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Manhattan Institute Issues 2016 - REALITY CHECK
Nov 20, 2015 @ 16:12

Fracking, Not Solar Power, Is Reducing U.S. Carbon-Dioxide Emissions Oren Cass   In Reality For all of the attention and federal funds given to renewable energy, it remains a blip on America’senergy radar: solar power representsless than 1 percent of U.S. electricity generation. Wind andsolar power together generated less electricity in the first half of 2015 than in the first half of 2014, and investment in the industry has been flat for almost five years, domestically and globally. U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen significantly since their peak in 2007—more than in any other country. The biggest cause is America’s fracking-led natural gas boom: solar power is responsible for 1 percent of the decline in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions; natural gas is responsible for  [ ... ]

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Fracking can be part of the solution to global warming, say UN climate chan...
Nov 20, 2015 @ 16:03Fracking can be part of the solution to global warming, say UN climate change experts

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says massive shift to green energy sources is crucial but that shale gas can help if it replaces dirtier coal. Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the working group that drew up the report, said shale gas – extracted through the controversial process of fracking - “can be very consistent with low carbon development and decarbonisation”. Photo: Reuters   UN climate chiefs have backed fracking as part of the solution to global warming – but warned that a massive expansion of green energy will be crucial to prevent devastating extremes of climate change. In a report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found it was still just possible to limit the rise in average global temperatures to 3.6F (2C) by 2100, the level [ ... ]

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Sierra Club (Reluctantly) Admits Fracking has Helped Lower CO2 Emissions
Nov 20, 2015 @ 15:58Sierra Club (Reluctantly) Admits Fracking has Helped Lower CO2 Emissions

The Sierra Club released a report last week attempting to argue that its “Beyond Coal” campaign is the reason that the United States has been able to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions even though every credible organization from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to the International Energy Agency (IEA) to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said that it’s thanks to fracking and the increased use of natural gas that U.S. CO2 emissions are at a 27 year low. Of course, this is the same organization responsible for the “Beyond Natural Gas” campaign, which seeks to end the use of natural gas – the very fuel that is providing these dramatic declines in emissions. So it’s no surprise Sierra Club trumpeted the following tweet by Bloomberg Phi [ ... ]

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Fracking, Not Renewables, Is Responsible For Emissions Reduction
Nov 20, 2015 @ 15:51Fracking, Not Renewables, Is Responsible For Emissions Reduction

A rig contracted by Apache Corp drills a horizontal well in a search for oil and natural gas in the Wolfcamp shale located in the Permian Basin in West Texas October 29, 2013. At a dusty Texas oilfield, Apache Corp has eliminated its reliance on what arguably could be the biggest long-term constraint for fracking wells in the arid western United States: scarce freshwater. In Irion County, where Apache is drilling dozens of Wolfcamp shale wells in the Permian Basin, the company is meeting its water needs for hydraulic fracturing by using brackish water from the Santa Rosa aquifer and recycling water from wells and fracking using chemicals. Photo taken October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Terry Wade (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT) - RTX15MPF   The biggest cause of CO2& [ ... ]

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Constitution pipeline could face year-long construction delay
Nov 11, 2015 @ 14:09Constitution pipeline could face year-long construction delay

ALBANY — If the state doesn't approve permits soon, a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Southern Tier and Schoharie Valley could be delayed another year, the project's developers say. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been sitting on water quality permits for the Constitution pipeline and has not given a timeline as to when a decision will be made. On Monday, Constitution spokesman Christopher Stockton said the company would need to begin clearing trees for the pipeline before the end of the year to finish by April. That narrow window in the winter months is the only time the tree clearing can happen so that it doesn't interfere with bird migration, he said. If state approvals don't arrive soon, project developers will be forced to push back construction unti [ ... ]

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Natural Gas Will Reshape The Power Markets, But Capacity Challenges Remain
Nov 11, 2015 @ 14:08Natural Gas Will Reshape The Power Markets, But Capacity Challenges Remain

The U.S. natural gas industry continues to shift from its primary role as fuel for heating and cooking to the dominant fuel of choice for U.S. electrical power. This move is prompted by consistently low prices, production efficiency gains and regulatory drivers. Yet in key markets across the United States, the “rush to gas” creates critical uncertainties about whether abundant supplies will have access to the pipeline capacity needed to meet local and regional demand. In addition, another key issue facing the power industry is how the gas and electric sectors work to more closely align their businesses. This will be essential to the success of each and to ensuring the stability of the grid, as legacy assets are retired and renewable energy resources continue to grow as a source of g [ ... ]

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Akshar Landslide Sends Pro-NG Pro-Landowner Message to Albany!
Nov 05, 2015 @ 14:31

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

In my last email I asked you to turn out to vote in order to hand Fred Akshar a convincing win in his bid for NYS Senate so we could send a strong pro-gas pro-landowner message to Albany.

Thanks to you he had a landslide victory over Barbara Fiala, the recently turned anti-gas candidate (She has been quoted as saying she thinks Cuomo did the right thing!) chosen by Andrew Cuomo to represent the Democratic party in the race.

Fred's bigger than expected win makes our message loud and clear!

     The southern tier strongly supports NG development and landowners' rights over Cuomo's political gamesmanship and politically motivated ban on
     HVHF in NY! Politicians who ally themselves with him and his anti-ga [ ... ]

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How Cuomos Bid to clean up Albany backfired
Nov 02, 2015 @ 19:06How Cuomos Bid to clean up Albany backfired

Andrew Cuomo’s flashy bid to clean up Albany has left him sullied, two of his prized allies just starting trials for corruption
—and a prosecutor on the hunt.   This month, two men who once reigned over Albany’s political apparatus will stand trial in separate corruption cases. On November 2, Sheldon Silver, for two decades the Democratic Speaker of the State Assembly, is scheduled to face charges that he used his position to funnel millions of dollars in business to the law firm where he was of counsel.  Then, on November 16, Dean Skelos, the former Republican majority leader of the State Senate, is due to stand trial with his son, Adam, for allegedly extorting from firms in exchange for political favors. Both Silver and Skelos had been instrumental in Governor Andrew  [ ... ]

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Vote! To Show Support for NG Tuesday!!!
Nov 02, 2015 @ 14:35

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Quick and to the point...

Vote Tuesday!

The big race is the off year special election being held for NYS Senate. The JLCNY has endorsed Fred Akshar.

Even though the media and the polls predict he'll win that is no excuse not to vote. You still need to vote.

The media would love nothing more than to induce a sense of voter complacency and have Fred win by only a small margin or even loose. We need to make his predicted big win even bigger than predicted.

Doing that will show all of NYS that the support for NG in the southern tier is strong. That alone is a good reason to vote.

     Vote to show support for Natural Gas!!

In addition it is important that the Republicans maintain control of the Senate. It is scary to imagine  [ ... ]

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DEC official: State could lose authority if it withholds pipeline decisions
Oct 30, 2015 @ 20:22DEC official: State could lose authority if it withholds pipeline decisions

Proposed map for the Constitution Pipeline. (Constitution Pipeline)   ALBANY — New York could lose its authority to oversee pipelines if it improperly withholds approvals, a senior Department of Environmental Conservation official said this week. The agency has been sitting on a growing pile of pipeline applications. Oversight of pipelines is generally a federal issue, but the state has to sign off on water certifications for the path of a pipeline when it crosses stream beds and wetlands. This sign-off was once a minor step in the extensive pipeline approval process, but the Cuomo administration has delayed making a final decision on multiple pipelines. But withholding certifications could cost the state some of its oversight ability, said Jared Snyder, assistant DEC commissi [ ... ]

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Andrew Cuomo’s already reeling from Preet Bharara’s probes
Oct 30, 2015 @ 20:18Andrew Cuomo’s already reeling from Preet Bharara’s probes

Andrew Cuomo Photo: Reuters   Now comes the winter of Gov. Cuomo’s discontent. Or something like that. Certainly an intense gubernatorial focus will be on two federal courtrooms in Manhattan next month, as a pair of former confederates in state government go on trial for their freedom — and the chief federal prosecutor makes no secret of his interest in Cuomo as well. It’s hard to believe that it was scarcely a year ago that Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos were riding high and handsome, one the Assembly speaker, the other the Senate majority leader — only to be brought low by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s expressed antipathy for business as usual in Albany. And let’s face it: New York’s 57-year-old governor has been an Albany player since he came to the Ca [ ... ]

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EDITORIAL: Yet another study shows fracking doesn't contaminate groundwater
Oct 27, 2015 @ 19:36

Posted October 26, 2015 - 3:44pm in the Vas Vegas Review-Journal The environmental lobby claims that its strident stance against hydraulic fracturing is all about science. Those who aim to shut down the driving force behind what little growth the U.S. economy has experienced the past few years liken themselves to Matt Damon's character in "The Martian" — they've scienced the [expletive] out of it. But so did Yale University, in a study attributed to 13 science and engineering experts that was just published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study's lengthy title, "Elevated levels of diesel range organic compounds in groundwater near Marcellus gas operations are derived from surface activities," in layman's terms translates to: Fracking doesn't cause gr [ ... ]

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Fracking Passes Another Safety Exam, Large Study Says
Oct 27, 2015 @ 19:29

Posted on October 20, 2015 by Gil Ross in The American Council for Science and Health In the largest study of its kind, a group of researchers from Yale University, led by Brian D. Drollette and Dr. Desiree Plata of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, studied the chemicals in groundwater obtained from 64 wells in three  Pennsylvania counties where fracking is taking place. They were seeking evidence for groundwater contamination produced from the process of fracking, technically known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. However, the research team found no such evidence. The researchers reported no association with deeper pollution sources, nor for long-range migration of these compounds to the shallow aquifers, according to the study [ ... ]

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JLCNY Endorses Fred Akshar for NYS Senate
Oct 23, 2015 @ 19:03

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. endorses Republican Fred Akshar in the 52nd Senate district special election.   

Fred has shown a commitment to landowner rights and will be vital in our efforts to bring opportunity to our region.  Please see our press release and the letter linked to below this posting describing Fred's commitment to supporting safe and responsible Natural Gas development in NY.

Maintaining a Republican Senate is crucial to our efforts. Republican control of the Senate decreases the chances that anti gas legislation will make it to the Senate floor.   

Attached is a letter from Fred Akshar in which he states that he strongly supports environmentally safe natural gas development [ ... ]

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Natural Gas Saves NY Jobs in Spite of Fractivist Policy
Oct 22, 2015 @ 12:54Natural Gas Saves NY Jobs in Spite of Fractivist Policy

The International Paper Company paper mill in Ticonderoga is Essex County’s largest employer. Natural gas is saving those NY jobs in spite of the state’s anti-fracking policy. While the Southern Tier of New York starves for lack of the economic development natural gas development would bring to the region, New York State went out of its way to fund natural gas infrastructure that has helped save 600 NY jobs in the North Country. What political disease is it that so infects the minds of New York State leaders that they feel compelled to ignore this contradiction in pursuit of political correctness? How is that a governor happy to make natural gas available to save jobs sees no duplicity in bashing the very industry that provides it? Those are the questions that arise as one reads [ ... ]

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Fracking, a help in the climate fight, deserves respect from greens | Edito...
Oct 22, 2015 @ 12:52Fracking, a help in the climate fight, deserves respect from greens | Editorial

A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas June 25, 2012, in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," mobilizes thousands around the country both for and against the process, industry and some environmental. Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a draft report. The report found several specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells and improper wastewater management affected drinking water resources. But it said the number of cases was small compared to the large number of wells that use hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The con [ ... ]

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