Energy

2:45pm

Fri November 7, 2014
Energy

'Cans for Pets' boosts recycling, helps shelters in several states

The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center's Dan Rossi says people are recycling their cat food cans through the shelter, though they normally wouldn't, because it benefits the animals.
Credit Photo: Kara Holsopple

Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television for three hours. But some segments of the population—like pet owners—apparently haven’t heard that message. Aluminum pet food cans are one of the least recycled household items.

Margaret Corrado is an exception to that rule. At a pet store south of Pittsburgh, she dumps about 40 little empty cat food cans from a plastic grocery bag into a blue recycling bin.

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10:56am

Fri November 7, 2014
Energy

Election over, will Cuomo decide on fracking?

Credit Karen DeWitt/WXXI

Now that elections are over, supporters and opponents of hydro fracking are wondering what will be Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s next move on the long stalled gas drilling process in New York state.

New York has had a de facto moratorium on fracking for several years. Most recently Cuomo has said he’s awaiting results of an over two-year long health review being conducted by his administration.

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12:52pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Energy

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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9:13am

Fri October 17, 2014
Energy

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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3:15pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Fracking

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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