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Anti-drillers wins big in elections

Marie Cusick

Today in your Trail Mix:

Dryden is just one of the towns where anti-drilling politicians win elections.

Regional councils are releasing their priorities.

Potential for a trash power plant in Albany.


Anti-drilling candidates won big in Tuesday's elections (Colby Hamilton, The Empire).

Drilling companies are using military tactics on "anti-drilling insurgents" (Susan Phillips, State Impact PA).

New York will likely vote against the drilling regulations proposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission earlier this week, to avoid multiple layers of regulation on fracking (Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson).

DEC commissioner Joe Martens talked about that position on Capital Tonight last night [VIDEO] (Michael Johnson, State of Politics).

Energy analysts say stalling on drilling could actually help New York out - bringing the state's supply of natural gas online just as prices are rising (David Robinson, Buffalo News).

There's a new pro-fracking coalition, called Clean Growth Now, that wants to "provide a voice" for "community leaders who want to see our economy prosper and our environment and communities protected" (Nick Reisman, State of Politics).

Plans to build wind turbines on Lake Erie outside Cleveland could be scuttled by Ohio's emphasis on gas drilling (Chip Mitchell, WBEZ).

Regional councils

The Buffalo-area regional council has listed the projects it wants state funding for as part of its economic plan (James Fink, Buffalo Business First).

The Finger Lakes regional council officially adopted its economic plan yesterday (Tom Tobin, Democrat and Chronicle).


A company wants to build a "clean" trash incinerator at the Port of Albany, that would vaporize trash into gas that could fuel a power plant (All Over Albany).

Albany's Center for Economic Growth celebrated 25 years yesterday, at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - pointing out the boom in the tech industry in Albany during that tenure (Larry Rulison, Times Union).

The University of Rochester Medical Center has won a patent for an implantable "biochip" (Will Astor, Rochester Business Journal).


Genesee Brewing Company might be planning to knock down an old building in order to build a visitor's center (Brian Sharp, Democrat and Chronicle).

About 600 Department of Health workers will be moving out of Troy to Albany, delivering a blow to Troy's attempts to revitalize itself (Jimmy Vielkind, Times Union).

You might be due a refund, if your health insurer is one of 11 ordered by the state to kick cash back to consumers after premium overcharges (Will Astor, Rochester Business Journal).

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