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Gov Cuomo sued to force gas fracking start

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ALBANY — Landowners who want to make money from natural gas hydrofracking on their land on Friday sued Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his commissioners of health and environment over the more than five years spent by the state without coming up with a decision to allow the controversial drilling technique. Filed in state Supreme Court in Albany County, the lawsuit ...

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Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline owner wants to retrofit pipeline to bring gas from south

pipeline retrofit

The owner of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline has announced plans to retrofit its pipeline to allow it to carry natural gas from southern New England into Maine, the opposite direction of the pipeline’s original purpose. Houston-based Spectra Energy, which is majority owner of the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline, is willing to make the needed investments to make the pipeline ...

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Texas gas company weighs larger lines through NYS to feed Boston

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ALBANY — A Texas-based energy company is considering expanding its natural gas pipeline that runs through upstate New York to take more gas into northern Massachusetts and Boston. Preliminary plans by Kinder Morgan, of Houston, call for an expansion that would follow the company’s existing pipeline that passes through upstate, including Schoharie, Albany and Rensselaer counties, and continues into Massachusetts ...

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National Fuel’s profits jump 21 percent, easily top analyst forecasts

growth

Soaring natural gas production, combined with strong growth in its gas transportation businesses, led to a 21 percent jump in National Fuel Gas Co.’s first-quarter profits, the Amherst-based energy company said. The earnings were much stronger than analysts had expected and prompted National Fuel to boost its profit forecast for the full fiscal year by 2 percent as earnings increased ...

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NYS comptroller quizzes oil fracking giant on water safety

water safety

ALBANY — State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is asking one of the nation’s largest petroleum companies — and a major shipper of crude oil by rail across the country — to explain what steps may be taken to conserve and protect water during the water-intensive process of hydrofracking. Houston-based EOG Resources also is a major player in the North Dakota Bakken ...

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$7,000 OSHA fine in pipe contract worker’s death to supply GloFlo site

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BALLSTON SPA — The Boston excavation company whose worker was killed in April while constructing a natural gas pipeline to the GlobalFoundries factory has been slapped with a “serious” workplace violation by federal regulators. The penalty, which carries a $7,000 fine, was issued by the federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration. The company, Feeney Brothers Excavation, is appealing the decision. ...

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Clarkson student discovers wastewater lagoon potential as fuel source

Zooplankton

CANTON — The village’s 8.5-acre wastewater treatment lagoons could be a biofuel source, thanks to millions of tiny creatures that are what they eat. The discovery was made by Stephanie A. Kring, a Clarkson University doctoral student studying environmental science and engineering. “We were curious about what kind of algae were naturally growing in the wastewater lagoons in the Canton ...

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NY Health Commissioner discusses budget, not fracking

focus on budget

ALBANY — State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah had a lot to say about topics that included a multibillion-dollar hospital restructuring plan and a proposal to make medical marijuana legal in a limited way during four hours of testimony at a joint legislative hearing Monday. But on the topic most people in the audience were waiting to hear about, Shah provided ...

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