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Hawkins tours area, hits Cuomo on fracking

COOPERSTOWN — Taking his campaign for governor to the heartland of New York’s home-rule movement, Howie Hawkins on Wednesday eagerly pointed out that he is the only candidate in the race to favor a statewide ban on natural gas drilling. A truck unloader for UPS in Syracuse, Hawkins, 61, is on New York’s Nov. 4 ballot as the endorsed candidate ...

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AccuWeather predicting the polar vortex will pay us another visit this winter

If winter projections released by AccuWeather hold true, we’ll be seeing polar vortex action fairly early in the new year. “I think we will see it slipping down from time to time to bring the cold in,” said Paul Pastelok, an expert long-range forecaster for AccuWeather.com, on that website Wednesday. “I think, primarily, we’ll see that happening in mid-January into ...

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Poll shows more New Yorkers oppose fracking

As New York State’s moratorium on fracking comes closer to its expiration date, residents’ opposition to the hydraulic fracturing process continues to grow, reports the Epoch Times. A poll organized by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a non-profit environmental advocacy group, has shown that 56 percent of New York citizens oppose fracking. The survey was conducted by third-party researchers ...

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N.Y. emergency responders warned to stay away from burning oil trains

The New York Office of Fire Prevention and Control is insisting that emergency responders stay away from burning oil trains if no human lives are at stake and if there are more than three containers on fire, according to a report by Capital. Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have found that the DOT-111, the tanker car most commonly used ...

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Company drops plans for Duanesburg plant

DUANESBURG — Plans for a compressed natural gas distribution facility on Route 7 in Schenectady County were dropped last week by the project’s California-based developer as opponents vowed to mobilize against any efforts to relocate it. Clean Energy, which wanted to build on a 53-acre site, withdrew its application Friday for a zoning variance from the town, according to Rob ...

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Pegulas approved by NFL

Now that new ownership is in place with Terry and Kim Pegula receiving official approval from the NFL’s owners, will a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills be far behind? On a day when they unanimously approved of the sale of the team to the Pegulas, several NFL owners suggested a key component of the franchise’s future in Western New ...

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Report: Cuomo meddled with fracking study

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Several area residents interested in hydrofracking had mixed reactions Wednesday about a recent news report that found that a federal study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was edited or delayed before it was published. The changes were first reported by Capital New York. Cuomo has repeatedly delayed a decision on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in ...

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Quasar Energy gives West Seneca residents answers

As public outcry grew in Erie and Niagara counties about a fertilizer made, in part, from treated municipal sewage, West Seneca residents began asking questions about the plant in their town where it’s produced. Tuesday night, answers were provided by representatives of Quasar Energy Group at a sparsely-attended meeting in the town’s senior center. A total of 61 questions were ...

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Most back drill ban

ALBANY — Most New Yorkers support the state’s ongoing moratorium on natural gas hydrofracking, with people worried about potential damage to air and water widely outnumbering those who see added jobs and taxes as an economic boost, according to a poll released Monday by a prominent environmental group. Support for the moratorium, which will remain in place unless and until ...

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EDITORIAL: Crude booms, safety lags

Our opinion: Amid a crude oil boom, state and federal regulators need to heed local voices urging action on public health and rail safety. Federal and state regulators trying to grasp the downside of the booming crude oil business need look no further than the Capital Region to get a sense of the trepidation over the rail and oil industries’ ...

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