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It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...
Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
BP announced earlier today that it’s ”divesting” from the controversial Cape Vincent project it’s been working on for nearly a decade. Our reporter Joanna Richards is working on the story, but here’s a statement...
Those who follow the debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline have very likely formed their own opinion about the project’s merits, or dangers. Further presentations may not change any minds. The controversial project is still awaiting approval...


Energy
Jul 16, 2014 — The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.
Jul 15, 2014 — Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.
Jul 13, 2014 — Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.
Jun 24, 2014 — The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.
Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
 

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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
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Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
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The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
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A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
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President Bush: Earth Day in the Adirondacks
President George Bush was met with hospitality & protests while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports from Wilmington.
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Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Opponents petition regulators against pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) About 40 protesters have converged on the building that houses the Vermont Public Service Board to demand a halt to the natural gas pipeline expansion underway in western Vermont.

Anti-pipeline activists staged a "fish-in"--complete with poles, a canoe and a petition with 500 signatures on Tuesday afternoon to protest what they're calling a bait and switch by project developer Vermont Gas.  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec

NPR: critics say oil train reforms haven't kept pace with traffic

Yesterday we heard from Brian Mann reporting in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. That small Canadian town is still recovering from last July's devastating derailment that left 47 people dead.

Rail operators and oil companies say they are making changes to insure public safety here in the US. They also blame regulators for slow progress.

But some critics say bigger changes are needed soon. On Saturday, protestors rallying in Plattsburgh called for a mandatory phase-out of the kind of tank cars that ruptured and exploded in Lac-Megantic.

NPR's Jeff Brady has more on the regulatory debate sparked by last year's deadly crash.  Go to full article
Andre LaFlamme, a paramedic in Lac-Megantic, remembers July 6 2013 as "hell."  He stands on a ceremonial boardwalk outside the destroyed area known as the "red zone."  Photo:  Monique Cornett

One year later: sorrow, hope and hard work in Lac-Megantic

Early Sunday morning in a small town in eastern Quebec, thousands of local residents held a midnight vigil for the victims of one of North America's deadliest train accidents.

One year ago, an American-owned tanker train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed and erupted in Lac-Megantic. The flames incinerated the community's downtown. Forty-seven people died.  Go to full article
A painting in Lac-Megantic's St. Agnes Church by Louise Latulipe commemorates the oil train fire storm and the 47 people lost in the disaster.  Photo:  Brian Mann

Quebec town struggles one year after oil train fire storm

This weekend the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec is preparing to mark the one year anniversary since that deadly train derailment, when a U.S. tanker train exploded...  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Plattsburgh rally to demand stop to dangerous crude oil trains

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of a train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. This Saturday, local activists will gather in Plattsburgh to...  Go to full article
A demonstration wind turbine in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Julie Grant

Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes

The U.S. doesn't yet generate one watt of energy from commercial offshore wind.

A few years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation....  Go to full article
Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station, Photo: <a href="https://www.burlingtonelectric.com/about-us/what-we-do/joseph-c-mcneil-generating-station">Burlington Electric Department</a>

Burlington pays off debt on McNeil power station

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The city of Burlington has paid off its debt on the 30-year-old McNeil power station.

On Monday, Mayor Miro Weinberger tossed a copy of the...  Go to full article
The Moses-Saunders power dam near Massena. Photo: New York Power Authority

St. Lawrence County towns seek more compensation from NYPA

Ever since the giant hydropower dam was erected across the St. Lawrence River 55 years ago, the towns that lost part of their riverfront have felt short-changed.
...  Go to full article
The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline will run from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Vermont Gas gets final permit for pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont Gas Systems Inc. says it has received the final permit needed to start construction on the first phase of a national gas pipeline through parts...  Go to full article
Rooftop solar panels in Poughkeepsie, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_New_York#mediaviewer/File:Rooftop_Photovoltaic_Array.jpg">Lucas Braun</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

California solar company eyes land at Plattsburgh Airport

Solar energy is on the rise in New York State, thanks in part to a company from California, and state incentives that make it more attractive to do business here. SolarCity...  Go to full article

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