Category: Environment

Torrey Planning Board gives 4-1 ‘super’ approval needed to advance Greenidge expansion

Torrey Planning Board gives 4-1 ‘super’ approval needed to advance Greenidge bitcoin expansion

The Torrey Planning Board gave its blessing for a second time to Greenidge Generation to expand its bitcoin mining operation along Seneca Lake. Earlier this year the Yates County Planning Board voted 5-3 against the site plan. While that vote was considered ... MORE
Canandaigua Lake HAB spotters wanted for this summer

Canandaigua Lake HAB spotters wanted for this summer

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association is looking for help. Specifically, they are seeking summer spotters for harmful algal blooms. Volunteers would perform weekly shoreline surveys and watch lake conditions. All that’s required is a 90 minute virtual training course. Lakes throughout the ... MORE
Bitcoin miners scout for site in Watkins Glen; Canadian bitcoin miner buys power plant near Buffalo

Bitcoin miners scout for site in Watkins Glen; Canadian bitcoin miner buys power plant near Buffalo

Bitcoin mining interests have called Watkins Glen officials in recent weeks to explore the possibility of setting up a cryptocurrency processing operation within the village to take advantage of its cheap electric rates. The village enjoys a monthly allocation of about 6 ... MORE
Greenidge's bitcoin mining ambitions are headed for conflict with New York State's Clean Energy agenda

Greenidge’s bitcoin mining ambitions are headed for conflict with New York State’s Clean Energy agenda

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by New York Focus, written by Peter Mantius. His blog Water Front Online covers the region and state’s most important environmental issues.  A decade ago, the bankrupt owner of the Greenidge power plant in Dresden, ... MORE
Spotlighting Greenidge’s air emissions, EarthJustice warns: Power-hungry data centers could sink NYS climate goals

Spotlighting Greenidge’s air emissions, EarthJustice warns: Power-hungry data centers could sink NYS climate goals

EarthJustice and the Sierra Club are calling for the Cuomo Administration take decisive action on Greenidge Generation’s pending renewal of its air emissions permit, potentially jeopardizing the plant’s proposed expansion of Bitcoin processing operations. EarthJustice and Sierra Club call for an environmental ... MORE
DEC proposes nutrient pollution reduction budget for Cayuga Lake

DEC proposes nutrient pollution reduction budget for Cayuga Lake

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a proposed nutrient pollution reduction “budget” for Cayuga Lake to help protect drinking water quality and restore the water quality of the lake’s southern end for recreation. The draft Total Maximum Daily ... MORE
Dry weather having impact on some things, but Montezuma Wetlands Complex isn’t concerned

Dry weather having impact on some things, but Montezuma Wetlands Complex isn’t concerned

The Climate Prediction Center calls it ‘abnormally dry’. If you look at the Drought Monitor map of New York a section of yellow or D0 cuts through the heart of the Finger Lakes. The dry weather has been the norm since last ... MORE
Lake Friendly Living week coming this may to the Finger Lakes

Lake Friendly Living week coming this may to the Finger Lakes

The Lake Friendly Living Coalition of the Finger Lakes announced the inaugural Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week, which will be held May 2 through May 8. With the common mission to protect water quality, this collaborative effort by seven Finger Lakes will ... MORE
NASDAQ responds with wild enthusiasm after Greenidge announces bitcoin mining expansion, merger with Support.com

NASDAQ goes wild over Greenidge’s plan to go public, expand bitcoin mining 25-fold

The NASDAQ stock market responded with wild enthusiasm today to Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc.’s announcement of plans to become a publicly traded company later this year. Fueling that excitement was the company’s stated intention to boost is current 19-megawatt Bitcoin mining operation ... MORE
As bitcoin’s price rockets ever higher, Greenidge mining profits soar: Will owners’ windfall wealth trickle down?

As bitcoin’s price rockets ever higher, Greenidge mining profits soar: Will owners’ windfall wealth trickle down?

Greenidge Generation’s earnings surged last year thanks to its impeccably-timed move into Bitcoin mining, and prospects for even greater cryptocurrency profits look bright — at least for the near term. Company owners are seizing the moment to harness market enthusiasm by offering ... MORE
Cayuga County conservation district holds 50th annual spring tree seedling sale

Cayuga County conservation district holds 50th annual spring tree seedling sale

This year marks the 50th year that the Cayuga County Soil and Water District has hosted a Spring  Tree Seedling Sale. For the past 50 years, the District has sold tree, shrub and groundcover  seedlings to the public as an affordable way ... MORE
Closing Auburn’s landfill will cost approximately $5.8M as it approaches ‘end of life’

Closing Auburn’s landfill will cost approximately $5.8M as it approaches ‘end of life’

The final cost of closing the landfill in Auburn will approach $5.8 million. That’s what Auburn City Council learned on Thursday at a session where the topic was presented. Bonds would be issued to finance the closure. A transfer station opened in ... MORE
Great Sodus Harbor shoreline work will resume in April, Army Corp of Engineers says

Great Sodus Harbor shoreline work will resume in April, Army Corp of Engineers says

Repairs at Great Sodus Harbor will be resuming soon, according to reps from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Work is set to resume in early-April with a tentative completion date of May 15. A $3.86 million contract is in play, which ... MORE
State historic preservation office stands beside Seneca Nation to protect former reservation, historical sites from solar development

State historic preservation office stands beside Seneca Nation to protect former reservation, historical sites from solar development

“The SHPO recommends that Invenergy avoid all impacts to the former Canawaugus Reservation…” New York State’s Historic Preservation Office is siding with the Seneca Nation in their ongoing struggle to prevent the development of an expansive solar farm upon historical Indigenous lands ... MORE
Multiple solar projects in the works in Seneca Falls

Multiple solar projects in the works in Seneca Falls

A solar project in the town of Seneca Falls is set for a final approval from the planning board. That is expected to come on Wednesday at the board’s monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Nextamp of Massachusetts is proposing a solar farm ... MORE