Environment

7:25am

Thu March 8, 2012
Environment

City of Auburn votes to rescind ban of treatment of fracking fluid

Just a few days after the city of Niagara Falls voted unanimously to ban the treatment of fracking fluid at its municipal treatment plant, the city of Auburn has voted to rescind theirs.

Auburn City Councilors voted in July of 2011 to ban the treatment of fracking wastewater, which could contain chemicals and heavy metals. 

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7:14am

Tue February 14, 2012
Environment

Environmentalists make case that nature is a good investment

Environmental advocates were in Albany Monday making the case that investing in the state's natural resources is good economic sense.

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7:47am

Fri December 2, 2011
Environment

Pt. 2: Where does our power come from?

In part one of our series on Canadian power, we brought you a first story on the hydroelectricity New York imports from Canada. Today, we visit the site of a proposed plan that might send more power our way from the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador. 

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8:26am

Thu December 1, 2011
Environment

Pt 1: Where does our power come from?

New York imports hydroelectricity generated by giant dams on Canadian rivers. And some would like to see the state get more of that renewable power. But there's also opposition to that idea. 

In 1976, three of Jackie Harvey’s friends went to jail for protesting the construction of a new power  line through her town. A few nights before Christmas she was standing outside the Franklin County Jail. 

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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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11:11am

Mon November 21, 2011
Environment

Scientists hope to bring broccoli growth east

When two italian brothers popularized broccoli in America during the 1920s, they centered their production in California's chilly Salinas Valley. It's largely stayed there because hot weather,like New York's hot and humid summers, stymies the plant's growth. But as WRVO's Adam Wolfe reports, a group of scientists plan on bringing broccoli east.

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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8:16am

Mon November 14, 2011
Environment

Public hearings on hydrofracking set to start Wednesday

The Department of Environmental Conservation begins holding hearings on the rules that would govern hydrofracking this week. New Yorkers have watched closely as fracking has unfolded in Pennsylvania and some are wary that environmental abuses could happen here ¿ while others are eager for the economic boom drilling could bring. The Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports.

Libby Foust lives on a quiet gravel road outside Ithaca, in a farmhouse with a 360 degree view of green hills, woods and grain silos.

She moved her family here from a farm in Troy, Pennsylvania.

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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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8:02am

Mon October 31, 2011
Environment

Gov. Cuomo willing to wait on hydrofracking

The state’s Environmental Commissioner said last week that the process to permit hydrofracking on some private lands in New York State may take longer than expected, and DEC Commissioner Joe Martens even cast doubt on  whether permits would be issued in 2012 at all. Governor Cuomo says he’s willing to wait, if it leads to a rational decision making process on what’s become a highly emotional issue.

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6:26am

Tue October 25, 2011
Environment

Syracuse Common Councilors vote unanimously to ban hydrofracking on city property

Lawmakers in the city of Syracuse Monday unanimously voted to ban hydrofracking on city property.   Julia Walsh, from the statewide network Frack Action says this move sends a message to Albany.

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6:57am

Mon October 24, 2011
Environment

Syracuse lawmakers expected to pass city hydrofracking ban

The City of Syracuse is expected to say no to hydrofracking Monday.  The Common Council is expected to approve a ban on the controversial gas drilling method.

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11:12am

Tue October 18, 2011
Environment

Local tree expert says central New York has the best fall color in the nation

Central New Yorkers may enjoy some of the best fall colors in the country. That's the opinion of one tree expert out of the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Click "listen" above to hear Ellen's story.

8:54am

Thu October 13, 2011
Environment

Hydrilla could threaten marine life in Cayuga Lake

There’s another invasive species that’s threatening to destroy the habitat of numerous other plants and animals. This one lives underwater. It’s called hydrilla and it’s spreading through the Cayuga Inlet near the south end of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca’s mayor has already declared an environmental emergency and ordered all boat traffic to stop through Cayuga Inlet to try and stop the plant from spreading. 

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7:04am

Thu October 13, 2011
Environment

Emerald Ash Borer spotted in New York, could destroy the state's ash trees

A particular kind of  Yellow leaf you see amidst the fall foliage in New York State might not be part of the fall splash of color much longer.  Many  of the yellow leaves are ash trees, and an invasive insect is slowly munching across New York State. 

It's called the Emerald Ash Borer, and it's wiping out all ashes everywhere an infestation occurs.

Don Leopold is a tree expert at the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry and says Ash trees, which are native to New York, are prized for more than there color.

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7:34am

Wed October 12, 2011
Environment

Dan Grossman on The Campbell Conversations

Dan Grossman is a freelance environmental journalist who has frequently appeared on public radio and the BBC, and has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Scientific American. He’s won a host of prestigious awards and been funded by many highly respected organizations—among them the Peabody award, the National Science Foundation, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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