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Cemeteries could face drilling in Pennsylvania

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FInal resting place - or not.

Today in your Trail Mix: tales from beyond the grave, and Life Savers!

Cemeteries are the latest potential gas drilling site in Pennsylvania.

Empire State Development had a public conversation about whether or not to keep its policy conversations private.

A market in Buffalo seeks to help people grab their own bootstraps.

Plus, Emma Jacobs visits New York's biggest roll of mints.

Natural gas

There's no retreat from shale drilling in Pennsylvania - even when you're dead (Janice Crompton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

It's your last chance to get your natural gas questions answered through State Impact PA's "Burning Questions" series.

Times Union columnist Fred LeBrun comes out in favor of the comptroller's "Oil Spill Fund" to force gas drillers to pay for spills.  He says the fund could provide cover for the governor if he pushes fracking in New York.

More than 20 municipalities in the central New York region have banned hydrofracking in advance of the process becoming widespread in the state.  But will those bans hold up in court (Glenn Coin, Post-Standard)?

The Department of Environmental Conservation convened the first meeting of its fracking advisory panel, but the public wasn't invited (Marie Cusick, Innovation Trail).


Empire State Development is weighing whether to make its policy committee meetings open to the public.  Ironically, the agency had the discussion about whether or not to go public - in public (Emma Jacobs, Innovation Trail).

Andrew J. Hawkins writes at The Capitol that the governor is taking on a "huge risk" by taking ownership of the state's economy and job creation efforts.

No one has really freaked out that much during the negotiations between the governor's office and state worker unions, which is a nice change of pace (Jon Campbell, Gannett).

Verizon workers should head back to the job on Tuesday, despite not having a new contract (Post-Standard/AP).

Binghamton is in search of more than $13,000 in parking meter money that was missing when the state audited the city (Nancy Dooling, Press & Sun-Bulletin).



A homeowner in Cohoes (outside Albany) is in limbo as he waits to learn if an old National Grid coal plant left dangerous chemicals on his property (Larry Rulison, Times Union).

What is it that mosquitos with deadly Eastern equine encephalitis love about New York?  According to a SUNYESF expert it's our swamps (Debra J. Groom, Post-Standard).

A community garden in urban Buffalo is starting to yield a summer harvest -and some peace and quiet for its farmers (Maki Becker, Buffalo News).


Your Market & International Bazaar on Buffalo's East Side is helping fundraise for a local mosque - and helping people become entrepreneurs (Deidre Williams, Buffalo News).

Corning's OLED glass is still struggling to break through in the marketplace (Larry Wilson, Star-Gazette).

Higher education

SUNY Fredonia's president is retiring at the end of the upcoming school year (WKBW News).

Cornell, Ithaca and Tompkins Cortland Community College are pledging to reduce their carbon emissions (Dan Roth, Marian Brown, In Shik Lee, letter to the editor, Ithaca Journal).


The Innovation Trail's Emma Jacobs traveled to Gouvernor, N.Y. for NPR's "Honey, stop the car!" series about unusual monuments.  And what she found was a giant roll of Life Savers.  Yummy!

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