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Investigations

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and analysis.

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by Jim Heaney

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by Dan Telvock

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Sep
13

Dispute over Tonawanda Coke soil study

Residents who live near Tonawanda Coke want to know whether pollution from the plant has contaminated the soil in their yards and their children’s schools and playgrounds. A federal judge agreed and ordered the Tonawanda Coke Corp. to fund a $711,000 study investigating how the plant’s foundry coke emissions have contaminated soil in surrounding communities. […]

Sep
12

A looming threat to the Niagara River

Researchers are concerned that climate change could be helping to lay the groundwork for an eventual collapse of the Niagara River’s ecosystem. Populations of the Emerald Shiner, a minnow that serves as the foundation of the river’s food chain, have been cut drastically this summer. Researchers worry that as the region heats up, this could […]

Sep
05

Heaney discusses Tonawanda Coke

Jim Heaney tells Scott Levin of WGRZ that Tonawanda Coke has been a rouge operation for years. The foundry coke plant off River Road was back in the news Monday, when federal prosecutors hauled the company into court and public officials questioned the firm’s conduct after they temporarily blocked firefighters from dealing with a blaze […]

Aug
06

Sara Jerving joins Investigative Post staff

Sara Jerving, who has reported from over a dozen countries and been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times, has joined the staff of Investigative Post. Jerving will primarily cover environmental issues. “I have long been passionate about environmental reporting and I’m excited to join Investigative Post, which has […]

Jun
08

Heaney interviews Judith Enck

Judith Enck offers her blunt assessment of the Trump administration’s assault on the EPA, the Cuomo administration’s failure to pick up the slack at the state level, the danger posed by plastics to the environment and the need for people to vote during an interview June 6 at at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

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May
29

Scajaquada project gets $600,000 boost

Crews are in the homestretch of a seven year project to restore the stretch of Scajaquada Creek that flows through Forest Lawn Cemetery. That work got a boost Tuesday with an announcement that the state, with the support of Senator Chris Jacobs and Assembly Member Sean Ryan, has committed $600,000 to restore nearly four acres […]

May
10

Heaney talks Pegula fracking on ‘Pressroom

Susan Arbetter of The Capitol Pressroom interviews Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney on his recent story about the repeated regulatory violations of JKLM Energy, a hydrofracking company in Pennsylvania founded by Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula.  

May
08

Pegula back fracking – and violating regulations

COUDERSPORT – Terry Pegula cashed in when he sold the bulk of his hydrofracking business in 2010 for $4.7 billion. He used a chunk of the change to buy Buffalo’s two major league teams, and made it clear when he purchased the Sabres that he was in it for the sports, not the money. “If […]