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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n25 (06/21/2012) » Section: Week in Review

A Stay on Busti Avenue Demolitions

The preservationist group Campaign for Buffalo History, Architecture, and Culture asked for and got a temporary restraining order for two weeks on the planned demolition of seven houses to make way for an enlarged Peace Bridge plaza and new Duty Free store.

Old North Still Standing

Last Wednesday evening, local preservationists invited Lackawanna city leaders, citizens, and the owners of Gateway Trade Center to a public forum to discuss the future of the Bethlehem Steel North Office Building, which is owned by Gateway and threatened with demoltion by city officials.

GOP Primaries

At this end of New York State, Tuesday’s Republican primary seems likely to be swallowed whole by warm weather and its attendant demands. Voting in June? Who can remember to do that, when the kids have a baseball game, and then there’s ice cream after that, and when are we going to get the pool open? The GOP candidate for president has already been detrmined, and most Western New York Republicans cannot name the three candidates, none from around here, who hope to challenge Democratic US Senator Kristen Gillibrand.

Grisanti and Fracking

Among the pieces of legislation State Senator Mark Grisanti has trumpeted in recent weeks is S.7167, which would provide oil and gas companies the option to double the size of a “spacing unit” for a horizontally drilled and fracked gas well from 640 acres to 1,280 acres. (The spacing unit is the maximum acreage associated with each well.) The rationale is that allowing drillers bigger lots on which to situate their wells would provide a bigger buffer between the well infrastructure and the surrounding countryside, protecting habitat. Where a company might have drilled and fracked two wells on two separate spacing units, they might drill just one well instead. Half the drill pads, half the impact.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

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