8:14am

Mon September 10, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Environmental groups meet with the DEC, and what to do with Buffalo's HSBC tower?

Welcome to the Trail Mix for Monday.

The real toll on the NY Thruway may well be the loss of jobs there.

What's the true environmental footprint of solar?

The dark arts of energy pricing will be revealed...

Technical education courses are having a positive impact on graduation rates at Syracuse high schools.

Government 

Journalist Tom Wilber's sources are saying that the DEC held in-camera talks with members of leading environmental organizations like the Sierra Club, Riverkeepers and the EDF to discuss health issues related to the state's pending decision on shale gas extraction.

Following a letter written by the Watertown mayor, the DEC has agreed to meet with a small group of residents on the issue of the former New York Air Brakes site reports the Watertown Times.

Got an EZ Pass? Now might be the time to step up as the New York State Thruway Authority  is seriously considering fully automating its toll system reports Rick Karlin at the timesunion.com.

Business

If you've got a better name for the Clay Business Park, the folks at the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency would love to hear from you reports Rick Moriarty from The Post-Standard.

The future use of the One HSBC Center in Buffalo may well include residential units says the Buffalo News.

It's "steady-as-she-goes" for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council reports the Watertown Times.

Technology

Recreational boaters on the St. Lawrence River now have access to up-to-date information on the waterway thanks to new observational technology reports Catherine Loper for WRVO News.

Energy

The Post-Standard's Tim Knauss reports on a successful campaign by consumer advocates to convince state regulators that the public is entitled to compare energy prices from the National Grid with the competition.

The benefits of solar energy are many, but getting extracting the raw materials to build the panels in the first place can be messy reports Debra Ferris for Be Green.

Education

Binghamton University has added 60 new academic positions reports pressconnects.com.

Technical education programs are yielding higher graduation rates in Syracuse high schools reports Ellen Abbott for WRVO News.