of Elmira is just seven miles from the Pennsylvania border. And for four years, the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania's Northern Tier crossed over the border and boosted Elmira's economy.

But that natural gas rush has slowed down, and there's disagreement in Elmira about whether a temporary boom is worth the costs.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.
The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.

Montreal firm plans to buy Gouverneur zinc mines

A Canadian company has signed a letter of intent to buy the zinc mines outside Gouverneur for $12 million. Beaufield Resources says it plans to hire workers this year.  Go to full article
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono join hyodr-fracking opponents in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono join hyodr-fracking opponents in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Lennon, Ono lead opponents on last day of fracking comments

Activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing in New York, including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, attempted to present the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with over 200,000 comments, on the last day of a public comment period on the gas drilling process.

They and other anti-fracking activists tried to deliver a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well.  Go to full article

NY State Assembly takes last-minute look at fracking

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation stopped accepting public comments on the state's revised regulations for hydraulic fracturing on Friday. The end of the comment period drew more opponents of the natural gas extraction method to Albany. Led by Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, they brought stacks of anti-fracking comments to the DEC.

The deadline also prompted the Democratic-controlled state assembly to convene a last-minute public hearing Thursday. It was a day-long session that included some heated exchanges, and a call for another moratorium.  Go to full article

Fracking companies "exhausted" by NYS review

Gas drilling companies in New York State says they're "exhausted" by a more than four year long review process on whether to allow hydro fracking in New York, that they say they now fear will drag on into 2013.  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

More delay possible on hydrofracking

New York State is facing a Nov. 29 deadline to write rules for the controversial gas drilling method hydraulic fracturing.

If the Department of Environmental Conservation Department doesn't complete its work by that date, the rule making process, possibly including public hearings, would have to start all over again. And a delay in a heath study, which could take months, means that could happen. It could possibly include more public hearings, and add several more months if not years to a review process that's been going on since 2008.  Go to full article
The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.
The St. Lawrence Zinc facility in Balmat. Photo: Google Earth.

Zinc mine's sale 'very close'

A Toronto-based mining executive says he's close to finalizing a deal to buy the zinc mines near Gouverneur. The sale would be the first step towards restarting a big part of the area's economy.  Go to full article
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail
A drillpad in Pennsylvania. Photo: Marie Cusick for Innovation Trail

Scientists set baseline for pre-fracking water quality

Two Syracuse University geology professors - along with a graduate assistant or two - are hurrying to collect water samples from drinking wells in the Southern Tier before - and if - the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing is approved in New York.  Go to full article
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve (Photo: NYCO Minerals)
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve (Photo: NYCO Minerals)

Cuomo, legislature back two land swaps in Adirondack forest preserve

In the final hours of the session yesterday, lawmakers in Albany pushed through two bills that would amend the state constitution for the Adirondack forest preserve. The bills will allow land swaps in Raquette Lake and Willsboro. As Brian Mann reports, green groups are supporting the Raquette Lake amendment. However, they hope to derail a plan to expand a mining operation onto state Park land in Willsboro.  Go to full article
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail
1850s map of Clinton County, with Clintonville detail

Adirondack Attic: Clinton county's mining heritage

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy takes a close look at a mid-1800's map of Clinton County, and some of the stories of the small towns that grew up around the iron mining industry.  Go to full article

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