A potential freight rail boom? And police drones make a lot of us nervous

Sep 28, 2012

Good Morning and welcome to the the Innovation Trail Mix for Friday.

A third of the public don't like the idea of the police using drone technology.

Governor Cuomo remains opposed to selling wine in supermarkets.

The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports on one Syracuse professor's plan to take new startups to the legendary SXSW festival in Austin next year.

High gas prices are good news for rail freight operators.

To put the Sierra Club poll another way, 21 percent of New Yorkers have mercifully never heard of fracking.


In what's likely to be a well-covered event, the Governor will follow up the yogurt summit with a summit on the beer and wine industries in late October reports Jon Campbell.

There's a spate of airport upgrades going on around upstate and Joanna Richards reports on the rapid growth in users of the Watertown International Airport, since it became a hub to Chicago.

An Ithaca environmental database firm has gone public with some documents  (Ithacajournal.com) that it claims demonstrate a timeline of ineffective management of the state's conventional oil and gas drilling by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Toxics Targeting president Walter Hang says that the dossier raises questions about DEC's ability to provide effective oversight (AP) when/if fracking commences in New York state. 

The Batavian reports on changes to the procedures for applying for H-2A temporary agricultural worker visas; which will go online from early December. 


The Rochester Downtown Development Corp. heard that Some of the economic momentum the regiona has enjoyed may slow next year due to the dreaded "fiscal cliff" and end-of-year automatic spending cuts reporst Tom Tobin for the Democrat and Chronicle.

Rochester-based Arista Power will be showing off its Phase One Intelligent Microgrid for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon next week reports the Herald Online.

The AP reports on some public unease about the domestic use of drone technology.

Andrew Winston's editorial circulated in Bloomberg argues that renewable energy continues to make more and more economic sense; if only corporate energy managers would feel the love as well.

Rochester companies with their toes in the water of rail freight look set to benefit from the current high petrol prices reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Victor-based L-3 Global Communications Systems Inc. has won a $36 million contract to upgrade nearly 4,000 of the Army's satellite terminals reports the RBJ. There's more work for the firm replacing others.


Matt Richmond plots the long winding road of energy efficiency auditing and subsidized upgrades as part of the Green Jobs/Green New York program.

78 percent of New Yorkers have heard of hydrofracking according to a poll conducted by the Sierra Club, reports Jon Campbell in his Politics on the Hudson blog.

As we noted yesterday, the data from the U.S. Geological Survey's monitoring of wastewater near the Pavillion gas field in Wyoming was released yesterday, and the EPA and industry took up their familiar positions reports Reuters.

Bits and Pieces

The legendary Catalan chef Ferran Adria of elBulli fame muses on things innovative with Wired magazine.