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Letter to President Trump 4-24-17
Posted: April 25th, 2017

Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on your victory. We are confident that your presidency will restore common sense to government. I am writing with a plea for help for thousands of landowners in Upstate New York who have had their property rights deprived by our state.

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Why does Cuomo keep rejecting pipelines New Yorkers could benefit from?
Posted: April 20th, 2017Why does Cuomo keep rejecting pipelines New Yorkers could benefit from?

The Keystone Pipeline Reuters   Gov. Cuomo banned fracking in New York, and though he has no official say over Pennsylvania, he’s trying to ban it there, too — or at least stop New Yorkers from benefiting. The state Department of Environmental Conservation just nixed National Fuel’s 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline, which was to carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania to [ ... ]

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In Albany, no one is stepping on the tax-and-spend brakes
Posted: April 20th, 2017In Albany, no one is stepping on the tax-and-spend brakes

Andrew Cuomo AP   If spending other people’s money were a golf tournament, New York lawmakers would again be wearing the green jacket. And that includes Republicans as well as Democrats. Alas, throwing around record amounts of cash without regard for our ability to pay or the return on our investment ensures we all lose. Will this horror show never end? Albany’s passage o [ ... ]

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Cuomo’s pipeline policy could leave New York in the dark
Posted: April 20th, 2017Cuomo’s pipeline policy could leave New York in the dark

AP Gov. Andrew Cuomo achieved a political victory earlier this year when he reached an agreement to shutter the Indian Point nuclear facility. While Cuomo has repeatedly claimed that the nuclear plant’s electricity can be replaced with other sources of “clean” energy starting in 2020, the hard reality is that renewables won’t do the trick. Worse, the state is well on it [ ... ]

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$4.24M verdict in Dimock, Pa. drilling lawsuit tossed
Posted: April 4th, 2017

A federal judge has thrown out a $4.24 million jury verdict against one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit alleging Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. contaminated the well water of two families. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson on Friday set aside the verdict reached a year ago by a jury in Scranton, saying the evidence presented by [ ... ]

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Don’t Fear the Frack!
Posted: April 4th, 2017

“I’mnotagainstoilandgas,I’mjustagainstfracking!”ThatisacommonthreadIhearfrommany laypeoplewhenIdiscusstheissue.Withallthenegativepressfromtheanti-frackingmovement,they understandablyfearthattheirwaterisbeingcontaminated.Perhapsifthepublicunderstandshowand whywefrackwells,andseestheevidenceforfracturecontainment,itwilleasetheirconcern................
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Diogenes searching for honest policies, Renewable energy is defective solution in search of a problem, money, and power
Posted: April 4th, 2017

The Greek philosopher Diogenes reportedly carried an oil lamp during the daytime, the better to help him find an honest man. People everywhere should join Congress and the Trump Administration in search of honest energy and climate policies – as too many existing policies were devised by special interests seeking money and power, and often using imaginary problems to justify their quest. Th [ ... ]

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PSC covers up “clean energy” cost
Posted: April 4th, 2017

State regulators last week shot down efforts by utilities to show ratepayers the amount by which their electric bills are being driven up by New York’s new Clean Energy Standard. Under the standard, adopted in August by the state Public Service Commission (PSC) at the urging of Governor Cuomo, utilities and anyone else buying power from the state’s electrical grid must help subsidize  [ ... ]

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Wayne Co. Landowner Welcomes Decision in Dismissed DRBC Lawsuit
Posted: April 4th, 2017

As MDN reported, last week U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani ruled against a Wayne County landowner in a lawsuit that challenged the right of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to stop fracking in the Delaware River Basin (see Judge Tosses Wayne County, PA Landowner Lawsuit Against DRBC). At first blush this may see like a setback for landowners in Wayne and Pike Counties who have been de [ ... ]

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SunEdison files for bankruptcy
Posted: April 4th, 2017

COHOCTON - SunEdison, a global renewable energy development company, that operates and maintains over 100 turbine windmills in Cohocton recently filed bankruptcy. Cohocton Wind and Dutch Hill Wind is owned by Terraforma, an investment agency, according to Jamie Johnson, executive director of the Steuben County IDA. “The company that services and maintains (the windmills), SunEdison just fi [ ... ]

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Lessons in Confronting the Fractivist Jihad
Posted: March 31st, 2017Lessons in Confronting the Fractivist Jihad

Rumored new FERC appointment Rob Powelson offers a lesson in dealing with the fractivist jihad. It starts with not acting like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. We can’t speak highly enough of Rob Powelson, member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and currently the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As we recently reported, Powelson [ ... ]

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H.R.510 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)
Posted: March 31st, 2017

114th CONGRESS
1st Session     H. R. 510   To establish a uniform and more efficient Federal process for protecting property owners’ rights guaranteed by the fifth amendment. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 22, 2015 Mr. Reed introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary A BILL To establish a unifor [ ... ]

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Fracking Lowers Mortgage Defaults, Raises House Prices
Posted: March 28th, 2017Fracking Lowers Mortgage Defaults, Raises House Prices

A study from Clemson University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows fracking lowers mortgage defaults, raises home values and improves FICO scores. It was a little less than six years ago when Ian Urbina, as part of his “Drilling Down” series in the New York Times, wrote a piece entitled “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” Urbina who [ ... ]

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Constitution Pipeline Still Waiting on “Biggie” Court Decision
Posted: March 28th, 2017

Last week MDN brought you the news that a federal judge had dismissed a case brought by the Constitution Pipeline against the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) over the issue of denying water crossing permits for the project (see Federal Judge Rejects Constitution Pipe Request to Bypass NY DEC). What we have since come to understand is that this was one of two lawsuits filed by th [ ... ]

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Financial Stability Board Climate Deceit
Posted: March 21st, 2017

The $1.5-trillion Climate Crisis industry is not about to go quiet into that dark night, or to strut but an hour upon the stage, to then be heard no more. In these desperate times, it is unleashing even more sound and fury, and assaulting new targets, in a frantic effort to expand its heavily subsidized global empire. The Donald Trump administration and Scott Pruitt EPA continue to emphasize foss [ ... ]

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