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Columnist on fracking: "Get used to it"

Marie Cusick

Today in your Trail Mix: a thank-you note for you.

New Yorkers should "get used to" fracking's inevitability, according to a columnist.

PCBs threatening the health of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation.

Plus, the cheeses of Washington County.


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Data from SUNY Albany's Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities shows that children in the Akwesasne Mohawk nation have much higher PCB levels than other children (Brian Hayden, Johnson Newspapers).

Health advocacy groups are worried that New York will miss another deadline for setting up a health care exchange - potentially costing taxpayers billions in additional taxes (Karen DeWitt, New York Public Radio).

An activist who's won $100,000 for her public health work says she'll donate the sum to anti-fracking efforts (Susan Phillips, State Impact PA).

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is surveying residents in ten Pennsylvania counties, to check their health in the wake of gas drilling (Scranton Times Tribune).


Albany NanoTech's Belgian counterpart says expansion in New York has no affect on its plans to expand (Larry Rulison, The Buzz).

Google may own search, but it could have competition in the future - from Rochester area inventors (SeanLahman, Democrat and Chronicle).

New York's attorney general is joining a suit to prevent AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile (Casey Seiler, Capitol Confidential).


Over the weekend about 70 people were still stuck in shelters in the Binghamton area, as flood recovery continued (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).

More than 1,110 applications for FEMA aid totaling $6.1 million have been approved in the Binghamton area (Steve Reilly, Press & Sun-Bulletin).


Times Union columnist Fred LeBrunsays fracking is going to happen and that New Yorkers should "get used to it" - and get involved with the public comment period.

The drilling firm that said it's going to sue the Town of Dryden over it's ban on drilling has made good on its promise, and we've got the lawsuit filing (Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail).

David Robinson lays out the pieces that didn't fall into place in the now-scuttled Great Lakes Offshore Wind project (Buffalo News).


Sales tax revenue for New York's counties has been flat so far this year (Nick Reisman, Capital Tonight).

And New York's budget is still balanced, by a "razor-thin margin" (Nick Reisman, Capital Tonight).

At a rally outside the Capitol last night, protestors called for more protections for the middle class (Bryan Fitzgerald, Times Union).

Buffalo's airport continues a transition from "dingy" and "outdated" to serving more than 5 million passengers annually (Matt Glynn, Buffalo News).

Real gross domestic product was up in three upstate metro areas last year (Kevin Tampone, Central New York Business Journal).

Jonathan D. Epstein at the Buffalo News has a profile of Rocco Termini, the developer behind many downtown revitalization projects.

Food and agriculture

A Birds Eye plant in Fulton set to be put out of service in December already has eight purchase offers (Debra J. Groom, Post-Standard).

A rainy spring (and little impact from the hurricane rains) means big and sweet apples in this year's crop (Debra J. Groom, Post-Standard).

At the Observer-Dispatch, Amy Neff Roth has a rundown of all of the invasive species that are threatening New York.

At All Over Albany, Tim Dawkinstakes us on a tour of Washington County's cheeses.

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