Mon April 13, 2015

Syracuse starts work on sorting out its special lighting districts

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:10 am

Michael via Flickr

The ornate metal street lamps that line downtown or some Syracuse city streets aren’t free to keep on. Property owners are supposed to pay the electric bill, but for decades the city has been. Now, city hall wants to change that.

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Thu March 26, 2015

WATCH: Stephentown residents say 'no' to NED pipeline

Anti-pipeline sign
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

The meeting room at the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Hall was filled to capacity for a public hearing about the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.

The proposed gas line would pump highly pressured natural gas, fracked in Pennsylvania, through large pipes buried a few feet underground through Stephentown and into Massachusetts.

One by one town residents got up and told board members in no uncertain terms that they were against the Texas based company Kinder Morgan expanding the capacity of the interstate Tennessee pipeline through their community.

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Wed March 25, 2015

Questions over portrayal of support for LPG facility near Seneca Lake

Credit Jenna Flanagan/WMHT/Innovation Trail


Opponents of a liquid propane gas facility near Seneca Lake say that the company behind the project is misrepresenting its support.

Crestwood Midstream from Texas wants to expand the facility to store propane gas in the underground salt caverns.

Opponents argue it’s a risk to the water supply and the environment.

A Crestwood press release claimed a broad base of support for the gas project - including a wine producer named Munroe Vineyards.

But WXXI News has learned that Munroe Vineyards is not a winery - but a trucking company that hauls propane.

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Tue March 10, 2015

Tompkins County wind farm would be first of its kind in New York

Marguerite Wells stands at site of proposed wind farm in Enfield, with the wind measuring tower in the background.
Credit Matt Richmond/WSKG News


Marguerite Wells is the project manager of Black Oak Wind Farm, which at this point is just a field with a wind measuring tower outside of Ithaca. But, according to Wells, the hard part of getting a wind farm built there is already behind them.

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Fri February 20, 2015

Cayuga Power Plant and NYSEG fail to agree on plant's future

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 6:45 am

Coal-powered turbines at Cayuga power plant in Lansing, NY.

The future of the Cayuga coal-fired power plant in Tompkins County remains up-in-the-air, almost three years after plans to close the plant were announced.

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