Sun March 2, 2014

Crude oil concerns at the Port of Albany

Albany residents at DEC public comment meeting over oil heating plans at the Port of Albany
Credit Jenna Flanagan / Innovation Trail

Call it a case of David vs Goliath. A fortune 500 oil company sets up shop at the Port of Albany and inside of a decade request the Department of Environmental Conservation to allow them to ‘modify’ their air quality permit. The changes go largely unnoticed until community members of Albany’s South End get wind of the project at the 11th hour, forcing the DEC to hold a public comment meeting. Environmental justice takes front stage as citizens attempt to take on Global Companies LLC.

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Mon February 17, 2014

Upstate institute to tackle global environmental issues

UB Geology professor Jason Briner conducting climate change research in Canada
Jason Briner

A new institute designed to tackle complex environmental issues across the globe has been launched in upstate New York.

This month, the University at Buffalo announced the launch of the RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment, and Water) program.

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Thu October 24, 2013

Remembering Love Canal, current residents say dangers still exist

Environmental activist Lois Gibbs (left) leads walking tour of her old neighborhood, which was heavily contaminated in the 1970s.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

In 1978, the government officially told residents in the Niagara Falls neighborhood that they were living in a toxic zone as their homes were built on an industrial waste site. Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35th anniversary of the Love Canal relocation on Tuesday with a walking tour.

The Love Canal case is considered by many to be a landmark in the development of the modern environmental movement.

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Tue October 22, 2013

EPA praises Onondaga County for green infrastructure work

Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, left, talks with Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A top official at the Environmental Protection Agency was in Syracuse on Monday to highlight the county's work in green infrastructure.

Hitting on Onondaga County's Save the Rain program, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe outlined the agency's updated national green infrastructure strategy.

He noted the city and county's collaboration efforts in installing permeable pavement, rain barrels, green rooftops and rain gardens.

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Mon September 23, 2013

Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline

The route of the proposed Upstate Pipeline.
Millenium Pipeline Company LLC

A group opposed to the construction of a new north-south natural gas pipeline that would run from Binghamton to Syracuse is hoping to get its message to landowners along the planned route before the gas company does.

This past May, Millennium Pipeline Company proposed building the Upstate Pipeline which would connect three east-west pipelines already in operation.

A small opposition group, called Stop The I-81 Pipeline for the line's parallel path to Interstate 81, will begin its public relations battle this evening with a public hearing at 6:30 at the Center for the Arts in Homer.

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