Environment

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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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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.

Study calls fracking job numbers ‘exaggerated’

Nov 25, 2013
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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.

New report says state benefiting from wind energy

Nov 20, 2013
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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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Fracking supporters were inside the Hyatt Regency Thursday night while opponents were outside in the rain.

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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.

EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site

Oct 30, 2013
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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.

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

Former resident Lois Gibbs remembers Love Canal

Oct 23, 2013
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Niagara Falls residents and activists commemorated the 35th anniversary of the historic Love Canal relocation on Tuesday.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


Milkbone plant honored for its green efforts

Aug 30, 2013
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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.’

EPA outlines plan for contaminated Lockport creek

Aug 14, 2013
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The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting in Lockport Tuesday night to alert residents of plans to clean up Eighteenmile Creek.

EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

Jul 23, 2013
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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.

Quick warnings on fish

Jul 23, 2013
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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.  

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

Farmers and beekeepers respond to colony collapse

Jun 5, 2013
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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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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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A little-known corner of Erie County's vast parks system is getting some worldwide attention after the busiest English-language website in the world ran a long story about the eternal flame in Chestnut Ridge Park. WBFO'S Mike Desmond brings us the story. 

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Some brand new peregrine falcon chicks have hatched high atop the University at Buffalo South campus.

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The millions of people who get their fresh water from the Great Lakes might be surprised to learn the region is home to a widespread nuclear industry. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new threat to the Lakes is potentially brewing.


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