Mon November 14, 2011
New York NOW

Submit your fracking questions to New York NOW

Write to us to share your questions about fracking for DEC commissioner Joe Martens - you might hear the answer on New York NOW.
Alexander Savin via Flickr

States around the country are joining the rush to drill for natural gas, but New York is still deciding when and how it will allow hydrofracking, a controversial drilling technique that pumps water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to release natural gas.

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is at the center of a fierce public debate as it works on writing the rules and regulations that will govern the drilling industry.

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Thu November 10, 2011

High-profile failures "part of maturing" of green tech sector

Beacon Power, now filing for bankruptcy, set up shop to to store power from the grid using flywheels
Tom Ryan via Flickr

Federally subsidized energy projects have struggled recently.

First solar power firm Solyndra shut down, putting the Department of Energy on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars in loans. Then Beacon power - another company that had benefited from the same program - filed for bankruptcy.

But Carol Murphy, executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, says the local green energy sector has taken these high-profile failures in stride.  

"If you look nationally it's not just green energy companies," she argues. "People have been jumping on these stories now, but for any startup company there's a high rate of failure."

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Thu November 10, 2011
Marcellus Shale

New York will vote "no" on interstate fracking rules

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens told reporters on Wednesday that New York State opposes the Delaware River Basin Commission's proposed fracking regulations.
Marie Cusick WMHT

Earlier this week, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) released an updated version of its fracking regulations for its watershed. 

The commission oversees an area that covers four states - New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware - and provides water to more than 15 million Americans, including New York City.

But a top official in one of those states says he won't play ball on the draft regulations.

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Thu November 10, 2011

Anti-drillers wins big in elections

Marie Cusick WMHT

Today in your Trail Mix:

Dryden is just one of the towns where anti-drilling politicians win elections.

Regional councils are releasing their priorities.

Potential for a trash power plant in Albany.

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Tue November 8, 2011

Are you ready for some wind power? Buffalo Bills install turbines

Thirty small wind turbines are now generating electricity under the large scoreboard of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Courtesy photo Buffalo Bills

Ralph Wilson Stadium has long been known as one of the windiest venues in the National Football League.

Now, the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, known as "the Ralph," is taking advantage of it. Thirty small turbines now harness wind blowing into the venue for electricity.

The devices made their debut at the Bills vs. New York Jets home game Sunday. Painted red and blue, the turbines, about three feet in height, are located under the stadium's large western scoreboard.

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