Fri October 17, 2014

Turning frack water into profit proves a challenge

Mike Broeker, COO of Ephiphany Solar Water Systems, at his company's facility in Pittsburgh.
Credit Photo: Reid R. Frazier


Inside a cavernous industrial building in Pittsburgh, Mike Broeker shows off what he hopes is the next big thing in cleaning up the fracking business: three satellite dishes. 

“These are the most common satellite dishes in the world,” says Broeker, COO of Epiphany Solar Water Systems.  

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Fri October 17, 2014

Study finds New York would benefit from proposed new coal standards

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:31 am

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New Yorkers could see health benefits from proposed standards for coal power plants, new research has found.

A vast majority of New York’s energy production comes from nuclear, hydro and natural gas, but the state is downwind from states that do burn a lot of coal, like Ohio, so that means the soot blows this way.

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Wed October 8, 2014

Cuomo says conflicting studies make it hard to draw conclusion on fracking

Fracking protestors at New York State Fair 2013
Credit file photo/Innovation Trail

Governor Cuomo made some of his most extensive comments on the controversial topic of hydro fracking to date.

For the past two years, ever since the Governor asked his health department to conduct a health review, Cuomo has had little to say about the review or even what was being studied.  He would only say that  the work was continuing.

Cuomo now says it’s a challenge for his administration to hurry a decision, because there is new and often conflicting evidence emerging every day.

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Wed September 24, 2014

Nation's largest solar company to bring record jobs to Buffalo

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:34 am

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins, Governor Andrew Cuomo and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive break ground at future site of SolarCity at RiverBend in South Buffalo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed one of the world’s largest solar panel companies to the region Tuesday. The California-based business called SolarCity will build be the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western hemisphere at the RiverBend site located in South Buffalo.

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Wed September 17, 2014

Fracking politics will influence gubernatorial election

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 9:06 am

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

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