The waters lapping up along the Lake Erie shoreline are no longer orange. The lake doesn’t smell as bad as it once did. And talk of “a dead lake” has been put in the distant past. The water even looks bluer, clearer – and more alive. But appearances can be deceiving. Lake Erie – the focus of cleanup efforts for four decades – is still, in many ways, simmering just below crisis.
News Environmental Reporter T.J. Pignataro took an in-depth look at the issues facing Lake Erie in a five-part series in May 2013:
In his first statement in weeks, Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry E. Snyder Sr. responded to several charged comments from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, including a suggestion that the state would not renew its gambling compact with the nation:
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. today called on lawyers and judges across the country to follow the legacy of another Supreme Court justice with Western New York roots, Robert H. Jackson:
An earthquake was recorded this morning along the Quebec-Ontario border, according to the Canadian and American governments.
Natural Resources Canada reported that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported at 9:43 a.m. 13 miles northeast of Shawville, Quebec, which is in the western part of the province about an hour's drive from the Canadian capital of Ottawa.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake at 5.0 magnitude and said it was about 16 miles north-northeast of Shawville.
Ten minutes later, the Canadian agency reported a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, an apparent aftershock, in the same region.
"It’s not unusual. Earthquakes tend to happen where they happened before,” said Don Goralski, chief of staff at the University at Buffalo's MCEER, an earthquake engineering research center.
This earthquake reminded many area residents of the June 23, 2010, 5.0-magnitude quake that originated near Ottawa and was felt here.