Innovation Trail

Fracking Delay Lawsuit
4:34 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

New York Landowners File Lawsuit Against Cuomo Over Fracking Delay

Emma Jacobs/Innovation Trail

Two weeks ago, the landowners coalition sent a letter to Governor Cuomo demanding the release of the environmental impact study on fracking, known as the SGEIS.

The deadline was yesterday. And today, Scott Kurkoski, lawyer for the coalition, filed the promised lawsuit.

“Is he in favor of this or not? Because the rest of the nation is moving forward in a way that is providing energy independence. Is New York a threat to that process?”

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Innovation Trail
12:30 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Energy security and investment: reporting focus March 18-22

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 11:03 am

Governor Andrew Cuomo has set out an ambitious agenda for energy in New York state and he needs to.

Extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy have exposed the fragility of the state’s aging energy grid, new EPA regulations on greenhouse gases are driving fast-track conversions of former coal-fired plants, over 40 percent of New York’s power stations are more than four decades old and the Governor is caught in a major political vice over fracking.

Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal also outlines some major investments in the renewable energy sector.

The Innovation Trail will focus its reporting on the state's energy planning and investment in the week of March 18-22. All the reports will be posted here.

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Innovation Trail
10:05 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Large Turnout for DEC Briefing on Hemlock and Canadice Lakes Forest Management Plan

There was a larger then expected turnout
Kate O'Connell/WXXI

There was a larger crowd than usual at a DEC public meeting in Springwater last night, with standing room only as the draft forest management plan for the Hemlock and Canadice lakes was presented.

The draft has spurred controversy over the past few weeks because it includes language about possible permits for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on the state forest land.

Regional director of the DEC, Paul D'Amato says the state has no intention of allowing drilling, but anti-fracking groups remain wary.

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3:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Health Commissioner Tells DEC: Fracking Review Needs More Time

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:18 am

Department of Health Commissioner Nirav Shah sent a letter to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens today, asking for more time to complete a review of the public health impacts of fracking.

This means that the DEC will miss tomorrow's deadline to complete its overall environmental review of fracking (known as the SGEIS), and the regulations it's written to govern the industry will expire at the end of the month.

This development could stall a final decision on fracking for months, but in a statement Martens says his agency will still be able to issue well permits if the health review concludes that the SGEIS is adequate.

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Innovation Trail
4:29 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Lake Ontario Northerly: lucky miss for some, opportunity for others


Winds from Hurricane Sandy were stronger coming off Lake Ontario than in other parts of central New York. WRVO’s Ryan Delaney spent the morning along the lake in Cayuga County and reports folks are dealing with only minor damage.

Bob and Allyson Malo were out checking their neighbor’s cottages along Little Sodus Bay in Fair Haven.

Allyson, who spent the night in their home on the opposite side of the road, says the winds were strong for most of the night.

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Innovation Trail
11:03 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: Legal Firms Prepare for Hydraulic Fracturing Decision

Legal firms across New York State are preparing for a decision from Albany regarding hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale formation.   Need to Know Rochester spoke with two attorneys from Nixon Peabody in Rochester.

11:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

In depth hydrofracking coverage from WXXI News and Innovation Trail

Credit Marie Cusick / WMHT

As New York State inches closer to a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking, WXXI News and Innovation Trail is providing ongoing coverage of the hydrofracking debate

Deposit at the Crossroads is an Innovation Trail radio documentary that highlights the economic and environmental struggle southern tier residents face as the State's decision draws near.

Innovation Trail
2:02 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: Arunas Chesonis

This week on Need to Know Rochester, we find out what former PAETEC CEO Arunas Chesonis has been up to since selling the company to Windstream a year ago.  We'll have a one-on-one interview with Chesonis, as well as the leaders of several tech startup companies he is supporting.   Chesonis says their ideas -- which include turning ordinary windows into solar panels, and sugar into plastic -- could change the world.  Watch Need to Know Rochester, Friday at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Innovation Trail
11:52 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Epiphergy: How To Turn Leftovers Into Fuel

Rochester, NY – Critics of corn ethanol say it's wasteful at every step. But what if, instead of corn, you could make the biofuel from another American bumper crop: rotten food.

That's the premise on which Epiphergy was founded.

"It's the stuff that's on the salad bar at the end of the day," says Epiphergy founder and CEO Graham Fennie. "You name it, we get it: it could be a dented can of baked beans, it could be moldy onions, we don't really care."

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Innovation Trail
4:26 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Company Town

Rochester, NY – Rochester is a company town.

That used to mean the Big Three. But now small companies are stealing the show.

Join us Mondays on Morning Edition for Company Town -- the stories behind the startups.


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