Fri March 22, 2013

DEC reassures public on concerns over potential drilling

Kate O'Connell/WXXI

There was a larger crowd than usual at a DEC public meeting in Springwater last night, with standing room only as the draft forest management plan for the Hemlock and Canadice lakes was presented.

The draft has spurred controversy over the past few weeks because it includes language about possible permits for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on the state forest land.

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Fri March 22, 2013

Arguments over fracking bans focus on one sentence

A drilling rig in Pennsylvania, where Act 13 prevents towns from controlling where drilling can take place. State courts have blocked Act 13.
Matt Richmond WSKG

Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earthjustice, explains the Town of Dryden's case to reporters after oral arguments in Albany. Also, Town of Dryden Supervisor Maryann Sumner talks about the town's rationale in passing the ban.

Oral arguments were completed Thursday in the case that will decide whether New York towns have the right to ban gas drilling. The case comes down to how the panel of four judges will interpret a single sentence.

Environmental Conservation Law 23-0303 says, "The provisions of this law shall supersede all local laws and ordinances relating to the regulation of the oil, gas and solution mining industries."

It then goes on to affirm local authority over road use and property taxes.

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Thu March 21, 2013

Israeli companies will use UAlbany's nanotech school

Israel will spend up to $300 million a year for companies there to use UAlbany's nanoscale facilities
UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The state of Israel will spend up to $300 million a year in a new partnership with the University at Albany for Israeli companies to use the school's nanotechnology facilities.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, announced the partnership yesterday.

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Thu March 21, 2013
energy security and investment

Will hydropower from Quebec supply New York City?

Hydro-Québec's Beauharnois generating station.
Credit Photo courtesy of Hydro-Québec

In Québec, electricity is cheap. Hydro-Québec, a state-owned utility, has over 60 generating stations that use the province’s rivers to produce power. One of them is Beauharnois, southwest of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River.

It’s a long brick building. Men in jump suits and hard hats work on giant rumbling machines that generate power.  

But hundreds of miles south in New York City, power is really expensive. A lot of demand, plus congestion on the state’s grid, means that the rate payers’ electricity bills are through the roof.

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Wed March 20, 2013

Budget Accord reached, lawmakers still filling in details

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:08 pm

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening,  but say they are still working out many of the details .

Governor Cuomo says he and the legislative leaders have reached an accord on many of the budget issues, and hope to be finished passing everything by Sunday.

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