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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State seeks to prevent reopening of Amigone crematory

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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.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site

A hazard sign posted at Eighteen Mile Creek
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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.

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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. 

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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.

WBFO'S Ashley Hirtzel reports on remembering Love Canal 35-years later & new health issues for residents.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Environment
5:02 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

EPA outlines plan to reduce carbon pollution of new power plants

EPA.gov

The United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled out guidelines Friday for newly built power plants designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Lawsuit filed as one-year anniversary of fracking health study nears

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It has been nearly a year since the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state health commissioner would conduct a review to determine whether hydrofracking could be done safely in New York. Since then, little information has been released on the ongoing study.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tonawanda Coke sentencing delayed again

Tonawanda Coke smoke stacks in the distance from River Road facility, Tonawanda, NY
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

There is another delay in the sentencing of Tonawanda Coke. Earlier this year a federal jury found Tonawanda Coke and its owner guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the September 30 sentencing has been postponed.


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Environment
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Milkbone plant honored for its green efforts

Milkbone's Bill Pasquale, Greg Pastore & Mike Jackson standing with the award.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A western New York factory is being recognized for its green efforts. The Buffalo based Milkbone plant owned by the Del Monte Corporation produces dog bones and treats. Recently, the factory won Del Monte’s ‘Sustainability Excellence in Education Award.’

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Environment
10:33 am
Wed August 14, 2013

EPA outlines plan for contaminated Lockport creek

Lockport residents gather to hear the EPA's cleanup plans for Eighteenmile Creek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting in Lockport Tuesday night to alert residents of plans to clean up Eighteenmile Creek.

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Environment
9:53 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Great Lakes cleanup program faces drastic budget cut

A federal program tasked with cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes is facing a massive budget cut in the House of Representatives.

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Environment
9:47 am
Tue July 23, 2013

EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

Sign at Eighteenmile Creek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport has been a designated area of concern for decades. Because of recent flooding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup. Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.

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Environment
9:46 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Quick warnings on fish

"Catch Of the Day" program encourages anglers to text COD to 877-877.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Riverkeeper

While fishing is a popular sport, it's also an inexpensive way for some people to put food on the table. The government issues advisories on fish consumption and as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new resource is available to help people get those warnings quickly and eat fish in a healthier way.  

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Environment
9:55 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Fracking opponents in New York say 'Gasland' movies help

Monday night brought the TV premiere of Gasland II, a sequel to the original anti-hydrofracking movie. In New York, where Governor Cuomo’s decision on fracking is still on hold, both opponents and supporters of fracking say the films have helped frame the debate.

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Environment
10:06 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Affected residents want pollution fines put to good use

A list of projects voted on by residents affected by Tonawanda Coke pollution.
Credit Twitter (cleanairwny)

Tonawanda Coke faces up to $200 million in fines when the company and its environmental manager are sentenced in September and residents in the areas affected by the company's pollution want a say in where that money goes.

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Environment
9:55 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Farming or hi-tech park? One community weighs the options

Site for proposed STAMP project
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

The quiet farming community of Alabama, N.Y. sits amongst acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park or STAMP.

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Environment
5:09 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Corn and soybean prices driving up land values and farmer's tax bills

John Peck in the barn at the Peck Homestead Farm in Jefferson County.
Credit Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

Smaller farms in upstate New York are being squeezed by the valuation mechanisms that peg taxation to land values.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Colony Collapse Disorder caused a loss of about 30% of U.S. hives between 2006 and 2011
Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG

Peter Borst has been a beekeeper since 1974 and takes a longer view of the industry’s recent struggles. In 2006, beekeepers began reporting the widespread loss of seemingly healthy bee colonies. It led to the naming of a new disease: Colony Collapse Disorder.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bill aims to increase number of green homes built in state

Green home
Credit Natale Builders

A bill has passed in the Senate that aims to increase the number green homes built in New York State. The bill would give municipalities the power to grant a tax exemption to have a green home built in their locale.

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