Author: Peter Mantius

Peter is the creator and editor of The Water Front Online, the region's only news organization dedicated to environmental issues in the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York. Have a tip? Send it to [email protected].
Cayuga Lake leads in HABs; DEC’s latest plan to help gets panned for going easy on big farms
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Posted in Environment New York State News

Cayuga Lake leads in HABs; DEC’s latest plan to help gets panned for going easy on big farms

Cayuga Lake is the No. 1 hot spot in New York for harmful algal blooms (HABs), according to the latest Department of Environmental Conservation map that tracks outbreaks statewide. As of Friday, Cayuga had…

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Risks of catastrophic mine flood under Cayuga Lake mount, Cuomo’s DEC guards Cargill’s secrets
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Posted in Environment Lansing New York State News Politics Tompkins County

Risks of catastrophic mine flood under Cayuga Lake mount, Cuomo’s DEC guards Cargill’s secrets

Last week the state Department of Environmental Conservation refused to provide a copy of a letter it received from Cargill in which the company committed to avoid mining around an area of…

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Greenidge plans new bitcoin operation in recently shuttered South Carolina printing plant that laid off 400 workers
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Posted in Business Dresden News Yates County

Greenidge plans new bitcoin operation in recently shuttered South Carolina printing plant that laid off 400 workers

Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc. has announced plans to launch its second bitcoin mining operation later this year or in early 2022 at a recently shuttered printing plant in Spartanburg, S.C. GGH’s parent…

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Elected leaders, environmental activists in Finger Lakes break wit
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Posted in Environment News Seneca County

Elected leaders, environmental activists in Finger Lakes break with one of region’s largest groups

A 30-year old non-profit environmental group that bills itself as the protector of Seneca Lake’s water quality is catching flak for accepting a $15,000 contribution from the state’s largest landfill, which is…

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Democrats in NYS Assembly allowed IBEW to veto cryptocurrency moratorium bill to preserve union jobs at Greenidge
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Posted in Business Environment New York State News Ontario County Seneca County Yates County

Dems in NYS Assembly allowed IBEW to veto cryptocurrency moratorium bill to preserve union jobs at Greenidge

The union that represents about 40 contract electrical workers at Greenidge Generation’s power plant in Dresden last week derailed a bill that would have imposed a statewide moratorium on energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining,…

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Invasive pests to worry about before HABs strike in late-summer
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Posted in Environment News

Invasive pests to worry about before HABs strike in late-summer

The peak season for harmful algal blooms, or HABs, is at least two months away, but the Finger Lakes have plenty of other pests and invasive species to worry about before toxic…

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Kinder Morgan to pay .23B for pipelines, four gas storage sites as Crestwood exits Schuyler County
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Posted in Business Environment News Reading Schuyler County Watkins Glen

Kinder Morgan to pay $1.23B for pipelines, four gas storage sites as Crestwood exits Schuyler County

Crestwood Midstream Partners, the midwestern gas pipeline and storage company that tried for years to win a state permit to store liquid petroleum gas, or LPG, in abandoned salt caverns next to…

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Crypto mining moratorium bill targets big energy users; Renaissance hedge fund
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Posted in Business Environment New York State News Politics

Crypto mining moratorium bill targets big energy users; Renaissance hedge fund set to own stake in Greenidge

Following a surge in power-hungry Bitcoin mining that set environmentalists scrambling, New York lawmakers have introduced multiple bills regulating cryptocurrencies late this legislative session. Anna Kelles (D-Ithaca), a first-term Assemblymember from the Finger Lakes, is leading the charge with her push for a three-year state moratorium on energy-intensive digital asset mining. The proposed halt follows a flurry of media coverage, touched off by a New York Focus investigation, of a Bitcoin mining operation at a gas-fired power plant on Seneca Lake. The Connecticut private equity firm that restarted the once-mothballed plant in 2017 has touted plans to ramp up its energy consumption. 

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Despite Greenidge announcement its going carbon neutral, environmental advocates worry about long-term implications
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Posted in Dresden Environment News Yates County

Despite Greenidge announcement its going carbon neutral, environmental advocates worry about long-term implications

Reeling from a round of negative publicity it helped trigger on bitcoin’s heavy environmental footprint, Greenidge Generation Holdings LLC has announced plans to operate “carbon neutral” by June 1. The company said Friday it…

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Lawmakers consider bill that would impose 3-year state moratorium on bitcoin mining, force environmental impact statement
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Posted in Dresden Environment New York State News Yates County

Lawmakers consider bill that would impose 3-year state moratorium on bitcoin mining, force environmental impact statement

The legislation stems from alarm over the prospect that Greenidge Generation’s proposed expansion of Bitcoin operations at its power plant in Dresden could be the harbinger of a wave of power plant…

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Bitcoin miners scout for site in Watkins Glen; Canadian bitcoin miner buys power plant near Buffalo
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Posted in Environment News Schuyler County Watkins Glen

Bitcoin miners scout for site in Watkins Glen; Canadian bitcoin miner buys power plant near Buffalo

Bitcoin mining interests have called Watkins Glen officials in recent weeks to explore the possibility of setting up a cryptocurrency processing operation within the village to take advantage of its cheap electric…

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Posted in Dresden Environment New York State News Politics Yates County

Greenidge’s bitcoin mining ambitions are headed for conflict with New York State’s Clean Energy agenda

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by New York Focus, written by Peter Mantius. His blog Water Front Online covers the region and state’s most important environmental issues.  A decade ago,…

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Spotlighting Greenidge’s air emissions, EarthJustice warns: Power-hungry data centers could sink NYS climate goals
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Posted in Dresden Environment News Yates County

Spotlighting Greenidge’s air emissions, EarthJustice warns: Power-hungry data centers could sink NYS climate goals

EarthJustice and the Sierra Club are calling for the Cuomo Administration take decisive action on Greenidge Generation’s pending renewal of its air emissions permit, potentially jeopardizing the plant’s proposed expansion of Bitcoin…

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NASDAQ responds with wild enthusiasm after Greenidge announces bitcoin mining expansion, merger with Support.com
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Posted in Business Environment News

NASDAQ goes wild over Greenidge’s plan to go public, expand bitcoin mining 25-fold

The NASDAQ stock market responded with wild enthusiasm today to Greenidge Generation Holdings Inc.’s announcement of plans to become a publicly traded company later this year. Fueling that excitement was the company’s…

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As bitcoin’s price rockets ever higher, Greenidge mining profits soar: Will owners’ windfall wealth trickle down?
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Posted in Business Dresden Environment News Politics Yates County

As bitcoin’s price rockets ever higher, Greenidge mining profits soar: Will owners’ windfall wealth trickle down?

Greenidge Generation’s earnings surged last year thanks to its impeccably-timed move into Bitcoin mining, and prospects for even greater cryptocurrency profits look bright — at least for the near term. Company owners…

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As liability looms for contaminated drinking water, NYS abruptly changes rules for road salt task force
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Posted in Environment New York State News

As liability looms for contaminated drinking water, NYS abruptly changes rules for road salt task force

Jittery over the state’s potential legal liability for contaminating private water wells with road salt, the state Legislature in February heavily revised its own December 2020 law that had called for a…

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