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Albany the site of a large anti-fracking protest today

Anti-fracking protestors at the NY State Fair
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Welcome to the Monday Innovation Trail Mix.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg and a bunch of A-list celebrities have weighed in on the fracking debate as a big rally is planned for Albany today.

20 Rochester 'second-stage' businesses are to participate in an "Economic Gardening Program".

A ruling by a Canadian court is good news for Capital Region dairy farmers.

"Weather shocks" continue to challenge the state's energy grids.

Remington Arms makes rumbling noises over the prospect of microstamping ammunition.

Business

The Rochester Business Journal is conducting a poll on levels of optimism about the city's longterm economic prospects.

Meanwhile, 20 Rochester area businesses have been selected for the Economic Gardening Program being run by Greater Rochester Enterprise. The program faces a challenge for ongoing funding however, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Environmental vibrations into energy? Tell me more Democrat and Chronicle.

Remington Arms Company says that plans to require ammunition to be microstamped would threaten their ability to expand, and possibly jobs in their Ilion plant according to The New American.

Chobani has succeeded in having trading block removed, allowing it to continue to export its Greek yogurt products to Canada reports the Times-Union.

Government

Lyndonville village is to get $250,000 waste water treatment plant upgrade reports the RBJ.

Candidates for the 24th Congressional District disagree on high speed rail options according to auburnpub.com.

Environment

The DEC has defended its communication to residents affected by contamination at the New York Air Brake site reports Craig Fox at the Watertown Daily. Here's some more background on that story from NCPR.

Energy

Weather shocks continue to put pressure on the state's energy grids. (Gannett).

The Retail Energy Supply Association would prefer that the Public Service Commission doesn't release information to consumer advocates on how their residential prices compare to the National Grid's, reports Tim Knauss for The Post-Standard.

Former Clinton administration Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has a bet either way in the hydrofracking debate as reported by The Ithaca Independent.

New operators of the Somerset power-plant outlined current issues to local government reports the niagara-gazette.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg has now endorsed gas drilling in an opinion piece he co-authored for the Washington Post.

A diverse bunch of celebrities and artists have a formed a loose coalition to express their opinions around the possibility of fracking in new york state.

Education

Flat SUNY enrollment figures are a reflection of efforts to stretch education dollars, rather than a lack of interest. (Gannett).