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Study: New York’s gas isn’t worth it


Shane Thielges|Shale Plays Media The energy debate in America has settled pretty comfortably into a question of regulation. How much unrestricted ability should companies be given to keep reaping massive rewards? How much protection should be afforded to areas of wilderness? This question, however, has some big assumptions built into it – significantly, that natural gas or oil drilling is, ...

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DEC seeks public comment on NYCO test mining


RAY BROOK — Statewide approval that allows NYCO Minerals to test mine on state land requires changes to Adirondack Park regulations. Last November, voters in New York approved a measure granting NYCO permission to test for wollastonite on Lot 8, a 200-acre parcel of state land beside the company’s existing mine in the Town of Lewis. If enough is found, ...

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EDITORIAL: Caution on fracking wise


Our opinion: The state’s deliberative study of natural gas drilling is appropriate to insure the safety and health of residents. Eighteen months after the New York State Health Department began studying the health impacts of high-volume hydrofracking, there is still no indication when the final report on the controversial drilling process might be released. Now, with the news State Health ...

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Gouverneur delays power purchase agreement


GOUVERNEUR — The village Board of Trustees held off Tuesday on signing a purchase agreement for electricity produced at its hydropower plant in the hopes of getting a better deal or using the power for its own purposes. “We have a unique system that could distribute power throughout the village,” Trustee Charles W. Newvine said. The village’s hydroelectric plant on ...

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Flooding prompts state of emergency declaration for St. Lawrence County

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Rising floodwaters across St. Lawrence County prompted county Legislature Chairman Jonathan S. Putney to declare a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon. Several roads and bridges were closed because of flooding Tuesday in Winthrop, Brasher, Stockholm and Fine. The towns of Brasher and Stockholm also have declared local states of emergency because of flooding along the St. Regis River. Among the ...

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BOCES to feds: Pipeline plan would ruin campus


Capital Region BOCES, which operates the Career and Technical School in Richmondville, has filed a legal brief with federal regulators that sharply criticizes the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Constitution Pipeline as “insufficient” and “inadequate.” In a motion to intervene in the proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an attorney for BOCES argued that the DEIS fails ...

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State’s top court to hear home-rule cases

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COOPERSTOWN — New York’s highest court will hear the twin cases that are expected to determine whether local communities are empowered to prohibit shale gas drilling within their borders on June 3 in Albany. The cases testing the home rule authority of local governments stem from bans enacted against fracking in 2011 by the Otsego County town of Middlefield and ...

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Pipeline plan praised, panned at local hearing


To some, the Constitution Pipeline represents an environmental nightmare. To others, the 124-mile natural gas transmission line will help to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere while making the United States more energy self-reliant. Both sides of the divide of the controversial project were stated and restated Tuesday night as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hosted a second public comment ...

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City of Plattsburgh takes stand on hydrofracking

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PLATTSBURGH — City of Plattsburgh councilors agreed to a resolution banning several activities associated with hydraulic fracturing, joining a long list of communities across the state to do so. “There are 210 communities across the state that have done this, and I would be very proud if we can add the city to that growing list,” Councilor Michael Kelly said ...

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