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A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpmatth/11691380825/">Jason Matthews</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: Jason Matthews, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

North country feels the propane pain

It has been hard to keep the house warm this winter. Record low temperatures have sucked up the various fuels we use for home heating - oil, wood, electricity. It's been particularly hard for people who rely on propane for heating their homes.

North Country residents who use propane are feeling the effects of a nationwide snafu between supply and demand.  Go to full article
The original route of the proposed Upstate Pipeline. Map: Millenium Pipeline Company LLC
The original route of the proposed Upstate Pipeline. Map: Millenium Pipeline Company LLC

NY gas pipeline project scales back

A proposal to build a new natural gas pipeline from Binghamton to Syracuse has been scaled back due to a lack of interest.

Millennium Pipeline Company wanted to build the line from the Southern Tier to just south of Syracuse along Interstate 81, connecting three existing east-west lines.

Now they're considering just going from Binghamton to Cortland and connecting two lines.  Go to full article
Eileen Simollardes (at right) from Vermont Gas outlines the pipeline project.  Cornwall select board chairman Bruce Hiland (in blue) looks on at left.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Eileen Simollardes (at right) from Vermont Gas outlines the pipeline project. Cornwall select board chairman Bruce Hiland (in blue) looks on at left. (Photo: Brian Mann)

NY-VT tension shapes Ticonderoga gas pipeline project

The US and Canada are carrying more and more energy produced in North America on rail tank cars. That's controversial, especially after this summer's disaster in Lac-Megantic.

But there's also a fierce debate underway over construction of new pipelines to carry the surge of domestic natural gas and oil. Much of the controversy has focused on the Keystone XL project in the Midwest. But we have our own pipeline battle shaping up here in the North Country.

A company in Vermont hopes to build a new line that would feed natural gas from Vermont underneath Lake Champlain to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga. Some environmental activists and local government leaders in Vermont are promising to block the project unless major changes are made.  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Will the Vermont Gas line serve all of Ticonderoga?

One lingering question on the New York side of the lake is whether this gas pipeline project will benefit consumers in Ticonderoga other than International Paper.

Some local residents and businesses hope that they too might eventually be able to tap into low-cost natural gas delivered from Vermont.

Speaking this week, Eileen Simollardes with Vermont Gas said it is possible that a distribution system will eventually be expanded in New York.  Go to full article

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Monkton voters gather for town meeting. Photo: Sarah Harris
Monkton voters gather for town meeting. Photo: Sarah Harris

Monkton, VT voters oppose gas pipeline

Tuesday was town meeting day in Vermont. Residents across the state gathered to vote on routine business, like school budgets and taxes. But hot button issues were also on the agenda in some towns this year. In Monkton, residents are riled up about a proposed natural gas pipeline.  Go to full article
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris
The pipeline raises concerns for some Vermonters, who attended a public meeting in Hinesburg last month. Photo: Sarah Harris

Proposed VT-NY natural gas pipeline stirs debate

The natural gas boom is fueling construction and development, and cutting energy prices in some areas. But there's often a dark cloud around the silver lining. A pipeline proposed to bring natural gas through Vermont to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga means good news for the mill, but some Vermonters aren't happy about the route, or possible environmental consequences.  Go to full article
[This is a] very important step toward...retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country.

NY State praises Ticonderoga company for switching to natural gas

State officials in New York are praising International Paper for converting the company's mill in Ticonderoga from oil to natural gas.

IP plans to use natural gas supplied by a company in Vermont, using a pipeline that will be laid under the water of Lake Champlain.

In a statement issued yesterday, Empire State Development Commissioner Ken Adams called the move a "very important step toward securing the company's presence in the region and retaining hundreds of jobs in the North Country."

Natural gas is cheaper than oil and produces fewer emissions. The pipeline under Lake Champlain will require approval by regulatory agencies.  Go to full article
Protestors in Albany urge Gov. Cuomo to reject hydrofracking development. Photo: Brian Mann
Protestors in Albany urge Gov. Cuomo to reject hydrofracking development. Photo: Brian Mann

Protestors, industry pressure Cuomo on gas fracking

Hundreds of people joined a protest Monday on the bank of the Hudson River in Albany. They're hoping to convince Governor Andrew Cuomo to reject plans for hydraulic fracturing in New York. Companies hope to use the controversial drilling method to extract natural gas from deposits that lie deep underground.

Cuomo is expected to decide any day now whether to give the industry the green light, and activists and lobbyists are scrambling to influence the governor's final plan and to shape how his decision is viewed by the public.  Go to full article
Photo: The Innovation Trail via innovationtrail.org
Photo: The Innovation Trail via innovationtrail.org

Pro-, anti-fracking activists spar with ads, await decision

Groups for and against hydraulic fracturing are gearing up for an announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's environmental officials on whether the natural gas drilling process will be permitted in New York on a limited basis. But the groups, who are running ads, may have to wait a little longer.  Go to full article

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