Environment

Environment
9:50 am
Mon May 12, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part I: Buffalo River history

Buffalo River at Canalside, downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of pollution pouring into our waterways, a massive cleanup effort continues along the Buffalo River. WBFO & WNED-TV are examining our region's water resources in a project called If Our Water Could Talk. A special documentary will air Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. WBFO's Eileen Buckley begins our series looking back to the industrial age that tainted out most precious resource. 

Read more
Environment
10:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant

Army Corps Project Manager Mike Greer discusses the effort to rid local waterways of the hydrilla plant.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek.

Read more
Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

Credit city-buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/BSA

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

Read more
Environment
3:43 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Peace Bridge pollution discussed at Washington conference

The Peace Bridge
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The continuing issue about polluted air from the Peace Bridge blowing across Buffalo’s West Side was discussed during a national meeting in Washington this week.

Read more
Environment
3:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure

EPA Great Lakes Administrator Cameron Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka attended Monday's announcement.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

Read more
Environment
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tonawanda Coke faces sentencing for environmental crime

Tonawanda Coke
Credit WBFO News file photo

Tonawanda Coke and its owner will be sentenced in federal court. In the preliminary sentencing report U.S. District Judge William Skretny said victims will not be allowed to seek restitution during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Read more
Environment
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

West Seneca residents prepare for potential floods

Buffalo Creek in West Seneca.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

West Seneca homeowners are preparing for possible ice jam flooding on Buffalo Creek as temperatures warm up Friday. Residents in the Lexington Green neighborhood have already experienced multiple major thaws this season and are hoping the worst of it is behind them.

Read more
Environment
2:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Local businesses call on Gov. Cuomo to support wind power

Wind energy supporter holds sign for "Turn, Don't Burn" campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Sixty local businesses are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to support renewable energy. During an event hosted by the Sierra Club Niagara Group Thursday, business owners and concerned citizens touched on the benefits of wind energy.

Read more
Environment
10:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight

Environmentalist Annie Leonard is speaking tonight at UB.
Credit storyofstuff.org

Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

Read more
Environment
1:53 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Public invited to attend Tonawanda Coke update meeting

Congressman Brian Higgins and Jackie James Creedon of Citizen Science Community Resources.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding issues surrounding Tonawanda Coke Monday night. The event will take place at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center located at 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda at 6:30 p.m.

Read more
Environment
2:54 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Environmentalists voice concern about state's energy plan

Environmental activists gathered Tuesday to make their voices heard on the state's energy plan.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Local environmental activists are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to "move away from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels" in order to meet goals contained in a state energy plan.

Read more
Environment
2:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Environmental groups claim they are being targeted

Some of the Canadian government's fiercest critics say they are being targeted.  The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing more than half a dozen environmental groups to see if they are complying with guidelines that limit political advocacy.

Read more
Environment
9:01 am
Mon February 10, 2014

UB launches environmental institute

A major research initiative is being launched by the University at Buffalo to tackle some of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

Read more
Tonawanda Coke
8:28 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Small explosion at Tonawanda Coke plant

First responders were called to the Tonawanda Coke plant shortly before noon Friday in response to calls of an "explosive" sound.  Tonawanda police says the sound was heard in a wide area of the town.

Read more
Environment
11:11 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Poloncarz approves fracking ban on county-owned land

Residents showed support for the fracking ban at a December legislature hearing.
Credit File photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has approved a local law banning hydraulic fracturing, also know as fracking, on county-owned land.

Read more
Environment
4:40 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County lawmakers vote to ban fracking

A large group of citizens came to County Hall Thursday to encourage legislators to vote for the fracking ban.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County legislators voted in a bipartisan manner Thursday to ban natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in the county, commonly known as fracking.

Read more
Environment
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County Legislature to vote on fracking ban today

Several fracking protests have taken place in the area in recent years, including when President Obama came to visit UB in August.
Credit File photo

Legislation that would ban hydrofracking on county-owned land is expected to be voted on today by the Erie County Legislature.

Read more
Environment
10:30 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Progress being made on Buffalo River dredging

Dredging along the City Ship Canal in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dozens and dozens of chemicals have been dumped into the Buffalo River over the last 100 years. But a collaborative cleanup effort along the River is now halfway through the second phase. WBFO's Eileen Buckley watched as a section of City Ship Canal off Fuhrmann Boulevard was being dredged Thursday afternoon.

Read more
Environment
9:29 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Study calls fracking job numbers ‘exaggerated’

Credit WBFO News file photo

A new report claims that the job impact of shale gas drilling is exaggerated by supporters. The analysis finds only one out of every 795 jobs was shale gas related in the six-state area it focused on.

Read more
Environment
4:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New report says state benefiting from wind energy

Credit WBFO News file photo

The environmental benefits of wind energy go well beyond helping reduce the effects of global warming. That’s according to new research published by Environment New York’s Research and Policy Center.

Read more
Environment
11:16 am
Thu November 7, 2013

GOP chairman pushes pro-fracking agenda in Buffalo

A group of fracking opponents gathered outside the Hyatt to protest the gas drilling method.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Fracking supporters were inside the Hyatt Regency Thursday night while opponents were outside in the rain.

Read more
Environment
3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State seeks to prevent reopening of Amigone crematory

Credit File photo

An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

Read more
Environment
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site

A hazard sign posted at Eighteen Mile Creek
Credit File photo

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has finalized its $4 million plan to clean up and remediate nine residential properties on Water Street in Lockport near Eighteen Mile Creek.

Read more
Environmental Advocates
10:32 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Iwanowicz tapped to head up Environmental Advocates

Peter Iwanowicz

A former acting state environmental conservation commissioner will soon lead one of the state's leading environmental groups. 

Read more
Environment
9:30 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Former resident Lois Gibbs remembers Love Canal

Lois Gibbs followed by other former and current residents on a tour of where homes once stood.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35th anniversary of the historic Love Canal relocation on Tuesday.

Read more
Environment
12:33 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists laud work of Protection Fund

This morning's ceremony at Canalside in Buffalo recognized the efforts of Sen. Mark Grisanti (third from left).
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several local groups are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

Read more
Environment
9:16 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Senate IDC leader slammed by environmental group

Oil slick award to Senator Jeff Klein

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment.

Read more
Environment
5:45 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Attorney general files suit to keep Amigone crematory closed

The Amigone crematory on Sheridan Drive has been the subject of complaints from neighbors for years.
Credit File photo

New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently block Amigone Funeral Home from reopening its crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

Read more
Environment
3:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Rollout of retail charging stations aims to spur use of electric vehicles

Officials from NYSERDA, ChargePoint. Tops Markets and National Grid along with State Senator Mike Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Ray Walter welcome the new EV charging station.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A new electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at a western New York retail store Wednesday. It is hoped that greater accessibility to the stations will encourage more people to buy electric cars.

Read more
Environment
5:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Buffalo River restoration entering next phase

New partnership to move Buffalo River clean up forward
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A key partnership that will move cleanup of the Buffalo River forward was announced Monday. The newly-formed Buffalo Restoration Partnership will use $44 million to clean 6.2 miles of river sediment.

Read more

Pages