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Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total: study
Oct 06, 2015 @ 18:56Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total: study

Halliburton SandCastle PS-2500 trailers, which store sand for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stand at a Hess well site near Williston, North Dakota November 12, 2014. Reuters/Andrew Cullen BOSTON (Reuters) - Fracking by the U.S. oil and gas industry has increased the burden on the nation's water resources, but still accounts for less than 1 percent of America's total industrial water use, according to a paper by researchers at Duke University published on Tuesday. The controversial extraction method consumed roughly 48 billion gallons of water per year from 2012 to 2014, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, roughly the same amount that flows over Niagara Falls in 18 hours. The industry pro [ ... ]

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Two recent studies won’t reverse New York fracking ban
Oct 06, 2015 @ 18:52Two recent studies won’t reverse New York fracking ban

By:  Rob Nikolewski   STUDIES WON’T CHANGE THINGS: Two studies showing no damage to water quality in the Marcellus Shale formation won’t change the fracking ban imposed by the Cuomo administration in New York state. For officials in the economically depressed region of New York state known as the Southern Tier , two recent hydraulic fracturing studies gave them the slightest glimmer of hope the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomowould reverse the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing. But in a brief email to, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation shut the door on that. “New York’s thorough review supports DEC’s conclusion that fracking should not be allowed to occur in New York state at this time, [ ... ]

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New York’s Southern Tier, Once a Home for Big Business, Is Struggling
Sep 30, 2015 @ 14:54New York’s Southern Tier, Once a Home for Big Business, Is Struggling

  CONKLIN, N.Y. — The main grocery store here was replaced by a Family Dollar store, already faded. The historic front of the town hall, a castle no less, is crumbling, and donations are being solicited. The funds earmarked to strip off the lead paint from the castle’s exterior went instead to clear mold from the basement. This town of roughly 5,500 residents looks alarmingly like dozens of other towns and cities in New York’s Southern Tier, a vast part of the state that runs parallel to Pennsylvania. Years ago, the region was a manufacturing powerhouse, a place where firms like General Electric and Westinghouse thrived. But over time companies have downsized, or left altogether, lured abroad or to states with lower taxes and fewer regulations. Conklin’s population is aging [ ... ]

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JLCNY's Political Support
Sep 15, 2015 @ 13:30

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Our clambake was a huge success! I must take a moment to thank all of those who worked so hard to make the event come together so smoothly and enjoyably. Stupendous Job Everyone!!!

We had over 100 people turnout for the wonderful food and to hear our great guest speakers. In addition to the planned speakers we also heard from Assemblyman Cliff Crouch and NY Senate candidate Fred Akshar. Their appearance and words were an awesome surprise and valuable show of support for our cause. We can't thank all of our speakers enough for being there for us Sunday and always!!!

In addition to his spoken words, Fred Akshar has sent the letter linked to at the end of this post that you'll want to save, reread from time to time this fall, and remember as you dec [ ... ]

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More Clambake Details!
Sep 09, 2015 @ 13:14

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters, Last week I invited any and all Natural Gas supporters to a clambake for a wonderful afternoon of information, food, and fun. This week I have even more good news about that event. The cost has been reduced from $55.00 per person to $50.00 per person! That's right, reduced! The rest of the details remain as were sent out last week. The picnic will be at Mountain Top on Sunday September 13 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. Here is a link to Mountain Top's website... Here is a link to directions to Mountain Top's grounds... To help us all stay abreast of recent Natural Gas related matters we’ll hear from two important speakers. First Mike Atchie of Williams Corp. will give us an [ ... ]

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Enjoy A Clambake and Learn the Latest Natural Gas Related News!
Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:20

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

We've got a great, fun filled opportunity for you to enjoy one more summer picnic while learning the latest about some important landowner rights and Natural Gas developments.

We’re promoting a picnic at Mountain Top on Sunday September 13 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. The menu includes all the great Mountain Top Clambake food…

Clambake Menu
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Raw Clams Opened on the Half Shell
Steamed Clams
Large Chilled Shrimp
Charcoal Grilled Ribeye Steak Sandwiches
Slow Roasted BBQ Pork and Beef Sandwiches
Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Hot and Sweet Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Baked Potatoes with Toppings
Fresh Salads
Corn on the Cob
Iced Tea
Assorted Sodas
Draft Beer
Wine Cooler

To help us all stay abreast of rece [ ... ]

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Wet vs. Dry Natural Gas – What is the difference?
Aug 28, 2015 @ 20:44

Published in WellSaid (Cabot Blog) As most people know, Pennsylvania has unique geology that has helped make it the home of some of the largest-producing shale plays in the world. Roughly 75 percent of the Commonwealth sits on top of the Marcellus and Utica shales, each with their own distinct characteristics. Even across Pennsylvania the Marcellus varies in structure, depth, thickness and even the type of gas produced. One of the most interesting differences in the Marcellus is whether the natural gas produced is considered “wet” or “dry” when produced. That will make a difference in the end usage and products which can be created from the natural gas. Cabot’s operations are in an area of dry gas therefore to get a full perspective, we’ve partnered with the folks at Sunoco L [ ... ]

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Big Benefits From Natural Gas Exports
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:08

Exporting U.S. natural gas would be good for the economy and the environment. Aug. 26, 2015  in US News and World Report,--- Author attribution at end of article As David Brodwin correctly states in his July 16 article ["The Case Against Exporting Natural Gas"], our oil and gas abundance, powered by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has driven down energy costs. Restricting the export of natural gas, however, has stifled production – especially against the backdrop of" target="_blank">recent downward price projections – and in so doing threatens the many benefits that have come with our energy renaissance. Technological advances have made the United States a prolific producer of natural gas, so  [ ... ]

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EQT Ditching Upper Devonian in Favor of Deep, Dry Utica Shale
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:01

By Jamison Cocklin August 3, 2015 In NGI's Shale Daily After its record-shattering Utica Shale test in Southwest Pennsylvania, EQT Corp. plans to phase-out its Upper Devonian drilling program in the state and redirect that capital to the Utica. The company said earlier this month its Scotts Run well in Greene County, PA, tested at a 24-hour rate of 72.9 MMcf/d with an average flowing wellhead pressure of 8,641 psi (see Shale Daily, July 23). The Utica well was the company's first in Pennsylvania. It was completed with 18 fracture stages on a 3,221 foot lateral, bringing the initial production rate to 22.6 MMcf/d per 1,000 feet of lateral. Following the deliverability test, EQT said Scotts Run produced an average of 27 MMcf/d on restricted choke during a seven-day period. "Gi [ ... ]

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Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
Aug 26, 2015 @ 20:18

Guest post written by Jacki Pick 8/25/2015 in Forbes Opinion Ms. Pick is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Center for Policy Analysis. As environmental groups gather to strategize maximum mileage from the president’s “Clean Power Plan,” they would do well to remember what they might regard as the greatest environmental triumph of this century: The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction, with emissions down 26% since the shale boom hits its stride in 2007. Why? Because of the use of natural gas, a fossil fuel, now produced in historic volumes made possible through fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.  Fracked natural gas has been key to reducing U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest levels since 1988, [ ... ]

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A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of polic...
Aug 18, 2015 @ 17:41

By Tom Wilber at wilberwrites  8/7/2015 A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of policy tests July 8 the five-farm family group's intentions to install a natural gas well underneath afield in the Town of Barton.(Photo: KELLY GAMPEL / Staff Photo) The proposed propane frack in the Town of Barton is setting the stage for a new set of policy tests that could shape the long-term fate of shale gas development in the state. The Cuomo administration has banned the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing because too little is known about its impacts on health and the environment. But that ban could be lifted with a new administration, changing technology, shifting politics, more information and establishment of case law. In the meantime questions of what exact [ ... ]

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The Joe Martens Legacy of Cronyism
Aug 13, 2015 @ 15:07

By Tom Shepstone in Natural Gas Now on August 6 2015 UPDATE: Rumor has it the Cuomo Administration may choose the next DEC Commissioner directly from the ranks of the NRDC gang. Could this be true? Could Cuomo be THAT indebted to the Rockefeller clan and their ruling class ilk? Well, if Larry Rockefeller’s $60,800 contribution to Andrew’s last campaign and his campaign ad for the governor are any indication; the answer is a definite yes. The NRDC gang is running New York right now. The Joe Martens record at DEC should be Exhibit No. 1 in an indictment of the cronyism typifying New York government, if you can call it government. Joe Martens was lauded the other day in a fawning story that appeared in the Albany Times-Union entitled “Outgoing DEC Leader Joe Martens Le [ ... ]

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Pipeline delay a sign of policy conflicts to come
Aug 13, 2015 @ 15:05

By Scott Waldren in Politico NY on 8/11/2015 ALBANY—The latest delay in granting an approval for a major natural gas pipeline in New York illustrates the awkward spot the state's energy policy is in, where environmentally sensitive policies and practical reality collide. The Constitution Pipeline will stretch from Pennsylvania through the Southern Tier and into Schoharie County, where it can connect to a network of other pipelines. It will add more capacity as New York and New England increasingly turn to natural gas for power. Even though Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned fracking, a move that converted some of his harshest critics into his advocates, he has actively worked to make the state more reliant on natural gas, including his personal intervention in converting a Buffalo-area coal-bur [ ... ]

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Commentary: The truth behind the pipeline
Jul 28, 2015 @ 19:48

By Edward Dodge as comentary in 7/26/2015 Anti-gas activist Yoko Ono recently ran a full page ad in The New York Times urging opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed 120-mile natural gas line that will bring Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania up to a distribution point in New York that will allow the gas to be delivered throughout the Northeast. Ono claims that fracking is bad for your health, bad for communities and bad for the climate, and we need to block infrastructure projects like pipelines in order to prevent the industry from growing. Like all anti-gas activists, Ono relies on the timeless method of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt without ever offering any cost-benefit analysis. Chief among the claims used to oppos [ ... ]

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Nonsensical ‘fractivist’ pipeline hysteria
Jul 27, 2015 @ 19:53

By Mark J. Perry - - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in The Washington Times---- opinion The anti-fracking movement has moved beyond the realm of the petty and unseemly into the ridiculous. Led by Yoko Ono, the avant-garde artist and widow of musician John Lennon, fracktivists are trying to stop construction of pipelines that would carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the Utica Shale region in Ohio to markets in New York and New England. Designed to alleviate current bottlenecks in natural gas distribution, the new pipelines could help reduce the cost of natural gas and electricity for hundreds of thousands of households and businesses throughout the Northeast. If there was ever any doubt, it’s now clear that the myopic anti-fracking obse [ ... ]

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Will Andrew Cuomo kill another way to drill for gas in New York?
Jul 27, 2015 @ 19:44

By Ken Girardin July 26, 2015 | 8:00pm in NY Post Opinion There’s more than one way to frack a shale formation, and that could be very good news for New York’s economically stagnant Southern Tier — if, this time, Gov. Cuomo allows it. The region’s prospects for resurgence were squelched last month when Cuomo formalized the nation’s first statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The process, commonly known as hydrofracking, uses large amounts of pressurized water to open fissures in shale deposits and release oil and natural gas buried thousands of feet underground. Cuomo’s prohibition has left billions of cubic square feet of natural gas locked in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — roughly a mile beneath a region that ended 2014 with fewer private-sect [ ... ]

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