Tag: Peter Mantius

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

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 particular rock weakness known as the Frontenac Point Anomaly, or ... MORE
Greenidge plans new bitcoin operation in recently shuttered South Carolina printing plant that laid off 400 workers

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 company, Atlas Holdings, acquired the sunbelt plant in December as ... MORE
Elected leaders, environmental activists in Finger Lakes break wit

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 located about five miles northeast of the lake. Seneca Lake ... MORE
Democrats in NYS Assembly allowed IBEW to veto cryptocurrency moratorium bill to preserve union jobs at Greenidge

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, according to the bill’s sponsor. Asked what killed the moratorium ... MORE
Invasive pests to worry about before HABs strike in late-summer

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 algae takes center stage. The Catharine Creek and Keuka Outlet ... MORE
Kinder Morgan to pay $1.23B for pipelines, four gas storage sites as Crestwood exits Schuyler County

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 Seneca Lake, appears to be bowing out of active business ... MORE
Crypto mining moratorium bill targets big energy users; Renaissance hedge fund

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

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 conversions that would undermine the state’s ambitious climate action goals ... MORE
Bitcoin miners scout for site in Watkins Glen; Canadian bitcoin miner buys power plant near Buffalo

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 rates. The village enjoys a monthly allocation of about 6 ... MORE
Greenidge's bitcoin mining ambitions are headed for conflict with New York State's Clean Energy agenda

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, the bankrupt owner of the Greenidge power plant in Dresden, ... MORE
Spotlighting Greenidge’s air emissions, EarthJustice warns: Power-hungry data centers could sink NYS climate goals

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 processing operations. EarthJustice and Sierra Club call for an environmental ... MORE
NASDAQ responds with wild enthusiasm after Greenidge announces bitcoin mining expansion, merger with Support.com

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 stated intention to boost is current 19-megawatt Bitcoin mining operation ... MORE
As bitcoin’s price rockets ever higher, Greenidge mining profits soar: Will owners’ windfall wealth trickle down?

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 are seizing the moment to harness market enthusiasm by offering ... MORE
As liability looms for contaminated drinking water, NYS abruptly changes rules for road salt task force

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 state task force to study road salt pollution. John and ... MORE
Hakes landfill proposing major expansion in Steuben County

Hakes landfill proposing major expansion in Steuben County

Seven months after a Steuben County judge dismissed civil allegations that it contained high levels of radioactivity, the Hakes C&D Disposal Inc. landfill is proposing to expand by more than 50 percent. Map shows Hakes C&D Landfills proposed expansion. The dump in ... MORE
Will New Yorkers have a constitutional right to clean water and air? Voters will decide this year

Will New Yorkers have a constitutional right to clean water and air? Voters will decide this year

New Yorkers will vote in November on whether to add the “right to clean air and water and a healthful environment” to the state constitution, joining a nationwide “Green Amendment” movement. If a simple majority says “Yes”, the constitution will be amended ... MORE
DEC emails on burning toxic PFAS at incinerator prompts calls for Inspector General probe

DEC emails on burning toxic PFAS at incinerator prompts calls for Inspector General probe

Norlite’s incinerator 10 miles north of Albany. Recently disclosed emails on the burning of PFAS-laced fire-fighting foam at an incinerator 10 miles north of Albany have prompted calls for the state Inspector General to investigate the staff of the state Department of ... MORE
After deadly accident Cargill will shut down salt mine, but company claims its not because of recent collapse

After deadly accident Cargill will shut down salt mine, but company claims its not because of recent collapse

Six weeks after a roof collapse killed two miners at its Avery, La., rock salt mine, Cargill has announced plans to permanently close the facility. Site of the facility six weeks after a roof collapse killed two miners in Avery, La. One of three Cargill mines ... MORE