Fri April 4, 2014
Constitution Pipeline

PA residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline

The proposed pipeline would run 124 miles of 30-inch pipe. It would start in Susquehanna County, pass into New York and cut through Broome and Delaware counties on its way to connect with the already existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Shoharie County.

Both sides at the meeting were passionate. People spoke for over two hours.

The public forum was on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC’s draft environmental impact study of the proposed pipeline.

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Wed April 2, 2014

Anti-fracking activist fights Cabot injunction in court


“This is a fresh water impoundment being build on route 267.”

In one of the hundreds of videos Vera Scroggins has uploaded to YouTube, she films a bulldozer burp black smoke in the air as it moves dirt onto a 30-foot high pile. The bulldozer makes trip after trip. It dumps ever more dirt on the massive stack of earth.  

“That’s a lot of soil being moved around and there are a lot of houses right here.”

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Thu March 27, 2014

Increase in ND oil rail traffic through NYS raises safety concerns

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) worker at rail yard inspection
Credit New York State Department of Transportation / Innovation Trail

A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.

That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.

A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec in July last year has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.

The professor of city and regional planning says New York State finds itself with a mobile oil problem.

The crude oil transported across New York is from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota, the country’s second largest oil producing state.

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