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Southern Tier Methane Study Seems Inconclusive

 

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey is finding methane occurrence in South-Central New York in an 1,800 square mile area along the Pennsylvania border was at about 15%. 

The study says 66 wells were sampled in the summer of 2012, all at least a mile from any gas well, active, exploratory or abandoned.

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Almost Annual New York State Crappie Derby Date Set

 

Organizers of the Almost Annual New York State Crappie Derby are crossing their fingers with the hopes of weeks of cold weather so the fishing tournament on Whitney Point can take place.

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Southern Tier Awarded $81.9 Million in Economic Development Funds

 

The Southern Tier is getting a good chunk of the $750 million in New York State Regional Economic Development grant awards this year. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Economic Development Agency have announced the region would be getting $81.9 mi

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Fire Hydrant Lead Rules Could Cost Binghamton Thousands

 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York is asking for a delay in a federal Environmental Protection Agency directive that would have the City of Binghamton and other municipalities replacing several brand new fire hydrants next year.

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Another Binghamton School Found With Asbestos

 

Add theTheodore Roosevelt Elementary School to the list of buildings in the Binghamton City School District with asbestos issues. 

School officials say a small amount of debris in a window track of a classroom that was discovered when window blinds were removed December 5th tested positive for asbestos fibers.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

More Asbestos Concerns at Binghamton Schools

 

The Binghamton City School District continues to have a run of what seems to be bad luck with its school buildings.

Days after students and staff were able to return to the Calvin Coolidge Elementary Schoolwhen asbestos removal had been completed, district officials have notified families with children attending Woodrow Wilson Elementary and West Middle School that asbestos contamination has also been found in those buildings.

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Bob Joseph/WNBF News

NASCAR and NYSEG Provide Trees for Binghamton

 

The onset of winter weather typically doesn’t lend itself to gardening, but a lot of planting has been going on lately in the City of Binghamton.

Parks Department crews are planting dozens of trees in the City as part of a program to maintain or improve the foliage canopy in neighborhoods.

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Binghamton’s Calvin Coolidge Elementary School Reopens

 

Students, faculty and staff are back in the Calvin Coolidge Elementary School on Binghamton's East Side after being relocated since the beginning of the school year due to the discovery of disturbed asbestos. Cit

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Leaves are Clogging Binghamton Storm Drains

The City of Binghamton is appealing to residents to help them keep storm drains clear by not dumping all their leaves in the street.

Officials say leaf litter on the streets can block storm water basins and the cost of treating leaf litter that gets to the sewage treatment plant can become expensive

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Category: Environment, Local News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News
Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Climate Change Expected to Make Southern Tier Flooding Worse

In the wake of devastating flooding in 2006 and 2011, extreme snow storms and even tornadoes, experts in the Twin Tiers don’t seem to have much encouraging news for the future.

Experts attending a disaster planning summit say, with climate changes, flooding could get even worse in the future

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