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Hydro-fracking opponents bring big guns to lobby for a NY moratorium

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing this week for a third round of hearings, this time in Canonsburg, PA, on the controversial natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

A wealth of natural gas is locked into the Marcellus Shale deep under Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. Some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. But there are fears fracking could pollute water above and below ground and deplete aquifers. The oil and gas industry says it's been safe for many years and is needed to keep the nation on a path to energy independence. The process is currently exempt from federal regulation.

Now concerned New Yorkers want the state to step in. New York's Senate chambers have been dark since lawmakers left town for a summer break early this month. But the grand hall was briefly lit up yesterday as hydrofracking opponents came to lobby for an 11-month moratorium.

No Senators were actually on hand for the event, even though the lobbyists brought out the big guns. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

Preview: songs of the lumberjacks

Folksinger and storyteller Lee Knight will lead a program of music and stories from Adirondack logging camps and mining towns in North Creek on Sunday. Knight grew up in Saranac Lake, and has devoted his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians. He joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning to share old-time music and tales.  Go to full article

Hydrofracking spurs natural gas boom

A new drilling method called hydrofracking has opened up previously inaccessible natural gas fields all over the country - including what's known as the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and New York's southern tier.

It's fueling a boom in natural gas production. But the water-dependent technique is generating controversy. Environmentalists are urging the states to adopt stricter regulation of natural gas drilling. That's partly because right now, hydrofracking is exempt from almost all federal regulations.

But as Samara Freemark reports, legislation currently moving through Congress would change that:  Go to full article

Land swap would give mining company access to Forest Preserve lands

A mining company based in Essex County wants Adirondack environmental groups to back a proposed land swap that would allow the company to acquire state Forest Preserve lands. NYCO Minerals wants to mine 250 acres in a designated wilderness area in the town of Lewis. But the plan would require an amendment to the "Forever Wild" clause of the state Constitution. As Chris Knight reports, environmentalists are raising questions about the proposal - a stance that has angered some state lawmakers.  Go to full article

New York considers new rules for natural gas drilling

Lawyers, local officials and landowners met Monday in the Southern Tier to mull over the future of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. Development appears inevitable. But how that development unfolds is still being shaped. The controversial new drilling technique called hydrofracking would inject millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to break up rock and release the natural gas.

Hydrofracking is part of the problem. But it is not the only concern in New York. Rachel Ward reports from Owego.  Go to full article

Fatality at St. Lawrence Zinc mine

Authorities are still trying to sort out what happened in a fatal accident at the St Lawrence Zinc mine near Governeur Saturday morning. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Family sues talc mine, 75 others over cancer deaths

A family of talc miners in Jefferson County filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court yesterday. It claims three family members died of a rare cancer after exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc. Mines in St. Lawrence and Jefferson County have provided talc for industrial applications for decades. As David Sommerstein reports, scientists have long documented the link between respiratory illness and those talc mines.

CORRECTION: Jerrold Abraham is a pathologist at Upstate Medical University.  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower, designed to test wind strength, might be allowed to go forward. As Brian Mann reports, the APA staff and some environmental groups want the developers to submit a basic outline of the entire project.  Go to full article
Lyon Mountain driller probes the seam
Lyon Mountain driller probes the seam

In Adk Iron Mine, Hard Life And Deadly Hazards

America has watched over the last week as the coal mine disaster unfolded in West Virginia. Twelve men died after an explosion rocked the underground works. Mine tragedies were once an everyday part of life here in the North Country. Iron works in the Champlain Valley and the northern Adirondacks contributed some of the highest grade ore in the country. Adirondack iron helped build the George Washington Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. But men died every year in tunnel cave-ins and accidental explosions. Brian Mann spoke with Lawrence Gooley. He's author of two books about the iron mine at Lyon Mountain in Clinton County. The latest is called "Out of the Darkness". It chronicles the story of the miners killed in Lyon Mountain over its century-long history.  Go to full article

Balmat Zinc Mines to Re-Hire

The zinc mines in St. Lawrence County that closed four years ago will prepare to re-open this winter. The Winnepeg-based company that owns St. Lawrence Zinc made the announcement last week. As David Sommerstein reports, the news comes after a couple false starts.  Go to full article

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