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Environmental advocates say that New York State officials could do a better job of cleaning up pollution sites caused by the fossil fuels industry that they say in some cases, have dragged on for decades. Cuomo’s environmental aides defend their record.

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The proposed 97-mile pipeline would carry natural gas from northwestern Pennsylvania to Elma.

A plan to fix outdated water and sewer lines may go to voters in November. Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure improvement fund as part of his budget plan. The money would also boost water quality programs around the state.

President Donald Trump revived the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline with a highly publicized executive order this week. In New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has quietly acted to further energy pipelines across the state.

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Another cleanup from this area's history of iron and steel-making is about to start. The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking bids next Tuesday on a project to clean up an area at the intersection of Fuhrmann and Tifft. The cost: $11 million.

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All lanes of Route 5 from Ridge Road to Route 179 in Lackawanna continue to be closed to traffic due to the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

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Pipeline companies are not having a lot of success in New York so far in 2016. Opponents say they are dirty and continue New York’s over reliance on fossil fuels. Two projects have already been canceled.  A pipeline company representative says the projects are not as harmful as opponents say and, in fact, essential  for the state’s current electric needs.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is out with the results of its second air quality study for the West Side Buffalo neighborhoods around the Peace Bridge. It says the air quality is consistent with similarly sized metro areas with high traffic. However, the DEC is calling for improved emission standards to protect public health and the environment.

'Rock snot' found for 1st time in WNY

Jul 8, 2016
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An obnoxious type of algae known as "rock snot" has been confirmed in a popular trout stream in Western New York.

Saturday's beautiful weather was favorable to Western New Yorkers as they celebrated "I Love My Park Day".

As hunters take to the woods of New York this fall, it's worth noting that much of their harvest, 35 tons of meat, will be distributed by food banks through the Venison Donation Coalition. "Just humans helping humans and that's good stuff in these times," said the Coalition's Greg Fuerst. 

Testing is still underway on dead birds found along the shore of Lake Ontario. Jim Farquhar with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says all signs indicate the cause of death is type E botulism.

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A state campground in the Catskills may receive a few upgrades.

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The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that restrictions will be placed on big game hunters this deer season this year.

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Though the DEC is finally planning to clear the contaminated soil at the former waterfront site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon believes a better plan should be developed.

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A new air quality study is underway on Buffalo's West Side near the Peace Bridge. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will provide more information during a public meeting tonight.

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Nearly six months after a blizzard and flooding wreaked havoc in the Town of West Seneca, help is on the way from Albany.

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With its origins in the hills of Wales and Java, the Buffalo River, like most streams, begins in the highlands before flowing downhill into another body of water. Lake Erie serves as the mouth of the Buffalo River, providing the waterway with its unique character.

A state lawmaker is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation to enforce the  "Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act," legislation that highlights the need for replacing the area's aging infrastructure.

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An in-depth review of the health effects of hydrofracking could be completed by Monday.

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The Cuomo Administration has announced two developments that could delay the start of hydraulic fracturing in New York, and is leaving supporters and opponents with many unanswered questions.

In the past ten days, Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation has taken two significant steps that are likely to push off any permits for natural gas drilling into at least the New Year.  

Wastewater problems may cost Amherst millions

Jul 26, 2012

The Department of Environmental Conservation has fined the Town of Amherst $20,000.

The penalty comes after DEC tests discovered high levels of ammonia in the wastewater dumped into Tonawanda Creek from the town's wastewater treatment plant.

Additionally, the town has agreed to pay for a study to fully review operations at the treatment facility.

According to the Buffalo News, repairs to correct the problem could cost the town millions.