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By  Carolyn Davis  April 14, 2014 in NGI Shale Daily  

Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a standing-room-only crowd on Monday that he continues to believe natural gas is the "genuine transition fuel," that will lead all other types of fuels in all types of applications through this century.

Chu, who was the keynote speaker Monday in Dallas at the annual Gas Processors Association Convention, served as President Obama's first Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). The dedicated researcher, a Nobel Prize recipient in 2007, was a natural gas industry supporter when he was in office, and he continues to believe gas is the No. 1 way to transition to less carbon intensive-fuels.

"I'm often asked if it will be possible to use oil and gas in a high carbon constrained world by mid century. I think it is." It's not perfect, and gas produces harmful emissions, but they can be dealt with through carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS), while oil production can use enhanced oil recovery (EOR) -- "new capture technologies" that should continue safer fossil fuels use for decades. There's nothing better than gas, he said.

"If we have a week or two of really bad weather, we need backup power," Chu said. "Natural gas is terrific for this for a number of things. First, it's inexpensive. Second, power plants can ramp up at speeds of 100 MW/minute...Gas has emissions guarantees and it's able to...

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By Gayathri Vaidyanathan, in EnergyWire 4/15/2014

The New York State Department of Health has tracked the progress of U.S. EPA's hydraulic fracturing study, gathered up information on earthquakes in Ohio and logged information about air pollution in Colorado's oil and gas fields for its long-awaited study on health effects from fracking.

New York health officials considered a collaboration with a Geisinger Health Systems-led study on shale gas development, though it's unclear whether those efforts ever went anywhere.

Documents related to New York's big health study, which has been a lightning rod for controversy, were released to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, a nongovernmental group, in response to a public information request that escalated into a court case.

The documents are the first glimpse at the closely held health study headed by Nirav Shah, the commissioner of health. Shah announced his resignation last week, which is expected to further delay a study that's been ongoing since September 2012. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has kept in place a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing...

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By  Will Boisvert  7/30/13 in The Break Through  

Through much of 2012, the Energiewende, Germany’s pioneering effort to construct an energy system around renewables while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and cutting carbon emissions, was on a roll. Plunging prices and eye-popping production figures for wind and solar power seemed to fulfill all the visionary prognostications. Germany shrugged off the shuttering of nearly half its nuclear plants without a backward glance: not only did it not suffer the predicted power shortages, it boosted electricity exports. Renewable power pushed market prices down and threatened to drive gas- and coal-burning power plants into bankruptcy. The press and the green blogosphere celebrated passed benchmark after shattered milepost, including the day in May when, according to Treehugger.com’s headline, “Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power.”

But statistics on Germany’s electricity sector for the whole of 2012 are now in, and when you look beyond the cherry-picked hype, the results are dismal and disquieting. Despite...

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Jobs and America’s energy independence threatened by the greens

At 8 percent, the California unemployment ratealt is higher than in all but three other states. The Legislature apparently likes it that way. The lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs and inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

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Great research and writing in a cleanly wrapped easy to read package, We really enjoy the weekly follies and never fail to learn something new and insightful. JLCpulse

By David Blackmon in Forbes 4/14/2014

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

 This guy writing for The Atlantic wants the United States to adopt the German model for even more massive subsidies for wind and solar power.  Trouble is, Germany itself abandoned that plan a couple of years ago after electricity bills very, very, very predictably skyrocketed, and the national treasury began to gasp for air.  Does no one at The Atlantic have access to television or the Internet?:  What an Energy Revolution Doesn’t Look Like – With United States politics the way they are, we’re just not experiencing the kind of fast energy transition that Germans see happening all around them each and every day . “The share of renewable electricity in Germany rose from 6 percent to nearly 25 percent in only ten years,” we read. “On sunny and windy days, solar panels and wind turbines now increasingly supply up to half the country’s electricity demand, which no one expected just a few years...

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Here is some news that you will NEVER read in the Binghamton or Ithaca newspapers. The only people aware of this farce are insightful, informed and open to the facts, they have seen the light and  do not the believe in the fiction  produced by the no progress anti environment groups. JLCpulse
 
Nonprofit news venture shares donors with green groups it routinely cites
Offshore fracking in California

Offshore fracking in California / AP

BY:   April 3, 2014 3:00 pm in The Washington Free Beacon

Wealthy foundations fighting oil and gas extraction around the country have...

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Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced there was enough information from the minor seismic event in Mahoning County on March 10th to justify new rules on well stimulation activity in the state. A strictly cautionary measure, ODNR’s new, stronger permit conditions place significant restrictions on developing shale resources near known fault areas or areas with past seismic activity. The new restrictions include both new and previously issued but non developed permits .

“New permits issued by ODNR for horizontal drilling within 3 miles of a known fault or area of seismic activity greater than a 2.0 magnitude would require companies to install sensitive seismic monitors. If those monitors detect a seismic event in excess of 1.0 magnitude, activities would pause while the cause is investigated. If the investigation reveals a probable connection to the hydraulic fracturing process, all well completion operations will be suspended. ODNR will develop new criteria and permit conditions for new applications in light of this change in policy. The department will also review previously issued permits that have not been drilled.”

It is important to note that these types of seismic events are extremely rare, and...

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF

DR. NIRAV SHAH FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

BINGHAMTON – April 10, 2014 - Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We wish Dr. Shah well in his new position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California although we are deeply disappointed that he has not completed his health review on high volume hydraulic fracturing. The State and Dr. Shah appear to have other priorities that do not include the revitalization of our dying communities in the Marcellus shale region. The health impacts of poverty and unemployment seem to be of no concern to our state leaders. Rest assured that Dr. Shah’s departure will have no impact on our lawsuit to compel the State to complete the SGEIS.”

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Marcellus Drilling News 4/10/2014 by Jim Willis

Apparently Dr. Nirav Shah, State Health Commissioner in New York, is tired of being Andrew Cuomo’s tool–Andy’s whipping boy. For more than a year Cuomo has been able to hide behind an unfinished so-called public health review of proposed new fracking rules, proposed by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In what can only be called a conspiracy, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens asked Shah for a review of the SGEIS with an eye to how shale drilling may (or may not) affect this nebulous concept called “the public health.” It’s now obvious that both Martens and Cuomo had set up Shah as the fall guy, requesting (we suspect) that Shah intentionally delay his findings. Shah has been carrying their water for more than a year now. Recently Norse Energy and the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York sued Cuomo, Martens and Shah to force them to finish the health review and release the new drilling regs (see D-Day: JLCNY Files Lawsuit Today Against Cuomo, Martens, Shah).

Yesterday Shah announced he is stepping down from his position in June. He’s had enough of this incestuous mess called New York State politics, and enough of the man-child Andy Cuomo–a pathetic politician who can’t make a decision about...

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Thursday April 10, 2014  By Michael Gormley in Newsday

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's health commissioner, the focus of criticism after three years of indecision over whether to authorize natural gas drilling, is resigning.

The resignation of Dr. Nirav Shah, health commissioner since 2011, also follows the release of documents showing the Health Department failed to inspect some abortion clinics for years. The documents stemmed from a lawsuit by a conservative think tank that first was reported by the New York Post.

Cuomo blamed Shah's departure on the state salary structure. Shah makes $136,000 a year.

"You know, you want one of the best health professionals in the country as the health commissioner. You don't get that for $130,000," Cuomo told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle's editorial board Thursday. "And then you tell the person, 'Work seven days a week and you can't have any other outside income,' and people can only do it for a period of time."

Cuomo denied that Shah resigned because of the pressure to recommend whether the state should approve hydrofracking for natural gas in the upstate Marcellus Shale deposit. Cuomo has said repeatedly he is awaiting Shah's recommendation before deciding the politically divisive issue.

Shah, who announced his resignation Thursday, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. He has accepted a job as senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations for...

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