Issues: Environment

An upgrade downer: Power plant's $750 project may allow more toxins

The Daily News wrote about the Luyster Creek power plant project that is supposed to generate energy more efficiently. There is no reason why western Queens has to be responsible for most of the city's power production.

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The Luyster Creek plan would swap out one old generator for two cleaner-burning ones, and lower emissions of two other generators that are about 50 years old, Perri said.

But regulatory permits could actually allow the company to produce more pollution overall in Astoria.

For example, the plant would be allowed to increase its overall carbon monoxide output by almost 89 tons a year, Perri said. Nitrogen oxide could go up by almost 25 tons annually.

August 26, 2011
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State implements quarantine to prevent spread of Emerald Ash Borer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today added Orange County to its eastern state quarantine area (Ulster and Greene Counties) to prevent the spread of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a tree-killing beetle. The Emergency Quarantine Order encompasses all of Orange County and restricts the movement of ash trees, ash products, and firewood from all wood species in order to limit the potential introduction of EAB to other areas of the state.

August 24, 2011
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Senator Krueger Address Crowd & Those Testifying at Hydrofracking Hearing

Senator Krueger address the audience and those giving testimony at the hearing, Getting the Facts on Fracking.

August 24, 2011
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Industry Skips Hydrofracking Hearing

By Bill Lambdin

KATONAH - With the Cuomo administration moving quickly to allow hydrofracking in parts of New York, maybe the industry doesn't think they need to court state senators.

No industry representatives chose to show up at a public hearing Tuesday chaired by a Republican Conservative, flanked by two progressive Democrats.

"Before we allow a multi-billion dollar industry that's on the gateway of New York's border to come in here and profit off of our land and air resources these questions better get answered," said Senator Greg Ball (R - Patterson).

August 24, 2011
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BUFFALO NEWS EDITORIAL: Renewal in LaSalle

There are few better ways to spend Niagara River Greenway money than development of the LaSalle Waterfront Park in Niagara Falls.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster and Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and other local and state officials recently broke ground on the park, the satisfying end to a long road.

And while elected officials, especially Dyster, deserve credit for the rebirth of a park that had fallen into disrepair, its development into a community asset belongs first and foremost to its members. In particular, resident John J.Mikula, who spearheaded the revival and to whom Dyster gives much credit.

August 22, 2011
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Meeting Demand

The Capitol transcribed parts of the energy panel Senator Gianaris participated in earlier this month.

All the pieces are in place to develop a sustainable and efficient energy supply in New York State except one: leadership.

That was the consensus from a panel of experts, advocates and government officials who said New York has the capacity to grow its wind, solar and natural-gas energy production, while also conserving more power and improving the electric grid—as long as there’s a plan for doing so.

August 19, 2011
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Black Rock Canal Park project moves forward in the City of Buffalo

 Senator Grisanti supports the concept of Black Rock Canal Park to help remedy the many deficiencies in the current designs of the Ontario Street Boat Launch as well as the south end of the park.

Phase I work represents a collaboration of community, city, county, state and federal entities working together to improve the waterfront and create a regional asset.

A formal announcement and celebration was recently held at the Ontario Street Boat Launch. The press conference occurred during the second annual Ride Along the Waterfront, a yearly event that encourages people to come out and enjoy the Niagara River with a bike ride, kayak paddle and Wellness Fair.

August 19, 2011
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WNED 970 AM: Grisanti urges further fracking review

Dozens of groups across New York want more time to review the state’s proposed “fracking” rules.

76 organizations representing thousands of residents signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation urging them to extend the public comment period.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is supporting groups request, including State Senator Mark Grisanti.

“The public itself doesn’t have time to review it,” Grisanti told WNED News.

The DEC’s draft regulations for the controversial natural gas drilling process weigh in at more than a thousand pages and the public, right now, will get 60 days to review the complex document and respond.

Grisanti is Chair of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee.

August 19, 2011
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New York’s Energy Policy Lacks Leadership, Experts Say

City Hall News hosted an energy panel to discuss New York State's energy future. Senator Gianaris was invited to participate in the panel since his Senate district is home to more than 60% of New York City's power generating plants.

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Moving forward will require a range of new initiatives, panelists said – including conservation measures such as retrofitting buildings to be more efficient, and installing smart meters to let electric customers monitor and control their power use more closely.

“We have to balance all of these resources,” said Sergej Mahnovski, senior advisor and director of the Office of Energy Policy and Infrastructure at the city Department of Environmental Protection. “There is no magic bullet, so we have to be careful.”

August 16, 2011
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BUFFALO NEWS: Ground Broken In LaSalle Area Of Niagara Falls

LaSalle makes up a distinct part of the city’s fabric. Home to the city’s only branch library, a community organization and proud, vocal residents, the neighborhood has been missing one key component:

A park where residents will finally have access to the undeveloped shoreline of the Niagara River.

“The LaSalle neighborhood has rediscovered itself,” Mayor Paul A. Dyster said today in LaSalle Waterfront Park. “It’s rediscovered its history, which is a history that is closely linked with the waterfront.”

Dyster joined Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, and other local and state officials today to officially break ground on the park, though chainsaws and chippers have already been blaring.

August 15, 2011
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO DEMANDS EQUAL WATERSHED PROTECTIONS FOR ALL FINGER LAKES

State Senator Michael Nozzolio is continuing his efforts to urge the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to establish equal watershed protections for all the lakes in the Finger Lakes region. Senator Nozzolio strongly criticized the DEC’s recent draft Environmental Impact Statement on natural gas drilling, which recommends stricter environmental protection regulations in the regions surrounding Skaneateles Lake and the New York City watershed, while not providing the same protections for the watersheds of the other Finger Lakes.

August 12, 2011
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PRESS CONNECTS: N.Y. PLAN PROMOTES FUND TO COVER GAS-DRILLING ACCIDENTS

 

Written by: Jon Campbell

ALBANY — The natural gas industry and business groups are pushing back against a bill proposed Tuesday that would create a company-funded reserve to cover the cost of damages from any future gas-drilling accidents.

August 10, 2011
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DAILY LEWISBORO: BALL TO HOST HEARING ON HYDOFRACKING IN KATONAH

by Bob Dumas

KATONAH, N.Y. – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) will host a hearing later this month at the Katonah Village Library’s Garden Room that will examine the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Ball represents the 40th Senate District, which includes Lewisboro and Pound Ridge.

August 5, 2011
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Gallivan sponsored bill allowing rifle hunting In Wyoming County is signed into law

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-59th District) announced today that legislation permitting sportsmen to use rifles when hunting big game in Wyoming County has become law. The bill (S. 2385) passed the Senate in March with unanimous support and was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday night.

“Hunting large game by rifle is legally practiced across much of New York but until now has been unavailable to Wyoming County’s sportsmen. This law ensures that Wyoming County will continue to be a top destination for hunters and outdoor enthusiast, bolstering the County’s economy and enhancing its growing tourism industry,” Gallivan said.

August 4, 2011
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“GETTING THE FACTS ON FRACKING”

Senator Ball Hosts Hearing on Hydraulic Fracturing in NY

Brewster, N.Y. – (08/02/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is hosting an historichearing next month to examine the risks and benefits of hydraulic fracturing in New York.Also known as hydrofracking, hydraulic fracturing is the process of pumping water, sand andchemicals underground, and into rocks, to release and capture gas for future energy use.

August 3, 2011
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Oppenheimer Applauds Citizens' Efforts to Protect Long Island Sound

Under threatening skies, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) joined with Sound Shore residents and public officials this week at a Harbor Island event unveiling the SoundVision Action Plan developed by the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Long Island Sound (CAC) and Save the Sound.

The Senator expressed her support for the 26-page plan, which sets forth specific action steps to protect clean water, create a safe haven for wildlife, build environmentally sound communities and invest in projects to preserve, restore and enjoy the Sound.

August 2, 2011
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HEUVELTON DAM OWNER TO RESTOCK OSWEGATCHIE RIVER

In Wake Of Last Spring’s Dam Break

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced Friday that Brookfield Renewable Power, the owner of the hydroelectric dam at Heuvelton, will restock the Oswegatchie River upstream from the village in the wake of last spring’s dam break.

On June 8, a gate on the dam ruptured, draining millions of gallons of water from the reservoir.

When Senator Ritchie was notified by neighbors and sportsmen of the dam break, she immediately dispatched her staff to the scene, reached out to St. Lawrence county emergency responders and Brookfield Renewable Power.

July 28, 2011
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Sen. Espaillat, Environmental Activists Demonstrate Against Dumping of Untreated Sewage into Hudson River and Call for Better Notification System to Protect the Public

State Senator Adriano Espaillat (D – Manhattan/Bronx) called for an end to the disturbing practice of dumping untreated sewage waste, even in extenuating circumstances. Sen. Espaillat, joined by environmental activists following a major accident at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the ensuing dumping of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Hudson River, also called for better notification systems to alert the public in emergency cases where the quality of New York waterways has been compromised.

July 27, 2011
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