About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. mom23ADK says

    I would like to know who pays for all of those ‘government leaders’ to attend these political photo-ops, and pat eachothers backs? So shameless, it’s pathetically laughable.

    • Steve B. says

      Well, you do.

      I forget who the politician was from Buffalo, some businessman wanted to be Governor, made the comment about his being a different kind of politician, “I’m not going to each and every can opening”, using a phrase that is apparently common knowledge among the politicos for a need to go to such openings, shovel digging, etc….

        • Steve B. says

          Not at all. Its power going to NYC according to the article. As I researched this, I think its DC power the entire route from an A.C. convertor in Quebec to a conversion back to A.C. in NYC. Which essentially means it cannot be “tapped” into en-route to supply any local communities en-route, without an expensive convertor getting built to connect to the local power grid. It needs to be DC in order to be run under Lake Champlain as well as down the Hudson. A.C. does not readily get installed under water. OTOH, as NYC announced last year, they are insisting on “green” energy for new construction and have banned the installation of fossil fuel heat for new construction, its to be all electric, so they need the electricity.

  2. JC says

    I wonder what will happen to the water quality of Lake Champlain when they trench through the mercury ladden sludge beds in the lake near Fort Ticonderoga. These mercury deposits are a result of the old International Paper mill that was located in the village of Ticonderoga on the creek. Why didn’t an environmental impact study for this project even look at the impact of the mercury sludge beds. Towns in Vermont right nearby get their drinking water from Lake Champlain. Well, we will see after millions are spent on the power line and what will they do if mercury shows up in the drinking water. Also, what about the fish?

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