natural gas http://wrvo.org en Flipping the script on eminent domain http://wrvo.org/post/flipping-script-eminent-domain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government is considering an application to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to </span>Schoharie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County in New York. Often, the pipeline companies will use the threat of eminent domain as a way to pressure landowners into signing a lease agreement. But some landowners and activist groups are calling their bluff.</span></p><p>A short hike up the hill from Catherine Holleran’s house in New Milford, Pennsylvania is a small grove of maple trees.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:51:58 +0000 Matt Martin 55376 at http://wrvo.org Flipping the script on eminent domain Obama's visit brings protesters on both sides of fracking http://wrvo.org/post/obamas-visit-brings-protesters-both-sides-fracking <p>President Barack Obama and the national press descended on the village of Cooperstown Thursday afternoon. His presence also brought out protesters both for and against the controversial process of drilling for natural gas, known as hydrofracking.</p><p>Victor Furman says it’s unfair that New York is beholden to what he calls an unfair moratorium, with such a resource at it’s feet.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:15:32 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56204 at http://wrvo.org Pennsylvania residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline that would go through Southern Tier http://wrvo.org/post/pennsylvania-residents-voice-opinions-over-proposed-pipeline-would-go-through-southern-tier <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Recently, Pennsylvania residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns or support for the Constitution Pipeline project, which would enter New York through Broome County and connect to an existing upstate pipeline. It was the last public hearing before its final approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:44:23 +0000 Matt Martin 53984 at http://wrvo.org Pennsylvania residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline that would go through Southern Tier Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-investigation-high-winter-electricity-rates <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:07:45 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53706 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in New York http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-wants-increase-biomass-fuel-use-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>A less-heralded aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.</p><p>It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written version of his agenda, Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:26:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50039 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in New York Public Service Commission to be sued over withheld information http://wrvo.org/post/public-service-commission-be-sued-over-withheld-information <p>The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is coming under fire yet again with claims that the body’s proceedings lack transparency.</p><p>A group of elected officials, ratepayers, and environmental groups announced Thursday that they’re filing a <a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Verified-Petition_Memo-Law.pdf" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> in state Supreme Court against the PSC in an attempt to gain access to documents relating to the future of two power plants in upstate New York.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48864 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas http://wrvo.org/post/dunkirk-power-plant-switch-natural-gas <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12152013-dunkirk-power-plant" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced</a> a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:28:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48863 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas Plan for Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline cut in half http://wrvo.org/post/plan-binghamton-syracuse-pipeline-cut-half <p></p><p>A proposal to build a new natural gas pipeline from Binghamton to Syracuse has been scaled back due to a lack of interest from natural gas providers.</p><p>Millennium Pipeline Company <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse" target="_blank">wanted to construct the line</a> from the Southern Tier to the town of Onondaga, just south of Syracuse, along Interstate 81, connecting three existing east-west lines. But now they’re considering just going from Binghamton to Cortland and connecting two lines.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:29:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48753 at http://wrvo.org Plan for Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline cut in half Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? http://wrvo.org/post/whose-fault-was-norse-energys-bankruptcy <p></p><p>New York’s hold on high-volume hydrofracking has entered its sixth year. Norse Energy first tried to stay afloat until fracking was approved, but then gave up and converted to Chapter 7, a complete shutdown of operations. The company and fracking supporters cited the state’s de facto moratorium as the obvious culprit.</p><p>Norse’s former chief legal officer Dennis Holbrook says drillers just can’t compete anymore using the drilling methods still allowed in New York.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:41:38 +0000 Matt Richmond 46620 at http://wrvo.org Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? PSC rules redacted information must be disclosed http://wrvo.org/post/psc-rules-redacted-information-must-be-disclosed <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with claims that there’s a lack of transparency in its proceedings.</p><p>The commission’s handling of plans for the future of two coal-fired power plants in upstate New York has been particularly criticized.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45961 at http://wrvo.org PSC rules redacted information must be disclosed Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight http://wrvo.org/post/natural-gas-storage-regulations-get-wrapped-fracking-fight <p>Anti-fracking activists are also fighting New York’s efforts to lift a ban on small natural gas storage and fueling facilities. A public information session on the matter held in Syracuse on Wednesday became about the larger natural gas industry.</p><p>New York is the only state to ban small-scale natural gas storage. That came after a 1970s facility accident in New York City. Now, under efforts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, new fueling stations for trucks could be built as early as next year.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:09:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45763 at http://wrvo.org Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/opposition-forms-proposed-binghamton-syracuse-pipeline <p></p><p>A group opposed to the construction of a new north-south natural gas pipeline that would run from Binghamton to Syracuse is hoping to get its message to landowners along the route before the gas company does.</p><p>Millennium Pipeline Company this May <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse" target="_blank">proposed building the Upstate Pipeline</a> which would connect three east-west pipelines already in operation.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:13:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44584 at http://wrvo.org Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline Gas storage contoversy continues to simmer http://wrvo.org/post/gas-storage-contoversy-continues-simmer <p></p><p>It’s something few people think about, but all that natural gas --and other fossil fuels -- produced by hydrofracking has to be stored somewhere before it gets 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.&nbsp;</p><p>About 100 environmental activists welcomed three of their own with singing that sounded like it was straight out of the civil rights movement last April, after they spent a week in jail.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:17:30 +0000 David Chanatry 41438 at http://wrvo.org Gas storage contoversy continues to simmer Proposed line would move natural gas from Binghamton to Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse <p>An energy company is looking into building a natural gas pipeline from near Binghamton to the Syracuse area. Millennium Pipeline Company is <a href="http://www.millenniumpipeline.com/documents/OpenSeasonAnnouncementFinal.pdf" target="_blank">currently soliciting feedback</a> from natural gas suppliers about their proposal to connect three supply lines running east-west across upstate New York, with a north-south line. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:24:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38146 at http://wrvo.org Proposed line would move natural gas from Binghamton to Syracuse Home rule fracking decision challenged in Avon http://wrvo.org/post/home-rule-fracking-decision-challenged-avon <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Gas and Oil producer <a href="http://www.lenaperesources.com/" target="_blank">Lenape </a><a href="http://www.lenaperesources.com/" target="_blank">Resources</a> has filed a note of appeal as part of an attempt to overturn a court decision made in March that allowed the town of Avon to maintain its moratorium on fracking. This is the third case of this kind in upstate New York. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:03:46 +0000 Kate O'Connell 36796 at http://wrvo.org Home rule fracking decision challenged in Avon Vermont, New York weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-new-york-weigh-proposed-natural-gas-pipeline <p>People packed into the high school auditorium in Hinesburg, Vt. last week, to voice their opinions on a <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/vt-ny-natural-gas-pipeline-stirs-debate">proposed natural gas pipeline</a> before the Vermont Public Service Board. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:21:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 35487 at http://wrvo.org Vermont, New York weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline Protesters arrested at gas storage site in Finger Lakes http://wrvo.org/post/protesters-arrested-gas-storage-site-finger-lakes <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>A number of protestors were arrested for blockading the entrance to a natural gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region early Monday. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:13:13 +0000 Kate O'Connell 34981 at http://wrvo.org Vermont - New York natural gas pipeline stirs debate http://wrvo.org/post/vermont-new-york-natural-gas-pipeline-stirs-debate <p>At a public meeting in Hinesburg, Vt. last month, residents crowded into the town hall to ask questions about a natural gas pipeline that might be going through their community. &nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Mark Ames wasn’t too happy. "I’m not interested in having a gas line either through in front of my house, 20 feet in front of my house, or behind my house, through my fields," he said. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:17:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 33425 at http://wrvo.org Vermont - New York natural gas pipeline stirs debate Cuomo: State to miss fracking deadline on Thursday http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-state-miss-fracking-deadline-thursday <p>The state’s environmental agency confirms it will miss a key deadline and delay approval of hydrofracking in New York once again. Anti-fracking forces see an opportunity in the new delay, while those waiting to benefit economically from the gas drilling process are feeling frustrated. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:42:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 29737 at http://wrvo.org Expect a higher heating bill this winter http://wrvo.org/post/expect-higher-heating-bill-winter <p>A return to normal winter weather means New Yorkers can expect to see a rise in their heating bills. Those using natural gas to heat their homes will see higher bills despite a 12 percent drop in pricing.</p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:47:07 +0000 Kate O'Connell 27907 at http://wrvo.org Expect a higher heating bill this winter More questions on new Cuomo administration fracking delay http://wrvo.org/post/more-questions-new-cuomo-administration-fracking-delay <p>The Cuomo administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of hydrofracking in New York, and is leaving supporters and opponents with many unanswered questions. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:24:17 +0000 Karen DeWitt 26889 at http://wrvo.org As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-fracking-decision-nears-legal-battles-loom <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>New York State is poised to issue its final plans for regulating hydrofracking. But even with a decision imminent, there’s no guarantee this controversy will die down.</p><p>Instead, the fight will likely head to the courts. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:11:33 +0000 Marie Cusick 25496 at http://wrvo.org As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater http://wrvo.org/post/study-finds-high-risk-drinking-water-fracking-wastewater <p>A new study on managing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing finds the biggest risk of contamination to drinking water supplies occurs during the disposal process.</p><p><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01757.x/full" target="_blank">The report</a> is by Stony Brook University and was published this month in the journal "Risk Analysis."</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:51:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 24438 at http://wrvo.org Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater