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Moreau: We shall not be moved (from promoting fracking)

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Karen Moreau, executive director of the state Petroleum Council, is reacting to what might sound to many like defeatist talk from the leader of the Independent Oil & Gas Association, which as noted by Capital NY’s Scott Waldman recently parted ways with its longtime lobbying firm and has cut staff.

Gill told Waldman that IOGA’s membership has dwindled as the companies that had hoped to reap the rich harvest of the Utica shale formation moved on to other states, and conceded that fracking opponents have a ground game that his group can’t match.

Moreau is having none of it, and issued this call back to the barricades — if pro-fracking forces have barricades, that is — “in response to today’s comments by the Executive Director of IOGA of NY”:

“As the largest trade association for the oil and gas industry in the world, representing companies which stand ready to invest in New York for the long term, the NYS Petroleum Council, API and its member companies will not be deterred by the tactics or fraud perpetrated upon the public by radical environmentalists, and renegade groups which would like nothing better than to shut down NY to the benefits natural gas development is bringing over 30 other states. We will vigorously continue to educate the public on the environmental and economic benefits that safe and responsible natural gas development can offer the citizens of NY.

“New York is a state rich in natural gas and is blessed with the geology of the Marcellus and Utica shales which happen to lie beneath some of the poorest regions of our state. We stand with the many landowners and farmers who struggle to keep their homes and farms, with the unemployed of this state who work with their hands and see opportunity denied, and with many of the towns and counties in NY’s southern tier who rejected anti-fracking candidates in last month’s elections and who want to see the moratorium lifted in NY.

“At some point, politics must be set aside and this long delay which has inflicted unnecessary hardship on many struggling families and communities has to end.”


+5 # anthony martino 2013-12-11 15:03
"at some point politics must be set aside"

Obviously she doesn't know andrew cuomo. Facts, economic beneifits to the poor, better schools through taxes on gas , etc etc etc none of that matters. He wouldn't lose 1 minutes sleep if another 1,000 farmers lost their land as long as it meant 1 more vote or dollar for him from the NYC elitest environmentalis ts who fund him and who he is deathly afraid of.
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+7 # Al 2013-12-11 17:25
It does seem that a struggle is tough, and it is. However we do have our day in court coming up. We need to continue to fund the lawsuit. I remember an article in the JLCNY from a person from Colorado of all places stated that if every landowner would just put in 10.00 dollars we would have more than enough to fund the suit. 77,000 landowners @ 10.00 dollars each equals 770,000.00 dollars. We could have this next week and be on our way! We have to continue to remind ourselves of this. I have put in 10.00 per week on average since July 2013, sometimes its tough but I try to catch up. With a group effort it will pay off. Do not give up hope and we need to support each other. Keep donating what you can. This is the time to push forward! It IS the season of giving.
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+3 # Daniel 38 2013-12-12 09:34
Dear Santa
Santa I write you out of dire need for a gift, not a gift for myself but a gift for just one needy man and with that just this one gift so many a family will rejoice and greatly benefit at this Christmas time.
We in the entire State of NY have been the victims of a cold and small hearted villain from Albany NY who has greatly hurt our communities by taking from us our one real chance to improve the quality of life of his fellow man and I know Santa that the violation of your fellow man is one of the greatest sins of man and I am sure that this cold villain is at the very top of you naughty list and was not deserving of any gifts at all this year but still I ask of you Santa to please give this ruthless villain a Christmas present, a present of real HEART, so this villain may start to undo the wrong he has caused to so many families and allow us all to rejoice and prosper as so many other communities already have.
Thank You
New York
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