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PA residents caucus with EPA on fracking

Marie Cusick

Today in your Trail Mix: binge drinking and chicken wings.

Pennsylvania residents tell the EPA that state regulators are "looking the other way" when it comes to natural gas drilling.

New York is officially open for business - because we have another advisory panel.

Bill Nye the Science Guy gives Cornell a solar clock.

Plus, Buffalo leads the state in binge drinking and chicken wing festivals.

Natural gas

Pennsylvania residents told EPA officials that the state Department of Environmental Protection is "looking the other way" when it comes to drilling and pipeline spills (Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press).

The USGS and the Energy Information Administration have differing opinions about how much gas is in the Marcellus Shale formation (Susan Phillips, State Impact PA).

The Securities and Exchange Commission wants drilling firms to disclose what's in their fracking fluid (Deborah Solomon, Wall Street Journal - PAYWALL).


The top issues that Binghamton-area farmers are concerned about when it comes to growing agribusiness: immigration, regulations, and milk prices (Jennifer Micale, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

The Post-Standard has an agriculture blog to coincide with the state fair.

Public money

Nine business leaders have been chosen to head up the governor's "New York Open For Business" initiative, to convince out-of-state firms to do business here (Thomas Adams, Rochester Business Journal).

The price tag for the ad campaign to promote New York: $50 million (Nick Reisman, State of Politics).

The state is offering another incentive program to buy efficient refrigerators and washing machines (Maryellen Tighe, Buffalo News).

The Mohawk Valley regional economic council held a public meeting in Herkimer County (Stephanie Sorrell-White, Gatehouse News Service).


Bill Nye the Science Guy has donated a clock to Cornell University that measures "solar noon" - the time at which the sun passes directly overhead (Tamara Lindstrom, YNN).

The expansion of the fiber optic ring in the Corning area is on track (Will Astor, Rochester Business Journal).

Albany-area buildings are already protected against earthquakes by a strong building code (Leah Buletti and Larry Rulison, Times Union).


Rochester's airport is the 12th most affordable airport in the U.S. (Thomas Adams, Rochester Business Journal).

Inc. Magazine's 5,000 fastest growing companies list includes 11 central New York firms (Adam Rombel, Greater Binghamton Business Journal).


A spelling error on an Old Navy shirt promoting Syracuse University is being corrected (Bob Niedt, Post-Standard).

Buffalo is number one in something - binge drinking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Jay Rey, Buffalo News).

You know what goes with binge drinking? The 10th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival (Brian Meyer, Buffalo News).

All Over Albany is reporting that Canajoharie makes 80 percent of the world's rock candy, which by my calculations is 100 percent too much rock candy. 

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