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Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels

Webinar will be held by IJC to address Lake Ontario levels
The International Joint Commission is hosting a webinar on Lake Ontario’s water levels. While that might have been one of the top-issues covered thus far in 2020 along Lake Ontario – it recently took a backseat – as the Novel Coronavirus ripped through the state. The session will include a discussion among the chairs on current lake conditions, and actions... more

Solar projects put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Ten industrial-scale solar energy farms proposed for the Finger Lakes region are stuck in regulatory limbo as the coronavirus crisis complicates an already clogged state permitting process. If approved, the Finger Lakes projects would produce more than 1800 megawatts of power, theoretically enough to supply 150,000 homes. However, because solar installations in upstate New York generate power only part of... more

Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board

Butler project could move forward despite opposition; environmental attorney hired by town board
A raucous standing-room-only crowd that spilled out of the steamy 150-seat Butler Town Hall vented opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed facility to handle sewage sludge hauled from New York City. After Dan Scully of Tully Environmental gave a broad-brush description of that company’s Wayne County project, roughly a dozen speakers lashed out. No one spoke in support. more

Greenidge could pull down $50K per day as bitcoin operation launches

Greenidge could pull down $50K per day as bitcoin operation launches
The Greenidge Generation power plant has shifted from intermittent to full-time operation to accommodate a new Bitcoin mining operation capable of generating about $50,000 of the virtual currency daily. The plant recently installed and tested 7,000 crypto mining machines that draw 14 megawatts of the plant’s total 106 MW capacity, according to media reports. The plant “hopes to increase the... more

Residents blast proposed sewer sludge facility in Butler at meeting; no decisions made yet

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As expected, residents turned out in force to oppose the sewer sludge composting facility on State Route 89 in the town of Butler. Tully Environmental gave a presentation to the Town of Butler, and its Town Board at a meeting on Monday. The room was packed, with standing room only, as residents from Butler and beyond turned out to oppose... more

Big turnout expected for meeting in Butler on proposed sludge facility

Big turnout expected for Monday meeting in Butler for sludge processing facility
A major turnout is expected at Monday's meeting of the Butler Town Board, as it considers an application from Tully Environmental to construct a sewage sludge processing facility in its community on State Route 89. Over the weekend, Seneca Lake Guardian, the group that lobbied against Crestwood Midstream's expansion at the southern end of Seneca Lake, as well as the... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector

Finger Lakes Land Trust acquires 5.5 acres in Hector
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced that it acquired a 5.5 wooded acre parcel in the town of Hector on Tuesday. The property includes more than 1,300 feet of shared boundary with the Finger Lakes National Forest (FLNF) and approximately 1,000 feet of frontage on Vesa Road. Protection of this parcel prevents future subdivisions that would fragment wildlife habitat connectivity... more

DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex

DEC establishes oak wilt quarantine district in Middlesex
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that an oak wilt quarantine district has been established for the town of Middlesex in Yates County. The confirmation of two oak wilt infection centers last year led to the need for a town-wide quarantine district, which restricts the movement of oak wood and firewood of any species to prevent the... more

IJC could be sued under Katko, Brindisi proposal

IJC could be sued under Katko, Brindisi proposal
A proposal from Rep. John Katko, (R) NY-24, and Rep. Brindisi, (D) NY-22, would allow property owners along Lake Ontario to sue the International Joint Commission. That over the damage that was created along the Lake Ontario shoreline between 2017-19. The two introduced a bill identified as the “IJC Accountability Act,” at a news conference in Oswego on Monday. “It’s... more

Q&A session in Seneca Falls takes closer look at Seneca Meadows, permit renewal

Q&A session in Seneca Falls takes closer look at Seneca Meadows, permit renewal
The Seneca Falls Town Board held a special meeting on Thursday to allow residents the opportunity to pose questions to Seneca Meadows employees and town officials about operation and permitting issues connected to the landfill operated along State Route 414. Odors took center stage. “This session is not an attack,” Supervisor Mike Ferrara said starting the meeting. “This is not... more

Third phase of REDI dredging now underway along Lake Ontario

Third phase of REDI dredging now underway along Lake Ontario
The third phase of the dredging project along Lake Ontario, as part of the REDI plan, is officially underway. The state says it’s giving counties information they need to update, expand, and implement an existing regional dredging management plan, according to WHEC-TV. It’s part of the state’s plan to repair and build resiliency in communities who are navigating annual, destructive... more

O’Mara critical of Cuomo amendment that would erode local choice on green projects

O’Mara critical of Cuomo amendment that would erode local choice on green projects
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) is joining other Republicans to criticize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent budget amendment, which local officials say would erode home rule. Cuomo, as part of the newly released 30-day amendments to his 2020-2021 proposed state budget, wants to create a new, state-level “Office of Green Energy Siting.”  As proposed by the governor, the new office... more

Manktelow says residents should stay informed, pose questions to Butler officials as sewer sludge proposal goes forward

Assemblyman Manktelow says residents should stay informed, pose questions to Butler officials as sewer sludge proposal goes forward
New York State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow (R-130) has issued a statement on the proposal to bring a sludge processing plant to Butler, Wayne County. That proposal is being considered by the Butler Town Board, and was proposed by Tully Environmental. The sludge processing plant would be operated at a gravel pit owned by Riccelli Enterpirses. Assemblyman Manktelow, who represents the... more

Proposed zoning change creates controversy ahead of Waterloo meeting

Proposed zoning change creates controversy ahead of Waterloo meeting
A proposed amendment to Waterloo’s zoning has drawn a lot of criticism over the last several weeks, and on Monday, a public hearing will take place. The Waterloo Town Board will meet to hold a session over the proposal, which will change would reignite a multi-year battle over a parcel owned by Seneca Meadows on Burgess Road. The Finger Lakes... more

Southern Tier natural gas pipeline will not go forward

Southern Tier natural gas pipeline will not go forward
A four-year battle is over, and a controversial natural gas pipeline, which would have cut through the Southern Tier will not go forward. It would have been a 124-mile long pipeline that would have brought natural gas from Pennsylvania into the Southern Tier, before stopping just outside of Albany. “Williams — with support from its partners, Duke, Cabot and AltaGas... more

Ontario County farm added to methane extraction project led by Brightmark

Ontario County farm added to methane extraction project led by Brightmark
An Ontario County farm has been added to a Western New York Biogas project. Finger Lakes News Radio reports that Lawnhurst Farms in Stanley will take part in the Yellowjacket project by San Francisco-based energy company Brightmark. The farm will join five others in the region to help extract methane from 265,000 gallons of manure on a daily basis. Brightmark... more

Cuomo wants to speed up approval process, construction of ‘green industry’ in New York

Cuomo wants to speed up approval process, construction of ‘green industry’ in New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make it easier and faster for renewable energy projects to move through the permitting and construction process. He’s proposed a 30-day budget amendment to help with that. If adopted, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act will create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to improve and streamline the process for environmentally... more

Residents rally against sewer sludge processing facility in Wayne County

Local residents hammer
When it comes a proposed composing facility, which would process New York City sewer sludge – residents have stepped up to oppose it. “Upstate New York has become New York City’s dumping ground,” Steve Wickman of Sodus said, as reported by News10NBC. “Ontario County, Monroe County, Seneca County, Utica County Seneca County. Day after day after day after day all... more
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