Capital Region News
6:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Albany Oil Spill Rattles Officials

Credit Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

A relatively minor oil spill at the Port of Albany has apparently set the scene for a summer of scrutiny, with county officials putting crude-by-rail transporter Global Partners LLC under the microscope.

Albany's river port has emerged as a major hub for rail and barge shipments of crude oil. A series of incidents involving rail cars moving crude oil internationally has prompted concerns about spills and fires from some residents and environmental groups.  A weekend spill underscores those concerns.

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North Country News
2:15 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Regulations On Invasive Species In Effect At Boat Launches

Spiny water fleas in Lake George
Credit Emily DeBolt/Lake George Association

New regulations have gone into effect in New York State requiring boats at DEC boat launches be clear of any plant or animal matter before entering the water. As those rules go into effect, legislation is pending in Albany that would make such “clean, drain and dry” regulations applicable at all boat launches.

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Capital Region News
1:03 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Saga Of The Albany Bear

Time Warner Cable News reporter Maria Valvanis tweeted these images of the bear: (top) standard camera shot (bottom) the bear seen through the lens of a television camera.
Credit Maria Valvanis

A bear cub that took refuge in a tree across the street from a public school in an Albany neighborhood captivated the city for more than a day, the story attracting national attention and stirring a mini-debate over euthanization.  There is no happy ending.

The young black bear wandered far from home, survived being hit by two cars and shot with tranquilizer darts and a shotgun before finally falling from a tree where it sought refuge in a city neighborhood.

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Capital Region News
4:57 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Update: Bear Down In Albany

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The saga of the so-called "Albany Bear" has come to an end.

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Capital Region News
7:40 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Albany "Bear Watch"

These neighborhood children sparked public outcry to "save the bear."
Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

A bear up a tree in Albany has kept officials up all night -  

State Department of Environmental Conservation, City Police and local residents have been watching a young black bear who is high up in a backyard tree in a neighborhood off Whitehall Road. It's theorized the bruin made its way from Southern Albany County into the city by crossing the New York State thruway. After several spottings the bear was shot at least once then found refuge in the tree .

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New York News
2:13 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

NYS Land Protection Grants Announced

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Earth Week celebration got a lift Thursday in New York with an announcement of $1.4 million in conservation grants to land trusts statewide.

Grants were distributed to 50 nonprofit land trusts around the state.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens made the announcement at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont:

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New York News
8:19 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Onondaga Lake Cleanup Resumes

The cleanup of Onondaga Lake in central New York is set to resume.

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New York News
12:37 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

More Questions About Oil Trains After Derailments

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks Route 5 along the CSX tracks in Montgomery County following a major freight train derailment. [June 27, 2013]
Credit (Flickr) Governor Andrew Cuomo

Citizens living along the Hudson River in downtown Albany are in a heightened state of awareness and worry over those so-called "oil trains" that routinely roll through their backyards.

On Friday, federal and state authorities participated in a series of inspections at the Port of Albany and its adjacent rail yard, as well as inspections in Albany and Buffalo along rail tracks and in rail cars. Inspectors found oil tank cars with wheel defects and brake shoe defects.

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Capital Region News
2:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Neighbors Meet Again To Voice Port Concerns

Albany Common Council Member Dorcey Applyrs

Three Albany Common Council Members continue their efforts to ensure local residents have their say as plans move forward to build a crude oil heating facility at the Port of Albany.

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New York News
12:08 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

More Fracking Pro And Con - The Battle Rages On

Credit Capital District Against Fracking

The future of hydraulic fracturing has been in limbo since the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation began a review of the practice in 2008. Now, six public hearings are being held across New York to receive public comment on the draft State Energy Plan... one of them in Albany today.  Environmental groups are also at the Capitol today calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to put renewable energy ahead of fossil fuels in his effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

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