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Pot use, fracking divides New York


Casey Seiler | Times Union ALBANY — A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday found continued division of opinion over state approval of two things that are currently not legal in New York: recreational pot use and hydrofracking. The poll found only 35 percent of state voters want to legalize marijuana for personal use, while 44 percent approve of legalizing it ...

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Oil spill at Port of Albany contained

ALBANY — About 100 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline at the Global Partners tank facility at the Port of Albany Wednesday afternoon, but it was contained to a small area and did not reach the nearby Hudson River, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said. But the spill prompted a cautionary note from Albany County. Albany firefighters, ...

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Pipeline firm ‘optimistic’ about federal approval


Joe Mahoney | Oneonta Daily Star COOPERSTOWN — A long-awaited determination on a final environmental impact statement for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline is now slated to be issued Oct. 24 and a decision on whether the project will be licensed is to come three months later, according to federal regulators. The proposed natural gas transmission line has divided the business ...

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Lake George considers fracking moratorium


Amanda May Metzger | The Post Star LAKE GEORGE — The town may be devoid of shale formations rich in natural gas, but, according to activists, the area does have another resource on which drilling companies are keen: Water. George Mathewson, an attorney retired from private practice who also worked as a DEC regional attorney in the early 1970s, spoke ...

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Albany mayor: DEC off on oil


Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union ALBANY — Mayor Kathy Sheehan sharply rebuked the state Department of Environmental Conservation over its review of a planned oil terminal expansion at the Port of Albany, claiming the state agency has illegally approved a surge in oil shipments piecemeal, rather than taking an overall perspective. In a letter to DEC last month, the ...

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Fed clears hydro line


Eric Anderson | Albany Times Union ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement allowing the $2.2 billion project to construct an underground and underwater, 333-mile power line from Quebec to New York City to move forward. The Champlain Hudson Power Express, as the project is called, is being developed by Albany-based Transmission Developers ...

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SolarCity sees growth increasing rapidly


Jesse Leavenworth | The Hartford Courant SolarCity executives are sticking with their forecast that demand for its solar systems will continue to rise rapidly — the fundamental underpinning of its plan to open a massive solar panel factory in Buffalo. The company’s installations doubled in the second quarter to 107 megawatts, and SolarCity said it expects installations to reach 500 ...

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Maps show oil trains close to schools

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Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union ALBANY — New mapping by health and environmental groups concerned over a spike in crude oil train traffic shows that 75 schools in eastern New York are within a mile of rail lines carrying such trains. Unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol, the online maps by Healthy Schools Network Inc. and the Natural Resources ...

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Pipeline firm eyes alternate construction-yard site


Joe Mahoney | Oneonta Daily Star The architects of the proposed Constitution Pipeline have dropped plans to open two construction yards in Otsego County, and are instead asking federal regulators for permission to use a proposed staging area off state Route 23 just east of Davenport Center. During the period that the underground pipeline is being assembled, construction yards are ...

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