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8:50am

Thu July 11, 2013
Environment

Onondaga Lake revival earns exhibit at New York State Fair

A portion of Onondaga Lake is being cleaned by Honeywell
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The story of Onondaga Lake, once called the most polluted lake in the nation, will be told in a major interactive exhibit at the New York State Fair this year.

"We no longer have to look at it and be embarrassed, or discuss what we are going to do. Now we can look back at where we have been and where we are going," said Onondaga County Deputy Executive Matt Millea.

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7:01am

Thu September 6, 2012
Hydrofracking

Fracking will bring heavy truck traffic, but towns are ready

A tanker trucks transports water for hydrofracking operations in Susquehanna County, Pa.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Transporting the millions of gallons of water, as well as equipment, sand, and other materials needed to hydraulically fracture a natural gas well requires quite a few truck trips, to put it mildly.

One well site could require up to 3,399 one-way truck trips [PDF], according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's 2011 draft environmental impact statement (dSGEIS) on hydrofracking.

All those trips by heavy trucks can quickly beat up and wear out roads if they're not built to handle it.

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9:11am

Wed September 5, 2012
Hydrofracking

As New York's fracking decision nears, legal battles loom

A drill rig in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
Marie Cusick Innovation Trail/WMHT

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.

Instead, the fight will likely head to the courts.

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10:34am

Wed June 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

DEC surveys waterbird populations on Little Galloo Island

DEC staff work counting gull nests on Little Galloo Island in Lake Ontario.
Joanna Richards WRVO

Every 10 years or so, the Department of Environmental Conservation goes out to Little Galloo Island, 20 miles off the coast of Cape Vincent in Lake Ontario, to survey waterbird populations there. The island, with a few dead trees, some grass and a rocky shoreline, is a haven for colonial waterbirds, with nests of Caspian terns, herring gulls and tens of thousands of ring-billed gulls – the standard seagull seen throughout the north country.

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5:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Woodcocks

Singing American woodcocks announce spring in the north country

Paco Lyptic via Flickr

Every spring, a state Department of Environmental Conservation biologist drives along north country highways at dawn or dusk, stopping every so often to pull over and listen to the nature sounds.

She's listening for the distinctive “peent” of the singing American woodcock, a brown speckled bird a little larger than a songbird with a long, narrow beak for pulling earthworms out of the newly thawed ground.

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11:57am

Mon May 7, 2012
Environment

State regulation of wastewater is questioned

A new report from Environmental Advocates of New York is questioning the state's regulation of wastewater from oil and gas wells. The study is based on about 100 drilling applications filed with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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12:22pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Environment

The future of hydrofracking unclear in New York state

Natural gas drilling site in PA; August 2009
arimoore via Flickr; taken by Attorney Helen Slottje

Earth Day came and went in New York  without too much discussion of what many environmentalists believe to be the biggest issue facing the state- when and where the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking will  occur.

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8:06am

Thu December 1, 2011
Environment

DEC extends public comment period on hydrofracking

Bowing to pressure from environmental groups and the public, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is extending the public comment period on its draft hydrofracking regulations.

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7:57am

Thu November 17, 2011
Environment

Maritime shipping officials say new ballast water regulations could cripple industry

As local officials forecast a robust and growing economic impact from maritime shipping, they warn that impact worth many billions of dollars is threatened with extinction.

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6:45am

Thu November 17, 2011
Environment

Hundreds show up at hydrofracking hearing Wednesday, bigger crowd expected today

The Department of Environmental Conservation held the first of four public hearings on hydrofracking Wednesday.More than 800 people descended on the vacant Dansville Middle School to rally both for and against the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

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11:52am

Fri November 11, 2011
Environment

New York will vote "no" on interstate fracking rules

Earlier this week, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released an updated version of its fracking regulations for its watershed. 

The commission oversees an area that covers four states - New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware - and provides water to more than 15 million Americans, including New York City.

But a top official in one of those states says he won't play ball on the draft regulations.

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