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Oil Train Task Force details progress

PLATTSBURGH – Local municipalities continue to lend their voices to the call for increased safety requirements for rail transport of oil. Members of the Clinton County Oil Train Task Force marked Earth Day with a press conference at the Saranac River railroad bridge in the City of Plattsburgh, where they heralded resolutions passed by several local governments in support of their ...

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OSHA: Fort Edward firm endangered employees

FORT EDWARD — A manufacturer of “phenolic balls” used in the fracking process for extracting oil and gas from rock formations is facing 48 serious violations of federal workplace safety laws. The firm, A. Hyatt Ball Co., located at 1 School St., faces fines of up to $105,200 for the violations, which stemmed from an inspection launched after a complaint ...

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Cuomo’s fracking ban is taking heat from former NYC mayor

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Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took a few hits from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding his statewide fracking ban. Bloomberg expressed his opinion regarding Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking rather than embrace the benefits the state could receive from natural gas operations.  Bloomberg referred to the ban as “a misguided policy” and explained how the ...

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NED pipeline draws friends, foes to talks

DAVENPORT – Former state Environmental Commissioner Michael Zagata, a proponent of hydraulic fracturing and the pipelines that carry the shale gas it produces, contended Tuesday night that some opposition toward the Kinder Morgan pipeline project is based on fear of the unknown. Visiting an open house for the company’s Northeast Energy Direct (NED) project at Charlotte Valley School, Zagata, a ...

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New York court: Drilling leases expired despite state ban

ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York moratorium on hydraulic fracturing doesn’t allow energy companies to extend leases with landowners beyond the expiration dates in their contracts, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. The Court of Appeals answered that question for a federal appeals court reviewing the case. It follows a federal judge’s 2012 ruling for the landowners, also concluding the ...

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NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas

NEW YORK — It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building’s gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring ...

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New York fire, building collapse injure 19; gas blast blamed

NEW YORK — An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring 19 people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles. Restaurant diners ran out of their shoes and bystanders helped one another to escape the midafternoon ...

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Anti-pipeline activist: Gas battle isn’t over yet

Since state leaders decreed in December that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas won’t be permitted in New York, those battling the Constitution Pipeline have seen attrition from “NIMBY” (not in my backyard) protesters, though most activists remain engaged, an opposition leader said Wednesday. “I have seen no diminishment in involvement on the part of people who really oppose the pipeline,” ...

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In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk

REPORTING FROM WINDSOR, N.Y. – From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a bittersweet view. The rolling hills a few miles away are as green as the ones here, and the Susquehanna River is icy and beautiful on both sides of the state line as it ...

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