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Dear Friends, Natural Gas Supporters, and Propane Customers,
Last winter, you as consumers paid more to stay warm because New York’s propane storage infrastructure is out of date. In fact, New Yorkers paid $100 Million more in propane costs, because local dealers had to look as far away as Washington State to find enough propane supply. That is because the State has not approved new propane storage here in New York.
Fortunately, there is a proposed propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes that is shovel ready and can help prevent future propane shortages and price spikes. This project also means new jobs and investment Upstate, and more affordable energy bills for all of us each year.
The project has been awaiting State approval for nearly 5 years. Finally, there is something we can do about it in order to prevent another costly winter.
This Monday, June 9th at 5:30pm, the Schuyler County legislature, which represents the area where the facility would be located, is voting on a resolution to support the project.
Your Attendance is Needed!
If you live or...

Commissioner Martens Rejects Call for "Independent" Health Study of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Announces State Health Commissioner to Assess Health Impacts

"More to come from the JLCNY"

From The DEC Website       For Release: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Statement of Commissioner Joseph Martens

"DEC has been reviewing approximately 80,000 comments submitted concerning the Department's review of high volume hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking). While a wide variety of issues are addressed by the comments, many focus on the potential public health impacts of high volume hydrofracking.

I have had numerous conversations with many of the...

Dimock – Why Wouldn’t Anyone Listen?

For those seeking the information, potential motive and facts about the Dimock Episodes, this is an informative article providing a more intimate view of the events from a local perspective. It would be safe to say, it is about the money, sadly it is always about the money. What does that say about NY politics? JLCpulse.

By Jim Grimsley and Ann VanLenten of Dimock Proud Website
Dimock Township Landowners

Jim and I are residents of Dimock Township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. We would...

The Environmental Defense Fund Comes Out In Support Of Fracking

Rob Wile in Business Insider 9/12/2012

The Environmental Defense Fund's chief counsel has written a blog post detailing the non-profit's support for hydraulic fracturing of natural gas.

The EDF is well known for pouring money into global warming, clean air and oil spill cleanup fights.

In the case of fracking, Brownstein says, it mainly comes down to eliminating coal.

"We fear that those who oppose all natural gas production everywhere are, in effect, making it harder for the U.S. economy...

Frack, Andrew, frack

NEW YORK POST Last Updated: 10:43 PM, September 15, 2012 Posted: September 16, 2012 Editorial

Gov. Cuomo wasn’t exactly letting a dark secret out of the bag last week when he said New York can’t expect to see hydrofracking begin anytime soon.

But it’s discouraging that the governor seems to be in no particular hurry to get the process moving.

Cuomo said last Monday that he won’t set a deadline for the Department of Environmental Conservation to finish its years-long study of the...

Newly unlocked oil reserves ‘a game-changer’ for U.S.

In  By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:54 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2012

WILLISTON, N.D. — In a booming economy, even oil and water can mix.

Chris Duell left his Detroit home at the age of 30 to start a water filtration business in this isolated town just north of the Missouri River.

It was 2008, and more than a mile...

O'Mara: It's Time For D.E.C. To Make Fracking Decision

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Print Story Published: 9/12 5:34 pm Share Updated: 9/12 8:18 pm

Elmira, N.Y. - One New York Senator says its time for New York State to make a decision on fracking.

Senator Tom O'mara says it would be huge for New York to see the kind of revenue Pennsylvania is from gas drilling.

O'mara says politicians have been waiting for the D.E.C.’s report on the effects of fracking for four years now.  He says it's time a decision is made so the appropriate steps can be taken to make sure fracking can be done safely to benefit New Yorkers.

O’Mara said, “We've been fortunate in Elmira and Horseheads along the Pennsylvania border to be able to serve the industry.  That's why we've seen several thousand jobs in the Horseheads area, particularly Schlumberger.  I can only see more jobs coming as we move forward.”

O'Mara says the only negative impacts he'd see from the gas industry coming are a possible housing shortage or damaged roads.

But as a result that would spark new construction for homes and apartments and most municipalities will charge gas companies a fee to repair any damaged roa

Thank You All for the support of the following!!!!Support Needed at Rally

All LAND OWNERS who attended presented a calm, undeniable presence and it is very much appreciated!! We need to stand up more frequently than we have in the recent past. Seems that we may have been too courteous and certianly way too trusting of our state leadership!! THANK YOU

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,

Over the past several weeks I’ve been hearing stronger and stronger words of impatience, frustration, and anger from supporters upset by the latest

Hyrofracking Poll - Numbers Are Up

Hydrofracking section of Quinnipiac University poll

September 12, 2012 - New York Voters Want Cuomo To Clean Up Corruption, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Upstate Voters Tip State In Favor Of Drilling


By a narrow 45 - 41 percent, New York State voters say the economic benefits of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale outweigh the environmental concerns. Republicans support drilling 72 - 16 percent while Democrats are opposed 54 - 31 percent and independent...

Forget the Press, Here is what the Governor said

Excerpt from the Fred Dicker's Radio show in the form of the transcript of the interview for the period of time in question:

Date: Monday, September 10, 2012
Time Frame
: 45:05 – 47:38

Dicker: Let me ask you about some other pending things, the hydrofracking decision – It was expected in the spring, it was expected in the summer then around Labor Day and now it’s after Labor Day; what’s the latest on that? If you could tell us?

Cuomo: I don’t think any recent developments – they are working...

Lenape’s Holko Discusses Natural Gas and Party Platforms

Both the Republicans and the Democrats mentioned natural gas production in their 2012 party platforms, calling it a path towards energy independence and a way to create new jobs. The Independent Oil and Gas Association has been using those same arguments for allowing hydrofracking in New York. Lenape Resources president John Holko explains why he’s tired of waiting for the DEC to finish their...

Drillers pay nearly $200 million in 2011 impact fees

BY ROBERT SWIFT (HARRISBURG BUREAU CHIEF)  Published: September 11, 2012    The Times\

HARRISBURG - Marcellus Shale drillers have paid nearly $200 million in impact fees for natural gas production during 2011, state utility regulators reported Monday.

The Public Utility Commission released the first report of impact fee revenue from thousands of wells in the Marcellus Shale formation since Pennsylvania's drilling impact fee was enacted in March.

The PUC received fees...

California fracturing takes less water than Texas

Saturday, September 8, 2012 | Updated: Saturday, September 8, 2012 7:47pm in Houston Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO - In Pennsylvania, the practice of hydraulic fracturing for each well can consume 4.5 million gallons of water, the liquid pumped deep underground to crack rocks that contain natural gas.

In parts of Texas, fracturing a well often takes 6 million gallons.

But in California, where fracking is starting to spread, the average amount of water involved is just 164,000 gallons...

Just What is a Taking

I suspect that although New York has been careful to not ban the use of our land outright, that  none the less they are walking a razor edge as they deprive us of the right to use our land. One would think that this would be especially so while other states across the nation are not denying their landowner rights to drill horizontally and then hydraulically fracture the casings. There is no history of issues, just the dark fears of a group of one topic zealots with lots of money generously...

Town officials urge Cuomo to approve shale gas drilling

Associated Press
Published 10:10 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 in Times

ALBANY — Town officials and landowners eager for shale gas drilling to begin in the Southern Tier are pressing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve an environmental review that's been four years in the making.

"This issue has been going on for four years," Binghamton town Supervisor Tim Whitesell said Thursday. "We understand the politics involved. But at the same time we are in a position where our residents...

S. Africa lifts moratorium on shale gas exploration

By Wendell Roelf  9/7/2012

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa has lifted a moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo region, where the extraction technique of "fracking" might help tap some of the world's biggest reserves of the energy source and deliver a big boost to the local economy.

Collins Chabane, a minister in the President's office , said the cabinet had decided to lift the moratorium, imposed in April last year, after a study eased safety concerns over...

Here we go again, please make your displeasure known.

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,

We are facing some of the most difficult days of our four-year fight to protect our rights and to begin natural gas development in NY. We have worked ourselves to the bone and sacrificed so much over the last four years. We held our breath, waiting for Governor Cuomo to keep his word to release the SGEIS by the end of the summer -- by Labor Day -- etc. Despite positive comments from our leaders in Albany, we are still...

State's gas production substantial, but falling

11:06 PM, Sep. 5, 2012 by Steve Reilly in
While New York’s decision on hydrofracking still hangs in the balance, the Southern Tier hasn't quite dried up as a source of conventionally drilled natural gas.

Production figures for 2011, recently released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation following a half-year waiting period, show the Trenton-Black River formation is still supplying billions of cubic feet of natural gas at wells in Chemung, Chenango and...

Guest Viewpoint: Gas drilling helps farmers re-invest in community

Written by Jackie Root in OPED in
Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations in New York should have no effect on yogurt production. What a relief — I love Greek yogurt!

The Guest Viewpoint “Yogurt Industry, fracking don’t mix” portrayed a Pennsylvania dairy industry on the verge of ruin because of shale gas development, but it makes assumptions based on numbers that do not match the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports cited.

I live in Tioga...

Land Owner Call to Action

Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,
This is an URGENT CALL TO ACTION! We need your immediate assistance. Despite all of the positive news about the potential release of the final SGEIS, we have been advised by credible sources that the Governor has been asked to delay the release of the SGEIS until after the November elections. While the final decision to delay has not yet been made, we believe it is crucial for you to call the Governor...

West Virginia Natural Gas Video

State Considering Studying Health Impacts of Fracking

This would be humourous if it was not so likely. How in the h--- anyone studies something that does not exist, based under what regulations, construction policies, geology types etc is well beyond my comprehension. Seems that a study is one more delay tactic and that we indeed have failed leadership in this not so great state. That giant sucking sound is our leadership sipping on the proceeds gained by their lack of action. Possibly it could be landowners and farmers sinking in property taxes...

Time’s Up (The story of a failure to lead ?)

Last Updated: 12:25 AM, September 4, 2012  Posted: September 04, 2012       NY Post Editorial

With Labor Day over and summer near an end, Gov. Cuomo is out of excuses: It’s time to fish or cut bait on fracking.

Cuomo’s been governor for 20 months now. Even before taking office, he signaled support for fracking, a process of extracting natural gas from underground shale.

Yet fracking — which can bring countless jobs and investment to New York — continues to be illegal in the...

Dear Governor Cuomo – Please Save Us with Natural Gas

2012 September 2
by EID Guest Blogger
Sondra Bauernfeind
Retired Schoolteacher, Sullivan County, New York
The following is a letter I recently sent our Governor, Andrew Cuomo in an appeal for action to address Sullivan County, New York’s long pressing economic development crisis. I offer it in the hope others will also write him and share their sentiments as well. The time for action on our economic crisis is now and the remedy is right before our eyes – natural gas. Please...

Read and Heed!!Guest Viewpoint: Fracking is too dangerous for Tier to be N.Y. test area

NO ONE I KNOW WOULD AGREE WITH THIS POSITION, but it is better that you are very aware and take appropriate steps to make sure his voice is silenced in November. We have more than enough restrictions holding us back, don't let these folks deny  your constitutional rights!!  Also do not forget to cancel your subscription to any Gannett publication in this area, they have no idea what is news, rest assured you will not see a pro gas endorsement on their pages. JLCpulse

Written by Dan Lamb in...

America’s Energy Seen Adding 3.6 Million Jobs Along With 3% GDP

By Asjylyn Loder,, August 12, 2012

On the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, about an hour upstream from New Orleans, the outline of Nucor Corp. (NUE)’s new $750 million iron-processing plant is rising between fields of sugar cane and sweet gum trees.

Surveying the facility from the road, Michael Eades, president of Ascension Economic Development Corp., says it’s part of a wave of investment lured by low natural gas prices to this stretch of Louisiana’s industrial...

Bloomberg says NYC needs more natural gas

7:06 AM, Aug. 28, 2012 |  Written by  The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has released a study finding that more natural gas is critical for the city to improve air quality and public health.

Bloomberg’s announcement on Monday came on the heels of a Washington Post opinion piece in which he expressed support for expanded natural gas drilling. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to decide soon whether to allow shale gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing...

Review Shows Slottje and CEDC May Be Violating New York Legal Standards

Found in EID on website

by JD Krohn

Attorney David Slottje, as any reader of this blog knows, has been traversing Upstate New York encouraging towns to enact resolutions limiting natural gas development. What began as bans turned into moratoriums, but the intent has remained the same.  That is to implement as many actions as possible in support of the Community Environmental Defense Council’s mission of protecting “land, air, water, health, and quality of life threatened by resource...

US Department of Energy findings on Natural Gas

Fracking is too important to foul up

By Michael R. Bloomberg and George P. Mitchell, Published: AUGUST 23, 8:14 PM ET in Washington Post Opinions

In Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and even Texas, there is a fundamental debate over “fracking” — the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock that, together with horizontal drilling, unleashes abundant natural gas. Mostly, it’s the loud voices at the extremes who are dominating the debate: those who want either no fracking or no additional regulation of it. As usual, the voices in the...

It’s a fracker-jack idea: ex-energy big

Bill’s Energy czar backs gov’s path

By CARL CAMPANILE in NY Post   Last Updated: 3:31 AM, August 23, 2012    Posted: 2:05 AM, August 23, 2012

Former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson gave a qualified endorsement yesterday to Gov. Cuomo’s effort to pursue fracking.

“Natural gas is the future. It is here,” said Richardson, who headed the Energy Department under former President Bill Clinton.

Richardson’s expression of support for the exploration of shale drilling for natural gas came...

NYers frack & forth: poll

Folks, this is not going to happen without some effort on our part. The antis are bombarding Albany, and perhaps with some effect. When was the last time you communicated your position to the DEC and governor? JLCpulse


By ERIK KRISS Bureau Chief   NY Post   Last Updated: 2:13 AM, August 22, 2012  Posted: 12:18 AM, August 22, 2012

ALBANY — New Yorkers are fractured down the middle when it comes to fracking, a new poll has found.

A Siena College survey released yesterday found that 39...

The Ten Reasons To Love Natural Gas

Robert Lenzner, Forbes Staff in Forbes  8/21/2012

Here is the most promising development in the American economy. Period! The discovery of oceans of natural gas in North America means a vastly cheaper source of energy, the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs, a meaningful reduction in global warming, a much diminished balance of payments deficit, a far stronger dollar, a jump in the profits of the electric utilities, who will then raise their cash dividend payouts, which will...

DEP lets Cabot resume Dimock fracking

By Laura Legere (Staff Writer)  Scranton Times Tribune. Published: August 22, 2012

The state Department of Environmental Protection has granted Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. permission to resume hydraulic fracturing in an area of Dimock Twp. nearly 2½ years after methane contamination prompted regulators to shut down the natural gas driller's operations there.

Cabot's drilling remains on hold in the 9-square-mile area, but the state on Tuesday permitted the company to hydraulically fracture...

The energy subsidy tally: Wind and solar get the most taxpayer help for the least production

Credit: The Wall Street Journal | 17 August 2012 ~~ found in National Wind Watch

President Obama traveled to Iowa Tuesday and touted wind energy subsidies as the path to economic recovery. Then he attacked Mitt Romney as a tool of the oil and gas industry. “So my attitude is let’s stop giving taxpayer subsidies to oil companies that don’t need them, and let’s invest in clean energy that will put people back to work right here in Iowa,” he said. “That’s a choice in this...

Is Natural Gas a Sustainable Threat to Coal?

Louisville, Ky.   Aug 16, 2012 By Lindsay Morris in Power Engineering

As the power industry faces record low natural gas prices and a number of federal regulations aimed at cleaning up coal power, the battle between natural gas and coal is raging full-force. During a session at the COAL-GEN Conference and Exhibition in Louisville, Ky. on Aug. 16, speakers focused on answering the question, “Natural Gas: Is the Threat to Coal Sustainable?”

Dave Hughes, president of Global Sustainability...

AP IMPACT: CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low

EVIN BEGOS in Associated Press
Published: 8/16/2012

FILE - in this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from...

Obama's backdoor attack on fracking

Examiner Editorial in   The Washington Examiner August 13, 2012 | 8:00 pm

When President Obama's regulatory apparatus takes the side of environmentalists against the workers and consumers who must bear the consequences of his decisions, his green enforcers are usually the U.S. Department of the Interior or the Environmental Protection Agency. In the rare instance, as with the Keystone Pipeline, it is the State Department that delivers the crippling blow. But where these agencies have...

Natural gas: Why we all have a stake

A well written and insightful piece of prose, written for an Ohio Newspaper, that is well worth the time to read.
Newsflash-- New York State is NOT the center of the universe. The gas and oil we use must come from somewhere and as New Yorkers we pay a big price for our limited political insights, socially and economically. Our state would be far better off if we harvested the gas under our feet and took advantage of the reduced costs we would experience, together with...

The next oil revolution - and its impact-

By Chrystia Freeland in  Reuters 8/9/2012

NEW YORK Aug 9 (Reuters) - Forget America's fiscal cliff, Europe's currency troubles or the emerging-markets slowdown. The most important story in the global economy today may well be some good news that isn't yet making as many headlines - the coming surge in oil production around the world.

Until very recently, our collective assumption was that oil was running out. That was partly a matter of what seemed like geological common sense. It took...

In Energy Push, Cuomo Promotes Balance

On Capital Tonight, YNN

Speaking at Fort Drum today to promote the ReEnergy Coal Plant today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tied expanding the state’s energy options to growing the economy.

Cuomo ostensibly was answering a question on whether communities should have the option of not allowing renewable energy projects in their municipalities such as wind power.

The governor agreed that “home rule” was an essential fact of life for local governments here in New York, but said there has to be a

How some upstate environmentalists came to embrace fracking

By Sarah Laskow in

12:34 pm Aug. 9, 2012

ITHACA—Sitting on the porch of the ecolodge he's building, Bob Lyon pointed up the hill in front of us.

"That's where the company drilled the well," he said. "We sat here for a months with the tower blinking and the compressor hissing, all summer long."

Lyon's ecolodge is going up in New York's Southern Tier, on top of one of the thickest, most potentially lucrative sections of the Marcellus Shale, which is 

Some natural gas truths get platform

I believe that this quote,"We are aware there are those people who will never accept those tenets regarding the natural gas industry. That is their right. But it is the right of others to attempt to tell a practical story about how the industry really works and that is what the "Truthland" project presentation was about." taken from the following August 5th oped represents what I think is the essence of Truthland. It gets straight to the point about the other side of the story and is...

Marcellus will be the nation's No. 1 producer

The gas field is about to overtake a similarly rich formation in Arkansas and Texas.

By Kevin Begos in Associated Press 8/6/2012

PITTSBURGH - The Marcellus Shale is about to become the most productive natural gas field in the United States, according to new data from energy industry analysts and the federal government.

Though serious drilling began only five years ago, the sheer volume of Marcellus production suggests that in some ways there's no going back, even as New York debates...

Pa. environmental chief locks horns with activists

August 05, 2012|By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer in

Michael Krancer, Gov. Corbett's chief environmental regulator, seems to delight in doing battle with critics of the state's oversight of the Marcellus Shale gas boom.

In May, Krancer said that Delaware "smells like the tail of a dog" because of its opposition to drilling regulations proposed for the Delaware River Basin. In a congressional hearing, he challenged a Cornell University scientist to a duel over...

Limited hydrofracking on the way

An interesting bit of prose, however not confirmed by any official channels so treat it as what it is, a set of comments by Mr LeBrun,  who is attributed with the writing,  who may not be all that pleased by any approvals that may take place.JLCpulse

August 3, 2012 Fred LeBrun in
For those desperately hoping against hope that high volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas will be blocked from coming into New York state, sorry. For you, the...

Who's Behind The Popular Fracking Resolution?

Story Updated: Aug 3, 2012 WBNG Binghamton, NY

Colesville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's called resolution 59.12. It's become a popular piece of legislation circulating around local municipalities.

It says that no moratorium on hydraulic fracturing will be put in place before the state of New York has made it's decision.

But what is it and who's behind it?

Resolution 59.12 basically puts the decision in the hands of the state.

It's being circulated by the Joint...

Rewarded for breast-cancer lies

I really hope that no one walks around wondering what has happened to the United States of America. Or wondering why New York State is in such a deep and declining financial position. I think the simple answer revolves around I’ve got mine and I want yours too, polarization of all types, good and evil, right or wrong; and accepting the premise that the end justifies the means mentality.

Truth is truth all day long every day; we can never get together as individuals or as a nation when one...

Lenape Letter Calling On DEC to do its job

Attached as a PDF is John C. Holkos' letter on Lenape Resourses letterhead to the DEC demanding that state law be followed. We as landowners need to support this bold action in pushing the issues of taking to the forefront. There is no doubt that John Holko has been wronged by the community in which he has operated for years and the feckless non action by the NYS govenor, attorney general and the DEC  that works at the govenors command. Please drop him a line and thank him for his courage, his...

Driller to NY: Stop the local fracking bans or we'll sue

12:25 PM, Jul. 31, 2012 Written by MARY ESCH in Associated Press

A natural gas drilling company is taking a new tack in the industry’s fight against local drilling bans: It’s threatening to sue if New York regulators don’t step in and extinguish the prohibitions.

John Holko, president of Lenape Resources, sent a letter Thursday to state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens saying a moratorium prohibiting natural gas development in the Livingston County town...

Colorado Attorney General's office objects to eight provisions, including residential drilling ban


How interesting that the reputed center of the universe and all things good and wonderful , New York State, does not take the same position to protect its landowners and businesses from action by local communities with restricted views and indifference to state law and landowner rights. Do not believe that there is nothing to do but to dream of better times and more courage from our political leaders. We could and should of course remind our leaders over and over that we are here and will be...

Look who’s cooking with gas

From an anti-fracking group, hypocrisy of the first order

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 4:09 AM Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg

Anti-fracking activists are trying to have it both ways — ban drilling but keep on using gas.

A group of anti-fracking foodies threw an interesting fund-raiser at the Brooklyn Winery last week.

Their gimmick was to showcase the culinary bounty of the upstate region that’s allegedly in jeopardy if Gov. Cuomo green-lights gas drilling in the...

PA Governor Corbett Appeals Commonwealth Court Decision on New Marcellus Shale Law

Published: Friday, Jul. 27, 2012 - 2:00 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the state has appealed to the state Supreme Court yesterday's Commonwealth Court split decision which set aside key provisions of the state's new Marcellus Shale law.

"The provisions struck down by the Commonwealth Court are critically important for job creators who are employing more than 240,000

EDITORIAL: Fracking flop

EPA report undercuts hysterical claims leveled against gas production

The anti-affordable energy crowd has suffered another setback. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released the results of extensive testing that found nothing toxic in the water in Dimock, Pa. That’s the town where the anti-drilling documentary “Gasland” filmed dramatic images of a homeowner lighting his tap water on...

‘Predatory’ shale drillers in Ohio legislator's sights

This is the first portion of an article in Columbus Business First which requires a subscription for the full article. You may be interested in lots more since it relates to regulation of the gas companies with regard to minimum royalties of 15%. JLCpulse

Jeff Bell   Staff reporter-  Columbus Business First

State Rep. Mark Okey is trying to turn up the heat on Republican leaders at the Statehouse to get behind a bill to protect landowners from oil and natural gas companies developing the...

US Chamber of Commerce to promote shale boom in campaign

By Ayesha Rascoe in Reuters

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday launched its first major salvo in support of shale oil and gas development, unveiling a campaign promoting the economic benefits of the booming energy sector that is under fire from environmentalists.

The powerful business group will be running newspaper and radio ads in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia where the shale gas boom has sharply boosted drilling.


EPA: Water safe in Pa. town despite fracking

Written by Kevin Begos in Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it has completed tests on drinking water in the northeastern Pennsylvania village of Dimock and has determined it is safe to drink, despite the claims of some residents who say it has been polluted by gas drilling.

The EPA said in a statement that it doesn’t plan further tests, and that there’s no need to provide residents with alternative supplies of drinking water.

Dimock resident Ray...

Surprising Revelations about Cuomo’s Fracking Plan

Found in Marcellus Drilling News July 25, 2012      No attribution to an author

Gov. Cuomo’s rumored plan to begin horizontal hydraulic fracturing of shale for oil and gas (mostly gas) in New York State is an important issue that threatens to fracture the alliance of those of us on the pro-drilling side of the debate. Many people (including MDN) are rightly outraged that not all landowners in all areas of the state will be given the opportunity to participate in drilling—at lease

U.S. says shale gas output rose 24% in May from year earlier

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:34 am by Bloomberg in Natural Gas, Shale

Natural-gas production from shale formations rose in May on increased supplies from the Marcellus deposit even after prices fell to a 10-year low, Energy Department data show.

Total output from shale formations in the continental U.S. averaged 25.58 billion cubic feet a day in May, 24 percent higher than a year earlier and up 1.7 percent from April, according to slides that accompany a presentation the department...

U.S. Says New York State Can’t Sue Over Fracking Regulations

By Tiffany Kary - Jul 24, 2012 3:55 PM ET in Bloomberg

The U.S. said a New York State lawsuit seeking fuller review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the state’s water supply should be dismissed because the multistate commission responsible for the watershed isn’t a U.S. agency.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, created in 1961 by New York and three other states and the federal government, is responsible for rules governing the natural gas-extraction process...

Debate is often long on emotion, short on facts

Basically the same as a previously posted article form a different geographic area. This is news that is gaining some traction nationally that specifically mentions the inaccuracies of Josh Fox's reporting in his newest misrepresentation of alleged facts. JLCpulse

By Bob Downing Published: July 23, 2012 in

From the Associated Press and reporter Kevin Begos:

PITTSBURGH — In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts...

Mark Perry on David Letterman’s Rant On Fracking

Click on the link below to see the video

By Mark Perry updated July 21, 2012 | More Posts By | Author's Website
Watch David Letterman’s two-minute rant above on the “greedy oil and gas companies of this country” who are trying “to squeeze every little last ounce of oil and gas out of previously pumped wells by injecting the substrata of our...

Experts: Some fracking critics use bad science

By KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press – 7/23/2012

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.

Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution, and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties. But some of the claims have little — or nothing— to back them.

For example, reports that breast cancer rates rose in...

GE to develop in-home natural gas fueling station

July 19, 2012
By Dorothy Davis
With natural gas prices hitting decade-low prices earlier this year, General Electric (NYSE: GE), in partnership with Chart Industries and scientists at the University of Missouri, announced plans to develop a system for rapidly refueling natural gas-powered cars in the home.
GE plans to develop a system that will attach to domestic natural gas lines to compress gas and refuel a tank in less than an hour. Ideally, the device would ultimately cost no...

Delaware may get gas drilling commission

A very local story with statewide implications. Seems wise to look for the solutions together rather than simply shutdown what may be the best opportunity for upstate NY in decades based on the specious arguments of a few well supported( The Park Foundation) very vocal and blustery anti drilling opponents.JLCpulse

By Anne Willard in The River Reporter

July 18, 2012 —

A virtually unprecedented crowd of over 75 people jostled into the tiny, sweltering Town of Delaware Town Hall on Wednesday...

Plunge In CO2 Output Due To Natural Gas Fracking


The most underreported recent environmental story has been the dramatic decline in energy-related carbon emissions — nearly back to mid-1990s levels, and falling.

Maybe it's because that story just doesn't fit the left's mantra that traditional energy sources are destroying the environment.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) June energy report says that energy-related carbon...

Nationwide Insurance continues avoiding shale gas fracking risks

July 16, 2012  By: Robert Magyar in

This past Friday, Nationwide Insurance issued a release stating, “Nationwide's personal and commercial lines insurance policies were not designed to provide coverage for any fracking-related risks.” The release further stated, “From an underwriting standpoint, we do not have a comfort level with the unique risks associated with the fracking process to provide coverage at a reasonable price."

While shale gas industry front groups...

Obama makes pitch for safe gas drilling

By Jim Provance / Block News Alliance  in Post

CINCINNATI -- President Barack Obama said at a campaign event Monday that the nation should "welcome" the natural gas exploration boom and hydraulic fracturing technology as part of the answer to making the United States less dependent on foreign oil.

"Natural gas actually burns cleaner than some other fossil fuels," the Democratic incumbent said in reply to an audience question. "It's an ideal energy source that we potentially...

Get drilling rules right

Get drilling rules right By BRIAN MCMAHON in NYPost

Gov. Cuomo and New York’s environmental regulators should soon issue final regulations on shale-gas development in the Southern Tier. Here’s hoping they do so with force and precision — because even a hint of uncertainty could badly undermine prospects for natural-gas-related economic growth.

Without question, gas drilling promises significant economic benefits. States that have allowed such drilling — including Pennsylvania, Ohio...

REVIEW & OUTLOOK:: The Shale Gas Secret

By at July 14, 2012 | 12:45 am | in WSJ

REVIEW & OUTLOOK:: The Shale Gas Secret – WSJ

‘Whoever owns the soil, it’s theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell.” So goes the ancient common-law principle. Today, however, almost no major country recognizes full subsurface private property rights, except for the United States.

We mention this because that blessing of American jurisprudence helps explain one of the few bright patches in the Obama economy—the booming production of shale gas and, increasingly, oil. The U.S. ranked...

Misinformation Campaign Targets Hydraulic Fracturing

WLF Legal Backgrounder-Misinformation Campaign Targets Hydraulic Fracturing- By Steve Everley
July 13, 2012 (Vol. 27 No. 13)

"What's in a name?" asked Juliet of her dear, sweet Romeo. It was a fitting question, as the eternal conflict between the Montagues and Capulets stemmed not from any real or qualitative differences, but rather from simple family tradition. Tensions borne of simple misperceptions can and often do eventually subside, but traditions have much stronger staying power, and...

Key points confirming what JLCNY believes the Gov's statements to mean ON HOME RULE

The state, not local communities, will set the standards and issue permits for development. Only the state, and specifically, the Department of Environmental Conservation, has the adequate know-how to oversee natural gas production.  We remain confident that the Governor is supporting clear state led regulation and permitting of natural gas development.


The process has to start somewhere, and as was stated by DEC Commissioner Martens and now by the Governor, they will...

Resolutions supporting DEC's fracking decision spread

Credit Matt Richmond / WSKG
All eyes were on the Windsor Town Board on Wednesday as they took public comments on a resolution in favor of the DEC's authority over fracking.

Outside Wednesday’s town board meeting in Windsor, drilling advocates handed out pro-drilling stickers. About 150 people showed up and most of them put a sticker on.

The issue on that night was Resolution 24 - the...

US insurer won't cover gas drill fracking exposure

If this was not so serious it would be funny. Nationwide, not on your side?? A national insurance company suddenly getting a bur in their saddle over a world wide industry technology without regard for the science, actual risk and historic risk profile does not speak well for that company. JLCNY has been actively involved and searching for insurance options that will cover all landowner's with gas well/line exposure on their properties for all risks. Additionally if the contracts between the...

Fracking moratorium in Avon prompts gas company to shut wells

Posted at: 07/09/2012 10:54 PM   By: Associated Press |

In the latest salvo in local battles over gas drilling, a company said Monday it's shutting down wells and turning off the free gas to landowners in a western New York town that passed a moratorium on drilling.

Local sentiment for or against gas drilling has taken on greater significance in New York since the Cuomo administration said the state Department of Environmental Conservation

Broome towns facing opposition to fracking resolutions



By Steve Reilly in Press and Sun Bulletin

Town of Sanford resident Diana Vanderbilt, who favors a local moratorium on natural gas drilling, said she was surprised to learn recently that her town board had already adopted an official stance on the issue...

Delaware supports safe, responsible drilling

This is certainly not new news but it is important none the less.The process of assuring the benefit of your property rights is not a slam dunk and is by no means a passive pursuit. It seems that what most land owners feel is the law of the land, is not the law of the noisy and pushy anti drilling crowd. If you want the ability to take advantage of your property rights you need to get up out of the chair, or the fields if that is where you spend your time and visit your town board meeting. They...

Hydrofracking issue in New York falls to an environmentalist

Glenn Coin / The Post-Standard    Posted:  07/03/2012 7:27 AM
When Joseph Martens was president of the Open Space Institute in 2010, he said the state’s next top environmental regulator would have the “monumental” decision of whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Today, Martens is that regulator, and that monumental decision is his. Appointed commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation last year, Martens must now make the call on...

Statement clarifying JLCNY Interpretation of NYT article and resulting turmoil.

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,

Attached below please find the JLCNY’s statement clarifying our interpretation of the potential final SGEIS and plan for permitting.
Please share this with your fellow supporters.
The three main bullets in this memo simply reinforce our must haves within the statewide guidelines. They represent our interpretation of the potential plan to finalize the SGEIS and begin development in NYS. These principles have been reflected in...

Encana Expands in Michigan Shale Chesapeake Is Abandoning

By Joe Carroll - Jun 27, 2012 12:00 AM ET

Print QUEUEQ..Encana Corp. (ECA), which is probing allegations it colluded to rig land auctions in Michigan, has been expanding in the state’s burgeoning shale-exploration region after one-time rival Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) decided to quit the area.
Encana paid about $185 an acre for the rights to drill oil and natural-gas wells on 2,156 acres (873 hectares) at an auction last month by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 88...

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plotted with its top competitor to suppress land prices

Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:47am EDT

(Reuters) - Under the direction of CEO Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake Energy Corp. plotted with its top competitor to suppress land prices in one of America's most promising oil and gas plays, a Reuters investigation has found.
In emails between Chesapeake and Encana Corp, Canada's largest natural gas company, the rivals repeatedly discussed how to avoid bidding against each other in a public land auction in Michigan two years ago and in at least nine...

Marcellus Shale: Governor Cuomo its Time to Approve!!

Posted by Joe Heaney & Michael J. McEachern on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 in Walden Associates

Friday June 15, 2012

Marcellus ShaleThe Marcellus Shale is in the news again as NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support for natural gas drilling in upstate Counties subject to local approvals by municipalities (NY Times June 13, 2012). The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a document called Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program

JLCNY Statement on drilling area articles


There has been a lot of attention to a recent New York Times article that laid out a possible scenario for moving forward with natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region.

The key aspect of this report was the idea that the Cuomo administration will give preference to a limited number of communities that have passed resolutions in favor of responsible drilling.

There has been a mixed response to this report. Some are upset about it...

Adding fuel to Capitol Hill fire

The Washington Times Op Ed  By Thomas J. Pyle

Businessman T. Boone Pickens and other proponents of energy subsidies claim Congress must subsidize the conversion of trucks to natural gas in order for companies to convert from petroleum-based fuels to less expensive natural gas. But contrary to Mr. Pickens‘ claims, this transition is happening already without government subsidies.

Fortune 500 company Waste Management recently announced that over the next five years, 80 percent of the trucks...

King Coal Has Lost Its Crown To Natural Gas (For Good), Despite Further Price Decline Forecast

By Moran Zhang in International Times Daily 6/22/2012

While coal has powered the 19th-century Industrial Revolution, heated homes and generated electricity, the era of "King Coal" has come to an end.

In the last five years, the fuel mix of the U.S. electric power sector has undergone a dramatic shift away from coal and to natural gas, as natural gas prices have plummeted to record-low levels.

The share of electricity generated by burning coal in the U.S. has fallen in March (most

The Arithmetic Of Shale Gas

By Christopher Helman in Forbes

There are a few societal costs to the development of shale gas. Potential contamination of groundwater, complications in treating and recycling water used in fracking. Then there’s air pollution from leaking methane (a potent greenhouse gas) and from the diesel-powered rigs and trucks involved in drilling.

But all things considered the benefits of shale gas appear to outweigh the costs. Many utilities are finding that burning natural gas to generate...

Guest Viewpoint: Drilling opponents not able to stick to objective science

Commentary, Press Connects by Robert Tiberio

As I read anti-gas opinions, I often think, "There you go again."

Drilling opponents with little apparent knowledge of the gas industry, geology or health statistics ignore science-based studies and constantly repeat discredited anecdotes and scary news reports about "possible" health effects. Predictably, they just assume that drilling will contaminate water supplies. But assumptions aren't facts.

Starting at the earth's surface, New York's...

New York landowners’ story portrayed in film

Melissa deCordova, Press Sun Bulletin 6/13/2012

BINGHAMTON – Former Pennsylvania Department of Environment Secretary John Hanger makes his inaugural visit to New York to discuss natural gas issues at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn at 2-8 Hawley Street in Binghamton.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) and the Broome County Farm Bureau. Local elected officials will attend and have an opportunity to ask former Secretary Hanger

Scott Kurkoski 06/14/2012

Libous, Skelos say drilling In Southern Tier would help economy

3:08 PM, Jun. 13, 2012 |

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Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his deputy Thomas Libous praised a potential move forward by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow limited hydraulic fracturing in the Southern Tier, saying the drilling would be a boon for the region.

“I think for the Southern Tier of the state, this is a huge potential job creator. If DEC comes out...

Cuomo Plan Would Limit Gas Drilling to a Few Counties in New York

Published: June 13, 2012 New York Times

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania, and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology.

The plan, described by a senior official at the State Department of Environmental Conservation and others with

For Cuomo, N.Y.'s fracking fight has national implications

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, June 11, 2012

NEW YORK -- Experts with an eye on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's presidential ambition say the first-term Democrat is facing a stern political test that could go a long way toward determining his viability as a national candidate. That homegrown fight is over hydraulic fracturing.

Whether Cuomo will run for the White House in 2016 is a no-brainer to political veterans here. They say the popular, middle-of-the-road son of former Gov. Mario...

The Bright Side to New Yorks Long Delays

The bright side, if there is one to NY delaying land owner rights, is the fact that landowners have grown better educated on the dangers related to gas leasing. Thats about it folks!  The down side is that there are no gas companies knocking on our doors making any offers at all. We have huge opportunity costs that will never be recovered. Lost farms, lost property, lost dreams, unpaid college bills and the list goes on. Keep your focus folks , do not let up until our rights are restored! On...

Fracking in Ohio Sparks Real Estate Rebound: Mortgages

This article could be about any number of upstate New York Cities which have been struggling for years with the decline caused by high taxes pushed down by Albany onto county tax payers. I would love to read a similar article about Binghamton, or Elmira or Corning. Change steel to glass or the defence industry. JLCpulse

By Brian Louis - Jun 11, 2012 12:00 AM ET IN Bloomberg

The clamor of bulldozers on a patch of former farmland in rural Carroll County, Ohio makes Glenn...

The Landowners’ Lease

The oil and gas boom has arrived in the Upper Ohio River Valley, and landowners wise to concerns of “fracking” are learning how to get the most from their mineral leases.


As New York state ponders hydrofracking, Auburn overturns ban on gas drilling waste water at municipal treatment plant

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 8:13 PM     Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 8:21 AM

Syracuse, N.Y. -- The Auburn City Council voted last week to overturn its ban on gas drilling waste water at its treatment plant and to start taking the water again.

Two days earlier, the Niagara Falls City Council had voted to ban all natural gas drilling activity in the city, including allowing trucks

Weston Solution's Evaluation of Split Sample Results Taken During EPA's Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Hydraulic Fracturing Study Finds No Impact From Marcellus Shale Gas Activities To Water Sources

5/29/2012 7:45 AM On Chesapeake website

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently conducting a national study to determine if hydraulic fracturing has any impact on drinking water sources. As part of a larger study, the EPA is conducting five focused retrospective studies in separate areas across the country including Bradford County, Pennsylvania.

Samples were taken in Bradford County during the study’s first round of sampling in October and November 2011. In a...

AntiGas/Anti Jobs/Pro Ryan the most clearly defined piece of his platform.

Frankly I cannot imagine a mature adult wasting their vote for Tarik Abdelazim this fall. His only experience is under a mayor with less than stellar performance and an abundance of far out ideas and failed actions related to the implementation of those wasted dreams. This county has been in decline for the last 40 years and this guy has no viable plan for tomorrow much less the next 4 years. We need creative realistic thinkers who are wise and mature enough to look at all options not just...

A Timely and Significant Letter to the Editor!

A thoughtful and timely letter by a young man to the editor of the Corning Leader that may or may not be published by them. These words of wisdom need to be spoken or shared  over and over again to the environmental extremists, their blind followers and the politicians who listen and cater to them. They should be picked up and spread to and by the long suffering landowners who need to finally find their voices and get going on defending their rights. By the gas companies who seem terminally...

Sleight of hand in Erie environmental petition

EID Special to the Denver Post 5/31/12


A small group of environmental activists made the news last week with a petition against natural gas development in Erie. About 10 people, including the activists and their children, delivered copies of the petition to Encana Corporation's U.S. headquarters in Denver and Gov. John Hickenlooper's office, and made sure TV cameras came along for the ride. The petition included about 21,000 names gathered over the Internet, which sure sounds like a...

Fracking Boom Seen Slow to Develop in New York, Regulator Says

by By Jim Efstathiou Jr. - May 23, 2012 3:04 PM ET in Bloomberg

A decision to permit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York state will trigger a cool response from drillers, the state’s environmental regulator said.

Low natural-gas prices have dulled interest in New York’s gas reserves, Joseph Martens, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said at a conference today. The agency is reviewing more than 66,700 comments on a draft plan for...

Letter: Don't be misled by scare tactics of those who oppose hydraulic fracturing

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 9:00 AM     Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 10:25 AM

By Jackson Citizen Patriot staff Michigan Live

In response to a letter, “Fracking is a new process, and it's unsafe,” I feel compelled to respond to the misinformation and scare campaigns of those against hydraulic fracturing.

Hydraulic fracturing, the process of creating hairline cracks in tight rock formations so oil and gas can flow to a well, has been used to enhance

Shale boom has led to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions

Houston Business Journal by Collin Eaton, Reporter

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:36am CDT

The International Energy Agency says the shale gas boom in the U.S. has led to a domestic decline in carbon dioxide emissions as generators use more low-price natural gas over coal, the Financial Times reports.

Greenhouse gas emissions, says the IEA, have dropped off nearly 5 million tons in five years, which is more than...

Strictly Business: N.Y. is learning Marcellus Shale lessons

Study examines Pa. gas well violations and proposed rules in Empire State

4:49 PM, May. 19, 2012  |
A tanker truck heads south on state Route 328 leaving New York and entering Pensylvania. / JEFF RICHARDS / STAFF PHOTO

The following information may come as bad news to the opponents of hydrofracking, but a study released last week by the University of Buffalo says gas drilling regulations under review in New York could help avoid or mitigate...

For NY farmers, fracking means salvation - or ruin

May 20, 2012 10:39 AM PST
Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - When Dan Fitzsimmons looks across the Susquehanna River and sees the flares of Pennsylvania gas wells, he thinks bitterly of the riches beneath his own land locked up by the heated debate that has kept hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, out of New York.

"I go over the border and see people planting orchards, buying tractors, putting money back in their land," said Fitzsimmons, a Binghamton landowner who...

Pennsylvania Game Commission accepting bids for leasing local game lands to gas companies

BY JOHNNY WILLIAMS (Staff Writer) in Daily Review
Published: May 17, 2012

Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:05:15 14:10:47

Review Photo/Johnny Williams

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is currently looking to lease the lands of State Game Lands 36, which is located in Monroe and Overton Townships, for the development of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently announced that it would be accepting bids from natural gas companies to lease State Game Lands 36...

JLCNY Update 5-17-12

Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,

While it may seem at times that New Yorkers will never be allowed to enjoy the benefits of developing our natural gas I hope that this email will give you new found hope and energy to keep pressing on in our fight for what we know is so right for our communities and our prosperity. Here are a few of our recent successes on your behalf…

On Mothers’ Day I was interviewed on Fox & Friends at about 8:45 AM. This was a live...

Life, liberty, pursuit of property

By DAN FITZSIMMONS, Commentary in Times

Published 10:01 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Too many people are unaware that the famous promise in the American Declaration of Independence — to protect "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" — was actually a last-minute edit. Thomas Jefferson had originally written, "Life, liberty and property," a phrase that more closely resembles our founding fathers' commitment to limited government influence on the people.

While the other...

Report: Regulations reducing gas-drilling impacts

Associated Press 5/15

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A study by the University at Buffalo's new shale gas institute concludes that state oversight of gas drilling has been effective at reducing environmental problems.

The report released Tuesday examined almost 3,000 violations from nearly 4,000 gas wells in Pennsylvania since 2008. It found the percentage of environmental violations compared to the number of wells drilled fell from 58.2 percent in 2008 to 30.5 percent in 2010.

It concludes that...

Coming This Fall: A Natural Gas Price Rebound

Interesting article with some projections that may or may not come true, a good read none the less. Do good research before you make investment decisions. JLCpulse

Submitted by Wall St. Daily using our Trefis Contributor Tool

Natural gas is what my colleague and Wall Street Daily Chief Investment Strategist, Louis Basenese, calls “the most hated commodity in the world.”

It’s a well-earned moniker, considering natural gas prices have dropped more than 50% from their 2011 peak.


Riverkeeper Strategy Depends on Obscure Reclassification of Streams

by Tom Shepstone on EID

UPDATE: Subsequent to the filing of this post I received a message from Patrick Henderson, Energy Executive, Office of Governor Tom Corbett, challenging my characterization of Kelly Hefner’s role with respect to the Exceptional Value petition of the Delaware Riverkeeper.  Mr. Henderson assured me, in the course of a detailed discussion, that Heffner was only exercising an administrative duty, engaged in no advocacy whatsoever, and was fully in support of...

Errors in Myers’ Marcellus Shale Groundwater Paper from Start to Finish

by EID Guest Blogger on EID

Don Siegel, PhD
Professor of Hydrogeology, Syracuse University
Adjunct Professor, SUNY Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Forest Engineering.

Last month, the journal of the National Ground Water Association published a paper by an environmental consultant in Nevada in which the proposition is put forth that the vertical transport of contaminants from the Marcellus Shale formation of southern New York to potable, near-surface aquifers

Pro-frackers: Development is a landowner’s right

In Capital Confidential
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm by Rebecca Melnitsky in Hydrofracking, Tom Libous

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York presented its “Declaration of Rights” today for property owners who wish to drill on their land. They were joined by Republican state Sens. Tom Libous and Tom O’Mara.

JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons said, “If you own land you can farm it, you can mine it for gravel, you can harvest the timber, you can build on it consistent with local...

New York Fracking: Landowners Assert Right To Shale Gas Development

Mary Esch AP in Huff Post

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of upstate New York landowners seeking to lease land for natural gas drilling pressed state officials Wednesday to consider the rights of property owners as they make decisions on shale gas development.

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York was at the Capitol to present a "Declaration of Rights."

"Landowners' rights are being trampled by those with extreme political agendas," said Dan Fitzsimmons of Binghamton, president of...

Found on Department of Energy Website
Techlines provide updates of specific interest to the fossil fuel community. Some Techlines may be issued by the Department of Energy Office of Public Affairs as agency news announcements.

Issued on:  August 23, 2012

Favorable Supplies, Costs, Environmental Profile for Natural Gas Revealed in New Department of Energy Study

WASHINGTON, DC — The nation’s large resource base of natural gas can be used for cost-effective power

Benefits of Natural Gas Production Realized by “Every Single Pennsylvanian”

Published in  North Central

Canonsburg, PA – While a clear majority of Americans – facing stubbornly high national unemployment and underemployment rates – still believe that the U.S. economy is getting worse, according to new Rasmussen Reports research, positive, private sector-driven economic growth continues to buck trends across Appalachia.

One key factor? According to a new Associated Press analysis, Pennsylvania mineral owners and family famers received more than $400 million in...

Engelder Opinion: A Gusher of Hogwash

Both sides of shale debate could be more forthright.

By Terry Engelder
The exploitation of natural resources often spawns two camps, the industrialists and the environmentalists, each of which engages in disingenuous arguments - the bigger the resource, the more disingenuous the arguments. The debate over extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale has followed that pattern.

A pocket of gas may have exploded within 1,300 feet of a Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. well near Dimock, Pa., on Jan...

VERSE Members Look for Ways to Ban Fracking in Vestal

4/30/2012 (Updated 5/2/2012 9:34:39 AM) FOX 40 NEWS

Could and should Vestal shut out fracking through local land use laws?

The answer to both questions was "yes"  Monday night, at a meeting of fracking opponents:

Craig Stevens says he got a rude awakening when he moved back to his ancestral home in Silverlake Township, Pennsylvania a few years ago.

He says a gas drilling company got a lease on the land he jointly owns with family members--even though, he says,  his grandmother's life tenency...

Gov needs will to drill

Time to get cracking on fracking

Last Updated: 1:03 AM, May 2, 2012


headshotMichael Benjamin in NY Post

Roustabout may become the next hot job in New York — with modern versions of scenes from classics like “Giant” and “There Will Be Blood” coming to life across the Southern Tier.

If the Department of Environmental Conservation ever makes good on Gov. Cuomo’s promises and produces reasonable regulations on fracking, shale-gas wells and pipeline projects will need...

Third Annual JLCNY Clambake

On Friday June 15th, 2012, the JLCNY will hold it's

Third Annual Clambake at Mountain Top!

This is great event that gets more exciting each year with an auction of fine items, food, and fun!
We already have some wonderful donations for the auction and raffles and many more are expected
You can count on lots of unique surprises in the line up! You won't want to miss out on a single moment!
For more information and to reserve your tickets on line please go to...

NY State Senate Public Forum: Summary of facts and fiction

I think we as residents of New York State and\or Pennsylvania or any other state should be very upset with the real news that came out in this "public forum". It sounds like some or many animals in our  or other unnamed states are suffering from mad cow disease or other well known wasting diseases. Animals dying of strange neurological , wasting or other unnamed symptoms without disclosure to the authorities to prevent losses is or should be a crime. We need to insist that the locations and...

Dimock Proud

Martens: Local opposition to fracking will be considered

I am really puzzled by this announcement from Mr Martens countering NYS law concerning home rule. The nature of gas exploration is such that it crosses municipal lines regularly and by necessity. WE as a state cannot ever reach our full potential with little pockets of silliness declaring anti gas sentiments. Under this scenario a small group of people can and will control the majority of peoples rights to use of their land. Whats next ? the anti hunters will declare areas of the state as...

Clarification on Reporting of dSGEIS Timeline

Folks, I guess I owe you an apology regarding this very artificial flap about the completion date of the dSGEIS currently underway. Frankly I thought it was much adieu about nothing since a SEQR review is entirely different in nature, but similar in title. So I did not put any of the information up on the site because it was rapidly debunked and I did not want to cause additional confusion. Emotions are running high enough as it is and I believe our focus needs to be on getting our towns to...

America's energy job machine is heating up

Deep-sea drilling and fracking are helping to unearth abundant supplies of oil and gas. The coming energy renaissance could be just the elixir the U.S. economy needs.

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., contributor  In Fortune CNN Money

FORTUNE -- Thursday night in South Texas, and the parking lot at the Texas Roadhouse, on Highway 287 outside Port Arthur, is jammed. Big-shouldered Sierra trucks...

Clarification on Reporting of dSGEIS Timeline

Folks, I guess I owe you an apology regarding this very artificial flap about the completion date of the dSGEIS currently underway. Frankly I thought it was much adieu about nothing since a SEQR review is entirely different in nature, but similar in title. So I did not put any of the information up on the site because it was rapidly debunked and I did not want to cause additional confusion. Emotions are running high enough as it is and I believe our focus needs to be on getting our towns to...

Chart Of The Day: Drill, Drill, Drill= Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

By Mark Perry on April 21, 2012 in Daily Markets

The chart above displays monthly “natural resources and mining” employment levels in North Dakota (blue line, right scale) and Pennsylvania (red line, left scale) over the last ten years (data here). After more than a decade of flat employment levels for energy-related jobs in both states, employment levels recently have been booming, along with the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota and the Marcellus natural gas boom in...

LNG Exports: The Newest Economic Engine, Or A Fad That Will Pass?

I have provided page one of six, for the full article, please click on the link. JLCpulse.

Pipeline and Gas Journal April 2012 By Richard Nemec


At the end of 2011, the shale boom continued to spawn new-found expectations for U.S. oil and natural gas resources that contain large opportunities for the pipeline and other infrastructure sectors that are quietly riding the production upswing. Resulting low domestic gas prices relative to other global markets have sparked a scramble for

EPA Gas Air Rule Destroys Howarth Study

John Hanger's Facts of The Day April 20, 2012


The EPA gas air rule blows still more big holes in Professor Howarth's discredited 2011 study that falsely implanted in the minds of many that "gas was as dirty or dirtier than coal" for global warming pollution.

First, while Professor Howarth assumed no green completions were used during flowback, EPA documents that green completions are currently used on 50% of gas wells.  This fact alone destroys Professor Howarth's false methane...

Pro-fracking communities may be first to get approval in N.Y.

Well the way I read this article, if you are interested in having the ability to sell your mineral rights, it is time for you to get right on down to your town board meeting and insist on a declaration welcoming drilling to your town. We have been battered by the anti-gas gestapo crowd, listened to false information and suffered through the insufferable, it is our turn to make out position count in the towns were we directly elect officials and pay the property taxes. So get organized with your...

Re:Bloomberg Business Week: Is Natural Gas Too Cheap to Drill?

One of the members of our Southern Madison County Gas Coalition asked me if I was concerned that low prices would be a big set back to expanded natural gas drilling in the Utica and Marcellus shales when New York gives approval.  This is my response and I think it should be provided to others who have similar concerns.
Dave Keefe

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To: This email address...

Is Natural Gas Too Cheap to Drill?

By on April 17, 2012 in Bloomberg Business Week

The price of natural gas is right around $2 and even traded below that level for the first time in a decade on April 11. Since peaking at $10 per 1,000 cubic feet in June 2008, natural gas prices have steadily declined as new horizontal fracking techniques have unlocked massive amounts of shale gas. As prices have declined, so has the number of operating gas rigs. There were only 624 operating in the U.S. as of April...

Announcing Windsor's 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser!

On April 21st, from 2:00-5:00PM, the Windsor Colesville Oil and Gas Lease Coalition and Deposit Coalition will join forces to host a Chili Cook-Off Contest Fundraiser!
This family friendly event will be held in the Windsor High School which is just south of Rte. 17 (take exit 79) on the west side of Rte 79.
Admission is $5.00 for adults, and children less than ten years old will be admitted at no charge. Once in you’ll get to enjoy all the chili you want to eat, Chobani yogurt...

If you’re using natural gas, it’s almost certainly from fracking

The Athens News in a letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Ohio University's announcement to operate the Lausche Heating Plant on natural gas is great news (The NEWS, April 16). With prices at record lows, these savings will provide the university with funding to focus on the world-class research and education for which it is well known.

An example of savings can be seen in a recent study, which showed Ohio consumers saved over $1.5 billion in energy costs last year thanks to shale...

Eyeing Regulation, Drillers Try to Be Neighborly Posted on April 19, 2012 by

Mary and Dale Watson moved to this little community on the outskirts of Fort Worth for its peace and quiet. Then drilling rigs came in search of something else: billions of cubic feet of natural gas that lie underneath. That would once have meant a lot of noise and aggravation. Not now.

“I don’t even notice it,” Mr. Watson said of the 15-story drilling derrick in the horse pasture behind his house. “I can go outside and hear a little...


Just a reminder to all, the beat goes on in the on going attempt to continue New Yorks taking of landowner property rights. Stay diligent and engaged if you want to maintain your legal land use. In this recent sample, only 17% of the signatures are from New York! JLCpulse

signature # location & date


Guest Viewpoint: Vestal board is weighing both sides of drilling issue

By Victor Furman in Press Connects

I have read several letters to the editor attacking the Vestal town board written by Sue Rapp, a member of Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VeRSE), a group that is calling for a moratorium on gas drilling in Vestal.

She has stated several times that the town board is dragging its feet and not favoring or denying her group's stance for a moratorium. I beg to differ. I have seen several news reports in which presentations were made by both sides...

Pa. health official clarifies new gas drilling law

In Press Connects

ALLENTOWN -- The state's top health official has assured doctors that Pennsylvania's new Marcellus Shale gas drilling law will allow them to talk to their patients about proprietary chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process -- and share the information with public health agencies and regulatory bodies as they see fit.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society started questioning the new law almost two months ago, and on Wednesday issued a statement saying that...

Clean Growth Now Update


Dear CGN members,


Last week was a banner week for Clean Growth Now members and our support of moving forward with responsible natural gas drilling in New York.  We wanted to share just a few highlights with you.  Thank you so much to our members who came together in so many ways and on so many different levels to achieve these successes.




Positive Resolutions


We are proud to announce that the Town of Conklin passed a positive resolution last week on...

Gas drilling spurs jobs in wildlife, software

Associated Press

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Before work begins on a gas well or pipeline in northern Pennsylvania, Merlin Benner or one of his colleagues walks the land looking for timber rattlesnakes, a protected species.

"When we find them, we're required to move them far enough away to get them out of danger and out of sight of the workers," Benner said. "State regulations are in place to protect the snakes, but the clients are more concerned about the safety issue."

Job creation is one of...

Frito-Lay Pledges a Major Shift Toward Natural-Gas Trucking

April 17, 2012, 6:00 am NEW YORK TIMES
The snack-food company is currently testing a pilot fleet of 18 trucks powered by C.N.G.Frito-Lay North AmericaThe snack-food company is testing a pilot fleet of 18 trucks powered by C.N.G.

On Tuesday, Frito-Lay announced it would add 67 trucks that would run on compressed natural gas, known as C.N.G., to its fleet. Eventually, the company said, a majority of its longer-range vehicles would run on C.N.G., as well as liquefied natural gas for longer-distance hauls.

The C.N.G.-powered trucks would save the equivalent...

EPA processes challenged

Chris Woodward - OneNewsNow - 4/16/2012 8:45:00 AMBookmark and Share

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) logo smallA pro-oil and gas organization says recent episodes involving the Environmental Protection Agency and natural gas drillers prove the federal agency is unfit to regulate hydraulic fracturing.


The EPA announced in December 2010 that natural gas driller Range Resources had contaminated a well in Parker County, Texas, near the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Range claimed it was methane that was naturally occurring from another well in which...

Former FERC Regulator: God gave us fracking

Panelists at Fortune's Brainstorm Green conference all say that natural gas should give way to cleaner fuels in the future. But how long will it take to get there?

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., writer-reporter  CNN

FORTUNE -- What can the executive director of the Sierra Club and a Shell executive agree on? That natural gas can serve as a bridge fuel in the United States, carrying the...

Exxon's big bet on shale gas

April 16, 2012: 5:00 AM ET

America's most profitable company now produces about as much natural gas as it does oil. CEO Rex Tillerson thinks the fracking party has just begun.

By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., assistant managing editor for CNN

Drill pipe ready for use on a rig at Exxon's Johnson Ranch site outside Fort Worth

Drill pipe ready for use on a rig at Exxon's Johnson Ranch site outside Fort Worth

FORTUNE -- For Rex Tillerson fracking is more than a revolutionary...

Obama issues executive order on natural gas

By DAN BERMAN | 4/13/12 12:14 PM EDT

President Barack Obama on Friday released an executive order that will coordinate the administration’s activities on natural gas and perhaps answer criticism that the White House is trying to end hydraulic fracturing.

The order creates a working group that includes various White House offices such as the Council on Environmental Quality and National Economic Council, as well as relevant cabinet departments and agencies like Interior, EPA and...

Expert: NY fracking bans are “legal quicksand,” erode property rights

Apr 11, 2012

Clean Growth NowHere’s a copy of a press release sent out by Clean Growth Now. Darren Suarez, Business Council of New York State Director of Government Affairs, is quoted as saying, “there is an unfounded belief that local bans don’t hurt anyone.”

Here’s the full release:

ALBANY, NY—As concern rises over potential impact of local moratoriums and proposed “home rule” legislation on the business environment and economy of New York and other states with shale

Protestors at the BCC/JLCNY Career and Job Expo

gas protesters bcc job

Seems that there is nothing acceptable to the environmental extremists who oppose gas exploration and drilling in New York State. This was a well attended event which was wonderfully presented by BCC providing some help to many unemployed job seekers. Still the protesters deemed it important to protest event none the less. Unlike other gas related events, this affair was very well protected from the gestapo acts of the typical protesters by a very diligent and professional group of law...

Franklin Forks family sues driller

I sure would like to be a fly on the wall listening in on the conversations these folks have had with their attorneys. What I wonder is whether all water wells should be tested in Susquehanna County, or for that matter any county where there is planned drilling. Years ago I lived on Valley View Road near Franklin Forks which is nearby the wells being blamed for water quality issues, and not far from Salt Springs State Park. I recall that the water out of my well was not crystal clear and there...

Inaugural Broome County Natural Gas Career and Education Expo

Franklin Forks Facts
2012 April 3
by Bill in EID

A few miles up the road from Dimock, Pennsylvania, sits Franklin Forks, a small rural community almost impossible to find on a map. Recently, this community has received some unwanted attention from individuals looking to stop responsible natural gas development. This group, from out of town, has published a video on YouTube where, they claim, water uncontrollably spraying out of residential water well is from hydraulic fracturing. While DEP...


What follows is an article about waste water, drilling waste fluids and the huge discrepancy between reality and single issue elected public officials.We learn that Niagara Falls Water Board have been using their special waste treatment plant aligned with its design principles with thoughts about lowering operating costs to its consumers. Apparently the politicians of the community were unaware of this waste treatment philosophy and banned drilling waste water from the community. Seems they may...

Clean Growth Now published memo on moratoriums on natural gas drilling

JLCNY is a member of Clean Growth Now and very proud of that fact. What follows is a memo written by Scott Kurkowski, Esq. and published by Clean Growth Now to be delivered to New York State town  officials as a public service. Attached are PDF files of the communications including a map of positive resolutions. JLCpulse


Legal Overview Memo

Scott R. Kurkoski, Esq., Legal Counsel, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

Many communities in New York have been approached...

*UPDATE* EPA’s About-Face in Parker County

in EID

UPDATE (Mar. 31, 2012; 7:55 a.m. ET): Lots of solid news reports generated overnight following up on the news of EPA’s reversal yesterday. But one piece in particular — by Daniel Gilbert and Russell Gold of WSJ — really ties it all together and explains why it matters. From the story: “In addition to dropping the case in Texas, the EPA has agreed to substantial retesting of water in Wyoming after its methods were questioned. And in Pennsylvania, it has angered state officials by...

T.Boone Pickens, Lets Transform Energy with Natural Gas

If you are curious about the original wind power mission of Pickens and his huge investment loss, or wonder whats up with LNG terminals across the country to refuel long haul truckers, or local facilities to fuel garbage trucks and other local high mileage missions, this video will answer some of the questions. It is easy to understand why so many folks are a bit tired of G Boone Pickens different ventures, however it is clear to me that the future of heavy trucking and in fact many enlightened...

Why Won't Energy Independence Lower Gas Prices?

By Michael Fowlkes in Market Intelligence Center

For the past 20 years, one of the main goals of the U.S. has been to reduce its reliance on foreign oil. There are many reasons this would help the country, but the reason average Americans most want oil independence is to lower the price we pay each time we pull up the gas pump.

Recently, the U.S. has been making big strides in reaching oil independence, with some analysts forecasting that within the next 30 years America will become a...

Wages Jump in Shale Country

In Energy In Depth by by John

A new analysis shows that as the Marcellus Shale has grown from its infancy to adolescence, residents in counties experiencing the largest share of Marcellus Shale development are seeing their paychecks grow as well.  The analysis, conducted by American City Business Journals, found that wages in Bradford and Washington counties are among the fastest growing in the nation. These counties have little in common with one exception – they are leaders in

EPA Backpedals on Fracking Texas Water-Pollution Suit Dropped; Third Recent Setback on Drilling for EPA

What follows is one specific article and several other URLs attached for your review. Seems that once again the EPA has over reached, over reacted and pandered to the anti drilling extremists. An example very similar to Dimock, PA where the EPA overstepped state expertize and authority in error. One day the EPA may be forced by congress or maybe even the president to do the job it was created to do, which is to enforce legitimate regulation and facilitate the safe effective use of our land

Gas Set to Test Capacity Limits

Peak Oil News and message boards

Gas Set to Test Capacity Limits
The boom in natural-gas production has hit a new pressure point: The U.S. is running out of storage space.
Gas output has reached record levels in recent months, thanks in large part to the expansion of shale-gas fields. And the warm U.S. winter has reduced the amount of gas needed to heat homes and offices. That has filled storage facilities—often underground salt caverns or depleted oil and gas fields—to 57.8% capacity...

Two Good News Announcements

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,   I have even more great news to share with you!   The first item is about the two lawsuits against towns that are attempting to stop natural gas development efforts. While it was unfortunate that the Supreme Court judges ruled as they did, efforts will soon be underway in an attempt to protect our rights and interests. More specifically…
The notice of appeal and related papers were transmitted for filing and served Thursday to appeal...

Two Take Action Letters to Cuomo and Martens

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,

We’re asking everyone to please complete two “Take Actions” to respectfully remind Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens of the strong support that exists for safely and responsibly developing New York’s Natural Gas and the benefits it will bring to New York’ communities.

First click on the Cuomo Take Action link below to complete your first “Take Action”. After filling in your information and clicking submit, scroll to the bottom of...

Update on Force Majeure Litigation & Recent Chesapeake Offer

From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:52 AM
Subject: Update on Force Majeure Litigation & Recent Chesapeake Offer

The following is an update on the force majeure litigation and...

Tioga County Fracking Deal Leaves DEC With Choice

Posted by:Jon Campbell on Mar 28, 2012 in Politics on the Hudson

A framework deal struck between a Tioga County landowners group and a Houston-based energy company could leave the state Department of Environmental Conservation with an interesting choice.

The leaders of the Tioga County Landowners Group, which represents about 135,000 acres and 2,000 200 families in the rural Southern Tier county in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale region, has agreed in principle to enter into a partnership...

ECorp Consulting, Inc Environmental Consultants, Who are they?

ECORP Consulting, Inc. has assisted public and private land owners with environmental regulation compliance since 1987. We offer full service capability, from initial baseline environmental studies through environmental planning review, permitting negotiation, liaison to obtain legal agreements, mitigation design, construction supervision, and monitoring and compliance reporting.

We bring together an...

Activites for All Landowners To Be Aware Of

Dear Friends and Landowners,

It is very satisfying to see and hear so many positive signs that we are getting closer to leasing our land and developing our natural gas in New York. While I can’t predict exactly when it will happen, the road blocks we have faced in NY should soon be removed allowing us to exercise the rights and realize the opportunities we have waited nearly 4 years to enjoy.

Please keep in mind that after NY opens up it may take a little while longer for serious, legitimate...

eCORP and STEP Enter Into MOU

This could be a good deal for Tioga County landowners and I applaud their potential deal. We believe that  any deal activity in New York State is good news indeed.. Based on the very low level of royalty payments when compared to others in the southern tier and northern Pennsylvania markets, I would suggest that Tioga County landowners let the fruit on this tree ripen a lot before they pick it. I think there needs to be more details and full disclosure with absolute transparency paramount in

Industry: Fracking study based on ‘outlandish' assumptions

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Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — Spokesmen for the oil and gas industry have questioned the validity of a new study claiming that living near gas wells during the hydraulic fracturing phase could be a health hazard.

“To understand the flaws in the outputs, you have to take a close look at the flaws in the inputs,” said...

Clintonville, Wis. mysterious loud booms caused by fracking?

Here is a little entertainment along with some wonderful insight into the one track minds of the extremist environmentalists who have become obsessed with hydraulic fracturing. At this point in time there is nothing free of the shriek of FRACKING DID IT. My daughter failed a test, my son did not make it into the odyssey of the mind, my car won't start, my electricity is acting weird, my dog is having trouble sleeping. Heavens knows how many issues can be declared as the result of gas

Lawyer: 1981 document forbids local land-use laws

Perhaps a bit of good news if Tom West can use it to have the Judge reverse his decision. If not the deciding Judge then the Court of Appeals would have much more definitive evidence of the intentions of the original law restricting local land use regulation of gas. We have no document to show you, just the newspaper article.JLCpulse

By JOE MAHONEY Staff Writer in The Daily

COOPERSTOWN -- A lawyer involved in the attempt to scuttle the Middlefield ban on natural gas extraction...

Despite Intense Negative Media Focus, Americans Still Believe the Benefits of Natural Gas Outweigh the Risk

Bradenton Herald By Harris Interactive

Posted: 6:09am on Mar 21, 2012; Modified: 6:14am on Mar 21, 2012

NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- In a year of intense media scrutiny on hydraulic fracturing, the manner in which most oil and natural gas companies access natural gas, two-thirds of Americans (66%) say they believe the benefits of natural gas outweigh the risks while 17% say the risks outweigh the benefits. Natural gas has maintained a relatively low price, compared to...

Gas industry tries to sell sportsmen on hydrofracking

by Jon Campbell in the Ithaca Journal

ALBANY -- Among the catered tables of eggplant parmesan, chicken teriyaki bites, pizza rolls and deli sandwiches were a handful of information booths and a rostrum where natural gas industry representatives and former regulators made their pitch on hydraulic fracturing.

It was a typical Albany scene, but the assembled crowd at the reception on Tuesday wasn't filled with the lawmakers and legislative staffers who are generally found at such...

Village of Bath says 'no' to fracking moratorium

We are very pleased that Bath had the foresight and wisdom to wait for the fruit to ripen before they call it bitter. New York State will have the most comprehensive drilling regulations in the world once they are completed, and wisely the Town of Bath decided to see what the state guidelines and regulations are before they slam the door on their local businesses and tax payers. Thanks to Neil Vitale who it a member of the Steuben County Land Owners Coalition and the JLCNY board of directors...

Marcellus Shale: Developing Marcellus gas will increase state and local revenues and avoid budget cuts

The Business Council Capitol Blog    Written by Jennifer K. Levine on March 19, 2012 – 5:30 am

It is budget season and we are being bombarded through the airways with ads pleading with Governor Cuomo not to cut funding to social programs and SUNY schools. In one such ominous ad sponsored by NYS Public Employees Federation, we see a large sink with swirling phrases like “cancer research” and “middle class” swirling down the drain with the dirty water. The voice-over says that...

As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows

Pew Research Center

As Gas Prices Pinch, Support for Oil and Gas Production Grows

Those Aware of Fracking Favor Its Use


At a time of rising gas prices, the public’s energy priorities have changed. More Americans continue to view the development of alternative energy sources as a higher priority than the increased production of oil, coal and natural gas, but the gap has narrowed considerably over the past year.

Moreover, support for allowing more offshore oil and gas...

Missed opportunities in Marcellus Shale areas

By Joseph A. Decker Special to the Olean Times Herald | Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:59 am

For months I have read the articles and letters to the editor regarding Marcellus Shale. It appears to me that only one side of this issue is being told. While I agree that there are environmental and safety concerns to be addressed, there is also the economic impact to our area to be considered.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit and see, first-hand, well drilling sites in the...

Cornell Blog ,What benefits and risks are associated with Marcellus gas development?

What follows is a real life science based blog/resource to help everyone interested in non-biased information on natural gas. Just a warning to the anti folks who like to read our site, this information may be disturbing to you and detrimental to your  mission of spreading falsehoods. Please click on the link to go directly to Cornell's site.JLCpulse


Perspectives on the Marcellus Gas Resource

What benefits and risks are associated with Marcellus gas development?

Overview and Index...

Plumbers and Pipefitters look forward to Gas Drilling

We landowners really welcome the support of the Plumbers and Pipe-fitters to the cause of natural gas drilling. With gas drilling they can look forward to good paying jobs both in the gas industry and as a consequence of the economic benefit to the community and huge ad velor-um tax benefits  which will reduce school and property taxes, putting more money in all landowner pockets. JLCpulse


Senator Libous site

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Plumbers and Pipefitters expressed their enthusiasm for cleaner energy sources, like solar and natural gas.
The Plumbers and Pipefitters...

Boosting the economy through natural gas exports

By Editorial Board, Published: March 14


IN AN OTHERWISE gloomy economic time for the United States, the boom in natural-gas production has been a dazzling bright spot. Thanks in large part to expanded production of previously inaccessible shale gas, the United States has passed Russia as the world’s largest gas producer, with an output of more than 23 trillion cubic feet in 2011. As the price of natural gas has plummeted, consumers have benefited from lower electricity rates, the

EPA well-water testing in Dimock doesn't show contamination

This is a bit of good news on a subject that has been hammered by environmental zealots as the perfect example of why NY property owner rights should be trampled in the Park Foundation financed rush to judgment. We land owners are very tired of being collateral damage and are very happy for those folks in Dimock who have had enough of the national put downs and front page misrepresentations may finally find a bit of relief. Let us all put this behind us and look into the bright future of jobs...

Inaugural Broome County Natural Gas Career & Education Expo Scheduled in April

Inaugural Broome County Natural Gas Career & Education Expo

Scheduled in April

Who:            This event is jointly sponsored by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc., Broome Community College, and Broome Tioga Workforce NY.

What: The inaugural 2012 New York Natural Gas Career & Education Expo is an opportunity for southern and central tier residents to find out how they can prepare for careers in the natural gas industry from more than 30 vendors currently supporting...

America's Energy Future Hinges on New York, Ohio, Other States' Leadership

HUFF Post Politics, The Blog

To date, America's "Natural Gas Revolution" has been driven by private industry and aided by competent regulatory guidance at the state level in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Ohio, and elsewhere. Leadership at the state level has allowed regulators to craft plans unique to their own state's best interest by building an effective balance between economic growth and environmental and public health protection. New York, Colorado, North Carolina, and...

EPA Doubts Its Own Anti-Fracking Study, While Ohio Determines Fracking Did Not Spawn Earthquake Swarm

BY Christopher Helman, Forbes Staff in   Forbes

Some positive news for fracking fans today, with three items that in a rational world would help convince some anti-fracking zealots that they ought to find something else to protest.

1. Ohio: Fracking Did Not Cause Earthquakes

Ohio regulators studying the cause of a rash of minor earthquakes near Cleveland late last year have concluded that fracking had nothing to do with it and that the tremors were very likely caused by the injection of...

Guest Viewpoint: Tale of two cities shows benefits of gas drilling

Guest Viewpoint, Press Connects

By Scott R. Kurkoski

March 13, 2012

At first glance, Williamsport, Pa., and Ithaca seem similar. The cities are alike in size and population with about 30,000 residents each. In both communities, per capita income is slightly above $19,000. They also both sit on vast reserves of a natural gas resource, the Marcellus Shale.

Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end.

Williamsport's economy is larger and more stable than Ithaca's, thanks in large...

Broome County Executive Debra A. Preston "Onboard for Natural Gas"

It is refreshing , in fact very refreshing to have a politician open in her communications, especially when some other local "leaders" have been steadily riding the fence, waffling and other noncommittal descriptors. We look forward to the time when the areas of upstate New York can harvest the long awaited benefits of natural gas drilling. Everyone in Broome and surrounding counties should understand the huge benefit ad valorem taxes will bring to the municipalities and school districts. Thank...

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Quiet foundation funds the 'anti-fracking' fight

Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter

EnergyWire: Monday, March 12, 2012

In the fight against shale gas drilling, it seems all roads lead back to a low-slung brick building in Ithaca, N.Y.

Inside is the office of the Park Foundation, where a staff of eight has underwritten the rock stars of the anti-drilling movement.

Josh Fox, maker of the Oscar-nominated anti-drilling documentary "Gasland," got $175,000. Robert Howarth, the Cornell University professor whose research first questioned the...

Pennsylvania Repeals Home Rule for Gas

Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC)

Press Release – Pennsylvania Repeals Home Rule for Gas


For release at 3:00 P.M. on March 11, 2012.


On February 14, Pennsylvania abolished natural gas local home rule and substituted a new statute, 58 PA C.S. 3301 through 3309, effective April 14.  It expressly preempts local home rule of natural gas development across the state.  The new statute covers all existing and future local ordinances regulating oil and gas and mandates that all local...

Obama Announces Billion Dollar Plan To Increase Infrastructure For Alternative Energy Vehicles.

National Association of Manufacturers
National Manufacturing Daily Press Brief

The Detroit Free Press (3/8, Spangler) reports that, during a visit to a Daimler Trucks North America plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina, "President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed an expanded $1-billion energy initiative that would help 10 to 15 communities across the US develop infrastructure to support alternative fuel vehicles." The Free Press reports, "Unlike a similar plan drawn up...

Is U.S. Energy Independence Finally Within Reach?

This article was broadcast by NPR on its affiliate stations across the country and what a refreshing bit of news and insight it is. The USA is within sight of that elusive goal of energy independence, all we have to do is be attentive to our choices and not be hijacked by any individual one of the many powerful factions weighing in on energy in this country. It is very hard to get everyone to understand the huge danger of sending billions of dollars out of our country to other nations. They in...

Environmental Group Backs State Regulation of Fracking

In Fuel Fix  by William O'Keefe in Politics and Policy  March 7,2012

Charged with ensuring that hydraulic fracturing done within their borders is safe for the environment, states across the nation have shown America they are up to the task.

For example, Texas recently instituted strong disclosure laws for operators. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has spent over three years preparing a comprehensive plan to ensure that the state is ready to regulate hydraulic...

If you are not outraged yet over the theft of your property rights and lost opportunity, read this

Here is the proposal in the New York Assembly February 3, 2012, the intention of which is to divert at no cost to the users, likely focused in down state NY, 10 percent of all gas produced on our properties. This surely is the sentiment of Metropolitan New York , that we in upstate must pay extreme lottery taxes for our leasing bonus, increased income as well as property taxes, take on all ownership risks,suffer reduced compensation as a result of the unfair basically illegal delays, and also...

Compensation For Lost Marcellus Gas Revenues?

Please read the Delaware County resolution as a PDF that is attached to this article. JLCpulse

By J. Blake Killin In Mountian Eagle


MARGARETVILLE - As the state puts the finishing touches on new regulations for gas exploration in New York, elected officials in Delaware County are unhappy the proposed regulations could prevent the county from extracting much of the gas that lies deep beneath the ground. It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of the gas in the county could be...

Note to EPA on Dimock: Less is Not Always More

As most people are aware, the last few weeks the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was in Dimock to test the water of about 60 households. During this process, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Cabot Oil and Gas were also allowed to conduct their own tests at each of these properties. Guess what?  It turns all these residents allowed Cabot to conduct tests; everyone except, that...

Natural Gas Career Expo Announcement

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) is partnering with Broome Community College in Binghamton NY, Labor Force Development of NY, and Broome County to organize the Natural Gas Career Expo to connect local workers with jobs in the natural gas industry.
This first of its kind event in our area will be held at Broome Community College on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Ice Center. Admission is free...

Gov hits gas on drilling plan


Last Updated: 5:54 AM, March 3, 2012
Gov. Cuomo

ALBANY — When it comes to fracking in upstate New York, Gov. Cuomo says the issue isn’t whether it will happen — it’s how it will happen.

“I don’t think the question was, ‘Should we develop natural gas?’ ” Cuomo said on Albany’s Talk 1300 AM radio yesterday. “The question is the protections, and how, and the regulations, and that’s what DEC [the Department of Environmental Conservation] is working...

How a billionaire fills gas tank for $1 a gallon

Months ago we posted an article that details the compression station available to consumers that will convert natural gas piped to their homes into LNG. This new found method of getting natural gas in great abundance( hydraulic fracturing) is a game changer that will provide huge benefit to our country, and our state when DEC gets the job done. JLCpulse

Records show NY Gov Cuomo skipped tough questions

One thing eminently clear in this Associated Press article is that the anti-gas drilling crowd is aggressively punishing the governor for taking the position he claims of "letting the science prevail". Unfortunately the landowners naively believe that the right thing will happen for them relative to the use of their land and rights to use it, based on the facts. After all, how could anyone of good conscience ignore all of the science, the economics and landowners long established rights and...

'Frack nation' Will the truth get out?

By PHELIM MCALEER      in The New York Post

Fracking is probably one of the most misunderstood words in the English language.

Thanks to the Oscarnominated documentary “Gasland,” many people believe fracking — a process of getting natural gas out of rock — pollutes water and creates wastelands wherever it is used.

But like so many documentaries nowadays, Gasland is high on anecdote and emotion but low on science and fact.

One of the most dramatic images in “Gasland” is footage of a...

Ex-Paterson Counsel: Fracking Decision Has Become Political

On Capital Tonight

Peter Kiernan, who served as counsel to ex-Gov. David Paterson when he signed a temporary moratorium to the controversial natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, lamented today that the decision about whether to allow fracking in the Marcellus Shale has become “a political decision” rather than one based on science, safety or potential economic benefit.

“In many respects, that’s too bad,” Kiernan told Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom this morning...

Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness

Bloomberg   By John B. Hess Feb 29, 2012 1:21 PM ET  Harvard Business Review

The United States desperately needs an energy policy. It is fundamental to our economic growth, environmental sustainability and national security. With five percent of the world's population and 20 percent of its energy use, the U.S. has an obligation to lead globally. We need to set the right example at home.

When President Obama took office three years ago, he put climate change at the top of the agenda...

County wants $81.3B for local fracking ban

By Pauline Liu in Catskill Mountain News 2/28/2012

The Delaware County Board of Supervisors is demanding that New York State and New York City pay county landowners $81.3 billion in reparations, as the state proposes widening its ban on hydraulic fracturing beyond New York City’s watershed.

The proposed award would be paid out over 60 years. The money would be “for the mineral rights taken from affected landowners and communities.”

The full article is available by subscribing to their...

Guest Viewpoint: Tier business leaders must take lead on gas drilling

Written by  Thomas J. Toton,    Binghamton Press

In our area, we have two large sections of land, similar in terrain and geography, which are separated by a line, a boundary between states. On one side lies Pennsylvania; on the other lies New York. Both states share a large area of what has been described by many experts as the largest natural gas deposit in the world, better known as the Marcellus Shale.

Look south into Pennsylvania. What once was an area of economic...

US recovery fueled by record low natural gas prices

CBS Money Watch By Constantine von Hoffman


There is one reason the U.S. economy is recovering: Low gas prices. Natural gas, that is. The price is at a 10-year low and expected to stay that way for awhile. This glut of inexpensive energy is why so many companies have been moving manufacturing back to the U.S.

Yesterday the price of natural gas fell 2.5 percent after the government said supplies remain significantly higher than average levels for this time of year. According...

Fracking isn’t going away

NEW YORK TIMES  Op-Ed Columnist

How to Frack Responsibly

Published: February 27, 2012

Fracking isn’t going away.

photo by Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Joe Nocera

To put it another way, the technique of hydraulic fracturing, used to extract natural gas from once-impossible-to-get-at reservoirs like the Marcellus Shale that lies beneath New York and Pennsylvania, has more than proved its value. At this point, shale gas, as it’s called, makes up more...

Marcellus Shale gas drilling industry creates demand for cars in economically stagnant areas

By IVEY DEJESUS, The Patriot-News

A bellwether of the economy, the auto industry has seen its ups and downs.

Analysts are pointing to a strong year, but for a select number of car dealerships, 2012 is poised to deliver a bonanza in sales.

In this photo made on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, a pair of workers are seen behind the top of a pump where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range...

Cabot O&G Partners with Williams on New Marcellus Pipeline

in Marcellus Drilling News

Cabot Oil & Gas is teaming up with Williams Partners to construct a new pipeline that will stretch from Cabot’s Marcellus gas wells in Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY where it will connect to two interstate pipelines. The new pipeline will let Cabot sell its ever-increasing production of northeastern PA shale gas into more lucrative markets in New York and New England. The new pipeline is due to go online in March 2015.

From the Cabot...

Blackstone to Finance Cheniere Natural Gas Exports


NEW YORK (AP) — Cheniere Energy Partners will receive $2 billion in financing from The Blackstone Group to fund the construction of a natural gas export plant in Southern Louisiana.

The facility was built to import natural gas, but huge increases in production of natural gas from shale formations under several states has created a glut of natural gas in the U.S. Prices in the U.S. fell to a 10-year low this winter. Now Cheniere and others...

JLCNY Press Release on Middlefield Decision

For Immediate Release:

For the second time in one week, our local courts have failed to protect the rights of landowners and have acted contrary to Environmental Conservation Law § 23-0301 which declares that it is in the public interest to develop oil and gas properties in such a manner that a greater ultimate recovery of oil and gas may be had and that the correlative rights of all landowners may be fully protected.  The members of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. are...

Natural Gas: The Industry That Could Save America

By Brian Stoffel, The Motley Fool In Daily Finance

Make no mistake about it: the American economy is in the throes of the longest, most protracted recovery since the Great Depression. But there is an industry offering a beacon of hope, and it could soon serve as the tipping point that gets America back to work: natural gas.

With the onset of new technologies to get to natural gas, this once-underappreciated commodity is now viewed as the key to weaning the U.S. from our heavy

Even Lisa’s on board

New York Post Editorials

When even a reflexively overreaching extremist like US Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson sees only an upside to hydraulic fracturing, isn’t it time for Albany to climb on board too?

Jackson told an energy conference in New Jersey on Wednesday, “I think that fracking as a technology is perfectly capable of being clean. I do.”

Adding that the gas-extraction procedure produces “a huge return on the investment,” Jackson essentially embraced fully

EPA chief says fracking regulations don't have to be federal

By Eliot Caroom/The Star-Ledger

States are right to take the lead on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the natural gas technology that some environmentalists accuse of polluting groundwater, said Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson today at an event at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Asked what the odds were that fracking can comply with environmental law, Jackson laughed and joked about nearby gambling hub Atlantic...

New York Judge Rules Town Can Ban Gas Hydrofracking

REMEMBER THE WORDS "TAKING" because once real estate interests are yours, you must be compensated for a taking if government intends to deprive you of your rights. There is Big money in all of the leases gas companies have executed and bigger money in the lost opportunity for all NYS landowners. We really do not expect that the state will move away from the wonderful opportunity that gas exploration provides to all of the state, however if it does the cost to taxpayers will be huge in many many...

Oil and gas leaders slam Obama at Houston conference

By Simone Sebastian in My SA

HOUSTON — Oil and gas industry leaders lobbed criticism at the Obama Administration Wednesday, using the stage of an annual industry conference here to assert that the domestic energy boom has occurred in spite of what they call corrosive energy strategy out of the White House.

Energy executives and other industry players took the president to task during the Winter NAPE Conference, an annual expo of oil and gas prospects, technology exhibits and industry...

Misinformation in Wastewater Treatment Debate

In By Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO, Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS)

recent article by Mary Esch of the Associated Press raised an important issue in the debate surrounding natural gas development: the treatment of wastewater created during the hydraulic fracturing process, and the role of state regulators in the issue.

This article erroneously claims that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) ignores disposal or treatment of...

JLCNY Press Release on Dryden Decision

For Immediate Release:

The members of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. are disappointed by the court's decision in the case of Anschutz Exploration Corporation v. Town of Dryden.   Most legal observers have known that the interpretation of Environmental Conservation Law § 23-0303(2), which supersedes all local laws and ordinances relating to the regulation of oil and gas, would ultimately be decided by New York's appellate courts.  Governor Corbett and the state of...

Public Perception of Shale Gas Development

This is a very short section of a much larger study of Hydraulic Fracturing by the University of Texas at Austin, Energy Institute. I pulled it out to highlight what I see is the biggest issue confronting our country at the moment. Our media are all controlled by limited ownership and once again capitalism has overcome what traditionally was the art of non biased reporting practiced by our national media. We are now confronted with the issue of who to trust when the reporters of the news are...

Vestal Town Board presentation argues against fracking ban

Attorney: Local governments can't supersede state law

Steve Reilly in Pressconnects 2/20/2012

VESTAL -- The debate over hydraulic fracturing in New York has given rise to questions about whether local governments have the right to ban the practice within their borders.

And even if they can, should they?

In a presentation to the Vestal Town Board on Monday, an attorney representing about 640 landowners with approximately 11,600 acres in Vestal answered both questions with an...

Owner of contaminated water well in Parker County loses in court

One can only hope that Cabot will finally get their act together and show the documented bad water history in Dimmock to the world. The DEP, Cabot , other industry participants and town fathers all could put this issue to bed if once and for all, they showed the historic issue of bad water at the sites in question. The select group of folks crying foul are not beyond drama and hyperbole to get what they want and the extremists surely are not beyond outright misrepresentations and lies...

JLCNY Latest and Greatest News

Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

Since the last time I posted a newsletter a lot of interesting and positive news has come our way that I’d like to share with you now. Please share this newsletter with any and all of your friends and family.

First of all, a new pipeline has been proposed to move gas from the production fields of northeast PA to the NY Capital region. From there it will connect to lines that will take the gas to New England...

Avon and Caledonia back down on gas moratoriums

By Howard W. Appell | Feb 15, 2012 in Corning Place Communications

The Avon and Caledonia town boards appear to be heeding a visitor who spoke at the towns’ public hearings on enacting hydrofracking moratoriums.
John Holko of Lenape Resources is the operator of 15 active gas wells in Avon and 56 active wells in Caledonia. Because of concerns raised by Holko, the proposed moratoriums are being discarded in their existing form and will be rewritten, Avon Supervisor David LeFeber and...

Connecting the Dots on NYT and Park Foundation

If you have ever pondered why there have been never ending delays in allowing landowners their rights to harvest energy from their land, you need to read this article. The key adversary of all landowners in NY state and in fact all gas producing states is the Park Foundation. This article gives you insight as to their efforts, funding and the bought and paid for publications and reporters, organizatons and individuals they have influenced, including that fount of knowledge Cornell...

The deeper you go into Obama’s budget, the worse it looks. By Ed Rogers

This type of information about the federal government should alarm anyone who lives in the United States of America. We cannot continue to regulate every a aspect of americans lives without severe economic consequences. We are experiencing them now, what does the future look like when even the type of toilet paper you must use is controlled? Honestly, there is no free lunch, there is a cost to every action that government takes, enough already, stop, stop, stop, danger, stop. JLCpulse


Guest Viewpoint: Experts will find fracking for gas can be done safely

Written by Brad Gill in the


Four years ago, state regulators began accepting comments on a draft set of oil and natural gas drilling rules that will guide future exploration in New York. While this comment period closed Jan. 11, the work is far from done.

Over the next several months, experts from the Department of Environmental Conservation will analyze tens of thousands of comments. During this time, the public will continue to hear from both sides of the...

HICKS: ‘Frack Nation’ digs up the not-so-scary truth

By Marybeth Hicks in The Washington Times


When it comes to 21st-century environmental and energy debates, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Especially when what little knowledge you may have is incorrect. And most especially when could be a lie.

That’s the conclusion of documentary filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, who are on a quest to shed some light - and truth - on the subject of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. They are producing a...

Chesapeake Upgrades, Repairs Pennsylvania Roads

Chesapeake paid for improvements to State Road 2024 in Bradford County.

Traveling in the Marcellus Shale invariably means driving on rural roads that twist and turn through the countryside of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. These charming scenic byways often consist of thin layers of pavement known locally as piecrust that require near-constant repair. The annual freeze/thaw cycle and...

Guest column: 'Fracking' myths and realities

Written by Robert W. Chase, Guest column in


Plentiful oil, natural gas can be extracted safely

During the national debate on the utilization of hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas and/or oil from shale formations, at least five fallacies seem to have been purveyed to the public as truths. What is disturbing is that, at a time when America can’t afford to foreclose on more than a hundred years’ worth of inexpensive, environmentally attractive energy...

Letter: Horizontal fracking as safe as vertical

What an interesting challenge, that Mr. Fessenden would drink from the now infamous Saunters' jug of colored water. Why has no one ever asked for the jug or taken it and run like a madman to the exit so that it could be tested? As far as I am concerned the chain of custody in that scenario would be at least as good as the chain is on all of the water samples taken by quasi water sampling techs trained by the obstructionists. What is needed is a special officer of the "something just does not...

Meet the reporter who sues the companies she covers

Jeff Eshelman in The Examiner

Despite the enormous economic and environmental benefits of developing natural gas from shale, the process used to produce those resources has generated quite a bit of controversy lately. Loud protests, fiery public forums, and even a choreographed arrest or two have become common events.

It's unsurprising that strong disagreements exist; it tends to come with the territory anytime you're trying to develop energy. But what is most concerning is that those...

The Guest Viewpoint "Wait to see unbiased science on gas drilling" (Jan. 31) was utter nonsense

Letter to the Star Gazette by John Holko

The Guest Viewpoint "Wait to see unbiased science on gas drilling" (Jan. 31) was utter nonsense.There are two types of science: pure science and junk science. The beauty of pure science is that it is discoverable and quantifiable. The scourge of junk science is that it is everywhere. It spews from the shabby research conducted by "scientists" in unrelated disciplines who accept funding from biased foundations for the singular purpose of being...

Guest Viewpoint: Wait to see unbiased science on gas drilling

This editorial was published on January 30 in the Star Gazette in Elmira. You can imagine that some folks think it is a great opinion while other more logical and thoughtful in their approach have real reservation relative to its accuracy and plausibility. JLCpulse OpEd            Written by  Steve Coffman


When it comes to hydro-fracking, there's at least one thing that those pro and con seem to agree on — that we should follow good science.

Unfortunately, what...

Cuomo: Hydrofracking decision could come soon

Please forward this message to 10 supporters of shale energy development.

Link for sending message:

The headline this morning, "Cuomo:  Fracking Decision Soon," was good news.  Yes, almost four years is long enough for a decision.  Thank you for stating that the decision will be based on the facts rather than the emotion.

The facts support that hydraulic fracturing can be done safely.  Like President Obama said

Martens: Hydrofracking Permits “Conceivable” in 2012, But Only a Few

Albany Watch  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Posted in Uncategorized on Feb 07, 2012

The state’s top environmental regulator said Tuesday it’s “conceivable” a handful of permits could be issued this year for high-volume hydraulic fracturing, but said a final decision is “months, not years” away.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens told a panel of state lawmakers...

Ohio governor: Drilling, environment compatible

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 6:40 am by Associated Press in Drilling, Natural Gas, Oil

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Ohio doesn’t need to choose between a developing shale energy industry and a clean environment, Gov. John Kasich told state lawmakers in his State of the State address Tuesday at a top-performing school.

“You cannot degrade the environment the same time you’re producing this industry. It is not acceptable,” the Republican governor said.

Kasich’s comments were meant to comfort...

Actions speak louder than words on energy

It seems to me that the best way for the President to assure us that his newfound focus on US energy independence is not just re-election blather is for him to put a stop to the sloppy work occurring at the EPA. The first step would be to throw out the current head and replace her with a scientist who intends to operate a non-biased EPA. The EPA has violated the trust of the American people by allowing the publication of information that is political in nature with no creditable scientific...

Americans gaining energy independence

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 6:48 am by Bloomberg in Energy demand

The U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years. The U.S. is producing so much natural gas that, where the government warned four years ago of a critical need to boost imports, it now may approve...

Range, Consol See Greater Shale Potential

Business Journal Daily    Feb. 7, 2012 6:46 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Two energy companies drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shales report that their production and resource potential spiked significantly during 2011.

Fort Worth-based Range Resources Corp. reported Monday that aggressive exploration in the Marcellus Shale helped lift the company's resource potential during 2011.

And, Consol Energy Corp., Canonsburg, Pa., also reported stronger results because of its position in the

Senators press White House to intervene in ‘fracking’ fight

I believe that this is a fight that we as land owners need to join and with great enthusiasm. The EPA has been introducing loosely supported data, hyperbole and political action into a situation (the study of hydraulic fracturing) that should be scientific in nature. Frankly, I see no way that the results that they ultimately report can be taken except with a grain of salt ( a bag of salt would be more appropriate). We need to make our voices heard with regard to Pavillion,WY and Dimmock,PA and...

Rev up the tapping of our own natural gas

Chicago Tribune opinion

February 05, 2012 By T. Boone Pickens

If you are going to transform American energy to address the national security and economic risks associated with our OPEC oil dependence, there is only one solution: move our natural gas reserves into transportation, with an emphasis on the heavy-duty truck and fleet-vehicle markets.

Free-market advocates argue that's bad public policy. They fail to understand that OPEC is far from a free market. They'll tell you we...

Hydraulic Fracturing News: EPA's Pavillion Report Will Receive Peer Review

Please see highlighted (in blue) text in response to Lisa Jackson comments in letters to Wyoming Govenor Mead. JLCpulse

Oil and Gas Law Review

Posted by Keith B. Hall on January 30, 2012

A controversial EPA draft report regarding the possibility that hydraulic fracturing has affected groundwater near Pavillion, Wyoming finally will be receiving peer review.

EPA released the draft report to the public last month.  In it, the EPA discusses its study of groundwater in the vicinity of...

Pavillion Hearing Raises More Questions for EPA

This article is filled with information you will not find in upstate or New York  papers in general other than The NY Post(a great source of solid information) Given the more local issues in Dimmock with the EPA and their political grandstanding, I am feeling that they have lost their way in serving our great nation. We are divided by politics, we do not need quasi professional public servants serving political interests other than  pubic knowledge and advancement.

In my reading I came across...

Drilling seen as a positive

Mansfield News Journal

State rep, others cite job creation as a major plus

ASHLAND -- State Rep. David Hall, chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, told area residents if they're interested in seeing horizontal drilling to drive to eastern Ohio and Carroll County.

"You don't have to watch a video. You don't have to listen to us. Go into those communities ... Go to the barber shop or local restaurant," he said. "You see the sparkle back in peoples'

Rockefeller encourages Obama on shale gas support

The State Journal    Posted: Feb 02, 2012 1:35 PM EST Updated: Feb 02, 2012 1:45 PM EST

In a recent letter to President Barack Obama, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller praised Obama's support of shale gas development.

In his State of the Union address, the president outlined a focus on an "all of the above" policy on domestic energy, with shale gas playing a starring role. West Virginia, with recent increased exploration of the Marcellus shale gas play, is becoming a growing player in the natural gas industry.

In his letter, Rockefeller urged Obama to continue backing investments for local worker training. Rockefeller added that he would like the president to also encourage fossil energy research for "clean coal technology."

"I want to thank you for your strong State of the Union endorsement for the expanded production of unconventional natural gas from shale resources.  The safe and environmentally responsible development of our nation's shale resources presents a tremendous opportunity for our country."

In his letter, Rockefeller explains to the president that West Virginia has "started down the road" of development of the Marcellus shale and is also aware of potential of the Utica shale, a shale formation deeper and believed to contain more gas even than the Marcellus formation.

"The development of these resources offers our region significant benefits, including increased employment and economic activity and a broadened tax base at the local and state levels," Rockefeller wrote. "Perhaps most exciting is the prospect that low-cost natural gas can provide the impetus to revitalize our nation's manufacturing and chemical sectors, which form a strong economic foundation."

Rockefeller's letter, like Obama's address, calls for safe development of the industry.

"Maintaining public confidence in the extraction process and safety of natural gas operations will be critical for development to reach its full potential, especially in areas experiencing a sudden increase in production," Rockefeller wrote. "That is why West Virginia has moved ahead in taking initial steps to update our laws and regulations governing shale gas development."

He also asked for more federal funding for fossil energy research.

"Expanded natural gas production across the United States will increase our nation's energy security, it cannot be the only energy source we encourage," Rockefeller wrote. "Our nation remains dependent on coal for a significant share of our nation's electricity."

He highlights the work of Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College and requests support of manufacturing jobs that could spin off from natural gas development.

"Low and stable natural gas prices are imperative to most manufacturers, many of whom use natural gas for energy, and others -- such as the chemical industry -- who use natural gas as a feedstock for making many value-added products," Rockefeller said.<

Please Call the President to Support Natural Gas

Dear Natural Gas Supporters,

The optimism I have enjoyed the past few days as a result of the president's endorsement of natural gas remains strong and is growing. It feels good to see all of our hard work and combined efforts producing positive winning results.

However, anti-gas professional organizers are striking back harder than ever. Across the nation they're conducting well coordinated and funded calling and petition campaigns in an attempt to convince the...

Cabot Oil & Gas on EPA report and actions!!

Examples of EPA’s Selective and Inconsistent Use of Data

Manganese levels in the four water wells for the residents where water will be delivered are higher than EPA secondary contaminant levels standards, but they are in line with the levels which naturally occur throughout the Susquehanna County area. The secondary contaminant levels for substances are established in relation to the color and taste of water and do not indicate any possible human health concerns. This makes sense as...

EPA cherry-picked water-test data, gas company says

January 31, 2012|By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

In the latest salvo over Marcellus Shale gas drilling in the embattled town of Dimock, a natural-gas company on Tuesday alleged that federal regulators had cherry-picked old test data to distort the amount of contamination in drinking-water wells.

Cabot Oil and Gas Co., whose drilling was blamed for the pollution, said that the drinking-water tests the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used to justify its Jan. 19...

Fracking Boom Could Finally Cap Myth of Peak Oil

By Peter Orszag Jan 31, 2012 7:00 PM ET      Bloomberg

The U.S. oil market could be on the verge of its own fracking revolution, similar to what the natural-gas market is already experiencing. As a result, domestic production is now projected to rise significantly over the coming decades, reducing the relative share of imports in U.S. oil consumption.

Advances in horizontal drilling and hydrofracking, in which highly pressurized liquids are injected into underground rock, have been...

WSJ: A Badly Distorted Discourse on U.S. Energy Policy

Five terrific Wall Street Journal letter responses to the Jan. 24 WSJ op-ed by Tom Steyer and John Podesta claiming that “We Don’t Need More Foreign Oil and Gas.”

The “foreign oil and gas” refers to the Keystone XL Pipeline which would bring tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast from Canada.

The letters are below.


A Badly Distorted Discourse on U.S. Energy Policy

In “We Don’t Need More Foreign Oil and Gas” (op-ed, Jan. 24), Tom Steyer and John Podesta observe that America appears to be at...

EPA defends Pavillion tests but cautions on fracking link

By JEREMY FUGLEBERG Star-Tribune energy reporter | Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00 pm

In a letter to Gov. Matt Mead, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended the agency’s water contamination tests in the Pavillion area and insisted a tentative link to hydraulic fracturing isn’t yet conclusive.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in her letter sent to the governor on Thursday that she was concerned two recent letters...

Industry, Professors at Odds on Gas

Seems that Howarth/Ingraffea are quoted by every anti gas extremist (probably by caveat and training from the elitist Park Foundation) as justification for turning our back on the best thing to happen to the United States in 30 years. Silly comments about walking away from 30 years of benefit because there is some cost to get the benefit. Totally ignoring the huge positive changes that gas can and is bringing to depressed areas of the country, for heavens knows what reason. We certianly hope...

No energy industry backing for the word 'fracking'

Associated Press  By JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A different kind of F-word is stirring a linguistic and political debate as controversial as what it defines.

The word is "fracking" — as in hydraulic fracturing, a technique long used by the oil and gas industry to free oil and gas from rock.

It's not in the dictionary, the industry hates it, and President Barack Obama didn't use it in his State of the Union speech — even as he praised federal subsidies for...

Great News About Natural Gas in America!

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Tonight I have some great news, following right on the heels of the good the news I sent in my last post.

In his State of the Union Address to congress and the nation earlier tonight the president asserted the role that Natural Gas, Shale Gas, will have in America. The president committed the administration to taking “every possible action to safely develop this energy.”

All politics aside, this is great news for us as united landowners! The JLCNY has...

Shale Gas $100 Billion Savings to U.S. Exceed Tax Cuts: Energy

Bloomberg   January 26, 2012, 9:02 AM EST   by Mark Chediak

Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Natural gas prices that slumped to a 10-year low this month could save U.S. consumers $16.5 billion on home energy bills over the course of a year, according to a senior economist at the U.S. Federal Reserve.

U.S. households might see total savings from lower gas prices of as much as $113 billion a year through 2015, including tack-on effects such as lower product prices and higher wages generated by...

Don't Frack Me Up: Correcting Misinformation On Hydraulic Fracturing

Forbes   by Marin Katusa, Contributor

To many walking the planet, fracking has a seriously bad reputation. Thanks to hyperbole and misinformation, fracking opponents have convinced a lot of people that the operators who drill and then hydraulically fracture underground rock layers thumb their noses at and even hate the environment.

Anti-fracking claims may be twists on reality – for example, that a legislative loophole makes fracking exempt from the...

Politics the EPA and Dimock PA

I am providing you a link to an EPA document which we would consider 95% political and 5% of concern to all of us. The JLCNY is very concerned that all of the facts be considered when it comes to safe drilling and exploration of natural gas. The narrative here fails to mention that about 30 to 40 years ago a large nursing home named Whispering Pines was on Carter road located in the same contested area and was closed because of bad water.(Given the real facts it is hard to believe the water...

At 10:13 p.m. during state of the union | Obama likes oil and gas officials more than they like him

I think this brief piece of a longer article in the Washington Post is an important contra to our enthusiasm over the presidents state of the union comments on natural gas. The EPA has taken a very active and POLITICAL position on natural gas, making unsubstantiated comments and putting out unconfirmed, unprofessional studies that are very damaging to landowners and pro gas interests. Lets make our position known to the politicians, including our governor and the president, that we want the...

Analysts: Don't underestimate U.S. shale

UPI       ENERGY Resources     Published: Jan. 24, 2012 at 8:26 AM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. data indicated a lower-than-expected reserve estimate from the Marcellus shale deposit though analysts downplayed the significance of the findings.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said the Marcellus shale gas field in the country's Midwest region holds an estimated 141 trillion cubic feet of gas, a sharp decline from the previous estimate of 410 trillion cubic feet.


JLC Statement on President Barack Obama’s State of the union address

JLC Statement on President Barack Obama’s State Of The Union Address

In tonight's SOTU address, President Obama affirmed that we don’t have to choose between our economy and the environment in developing shale gas.

The president committed the Administration to taking “every possible action to safely develop this energy.”  The landowners of NY state stand ready to support this call to action.

Having spent the last four years searching out the most environmentally sound methods to develop the...

State of the Union Speech, President Barack Obama, January 24, 2012

Wow, what a wonderful surprise !! Seems the current administration is listening to the hue and cry of the lowly land owner and the put upon consumer of fuel to heat their homes, run their trucks, cars, buses etc., live their lives while having less effect on global warming. JLCpulse

Portion of the speech on energy and natural gas:

Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American-made energy.

Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas...

Let us inject facts into ‘Seismicity'

Published: Thu, January 19, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.   in

For nearly 40 years now, the state of Ohio has relied upon federally regulated underground injection wells as a safe and effective means for disposing of wastewater deep underground. Injection wells have been used in the United States since the early 1930s, and around the world dating all the way back to 300 A.D., according to EPA.

But if, as The Vindicator has pointed out, your only source of information on this issue is...

How fracking lies triumphed

New York Daily News


A much-needed source of energy has been unjustly maligned



Published: Sunday, January 22 2012, 4:36 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 22 2012, 4:36 AM


In the ongoing battle in New York and elsewhere over hydraulic fracturing, one thing has become clear: The pro-drilling side is losing the public

The Facts Behind EPA’s Dimock Two-Step

In Dec., EPA says water’s safe; in Jan, with no new data, it says it’s not – EID lays out what’s known and what’s not


Set aside all the stage props, backdrops and inflatable scenery deployed as part of the continuing saga known as Dimock, and you’re left with a pretty basic question – albeit one to which very few outside media have gone out of their way to find a legitimate, science-based answer. Quite simply: Is the water up there safe?


On Dec. 2, 2011, EPA declared that it was...

Dimock: The Full Story

This is a wonderful series and I believe it is beneficial for all to read the comments that were generated in EID. The level of anti venom is remarkable, as is the level of ignorance. JLCpulse


Jim Grimsley and Ann Van Lenten in EID
Dimock Township Landowners

Jim and I are proud residents of Dimock Township in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.  We are the voice of the silent majority in Dimock and we would like everyone to hear “the other side.”  As landowners, we are acutely aware that...

Letter: Gas rules must rely on facts, not opinion

Star Gazette

The Jan. 10 article "Cornell studies diverge on drilling impact" demonstrates one more reason why we should do our homework before ruling out developing shale gas as the fuel of the future.

Safely developing our natural resources in New York has the potential to transform our economy and energy security. Yet critics are attempting to create a culture of skepticism that embraces fear over facts. As a result, much opinion on shale gas is based on unsubstantiated...

This video is like a breath of fresh air after being held under water too long. Ann McElhinney has the experience and the moxie to deal with the environmental extremists that have been making our lives miserable for the last four years. We as land owners are not vastly if at all experienced in the combat like conditions that are perpetrated by those determined to rule our lives. How wonderful to have a voice speaking loudly and fluently about our plight as well as our hopes and dreams...

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Here is some GOOD NEWS!!!

While we often feel the media is slanted against our cause, I do have a positive media event to share with you that you'll want to watch. There are even some viewing parties planned around this event that you may want to attend. You'll have fun and be able to show your support at the same time!

What could be better?! To learn more, please see the information directly below.

The Empire State Divide, a film...

Cuomo talks Pre-Budget

America's Job-Rich Energy Future

Robert Bradley Jr., Contributor   Forbes

Americans everywhere have been living through hard times. But the new year brings optimism, particularly when it comes to homegrown U.S. energy.  Expanding the supply of affordable oil and gas is the single best bet for economic recovery in 2012 and beyond.

“The State of American Energy,” a new report from American Petroleum Institute, a trade organization representing almost 500 oil and natural gas companies, confirms what the headlines have...

JLCNY Letter to Senator Seward on Home Rule

If you have not taken action on this item please go to the take action tab on the left side of the JLC website and send off your communication to Senator Seward. JLCpulse


January 17, 2012

The Honorable James L. Seward

41 South Main Street

Oneonta, NY 13820

Re: Home Rule and Natural Gas Development


Dear Senator Seward,

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to foster, promote, advance and protect the common interest of...

America is poised to be the world's new energy leader, now let's vow to claim this crown

By Published January 17, 2012|   Opinion

The race for new-energy dominance is officially on. Earlier this month two of China’s oil giants, Sinopec and Cnooc, as well as Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, announced they would all seek to buy the same 30 percent stake in American hydraulic-fracturing-services firm Frac Tech Holdings LLC.

The announcements, arriving amidst great excitement about the potential of natural gas development in the

‘Grassland protection’ restriction could harm farmers’ abilities to mow, harvest hay

This is just what it looks like, an unadulterated attempt by the DEC  and anti allies to circumvent the Farm Bureau and other agricultural interest groups in dictating to farmers when and even if they can harvest hay in their fields. Under this silly proposed rule farmers with gas leased land could only harvest hay for bedding, how ignorant can the environmental extremists  get, birds over humans and other farm animals. According to the extremists we need to go back to being hunter gatherers...

New York Fracking Advocates Say Local Bans Are ‘Kiss of Death’

New York politicians know best what is acceptable to the gas companys and land owners, just ask James Seward. JLCpulse


By Freeman Klopott and Jim Efstathiou Jr. - Jan 17, 2012 12:00 AM ET         in Bloomberg

New York (STONY1) would lose any chance of reaping the economic benefits of the shale-gas boom if local governments are allowed to ban drilling through zoning laws, advocates say.

The state sits on the northern...

New York Could Allow Hydraulic Fracking By Year's End

By Pierre Bertrand: International Business Times

January 17, 2012 7:03 PM GMT

New York Assemblyman Robert Sweeney will fire a warning shot across the natural gas industry's bow Wednesday by introducing a bill to extend a statewide moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing to the end of 2013.

The move comes as the state's Department of Environmental Conservation reviews tens of thousands of comments received on its proposed natural gas drilling...

Electricity Prices Decline 50%

By Julie Johnsson and Mark Chediak - Jan 17, 2012 11:48 AM ET      Bloomberg


A shale-driven glut of natural gas has cut electricity prices for the U.S. power industry by 50 percent and reduced investment in costlier sources of energy.

With abundant new supplies of gas making it the cheapest option for new power generation, the largest U.S. wind-energy producer, NextEra Energy Inc. (NEE), has shelved plans for new U.S...

Another election-year transformation. Obama new direction

Another election-year transformation.

From the Jan. 17 Wall Street Journal

A re-election campaign is a terrible thing to waste, and this year’s race is already producing miraculous changes at the Obama White House: The latest example of a bear walking on its hind legs is the President’s new embrace of . . . natural gas from shale.

Last week the White House issued its latest report on jobs and it includes a section on “America’s Natural Resource Boom.” The report avers that a...

Cuomo's ex Kennedy stands to make $40M in secret anti-oil deal

By ANNIE KARNI        In New York Post

Last Updated: 7:39 AM, January 16, 2012

Posted: 1:10 AM, January 15, 2012


Professional do-gooder Kerry Kennedy — Gov. Cuomo’s ex-wife and the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy — has called the oil-drilled rain forests of Ecuador “the biggest corporate environmental disaster on the face of the Earth, in the history of the world.”

The human-rights activist penned opinion pieces and lobbied officials to

Marcellus Shale: Environmentalists divided, business and landowners united

Written by Jennifer K. Levine on January 11, 2012 – 10:57 am

A piece in yesterday’s New York Times (1/10/12) speaks of the divide in the environmentalist community regarding their opposition to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York State. It seems that some more enlightened environmentalists understand that drilling is inevitable and they advocate for strengthened regulations. The more radical arm of the movement won’t be satisfied until drilling is banned in the...

Energize Upstate Now! Hundreds Gather Across New York.

by Bill

The New York State DEC comment period on the SGEIS officially ended Wednesday, January 12, 2012.  Concluding this drawn out process on a positive note, a broad coalition of landowners, business, labor and political leaders participated in simultaneous rallies around the state, calling on the governor to “Energize Upstate Now!”  These rallies took place along the Rt. 88 corridor in Corning, Candor, Binghamton, Oneonta and Albany drawing out hundreds of concerned citizens who...

Environmental white knights not so white

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 11:10 am

By Peter Jermann/Special to the Olean Times Herald

Two generations ago the discovery of retrievable gas from the Marcellus Shale would have been greeted with, “It’s there, we need it, let’s get it.”

Today, after two generations of the environmental movement, the response is, “It’s there, you don’t need it, it will hurt the earth.”

In the mid-20th century the lords of industry reigned as the only team on the playing field. Today, environmentalism...

Fracking Fluid Spill in Bradford PA Result of Sabotage

According to police reports, between midnight and 8:30 am early Tuesday, someone intentionally tampered with a tank on a well pad in Bradford County, PA, resulting in a spill of up to 20,000 gallons of fracking wastewater. Fortunately the wastewater was contained in a plastic liner designed for just such a scenario. There are no reports that the wastewater escaped the containment area. PA State Police are investigating.

Pennsylvania State Police, the state Department of...

Ball-Drop, Sleeve System Cuts Completion Time

By Scott Weeden, Senior Online Editor in E&P

By eliminating tripping for installing and removing plugs, and perforating, companies can cut the time for hydraulic fracturing dramatically.

Imagine being able to cut the amount of time it takes to frac a well from the normal 40 to 50 days in the North Sea to 1.5 days.  That’s what well-technology company i-TEC Well Solutions achieved recently on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The company’s unique, new, lower-completion, ball-drop...

Op Ed piece on "Natural Gas" in Hometown Oneonta

Richard Downey and Alan Springett in Hometown Oneonta    1/16/2012
At a meeting in Hartford last year, a lady stood up and told us she was shocked - shocked - that 19 wells in Quebec were leaking methane. One leaked as much as two and a half cubic feet of gas per day. Quebec, she said, issued a moratorium. A back-of-the-envelope calculation put total emissions at about $7...

White House Says Natural Gas Boom Could Mean Substantial Economic Benefits

Posted by on January 11, 2012M at 3:49 pm in NewsOK, Politics

In a report released Wednesday to accompany President Barack Obama’s focus on renewed investment in the U.S. economy, the White House credits the natural gas boom for fueling economic expansion. Here is an excerpt from the report:

America’s Natural Resource Boom
Only a few years ago, fears of a looming natural gas shortage led to significant investments in the rapid
construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

Senators ask Shell to build chemical plant in Pa.

Where is New York in this discussion? JLCpulse
Written by Marc Levy      The Associated Press


HARRISBURG, Pa. -- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Wednesday wrote to a Shell executive in hopes of persuading the oil and gas giant to choose a Pennsylvania site to build a huge new chemical plant that could mean thousands of new jobs and millions of tax dollars for the state.

The company has said it will decide early this year where to build the plant from among sites in Pennsylvania, Ohio...

EPA Fines Gasoline Makers For Not Using Non-Existent Additive! (This Is NOT Fiction!)

Jan 11

Doesn't Look Much Like Fuel Additive...

You know the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fines businesses a lot for environmental violations, right? Bet you didn’t know it fined gasoline producers some $6.8 M for not using the demanded woodchip biofuel as an additive in their gasoline in 2011. The fuel makers’ excuse: there is no such thing, it doesn’t exist. But non-existence is no excuse when the government is...

The Marcellus Shale: A Game Changer for the New York Economy?

The attached article/publication is a wonderful opportunity to become better informed. It provides quality insight, data, projections, history and opinion on Marcellus Shale and what it means or could mean to many folks in New York State. We could not ask for a better counselor than Scott, thank goodness he is on the pro gas side of the aisle. JLCpulse

Please open the attached file and take advantage of the assembled data, projections and over views.<

Minds Meet on Shale Gas/Fracking

Huff Post
Bill Chameides

Dean, Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment

Highlights from a workshop on the environmental and social implications of fracking.

A group of the nation's leading experts on energy and the environment are at Duke this week attending a workshop to try to ferret out the facts (and tamp down the hype) around shale gas and fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural gas trapped in shale deposits. With yesterday's sessions held as a public...

North Dakota Surpasses OPEC Member Ecuador in Oil Production

By Joe Carroll - Jan 10, 2012 4:37 PM ET      in Bloomberg

North Dakota oil production surged 42 percent to 510,000 barrels a day in November, exceeding the output of OPEC member Ecuador, as energy explorers accelerated drilling in the Bakken Shale formation.

The state’s daily crude output topped a half-million barrels for the first time during the month, North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division said today in a statement

A Shale-Fuelled Economic Miracle for 2012

By Peter C. Glover in Energy Tribune
Posted on Jan. 05, 2012

A Shale-Fuelled Economic Miracle for 2012

Amidst the doom and gloom headlines presaging dire prognostications for the Western economies in 2012 there is the very real promise of a global economy re-directing miracle in the making. The impact and promise of shale gas and shale oil is probably the good news story as we step into 2012. Not that you would know it, given the media’s predilection for bad news.

Only two obstacles stand in the way. First, bad energy...

U.S. Shale Bubble Inflates After Near-Record Prices for Untested Fields

By Joe Carroll and Jim Polson - Jan 9, 2012 3:30 PM ET                            in Bloomberg News


Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Total SA, France's largest oil company, acquired a $2.32 billion holding in Ohio's Utica shale region from Chesapeake Energy Corp. and EnerVest Ltd. Elliott Gotkine reports on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Source: Bloomberg)

Surging prices for oil and natural- gas shales, in...

IOGA: These proposed fracking regs are too tough

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York summed up the formal comments it will submit Wednesday afternoon to the DEC as the deadline falls on public comment for the latest edition of the agency’s SGEIS on hydrofracking, calling the agency’s proposed regulations and permit guidelines “restrictive, inequitable and unjustified.”

From IOGA’s...

Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC) Press Release

This is a very educational and enlightening piece of work. If you are interested in facts without hypebole and emotion this a an important read for you. JLCpulse


For release at 10:00 A.M, Tuesday, January 10, 2012:

The Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC) was formed to establish the truth about hydro-fracturing and to distribute data to those wishing facts, not visceral responses or propaganda.  On January 10, 2012, DSEC announced the release of "Frack-enstein," a publication DSEC...

Business Loss Will Continue if Increased Natural Gas Development Remains Blocked in 2012

IOGA of New York     Posted on January 9, 2012 by admin

Businesses have suffered lost opportunity during the three-plus year review of the state’s drilling permit guidelines and regulations.
Albany – The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA of NY) today said that repeated delays and uncertainty associated with exploration of the state’s natural gas reserves have resulted in the loss and erosion of the state’s job base and the stability of many local

Is Ed Markey Fracktracking?

Wall Street Journal Blogs  1/6/1012

Wait, did Rep. Ed Markey really just give a shout out to hydraulic fracturing? Back in July, the ranking member of the House Natural Resources committee was warning that “fracking” — a technique for unlocking natural gas and oil held in dense rock — could “turn stretches of forest into lifeless dunes.”

Yet this week, the congressman sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu in which he implicitly endorses fracking for its role in boosting domestic...

On Shale Gas, Warming and Whiplash

By ANDREW C. REVKIN  New York Times Opinion pages

DOT Earth


Jan. 7, 10:04 p.m. | Updated below |
If you scan back you’ll see what’s becoming a pretty long series of headlines here dealing with a phenomenon I’ve noted since 2008 or so — a feeling of whiplash in tracking the flow of climate science and related news coverage. (One example is “On Plankton, Warming and Whiplash.”)

Here we go again. This time, the issue is the hydraulic fracturing of shale and similar rock to extract...

New York’s Marcellus Landowners Have the Most to Lose

I agree with all that is said in this report, except must add that the landowners seem to be sheep moving to slaughter, plodding along with their heads tossing from side to side missing and misunderstanding the dedication and funding of their opponents. Soon the major landholders will loose the right to even farm their land as regulation after regulation is stacked on and the taxes grow exponentially. It is getting harder and harder for upstate to maintain even the semblance of dignity. Hey!!

Fast, Important Action Item, Please Complete ASAP!

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

The new year is only beginning and already anti-gas efforts are starting in Albany! We just learned about a very dangerous bill two days ago. Hopefully we can nip it in the bud before it has a chance to be seriously considered.

The threat is a bill that would allow your local township to ban natural gas development in your area in spite of all the efforts the DEC has put into making NY the safest and most...

Our Plans, Your Rights

Dear Friends and Landowners,

Next Tuesday, January 10, 2012, is a critical day for us. Wednesday the 11th marks the day the NYS DEC finally closes the comment period on the SGEIS. As landowners, we have been fighting for our rights to develop our minerals safely and responsibly for four years. If we can ramp up the fight, we just might be looking at our watershed moment.

We have exciting plans for Tuesday. We will deliver to the DEC in Albany over 11,000 letters of support

Land prices surge in US shale oilfields

By Ajay Makan in New York Financial Times

The cost of drilling rights in US shale oilfields surged during 2011 as large US energy groups and state-owned oil companies embarked on a “resource grab”, according to data provided to the Financial Times.

Oil extracted in the US by “fracking” – drilling through dense rock, then fracturing it with high-pressure fluids – has grown fivefold since 2006 to 500,000 barrels a day. So-called “tight oil” now accounts for 10 per cent of total US...

Press Release: “Clean Growth Now” Coalition Applauds Governor’s Natural Gas Plan

by |  on January 4th, 2012


ALBANY, NY—Today, members of Clean Growth Now, a coalition comprised of New York’s labor, business, landowners, and agriculture industry, applauded Governor Cuomo’s continued call in his State of the State address for careful work by state officials to establish guidelines that will enable safe and prosperous shale development.

New York can achieve both our environmental and economic goals,” said Brian McMahon, New York State...

Future of Fracking in 2012, NY

One of the biggest and most controversial issues facing New York in the New Year is hydrofracking.  Governor Cuomo’s environmental department is conducting a review process and is likely to begin issuing permits sometime in 2012.

Earlier in the year, it seemed that the Cuomo administration was on a fast track to allow hydrofracking in New York. In June, state environmental officials proposed allowing the gas drilling process on some...

Wayne leaseholder group calls for end to DRBC delay

By Laura Legere (Times-Shamrock Writer)    Published: January 3, 2012

A group of Wayne County landowners frustrated with a stalemate over natural gas drilling rules for the Delaware River Basin wrote to state and federal officials last month calling for an interstate commission to either adopt regulations or let the states do it.

The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, a coalition of natural gas leaseholders, wrote to the Delaware River Basin Commission and elected officials...

Total in $2.3 billion U.S. shale gas deal

By James Regan and Caroline Jacobs     in Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - French oil group Total SA (Symbol : TOT) is ploughing $2.3 billion into the development of U.S. shale gas reserves in Ohio in the latest example of global energy companies piling into new energy sources made economic by the high price of crude.

In a deal with Chesapeake Energy Corp (Symbol : CHK

which the U.S. group announced in November without identifying its partners, Total will take a 25 percent stake in a joint...

The joke’s on The Times

New York Post


Never one to pass up a good redneck joke, The New York Times last week happily heaped scorn on the scraped-knuckle roughnecks who make a (good) living extracting energy from Pennsylvania shale rock — and their less-well-off upstate New York neighbors.

To wit:

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — At the Glamour and Glow boutique in the local mall here, crystal necklaces and fake fur vests have been hot-ticket items the last year.

When the drilling workers head home between long stretches...

Oil and gas 'fracking' wastewater caused 11 earthquakes in Ohio: seismologist

Please pay attention to the title  and do not confuse wastewater wells for horizontal gas wells. JLCpulse

The Associated Press

Wasstewater wells have also been suspected in quakes in Arkansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma


CLEVELAND — A northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling almost certainly caused a series of 11 minor quakes in the Youngstown area since last spring, a seismologist investigating the quakes said Monday.

Research is continuing on the...

NY greens’ anti-drilling baloney

New York Post   By JON ENTINE


Not long ago, environmental groups were heralding natural gas as a “bridge fuel to a more climate-friendly energy supply.” Today, New York “progressives” are leading the charge to demonize it as a “bridge to nowhere” — producing “water contamination, air pollution, global warming and fractured communities.” Why the flip-flop?

The greens thought wind and solar would become competitive as fossil-fuel supplies dried up. But those alternatives proved...

The New York Times and its Anti-Fracking Cargo Cult

Maley's Energy Blog


Another day, another distorted and fear-mongering attack from the Old Grey Lady on America’s natural gas industry.

Headline: Add Quakes to Rumblings Over Gas Rush
(originally published under the headline “Some Blame Hydraulic Fracturing For Earthquake Epidemic”; link may require subscription/signup)

Nine quakes in eight months in a seismically inactive area is unusual. But Ohio seismologists found another surprise when they plotted the quakes’ epicenters: most...

DiNapoli renews push for gas-drilling accident fund

Posted by: Jon Campbell - Posted in Albany Watch on Dec 29, 2011

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli became the first statewide official to submit formal comments on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s hydrofracking proposal, using the opportunity to make a renewed push for a gas-drilling accident fund his office would oversee.

DiNapoli submitted a five-page letter to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens today, criticizing the agency’s draft proposals for failing “to adequately address...

Norse Announces Definitive Agreement to Sell Acreage & Overriding Royalty Interests for Proceeds of USD 26.7 Million

January 2, 2012

Norse Energy Corp. ASA (“NEC” ticker Oslo Stock Exchange, Norway; “NSEEY” ticker U.S. OTC) announces that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell acreage and overriding royalty interests for cash consideration of USD 26.7 million to undisclosed and unrelated buyers.

Norse is selling leases and fee interests totaling approximately 22,700 acres in Central New York and overriding royalty interests of (i) 2.5% on 24,300 acres that are held by production ("HBP") in

Gas And Other Fuels Are Top U.S. Exports, For First Time

Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world's biggest gas guzzler, is – wait for it – fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

Just how big of a shift is this? A decade ago, fuel wasn't even among...

100 years of natural gas? Hype gets reality check

Like all of the issues surrounding natural gas exploration and development in New York and recently nationwide, some want to believe what they read as a fact while others want to believe they are reading hype. A good analogy would be putting a man on the moon, some thought it could be done and kept driving forward. Some thought it could not be done and dragged their feet slowing the process down. Some still believe it was never done, it was all phony photography and hype. I like to think that...

The lessons (for NY) behind the North Dakota miracle

Articles like this make you wonder what in the world is New York's plan, delay after delay till there is only lost opportunity? Is it only about special interest campaign funds, re-election and short sighted politics? We need Jobs in this state, there is no free lunch governor ! There is a cost for every step forward that our society has ever taken, the bigger costs are the steps not taken and the resulting slide into oblivion.  JLCpulse

BY MERRILL MATTHEWS    NewOK   powered by The...

Shale-Gas Boom Spurs Race

Don't worry New Yorkers, we have spurned this race,  who needs those pesky jobs anyway, we have NYC the worlds financial capital to pull us out of our depression, upstate jobs are a burden, we will use the future vacant land for recreation! JLCpulse

by Jacob Wolinsky   on

The boom in low-cost natural gas obtained from shale is driving investment in plants that use gas for fuel or as a raw material, setting off a race by states to attract such factories and the jobs they...

UGI has brought an aggressive approach to bring affordable gas to local customers in PA.

We in New York can only dream of our State Public Service commission approving and our deep pocketed (politically savvy) utilities lowering prices by 30% or more. We can do without it, since we in New York are tough and rich and do not need lowered anything. Our state motto is, More is better, bring on the taxes. We will buy our jobs and then watch them move on to the highest bidder when they have to spend their own money, surely job and energy independence do not mean a thing to rich folks...

Williams to buy gathering system in Marcellus shale

HOUSTON, Dec. 28  Oil and Gas Journal
By OGJ editors

Williams Partners LP, Tulsa, reported it will acquire the Laser Northeast Gathering System and other midstream businesses from Delphi Midstream Partners LLC, a unit of American Securities LLC, and management, for about $750 million.

The Laser gathering system currently consists 33 miles of 16-in. natural gas pipeline and associated gathering in Susquehanna County, Pa., as well as 10 miles of gathering pipeline in...

Happy New Year 2012 from the JLCNY

Dear Friends, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,
May each and everyone of you enjoy a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
As your families and friends reunite to celebrate a new beginning, I ask you please to remember our letter campaign as a way of looking ahead to our success in 2012. Please share lots of copies of the letter linked to here with family and friends you celebrate with. Ask them to sign copies and to distribute even more copies after wards with...

Oil giant's shell game nets elderly farmers

This article is posted to help anyone who believes that they are capable of dealing as an individual with the gas companies or their shells and come out ahead. Coalitions provide support as well as education to landowners who should indeed be leary of transactions with gas companies without the help of a knowledgeable attorney and the benefit of mass negotiations. JLCpulse

Promises made, but not kept, and it's all legal

    Image: Kevin B. Koonce
    Mike StoneReuters
    Kevin B. Koonce...

    With Gas Drilling Next Door, County in New York Gets an Economic Lift

    Published: December 27, 2011

    HORSEHEADS, N.Y. — At the Glamour and Glow boutique in the local mall here, crystal necklaces and fake fur vests have been hot-ticket items the last year.

    When the drilling workers head home between long stretches of work in this gas-rich region, explained Christy Spreng, the shop’s owner, they need gifts for their wives and girlfriends. “They know what they want,” she said. “They’ll say: ‘Looks good...

    Fracking opens fissures among states as drillers face many rules

    Posted on December 26, 2011 at 9:41 am by Bloomberg in Fracking, Natural Gas, Shale
    Workers move a section of well casing into place
    at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near
    Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

    Pennsylvania regulators ordered Chesapeake Energy Corp. to install pressure gauges costing as little as $600 on 114 of its wells after natural gas contaminated drinking water last year.

    Officials rejected a call from environmental groups to order...

    Power generation may electrify slumping gas demand

    Posted on December 26, 2011 at 9:17 am by Simone Sebastian in Drilling, Natural Gas

    The natural gas drilling rush that promises to supply a century of the nation’s energy needs with domestic fuel is lacking one critical element:


    Technology that allows drillers to access densely buried fossil fuels has launched a drilling frenzy in shale rock regions, pushing the supply of natural gas to a record high and its prices to cavernous lows. But heat-efficient buildings and a mild...

    EPA report: Pavillion water samples improperly tested

    By JEREMY FUGLEBERG Star-Tribune energy reporter

    Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    • “EPA’s own data — including details not mentioned in the draft report — indicates the agency’s conclusions are partially based on improperly analyzed samples from six private drinking-water wells and two EPA-drilled deep monitoring wells in Pavillion.”
    • “The EPA also found contamination in pure water control samples, didn’t purge the test wells properly before gathering samples and didn’t mention in its...

    Local business owners lobby against city gas ban

    A little stale, but informative to those unfamiliar with the benefits. JLCpulse


    Pressconnects Steve Reilly

    Marcellus-fueled profits, jobs cited

    BINGHAMTON -- Vestal Asphalt owner Neil Guiles said an influx of business from northern Pennsylvania's natural gas fields over the past two years has added 80 new employees and $3 million to the company's payroll.

    "If we are going to be anti-gas development in Broome County and the surrounding areas," Guiles said, "we are missing a...

    Gas industry: Study this, DEC!

    Albany Watch  by Jon Campbell  12/21/2011

    A gas-industry trade group fired a barb at the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday, making sure the agency knows the industry isn’t pleased with the time it has taken to make a decision on high-volume hydrofracking.

    DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said yesterday that the agency has asked an outside consultant to expand its study of the community impacts of hydrofracking after members of an advisory panel complained that an...

    Happy Holidays from the JLCNY

    Dear Friends and reader,

    I'd like to wish a Happy Holidays to all!
    The next few days will be a great time for all of us to wind down, relax, reflect about where we've been in 2011, and consider where we want to go in 2012. I'm looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet with my family and close friends. I'm sure you are too.
    With Warmest Season's Greetings,
    Dan Fitzsimmons and the entire Board or Directors
    Joint Landowners Coalition of New...

    They Got Representitive Johnson, we got Hinchey (What a Bummer)

    All that we can hope is that George Phillips finally builds enough momentum to get over the top. The day Hinchey is defeated we will have a big party. Support legitimate redistricting. JLCpulse

    Ohio Energy Production: A Return to American Exceptionalism

    U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson

    Member of Congress, Ohio’s Sixth District  EID Guest Blogger        December 21, 2011

    According to most experts, part of the world’s largest deposit of natural gas lies right beneath our feet here in Eastern...

    Abundance of Shale Gas Resources May Spark Manufacturing Renaissance in the U.S., According to PwC US

    PR Newswire

    Potential Addition of Approximately One Million Jobs, an Estimated $11.6 Billion in Cost Savings And Greater Investments in U.S. Plants are among Significant Economic Benefits

    NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The abundance of shale gas resources may spark a U.S. manufacturing renaissance with economic benefits that include cost savings, greater investments to expand U.S. manufacturing facilities and increased levels of employment, according to a new report...

    Binghamton City Gas Ban, is it worth the potential consequence to the over burdened taxpayers?

    by  Scott Kurkoski Esq.

    The Council’s politicking carries a high price,” said Scott Kurkoski, Broome County resident and attorney for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York “It threatens the best interests of our city and the Southern Tier as a whole."

    In stark contrast to the nearly four years the DEC has invested in addressing concerns over gas development, the Binghamton City Council has allocated mere days to weigh their proposal before leaving office and saddling residents...

    New York Energy Citizens stand up for jobs

    Ohio expert hydrologist Questions EPA Pavillion report

    This is a very short and informative read, I would suggest that all those who have great faith in the EPA, take a moment to get some insight into their rush to judgement. To those who have no faith in the EPA, this is confirmation of your insight. One has to wonder why the rush, why now, what happened to professionalism? Our governments have turned to politics and emotion, to hell with the facts. JLCpulse

    Please click on the link.

    Does shale oil boom mean U.S. energy independence near?

    By Kevin G. Hall--- McClatchy Newspapers  Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 - 5:02 pm
    TOWANDA, Pa. — Ever since Richard Nixon's 1973 promise to attain energy independence, successive U.S. presidents all have pledged the same goal, even as foreign supplies composed a larger and larger share of the U.S. energy mix. Now, almost 40 years later, a measure of independence is within reach. But as this booming mountain town in northeastern Pennsylvania shows, the quest for...

    Tom Stewart: Why Saudi Arabia now fears Ohio

    Found in by Tom Stewart

    COLUMBUS: Every U.S. president since Richard Nixon has vowed to do whatever it takes to break America’s dangerous dependence on the Middle East for its oil. But 40 years later, more than half of America’s net oil imports still come from people and places around the world whose strategic interests don’t often align with our own.

    So is the solution to reducing that reliance simply to produce more oil here at home? That’s certainly part of it. But when it...

    Yedlin: Independent probe should be called to review EPA report

    Encana disputes findings of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    By Deborah Yedlin, Calgary Herald December 20, 2011

    There's something fundamentally troubling about the recent report issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding alleged contamination of drinking water at Encana's Pavilion play in Wyoming.

    The EPA was originally called in to investigate why the community's drinking water smelled badly, had a bad taste and poor visual appearance.

    The report...

    Amid Terse Words Board Sets Debate on Home Rule Bill

    The Daily Star  by Joe Mahoney Dec 20,2011

    COOPERSTOWN -- The stage has been set for the full Otsego County Board of Representatives to debate whether towns have the ability to zone out natural gas drilling.

    On Monday, in a move that stunned his fellow Republicans, board Chairman Floyd "Sam" Dubben, R-Middlefield, sided with Democrats in backing home rule legislation that gives communities expanded authority in restricting heavy industries such as drilling.

    In snapping a 2-2 tie by joining...

    DEC to take closer look at hydrofracking costs

    The Journal News, Albany Watch  by Jon Campbell

    An outside consultant has been asked to take a harder look at the costs communities would have to deal with if hydrofracking is given the green light, the state’s top environmental watchdog said today.

    DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said Ecology & Environment, a Buffalo firm that had already produced a report on the economic benefits of gas drilling, has already started looking at the impact the industry would have on things like the...

    Encana cites 'critical mistakes' in U.S. EPA’s fracturing study

    Calgary Herald December 21, 2011   by Dina O'Meara

    CALGARY — Encana Corp. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency faced off Tuesday over a report linking natural gas development with contaminated water in the tiny hamlet of Pavillion, Wyoming.

    Encana picked apart the Dec. 6 EPA report fingering hydraulic fracturing as the probable culprit tainting water in Pavillion during a conference call with the media Tuesday.

    The second largest producer of natural gas in North America...

    The EPA's Fracking Scare

    Review and Outlook   The Wall Street Journal

    Breaking down the facts in that Wyoming drinking water study.

    The shale gas boom has been a rare bright spot in the U.S. economy, so much of the country let out a shudder two weeks ago when the Environmental Protection Agency issued a "draft" report that the drilling process of hydraulic fracturing may have contaminated ground water in Pavillion, Wyoming. The good news is that the study is neither definitive nor applicable to the rest of the

    Civil Disobedience at the SRBC Meeting Wilkes-Barre

    Attorney Tom West Talks Fracking Leases

    As the debate over hydrofracking continues, a new concern has arisen over the leases drilling companies sign with landowners. The Environmental Working Group released a report saying that the gas companies were not alerting landowners to all the risks. But Albany-area attorney Tom West, who has worked with drilling companies on contracts in the past, says sufficient protection is already available in New

    Don't let Mayor Ryan Frack Up Binghamton's Future

    Many of the companies working in Pennsylvania have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in Binghamton on meals, services, lodging and I am sure entertainment and refreshment. They have indicated that they will NOT spend their hard earned cash in any community that rejects them and their industry by instituting a ban against their business. I certainly do not blame them for their position and frankly would not go where I am not welcomed and spend my money either. This political theater by the...

    Fracking revolution goes global

    John Kemp            Reuters

    Dec 14 (Reuters) - Forget OPEC. By far the most important oil news today is that Saudi Aramco and China's giant Sinopec and CNOOC energy firms are each in talks to buy up to a 30 percent stake in U.S. oil and gas services company Frac Tech International.

    Frac Tech's expertise in hydraulic fracturing makes it a major player in the fast-growing part of the oil and gas industry, which is set to radically alter the world's energy supply picture in the next...

    Phony fracking fears for NY

    By ROBERT BRYCE         NY Post

    Last Updated: 10:57 PM, December 14, 2011


    Opponents of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York got a boost last week when the EPA issued a draft report that found that chemicals used in gas wells may have contaminated a shallow-water aquifer in Pavillion, Wyo. With the state Department of Environmental Conservation having extended the comment period on its proposed rules for drilling and “fracking” to Jan. 9, the critics will surely point to...

    COLUMN-Fracking no more risky than other oil, gas wells: Kemp

    By John Kemp         Reuters    Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:23am EST


    Dec 12 (Reuters) - It is time to stop demonising hydraulic fracturing. Oil and gas production is a messy, dirty business that produces all sorts of harmful waste. But the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are no more dangerous than those frequently used in acidizing and other conventional well treatments.

    Fracking poses no more risk to the environment than production from conventional wells, which the industry and...

    Questions Emerge On EPA's Wyoming Fracking Study

    Christopher Helman   FORBES  12/09/2011


    As I wrote last night (What If Fracking Did Pollute Wyoming Water?), the oil and gas industry is still trying to digest the 121-page EPA report on ground pollution around a natural gas field operated by Encana in Pavilion, Wyoming. Maybe hydraulic fracking of gas wells contributed to groundwater pollution, but then again, maybe it didn’t. Even the EPA says its findings need to be reviewed and reconsidered, and you better believe every company that...

    Fact Check: Rebuked NYT Reporter Cherry-Picks Lease Claims to Advance Anti-Natural Gas Agenda

    By: Marcellus Shale Coalition      December 2, 2011

    Canonsburg, Pa. – The New York Times reporter whose agenda-driven tactics aimed at the American natural gas industry have been rebuked by even the paper’s public editor, is at again. True to form, the latest piece highlights a narrow universe of individuals who signed straightforward contractual agreements to lease their minerals for production and, in some cases, their surface rights for other natural gas production activities. While...

    Fracking in NY: death by 1,000 stalls?

    Cuomo orders, bureaucrats stall

    Last Updated: 12:20 AM, December 5, 2011

    Posted: 11:06 PM, December 4, 2011

    Abby Wisse Schachter

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation is on course to kill any hope of a New York natural-gas boom with the death of 1,000 stalls.

    The DEC is taking too long, and paying too much heed to disingenuous critics, in issuing rules to allow the key process of “fracking” — a k a hydraulic fracturing, which involves forcing water and chemicals at...

    Landowners pan latest delay in NY gas drilling

    Associated Press

    ALBANY, N.Y. — The natural gas industry and landowners hoping to share its profits are frustrated by the state's latest delay in allowing drilling, but environmentalists say more time is needed to study the issue.

    The state Department of Environmental Conservation has refused to issue permits for shale gas wells using a drilling technique that involves blasting chemical-laced water into the ground since it started an environmental study in 2008. Critics say the...


    Delays Put State and Citizens in Jeopardy

    BINGHAMTON, NY – November 30, 2011 – The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) is disappointed that the NY Department of Conservation (DEC) has yet again delayed the comment period for the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS), into the New Year.

    The DEC continues to show preference to various special interest groups while ignoring the needs of landowners - a decision that is not without consequence...


    This video is a presentation of how casing is used in Pennsylvania at this point in time. JLCpulse




    “Clean Growth Now” Cautions Against High Cost of Further Natural Gas Delay

    It is time to get outraged and much more active on this matter. How much abuse do landowners have to take, how much delay before we get more proactive? When is enough enough? Where is the state leadership in these situations?? JLCpulse


    Postponing Marcellus Shale development keeps jobs, investment from coming to New York


    ALBANY, NY—Today, members of Clean Growth Now, a coalition made up of New York’s labor, business, landowners, and agriculture industry, cautioned the state...

    dSGEIS Comment Period Home Stretch

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Every Where,

    I hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving. A few days away from gas matters was greatly appreciated in my home.
    Now it's back to business as we approach the home stretch of the DEC's comment period. By the time most of you read this the final hearing in NY City will be over and all comments will soon need to be submitted.

    If you have not done so already, please print out copies of file linked here and ask others to sign...

    Can Andrew Cuomo Meet the Leadership Challenge of Hydrofracking Policy?

    Posted: 11/28/11 08:21 AM ET

    Huffington Post by Steven Cohen, Executive Director, Columbia University’s Earth Institute


    Hydrofracking for gas, like deep sea oil drilling, is both a complicated and potentially dangerous practice that provides more and more of the fuel we need for daily life. The increased use of these technologies tells us that fossil fuels are getting harder to find and more difficult to extract from the earth. This will continue until we build a fossil fuel-free...

    Wall Street Journal editorial: The Non-Green Jobs Boom

    Forget 'clean energy.' Oil and gas are boosting U.S. employment.
    NOVEMBER 26, 2011

    So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is
    a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that
    those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking
    place in oil and gas.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that the U.S. jobless rate
    remains a dreadful 9%. But look more closely at the data and you can see
    which industries

    BEYOND INSIDER TRADING: Here's How Members Of Congress Get Rich Off Earmarks

    This shameful use of taxpayer funds should outrage even pro Hinchey voters. What an abomination. JLCpulse


    Grace Wyler and Zeke Miller Business Insider

    Throw Them All Out, Peter Schweizer's explosive new expose, has pulled back the lid on congressional insider trading, revealing the shocking regularity with which elected officials use their legislative positions to reap financial rewards.

    This 'honest' graft is by no means limited to using inside knowledge to play the stock market...

    Desperate times could bring about desperate measures in NY

    Written by Michael Gormley  The Associated Press

    ALBANY -- It turns out that after months of self-congratulatory backslapping over finally steering New York away from fiscal crisis, the sky is falling again.

    And for many lobbyists and politicians in Albany, that's just perfect.

    Supporters of some potentially transformative plans like a Catskills casino, gas drilling in the Southern Tier and a tax on millionaires are getting added ammunition as the fiscal outlook darkens. And for...

    Will New York miss out on the revolution?

    NYPost Opinion pages

    Will New York miss out on the revolution?

    Last Updated: 4:53 AM, November 20, 2011

    As Brad Parks makes clear on these pages, America’s energy market is on the cusp of enormous change — with the advent of new technologies, like fracking, to extract oil.

    That same technology can be used to capture natural gas — which is said to lie in great abundance in the Marcellus Shale, running through New York’s Southern Tier.

    Pennsylvania has already begun tapping into a...

    Marcellus Shale: Landowners’ message trumps all others

    Written by Jennifer K. Levine on November 21, 2011 – 8:38 am  The Busines Council

    Last Thursday at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton, the NYS DEC held hearings on the draft sGEIS and its proposed regulations to oversee horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in New York. Landowners and business owners in the Southern Tier understand that with strong DEC regulations they have the opportunity to restore their communities to the prosperity they once enjoyed in decades past. They turned...

    Photographs From Nov. 17 SGEIS Hearing in Binghamton: Landowners as Underdogs

    Photographs From Nov. 17 SGEIS Hearing in Binghamton: Landowners as Underdogs

    This is a display from a recently formed pro-drilling coalition of both pro-business and pro-labor groups — together with landowners who originally organized themselves in order to attempt collective bargaining of leases with the drilling industry.  I'm not sure if I can put my finger on it, exactly, but the artwork has a very interesting leftist vibe to it — which, to my eye, is nicely...

    Fracking regulations: DEC's latest script produces high drama at Binghamton Forum

    I posted this article not so much for the inaccurate reporting, ( We pro folks had more attendees than the anti group) rather I put it up to provide an insight into the meeting by an individual who commented on the article  who calls themself  Fizzixrox that follows:

    "KWC, So true . . . The DEC should not be wasting everyone's time with these hearings. It was a debacle. At the evening session many in the audience were so rude that speakers could not even be heard. Catcalls and rude

    DRBC postpones vote on hydrofracking rules

    The Journal News  Jon Campbell

    Facing lukewarm support, a commission postponed a vote on proposed rules for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin after both New York and Delaware said they were likely to vote against them.

    The Delaware River Basin Commission was set to vote on their long-debated rules on Monday, but officially announced this morning it was pushing the vote back. The commission didn’t set a new date, and a press release said “no additional

    NYFB Members Testify at DEC Gas Drilling Hearing

    11/17/2011 Farm Bureau

    Members of the New York Farm Bureau, the State’s largest farm advocacy organization testified today in support of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. The most recent Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS) released earlier this fall provides the needed regulatory framework to allow safe and secure drilling to begin. Farm Bureau supports the strongest regulations in the country, but is also working to ensure that the...

    Guest Viewpoint: Drilling can be safe; let N.Y. start to reap benefits

    Written by Brian McMahon

    The economy is stalled in most parts of upstate. Unemployment remains high. Local governments and school districts in the Southern Tier struggle to make budget cuts. Yet, every morning residents in the Binghamton and Elmira areas watch as hundreds of workers get in their trucks and cars, leave their houses, apartments and hotels, and cross the border to northern Pennsylvania to go to good jobs in the shale gas industry.

    What is wrong with this...

    A Time to Give Thanks

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Every Where,

    As Thanksgiving approaches a heartfelt “Thanks!” goes out to the folks who stood up for us last week at the dSGEIS hearings in Dansville and Binghamton. Based on what I’ve learned so far they conveyed our presence and desires loud and clear. Exactly as hoped for! They won a battle for all of us. Please send this to everyone you know so they too can appreciate how significant this is!

    After the holiday our next challenge is the Sullivan County

    Invitation to all Pro-Gas Supporters

    Clean Growth Now & Joint Landowners Coalition of New York Invite you to a press conference regarding the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s public hearing in Binghamton


    10:00 am
    Thursday, November 17, 2011
    Assembly of God Church parking lot
    Washington and Water Streets, Binghamton


    Dan Fitzsimmons
    President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

    George Miner
    President, Southern Tier Economic Growth
    Brian Noteboom
    Northeast Regional...

    Clean fracking: Moving to replace chemicals

    By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. @CNNMoney November 16, 2011: 11:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Last summer a Halliburton executive did the unthinkable: He took a big ol' swig of hydraulic fracturing fluid.

    No, he didn't have a death wish. And yes, he appears to be doing just fine. He did it to prove a point: fracking fluid need not be toxic.

    What the exec drank was a new formulation of...

    Drilling supporters form alliance to tout economic benefits to NY

    Written by  Jon Campbell     Albany Bureau

    ALBANY -- More than a dozen groups supportive of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale launched a new alliance Thursday that they say will highlight the positive economic impacts gas drilling would bring to long-suffering regions of the state.

    Clean Growth Now, which includes 16 statewide and local business and trade groups such as Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson...

    News Flash From Dansville dSGEIS Hearing

    Signs and banners will be allowed in the hearing rooms, but sticks, stakes, poles or the like will not be allowed. Those will be confiscated.
    For maximim visual effect please encourage attendees to bring signs and banners to the early morning events, to hold while in line, and for in the hearing room!
    Please share this with all supporters ASAP!

    Gas-industry group: NY’s hydrofracking rules ‘unjustified’

    Posted by: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 08, 2011

    In today’s Gannett newspapers, we took a look at a lengthy, strongly worded letter from the Independent Oil & Gas Association that blasts the state’s proposed hydrofracking requirements, estimating they would cost companies an additional $1 million per well to drill in New York compared to other states.


    Gas price relief: New Honda cheaper to drive

    By Jerry Edgerton  CBS Money Watch         November  10, 2011

    What if you could buy a car that costs $1 to $2 a gallon less than gasoline to refuel but drives almost exactly like a gasoline model? And what if that fuel was produced right here in the USA?


    If you like that idea, Honda hopes you may be ready for the 2012 Honda Civic Natural Gas. Starting in December, the natural gas model -- previously available in only four states -- will go on sale at 200 dealerships in all of the 36...

    T. Boone Pickens Applauds Introduction of NAT GAS Act in US Senate | November 15th,

    It is so encouraging to see Republicans and Democrats come together to put America first. I salute Senators Menendez, Burr, Chambliss and Majority Leader Reid for recognizing that we need a fiscally responsible energy policy that cuts dependence on foreign oil while creating American jobs, lifting our economy, enhancing our national security, and protecting our environment.

    Useful Information Regarding the dSGEIS Hearings

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,
    Recently I asked you to clear your calendar to attend one or more of the DEC hearings and stated that it was imperative that you attend. Since sending that request it has been made clear to me that we need a large showing of supporters at the hearings. We need people to speak at the hearings, and if you prefer to not speak, we need you to attend to show your support. I also encourage you to please share this with any and all

    Final Thoughts Before dSGEIS Hearings

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Now that we're just a day or two away from the first hearings I have some slightly off topic points I'd like to share with you so as to make participating more satisfying.

    First and foremost, dress very warmly! Wear winter coats, gloves, hats, warm/dry footwear, and dress in layers so you don't overheat once inside. The weather forecast keeps changing, but the temperatures predicted are consistently in the low 40's with a breeze.


    Your Presence is Requested

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    In just a few days the DEC hearings will start.

    I cannot overstate or over repeat how important it is that we all attend these hearings. The reasons for attending are simple. Please share them with any and all supporters you know.   The anti-gas protestors will try to over whelm us to make the political statement that we don’t care and we don’t matter. The dSGEIS has regulations that will make large parts of NY, if not the whole...

    Road Use Seminar – Natural Gas Development

    All roads led to Binghamton NY on October 24th as the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) hosted a three hour long “Road Use Seminar – Natural Gas Development” event. The event provided municipal leaders, attorneys, highway superintendents, and other interested parties with an opportunity to learn about “best practices” they can use to mitigate the risks to NY’s communities which may occur with heavy equipment road use related to Natural Gas development. Presentations were made...

    Government gets into shale gas research with a bang


    Houston (Platts)--1Nov2011/653 pm EDT/2253 GMT  Jim McGill


    US government scientists are experimenting with the use of explosive charges to fracture deep underground formations to stimulate the production of shale gas, a researcher said at the World Energy Council Business Forum in Houston Tuesday.

    Julio Friedmann, carbon management program leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said the lab is studying the effectiveness of explosive detonations in creating fractures in...

    Industry Responds: EPA Fracking Study Lacks Transparency

    Shefra Mincer  AOLEnergy


    On November 1, the EPA released its much awaited study on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing. It was immediately denounced by six oil and gas industry associations.

    The EPA "has moved forward with data collection for the Study, ignoring both its commitment to and a Congressional direction to ensure transparency and stakeholder input," the six industry associations, namely the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), the American...

    Gas Against Wind

    Matt Ridley  New Geography  Nov 4, 2011


    Which would you rather have in the view from your house? A thing about the size of a domestic garage, or eight towers twice the height of Nelson’s column with blades noisily thrumming the air. The energy they can produce over ten years is similar: eight wind turbines of 2.5-megawatts (working at roughly 25% capacity) roughly equal the output of an average Pennsylvania shale gas well (converted to electricity at 50% efficiency) in its first ten...

    Shale Gas Revolution

    David Brooks, OpED      The New York Times


    The United States is a country that has received many blessings, and once upon a time you could assume that Americans would come together to take advantage of them. But you can no longer make that assumption. The country is more divided and more clogged by special interests. Now we groan to absorb even the most wondrous gifts.

    A few years ago, a business genius named George P. Mitchell helped offer such a gift. As Daniel Yergin writes in “The...

    Shale-Gas Reserves Have Potential to Reignite U.S. Economy

    By Paul M. Barrett - Nov 3, 2011 12:00 AM ET  Bloomberg

    In late 1998, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK), an independent natural-gas producer based in Oklahoma City, exemplified an industry in decline.

    The company’s stock price had fallen over two years from above $34 a share to 75 cents. Its market value tumbled 93 percent, to $72 million. “They’re running up a down escalator,” Michael Spohn, an analyst at Petroleum Research...


    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,
    As soon as you read this, please share it with any and all pro-gas supporters.
    It’s showtime! The DEC will be holding hearings on the regulations regarding natural gas development according to the following bullet points. It is IMPERATIVE that you attend the session closest to you (and others if at all possible)!

    • Wednesday Nov. 16:
    Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton St.

    Memo to NYT: Leases and Lending Go Together Just Fine

    John F. Spall, Esq.

    Director, The Dime Bank

    Honesdale, Pa.


    I have been in private practice as a real estate attorney in northeastern Pennsylvania for more years than I’d like to admit.  My firm has offices in both Pike and Lackawanna Counties.  I also operated a real estate business for a number of years and serve as a Director of The Dime Bank, which is headquartered in Wayne County.  I have also served as local counsel to one of the major oil and gas companies operating in our...

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended Governor Andrew Cuomo's current position on hydrofracking.

    By Dana Rubinstein October 27, 2011    in Capital

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly defended Governor Andrew Cuomo's current position on hydrofracking.

    "I think the governor, our governor, has it just right," said the mayor, during a press conference at Rothman's, a men's clothing store on Union Square. "Governor Cuomo said he didn't want fracking in the watershed. I agree with that. But you shouldn’t walk away from an energy source that we need."

    The mayor was at a men's clothing store...

    Anti-drilling hysteria, Spreading fear to halt progress

    Abby Wisse Schachter , New York Post  October 28, 2011

    York state just announced another delay in what has become a more-than-four-year process to approve widespread natural-gas drilling. Over that time, the state has lost tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of business -- and the opposition to drilling has only gotten more entrenched and radical.

    Gov. Cuomo should not be swayed by such hysteria.

    An Oct. 6 New York Policy Forum panel on gas drilling is a case in...

    DRBC Hearing November 21, 8:00 AM

    Hi Folks, The following announcement was provided to all those in opposition to the landowner right to use their land as they please ( as long as the use is safe and causes no harm to others). The organizations who are funding the opposition seem to have unlimited resources and have made arrangements for transportation to the hearings in Trenton, NJ. I would recommend that everyone with an interest in maintaining their right to freely use their land become familiar with the opposition site(

    City of Binghamton considering a ban on Drilling

    First Ryan is against , then we hear he is for drilling benefits ( but NIMBY), now he is against, lets check the direction of the wind. This mayor and his leadership efforts seem confused and directionless which is why nothing of substance is happening in The City of Binghamton. To waste taxpayer dollars on a useless ban, which is clearly in direct conflict with existing law and dogma is very typical of Ryan politics, hollow and frivolous.  Sadly, Binghamton continues it's slide into oblivion...

    Report Issued on Impact of Marcellus Shale on Drinking Water

    The Center for Rural Pennsylvania released the findings, saying there was no "major influence from gas well drilling or hydrofracturing on nearby water wells, when considering changes in potential pollutants that are most prominent in drilling."

    The Center for Rural Pennsylvania on Tuesday released the findings of a study it conducted on the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling on drinking water

    New PA Study: No Link Between Fracking & Water Contamination

    Marcellus Drilling News

    The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan legislative agency serving as a resource and research arm for rural policy in the Pennsylvania Assembly and Senate. The Center has just released the results of a study conducted in 2010 and 2011 analyzing the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling on rural drinking water supplies. This was an unbiased, large scale study of water quality in 233 private water wells in rural Pennsylvania before and after the drilling...

    Cash In on the Natural Gas Shale Boom

    Lease payments and royalties have turned gas-rich regions into boomtowns. You could share in the windfall.

    By Anne Kates Smith, Senior Editor

    From Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, November 2011

    Jeff and Pamela Barnes of Lawrenceville, Pa., work a dairy farm in Tioga County that’s been in Jeff’s family for generations. A year ago, like so many farmers, they were juggling a lot of debt, sometimes scrimping to get by. “Before, if something broke, it was broke. There

    Insight: N.Y. gas drillers' victory soured by tough new rules

    By Edward McAllister

    (Reuters) - The end of a drilling ban in New York was meant to be a new dawn for energy companies. After years of waiting, they would finally be able to exploit the richest deposit of natural gas in the country.

    But as companies delve into new regulations for drilling in New York, they're discovering a bitter reality: half the land they had leased for drilling may now be out of bounds.

    In proposed new rules for drilling, which are expected to be finalized...

    RFK Jr.’s War on Natural Gas

    I sure do agree with the author of this article, Mr Kennedy and might I add, Mr Moore should move on and let the process work as planned. These guys cannot see the forest for the trees, and what they are seeing is inaccurate anyway.JLCpulse


    By in the The Lonely Conservative

    October 20, 2011

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr should be removed from Governor Coumo’s High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel immediately.

    I and the other panelists are charged with...

    RFK, jr. belittling Frackers’ exit threat

    Based on this response, it looks like another of the panel members is wandering off the reservation in search of more fertile ground. We really need to have balance and insight from those who are "serving" the states interests. I would feel much more comfortable knowing that we as a state were not driving jobs and revenues to other competing states with our penchant for "over" regulation.  My suggestion, talk less and listen more. JLCpulse

    New York Post


    Last Updated: 7:14 AM...

    Non-fossil fuels don’t meet immediate energy needs

    Ed Bragg

    With all  the vitriol  expended on the topic of hydrofracking, there has been  little or no discussion about what it means to be a citizen using energy produced elsewhere;  what obligations those who have energy resources have to those who do not,  and how one justifies his or her role in denying  that source to others. What is the role of NIMBY (not in my backyard) thinking in this discussion?

    If you heat your home, use electricity, drive a car or run a...

    Industry representatives say DEC hydrofracking rules may keep drillers out

    Written by  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Jon Campbell    Gannett Albany Bureau

    ALBANY -- While scores of environmental groups have loudly expressed their concerns with the state's proposed rules for shale-gas drilling, industry representatives are making clear they aren't pleased, either.

    While initially remaining quiet when the Department of Environmental Conservation released its latest review of hydraulic fracturing in September, the gas industry has started publicly pushing back against proposed regulations that some say are "onerous" and could keep drillers out of New York.

    "We're all about seeing the environment protected and having a high environmental bar. Nobody has any objection to that," said Thomas West, an Albany attorney and lobbyist who represents several gas companies. "But if you go to far and it gets too expensive, then New York won't be competitive with other states like Pennsylvania and Ohio -- and we won't have much drilling or leasing activity."

    West said a coalition of companies and industry groups are pooling their resources to review the DEC's 1,500-page review of high-volume hydrofracking, a technique used with gas drilling that uses a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to unlock gas from shale formations.

    The group plans on filing comments with the DEC on the review, as well as a set of proposed regulations, by the agency's Dec. 12 deadline. But at least initially, most within the industry aren't pleased, said Gregory Sovas, a consultant working with the Twin Tiers Landowners Coalition in Steuben County as well as a company hoping to treat hydrofracking wastewater.

    Among their concerns are the "setbacks" or buffer zones included in the DEC's recommendations. Included is a ban on surface drilling within 4,000 feet of the Syracuse and New York City watersheds, within 500 feet of primary aquifers or in 100-year floodplains.

    Sovas said the buffer zones would keep horizontal gas wells from servicing the maximum potential area -- 640 acres under state law -- and could result in more, less-efficient wells dotting the Southern Tier and Catskills regions.

    "The (setbacks) aren't justified and they take a significant amount of acreage out of production," said Sovas, who was the DEC's director of mineral resources from 1983 to 2001. "Basically, they've removed the efficiencies from the process."

    The DEC has said that even with the setbacks and buffers, 80 percent of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale still would be available to drillers -- a figure both West and Sovas contend is an overestimation.

    West, who has represented companies such as Chesapeake Energy, Anschutz Exploration Corp. and Inflection Energy, said industry has been frustrated by duplications and redundancies in the DEC's rules.

    A spokeswoman for the DEC said the agency "will not cut corners in New York when it comes to protecting public health and environment." Regulators in Pennsylvania have been criticized for drilling-related environmental impacts in that state, which has seen a huge spike in drilling activity since 2007 and experienced a handful of high-profile accidents and instances of methane-contaminated water wells.

    "If high-volume hydraulic fracturing moves forward in New York, it will move forward with the strictest standards in the nation to ensure New York's drinking water and other natural resources are thoroughly protected," said Emily DeSantis, the agency spokeswoman. "Other states are playing catch up after their regulations proved to be inadequate."

    The agency is accepting comments on its proposed rules until Dec. 12. After that, it has to take those comments into account and make changes to its draft review before issuing a "findings statement," which is expected at some point next year. After that, high-volume hydrofracking would be allowed to move forward in New York.

    As of Monday, 1,096 comments have been submitted, according to DeSantis. Four public hearings will be held in November, including Nov. 16 in Dansville, Livingston County, and Nov. 17 in Binghamton.

    The industry isn't alone in criticizing the buffer zones. Environmental groups have also expressed their displeasure, but they say the buffers are inadequate, particularly a 1,000-foot setback that is proposed around the aqueducts and infrastructure that carry New York City's watershed from the Catskills to the city.

    The DEC review also calls for some of the setbacks to be reconsidered after either two or three years, which is unacceptable, according to Kate Hudson, watershed program director for Westchester County-based Riverkeeper.

    "We think that the buffers and setbacks are insufficient," Hudson said. "A number of these setbacks are going to be reevaluated in two or three years, which means they could just disappear. This is just sort of throwing the public a bone that can be taken back at the end of the time period."

    West, however, said the DEC's proposed rules might prevent drillers from coming to New York if they are adopted as is.

    "We have certainly made some of our concerns known to (DEC) and some of the environmental groups have, too," West said. "The opposition groups want it so restrictive that nobody even comes to New York. Well, they may have gotten their wish unless some changes are made."<

    Fracking gets a clean bill of health


    Last Updated: 12:34 AM, October 18, 2011

    Posted: 10:37 PM, October 17, 2011

    Back in April, anti-drilling Chicken Littles gleefully cackled and clucked about a massive “blowout” at a Pennsylvania natural-gas well and speculated that “thousands of gallons of frack fluid” were poisoning water wells and contaminating a tributary of the Susquehanna River, which flows into Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland attorney general threatened to sue the...

    Review of gas well failure in Bradford County shows no lasting damage

    By Erin L. Nissley (Staff Writer)
    Published: October 17, 2011

    Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2011:04:20 12:35:27

    C.J. MARSHALL / TIMES-SHAMROCK This natural gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy near Towanda spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water in April, fouling two streams and forcing the evacuation of seven families.

    A review of a natural gas well that failed in Bradford County six months ago shows no lasting damage to the environment, according to information released late Saturday by

    Libous: Drill on Camp Pharsalia

    Capital Confidential

    Posted on October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am by Rick Karlin, Capitol bureau in Taxes

    Senate GOP Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous has an idea for the shuttered Camp Pharsalia, a closed  prison in his district — drill for gas.

    Libous, speaking with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300, suggested the empty, unused facility, which has had no buyers and is emblematic of upstate’s shrinking prison economy, could make a good spot for drilling.

    Libous, whose district runs through parts of the...

    Fracking expenses weighed State report contains eight tax, fee options

    By Jon Campbell    Ithaca Journal

    ALBANY — State estimates show the Department of Environmental Conservation will need to come up with an average of $20 million each of the next five years to regulate the natural gas industry if a form of hydraulic fracturing is allowed in New York.

    But while the way the state will come up with those funds is being debated, a DEC report distributed to its hydrofracking advisory panel last month highlights some options.

    The Sept. 26 report, one of several...

    Initial air tests conducted near Morgantown Marcellus natural gas operations show no problems

    The Dominion Post

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Environmental regulators say initial air tests near a Marcellus shale gas well in Morgantown showed no problems.

    The tests were sought by residents concerned about air quality near schools surrounding the Northeast Natural Energy operation.

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 spokesman Roy Seneca says three tests were performed at SkyView Elementary School. Two were done before hydraulic fracking operations began and the third was done...

    Boom Town: What Brings Thousands of Jobs to One Ohio Town?


    Steubenville, Ohio, may not look like a city sitting on a multi-billion dollar industry. Unemployment here reached 15 percent in 2010, and a now-shuttered steel mill -- which was once the lifeline of the Steubenville economy -- is now just a painful reminder of what used to be.

    While the old way is gone for good -- a new way has already changed lives.

    Two huge shale formations -- the Marcellus and Utica -- lay underneath a five-state...

    New Pa. Govt. Data Demonstrates Powerful Job Creation Impact of Marcellus Shale

    Marcellus jobs soar 2,076% along Northern Tier; 214,000 Marcellus-Related Jobs in Pa.

    Canonsburg, Pa. -- New state government data further underscores the enormous economic impact tied to the responsible development of clean-burning American natural gas from the Marcellus Shale across the Commonwealth. Currently, 214,000 jobs across the state are tied the natural

    U.S. energy future brightens

    By Rep. Greg Wren  Opinion in the Montgomery Advisor--- A Gannet Newspaper

    For decades we have talked about the need to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy. Technically and geologically, this elusive goal is closer than ever. The only thing that stands in the way is the will to make it happen.

    The sudden rise in proven reserves of recoverable oil and gas in the United States, and just over the border in Canada, has taken experts by surprise. This year, U.S. and...

    Kinder Morgan to buy El Paso Corp. for $20.7B

    Published: Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:31 PM     Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:50 PM by Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kinder Morgan plans to buy El Paso Corp. in a $20.7 billion deal that's expected to create America's largest natural gas pipeline operator.

    Kinder Morgan Inc. is expanding its reach as the U.S. becomes increasingly reliant on natural gas. Drillers are pumping ever-increasing amounts from underground shale deposits across the U.S. Natural gas prices have dropped...

    Libous tells downstate to stay out of hydrofracking debate

    John Campbell ,Press Connects  Gannett Albany Bureau

    ALBANY -- Sen. Thomas W. Libous has a message for legislators whose districts aren't targeted for natural gas drilling: Butt out.

    The Binghamton Republican said in a phone interview Friday he's becoming increasingly frustrated with downstate lawmakers who have expressed opposition to the much-debated hydraulic fracturing technique.

    Libous' district, which encompasses all of Broome and Tioga counties and part of Chenango, sits...

    Sidney Town Board Votes Unanimously to Approve Local Natural Gas For Local End Users

    Susan Dorsey October 17

    Before a crowded room of spectators the Sidney Town Board unanimously approved a gas distribution system that will service local business & residential customers. The Leatherstocking pipeline had already been approved in the village, as well as in the neighboring towns of Bainbridge & Coventry.  When Town of Sidney's Supervisor Bob McCarthy took the vote and announced the decision, the room erupted in a loud uproar nearly drowning out the...

    Gas glut is exaggerated, Conoco exec maintains

    Sayeh Tevenger, Platts Energy

    Undeniably a game changer for the industry, the shale boom has also caused a misconception that the US is vastly oversupplied with gas, a ConocoPhillips Gas & Power executive said Wednesday in Los Angeles.

    Speaking at the LDC Gas Forum Rockies & West, Jim Duncan said although global gas reserves are estimated at more than 6,000 Tcf, with 23% of that in North America, several factors could quickly throw supply/demand fundamentals off balance.


    Please Print This Out

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please circulate this to any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this.

    As I've been telling you we are coming to a critical moment in our battle to enjoy the benefits of natural gas in NY.

    The dSGEIS comment period is upon us and the clock is ticking. Before it stops, every single one of us needs to do everything possible to demonstrate their stongest support for a dSGEIS that promotes landownwer friendly, safe...

    Gas Drilling Boom Brings New Life To Steel Industry

    Jeff Brady  NPR

    October 13, 2011

    A natural gas drilling boom in Pennsylvania is helping the economies of Rust Belt cities long accustomed to bad news. Drilling requires steel — lots of it — and that has manufacturers expanding and hiring new workers.

    While much attention has been paid to the environmental risks of drilling into the Marcellus Shale, the economic benefits have been less prominent in the national discussion. But in Youngstown, Ohio, locals have been watching an old...

    Ignorance Stifles Innovation in Solving Energy Problems

    If you read anything at all today, this article should be it. A very good insight into the heart of the issues revolving around natural gas and other energy technologies. JLCpulse
    Published: October 11, 2011
    In many countries today, not least the United States, clean-burning natural gas offers tantalizing prospects for energy security, reliability and diversity; economic development; and, in most cases, improved local and state budgets through the...

    At a time when we're hungry for work, it's the jobs plan America should embrace

    Post Gazette.

    Kathryn Klaber: Domestic natural gas
    At a time when we're hungry for work, it's the jobs plan America should embrace
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    President Barack Obama will convene a meeting in Pittsburgh today to address perhaps the most critical issue facing our nation: job creation. As leaders of both parties work toward common sense solutions aimed at putting a dent in our 9.1 national unemployment rate, we urge the president and his jobs council to consider the...

    Forbes: How Much Gas Is There In The Marcellus Shale?

    Forbes.  This is a guest column by Rick Smead, a director in the energy practice of Navigant Consulting.

    In August, an announcement by the U.S. Geological Survey triggered a storm of uncertainty in the natural gas industry.  The agency announcement: that it had increased its estimate of undiscovered natural gas in the Marcellus Shale (which underlies much of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Maryland) from the 2 trillion cubic feet it figured back in 2002 to 84 tcf today. It was...

    Marcellus Shale case appealed to Pa. Supreme Court could create 'chaos' by questioning ownership of gas rights

    By DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News

    A court case that many believe has the potential to upend 100 years of case law and God knows how many Marcellus gas leases in Pennsylvania hinges on what the everyday definition of “minerals” was in 1836.

    Attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney who appealed the case to the Supreme Court on Friday say they simply want the high court to reaffirm what's been “bedrock” property law for more 100 years.

    The case involves John and Mary Butler, owners of...

    Solar Dream of Supplying the US With Jobs and Energy Seems More Like a Nightmare

    We have one immediate way of achieving national energy independence and I would suggest that it is not solar or wind power. They are and will be adjunct energy supplies as long as the technology they use and the cost of their output stays beyond the reach of the average consumer. Natural gas can and ultimately will lead the way to reducing our national dependence on foreign energy sources. Our president and congress have squandered billions on a dream that we simply cannot afford at this...

    State Did Not Rush on Fracking, Commissioner Says


    From the quietness of his office, Joe Martens, head of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, answered questions on Saturday morning about the charged topic of natural gas drilling in an hourlong session online.

    The decorum of the online “chat,” at the state government Web site CitizensConnect, was in sharp contrast to the tone of a hearing on Thursday in the New York State Assembly, where some of Mr. Martens’s remarks on the drilling

    Rod Walton: Natural gas shale play development now going global

    By ROD WALTON TULSA World Staff Writer
    Published: 10/9/2011  2:26 AM
    Last Modified: 10/9/2011  6:32 AM

    Thirty years ago oilman George Mitchell started an American energy revolution when his company took old techniques and applied them in innovative ways to shale gas fields in north Texas.

    Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling were not exactly new, but the combination unlocked tremendous reserves of natural gas in the Barnett Shale and, eventually, similar formations...

    Anti-Drilling Gathering Turns Against Afton VFW

    Fox 40 WICZ

    10/8/2011 (Updated 10/10/2011 5:46:09 AM)

    What started out as a get-together to try and stop pipelines  and drilling in Chenango County ended up in a protest against an Afton VFW.

    After police disbursed protesters, some returned to the VFW to publicly display their dislike of the way they were treated by the Post Commander.

    The VFW says the protest organizer asked if they could use the building for a private party but then discovered an ad in the Sidney Edition of the...

    Norse Energy forced to cut 25 jobs over delay in new ‘fracking’ rules

    Please DO NOT be lulled into believing that the future of gas drilling and exploration in New York State is bright or anywhere nearby. The obstructionists have proven that they will go to any extreme ( including criminal acts) to get their way regardless of the health  and welfare of Upstate New York's economy and people or the already huge opportunity loss we will suffer for an eternity. NY should at the very least want to stay on a par with other states around us who are literally eating our...

    Caroline anti-drilling measure fails to advance

    Matt Hayes  Ithaca

    Town board lacks consensus on proposal to draft a ban

    7:55 PM, Oct. 5, 2011  |
    Caroline -- Two "nay" votes and an abstention killed a resolution that would have allowed the town supervisor to engage lawyers on a pro-bono basis to draft a local law prohibiting unconventional gas drilling in the Town of Caroline.

    The vote from the five-person board Tuesday night followed a public hearing on the issue. The Brooktondale Community Center was packed...

    Governor Corbett Announces Plans to Implement Key Recommendations of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

    News for Immediate Release Oct. 3, 2011

    Governor Corbett Announces Plans to Implement Key Recommendations of Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission

    Proposed Impact Fee Would Benefit Host Communities, Aid Public Protection

    Pittsburgh - Governor Tom Corbett today announced his plans to implement numerous recommendations of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, including changes to enhance environmental standards, an impact fee, and a plan to help move Pennsylvania toward energy...

    Joe Martens will field questions on CitizenConnects

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please circulate this to any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this.

    At 9AM this Saturday, October 8th, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens will field questions on CitizenConnects, a website created by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote involvement in government. The Commissioner will be available to answer questions and discuss concerns about the role of the DEC and SGEIS in natural...

    Public meetings exclude pro gas public and more!

    Tuesday, October Fourth, 2011   Front Page, Sidney Penny Saver:
    A public meeting to be held at the VFW Post 3529, Afton NY at 187 Main Street Saturday at 1:pm for Afton and Coventry residents and again at 4:pm for Sidney and Bainbridge residents, (if conflicting of schedule you can attend either or time slots.)
    This meeting is to discuss on what we can do to prevent Leather Stocking from placing a gas pipeline in our communities and stop the subsequent gas wells...

    Anti-fracking groups drop off water-powered clocks

    Clever and attention getting are the prime objectives of those interested in blocking the forward progress of gas drilling and development in New York State. I know of very few landownwers who would waste the resources of the state in disposing of or administering the disposal of water clocks. Nor would they waste their personal financial reserves to make a passing point on a subject which has been hammered to death and delayed ad nauseum. More talk and delay will make no difference other than

    Waiting game for NY fracking water treatment plan

    Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News

    In New York State the controversial practice of fracking has the Niagara Falls Water Board in a holding pattern.

    Fracking is a technique used to force water, sand & chemicals through shale to release natural gas.

    After it's used, the board wants to treat that water at their Niagara Falls plant  to generate more revenue.

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is going through the process of examining the proposal to both...

    Hydraulic fracturing wrongly bears brunt of public concerns on shale gas development, expert says

    BY CHRIS CASTEEL       The Oklahoman
    Published: October 5, 2011

    WASHINGTON Hydraulic fracturing has wrongly been the focus of public concerns over growing natural gas development in the nation, members of a special Energy Department panel told a Senate Committee on Tuesday.

    Though natural gas exploration can pose air and water pollution threats, the process of fracturing shale rock to free trapped natural gas thousands of feet below the ground should not be the primary

    Proceedings and Presentations from EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Workshop are Online

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    US EPA would like to inform you that the proceedings and presentations
    from the Hydraulic Fracturing Study Technical Workshop on Chemical &
    Analytical Methods (February 24-25, 2011) are posted at

    Over the next few weeks, US EPA plans to post the proceedings and
    presentations from the remaining...

    EPA Exaggerates Drilling Emissions


    Written by Rebecca Terrell
    Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:25

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to tighten regulations on natural gas drilling based on grossly exaggerated estimates of greenhouse-gas emissions, according to new industry research.

    In its report MisMeasuring Methane: Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Upstream Natural Gas Development, the independent energy analysis firm IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) reveals...

    Ex-DEP chief says gas concerns must be weighed

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Sound decisions about how to proceed with gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale can't be made without looking at how they might fit with other energy choices in a time of growing demand, Pennsylvania's former environmental protection secretary said.

    John Hanger led the Department of Environmental Protection under former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. He said the commonwealth has been at the forefront of shale gas development, and can both...

    Mighty Marcellus Continues Impressive Job Creation Streak Across the Commonwealth

    by: Marcellus Shale Coalition | 4000 Town Center Boulevard | Canonsburg, PA 15317

    Washington Co. #3 in Nation in Job Growth, Williamsport #7 Fastest Growing City; Growth En Route to Ohio

    Canonsburg, Pa. – Did you know there are 3,141 counties in the United States? A large figure by any metric. But as high unemployment continues to persist across the nation, with nearly 14 million Americans still out of work,

    U.S. is energy-rich, but most of that wealth lies in potentially toxic coal

    By Brian Palmer, Published: October 3

    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney argues that the United States is an “energy-rich nation” that is “living like an energy-poor nation.” It’s a catchy turn of phrase, to be sure. And Romney’s point raises some interesting questions. How does the United States stack up against other developed nations in terms of fossil-fuel stores? How does our supply compare to our long-term need? Why are we paying so much for imported oil if we’re sitting...

    'Defilement' is here now, and it is inevitable

    Wow Maggie, I wish I could have said it as well as you. What wonderful insight !! JLCpulse


    Written by   Maggie Kirkaldy

    Regarding the Sept. 25 Guest Viewpoint "Southern Tier scenery should be kept pristine": I have some questions for the writers about the "tampering" and "defilement" mentioned.

    Perhaps you mean the cell towers that spring from the landscape to enable our phones and our GPS units? Or the McMansions that dot the hillsides? Or the dirt...

    scheduled hearings for the revised SGEIS

    The DEC has scheduled hearings for the revised SGEIS on high-volume hydraulic

    Nov. 16: Dansville Middle School Auditorium, 31 Clara Barton St., Dansville, NY 14437
    Nov. 17: The Forum Theatre, 236 Washington Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901
    Nov. 29: Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Rd, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
    Nov. 30: Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY, 10007

    NY'ers still support 'fracking by slim margin: poll

    These polls are why we cannot stop communicating with the govenor and others to keep the current forward momentum alive. The mis-information on gas drilling and water issues has been broadly spread, we need to do the same with getting out accurate information  and debunking the negative. JLCpulse

    By ERIK KRISS, Albany Bureau Chief   New York Post

    New Yorkers remain divided over hydrofracking and still love their governor but aren’t as bullish on his job performance, a new poll has

    Reed meeting emphasizes drilling safety

    Jeff Murray  Star Gazette

    CORNING -- Opinions are still divided over the safety and desirability of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, for natural gas, but state environmental officials assured about 100 people who gathered in Corning on Tuesday that whatever process is ultimately approved with be safe.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, sponsored the informational session at the Southeast Steuben County Library, and invited representatives from the state Department of...

    How fracking works Fears are based on ignorance

    Print a copy and share with a friend. JLCpulse

    New York Post   By KAREN MOREAU

    THE NORTHERN TIER, PA. The people trying to keep “fracking” illegal in New York rely on our ignorance about the safety and environmental impact of this drilling technology. So I went over the border to Pennsylvania for a hands-on education on the subject.

    A gas-drilling site in the Endless Mountains is nothing like the plains of smoking derricks you see in photos of Texas oil fields; here, many sites are...

    Energy expert Yergin: Shale gas here to stay

    September 26, 2011|By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

    Daniel Yergin, one of the most influential voices in the world of energy, says shale gas is here to stay.

    "Shale gas has come on really fast," Yergin, an author and energy analyst, said in an interview Monday. "But people don't realize it's 30 percent of our gas production. It's not a question of whether to do it or not. It's happened."

    Yergin, who is a member of a presidential shale-gas advisory commission, said it's important...

    Report: Barnett Shale added $65.4 billion to regional economy in a decade

    I would suggest that NY goverment has fiddled while the upstate economy worsened, sending thousand more people out of the state or on to the unemployment rolls. Farms have been shut down and our lives have been negatively impacted. There is an entirely different economy in Texas because of the impact of gas drilling in Texas. Same is true of Pennslyvania. Seems that NY  may be finally moving ever so slowly toward the light of day, lets hope the governor keeps it moving. JLCpulse

    By Jack Z...

    Personal comments of a pro-gas activist related to recent activity in Montrose PA.

    This information has been placed on the JLCNY web page because it is the only place that accurate news of the event can be found purely from the perspective of a landowner. JLCpulse

    Victor Furman 9/25/2011 via email.

    Let me make one thing clear before I do anything else.  I "Victor Furman" do not sit on the board of the  Joint Landowners of NY  (JLCNY) as accused in some blogs.  I do have the same agenda they do, to promote and foster safe natural gas drilling in NY,  and the coalition I am a...


    Letter to the editor of the New York Times

    September 29, 2011



    Two recent articles in your paper assert that Upstate New York landowners regret signing leases and have withdrawn support for natural gas drilling. The Joint Landowner Coalition of New York, Inc. represents over 38 New York landowner coalitions in 17 counties with approximately 20,000 households, 70,000 people and over 800,000 acres. Landowners are not anxious...

    Hydrofracking panel in disagreement on future plans

    Seems to me that the panel was empowered to find and suggest solutions related to hydraulic fracturing and gas exploration in New York, not deal with individuals sitting in a meeting arguing well aired anti notions in effect filibustering the process with the over arching intention of obstructing the process further. I believe it is important to have a reasonable party and voice at the table who can remind others of important issues on his or her mind. The stated reason this panel was...

    A tale of two states

    PA booms while NY suffers


    Last Updated: 12:16 AM, September 27, 2011

    Posted: 11:10 PM, September 26, 2011

    ‘If it wasn’t for the gas business, none of these people would be working right now,” David Dalrymple said, pointing to one of his crews building a road in Athens Township, Pa.

    By “gas business,” he meant drilling made possible by “fracking” -- a process for extracting natural gas that’s legal in Pennsylvania but not yet in New...

    Wind farm project runs out of air

    I am not surprised by the issues highlighted in this article, but am very puzzled by the lack of creativity in finding a way to fund renewable energy. I believe that natural gas is the best path we can possibly take to build momentum toward more and better renewable energy sources. Our nation is sending all of its wealth out of the country to pay for oil when we have the answer setting on our front steps in the form of abundant natural gas. One day, it too will become scarce and expensive which...

    Why drilling helps Cuomo strike gold

    Last Updated: 1:34 AM, September 28, 2011 New York Post

    Fredric U. Dicker

    ALBANY Just as his gay-marriage victory boosted Gov. Cuomo’s support with Democrats, approving “hydrofracking’’ for natural gas Upstate will boost him with Republicans and independents, political experts agree.

    By cautious estimates, gas drilling will create tens of thousands of jobs and produce billions of dollars in investment in a depressed region that includes the collapsing cities of Binghamton, Elmira and...

    Over to you, Andrew

    Posted: September 28, 2011 New York Post  New York Post Opinion

    Even before state officials last July urged Albany to allow fracking in New York, the case for it was compelling. But the columns on the opposite page, and one in yesterday’s Post, show how it can help real people -- beyond just the numbers.

    And they make clear why Gov. Cuomo needs to move fast to ensure its final OK -- and, at long last, offer folks Upstate some grounds for hope.

    Karen Moreau vividly illustrated in...


    Attached is the verified Petition and Complaint filed by Anschutz with the Supreme court of New York State, County of Tompkins by Gregory H. Sovas dataed September 12, 2011. This is the first action filed against the Town of Dryden regarding its recent action to curtail gas exploration in its municipality. We can expect prompt and vigorous action by the gas companies to protect their investments in leases made in good faith based on NYS law. We will keep you informed of further activities...

    Curriculum revised to meet demand in shale industry

    It is nice to contemplate the opportunity for BCC and other community colleges in NYS to help meet the industry need for special training for students including CDL courses which would help them get jobs in the natural gas industry. This is one way to assure safe drilling and industry performance, a well trained workforce. JLCpulse

    By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

    Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate

    By KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Some insist Marcellus Shale natural gas is a huge economic boom for America, while others are certain it's an environmental catastrophe.

    Gas drilling from the Marcellus pollutes groundwater, or it never pollutes groundwater. It's cleaner than coal or oil, except that it's dirty. It provides a boost to hard-hit rural economies; but then again, maybe it doesn't.

    The one point of agreement? Scientists say advocates on both sides

    Remote Wyoming site could help shape fracking's future


    PINEDALE, Wyo.— Natural gas development in the U.S. will depend not only on what happens in Washington and in statehouses across the country. It could be shaped in part by what happens in a big antelope-dotted field south of this remote valley town.

    Here, Shell Oil Co. and others are taking steps - some required and others voluntary - that soon may be the norm for reducing the environmental impact of gas drilling and the extraction process called

    Cuomo signs law protecting Allegany from drilling

    By Tom Precious News Albany Bureau

    ALBANY -- As his administration moves to open up parts of the state to the controversial natural gas hydraulic fracturing industry, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday signed two pieces of legislation giving broad new protections against oil and gas drilling in Allegany State Park.

    The park drilling measures were among 126 bills Cuomo acted on Friday. Among the 33 bills he vetoed was a measure that would have relaxed the state's ban on fireworks. Approvals...

    PennDOT: Roads used by drillers in better shape

    Associated Press

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Fewer Pennsylvania roads used by heavy vehicles tied to the Marcellus Shale need major repair this year because the state and natural gas industry are working closer together to keep an eye on the roadways, a state transportation official said.

    Scott Christie, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said 10 miles of roads have major damage at least partially caused by trucks working with companies drilling into the...

    New York Times Integrity

    The anti-gas stance taken by the New York Times has caused a great deal of concern among pro-gas supporters. Such a stance could be taken in stride if only the reporting was factual which it often is not. The article linked to below is an excellent piece that takes theTimes to task of thier blatant and irresponsible bias. Read on to learn more...

    In case the link doesn't work, here is the article in PDF fo

    MSC Member Companies Contribute to Northern PA Flood Relief and Recovery Efforts

    Approximately $1 million in financial and in-kind contributions to impacted communities

    State College, Pa. – In the days during and after the severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month, Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) member companies controlled their operations in northern Pennsylvania to ensure no environmental damage was incurred and no well pads were compromised.  At the same time, noted MSC President and Executive Director Kathryn Z. Klaber, companies operating in the...

    US court tosses drilling ban in Allegheny Forest

    Sept. 20, 2011, 7:17 p.m. EDT
    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has thrown out a ban on drilling in the Allegheny National Forest in western Pennsylvania, concluding that the government only controls surface rights, not the mineral rights below.

    The mineral rights are privately owned, and those owners should enjoy reasonable access to the surface to drill for oil and gas below, the three-judge panel in Philadelphia ruled.

    Tuesday's ruling is a setback for...

    Learning about Water Use from the SRBC Experts

    With all the misinformation about gas development issues being circulated, the article linked to below provides a refreshing account of community leaders getting some first hand education from the experts at the SR

    A Tale of Two States

    No doubt every single NYer out there has wondered about the state of the State of New York. In the article linked to below, a writer gives voice to some of the concerns you may have and compares NY to the more functional nature of Tex

    Natural Gas Safely Rides out the 2011 Flood

    Despite all the "the sky will fall" hype being served up the the anti-gas propagandists and gas hostile media about how developing our natural gas resources will lay waste to our environment and communities, our recent historic flooding was taken safely in stride at drilling sites. Despite all the water, including some flooded pads, not one adverse impact to the environment or communities was attributed to drilling in PA! If only we could have been so lucky to keep the stock piles of other...

    JLC NY Notice on Zoning Lawsuit

    September 15, 2011


    Dear Landowners and Natural Gas Supporters:

    We are pleased to report that a lawsuit has been filed against the Town of Middlefield to declare its new zoning law in violation of New York State law. The law firm of Levene, Gouldin & Thompson, LLP has been retained to stop the town’s efforts to ban oil and gas drilling.

    Jennifer Huntington, through her company, Cooperstown Holstein Corporation, and other Middlefield residents have already signed oil and gas leases...

    Pitt loses Marcellus Shale research funds

    By: Mallory Grossman / News Editor, The Pitt News

    Posted on 07. Sep, 2011 in News

    Heinz Endowments will no longer fund Marcellus Shale gas drilling research at Pitt because the school focused too much on research and not enough on advocacy.

    The University will continue to research the public health impact surrounding Marcellus Shale gas drilling, but Pitt will no longer run programs such as, an online tool collecting data on the drilling.

    Heinz Endowments previously...

    Industry, ecologists must unite to save jobs

    When I think of the ideal situation, it is where all interested parties sit down and work out a solution that is fair and equatable for all parties involved. I wake up every day wondering why up until now the cries of the landowners and TAXPAYERS are not heard over the din of the obstructionists in New York State. We desperately need a solution and the jobs in an area which is slowly dying day by day.  JLCpulse

    .September 13, 2011

    Reaching happy medium

    Industry, ecologists must unite to save...

    U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, joins the shale chorus

    U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A number of Democrats are taking a cautious, wait-and-see stance on whether the country should aggressively tap the oil and natural gas in shale deposits beneath New York, Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. But congressman Tim Ryan, of Niles, is not one of them.

    Ryan, whose district includes Youngstown and shares a border with Pennsylvania, has signed a letter...

    Talisman's chief issues best-practices blueprint to drilling industry

    By David Falchek, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.

    Sept. 09--The head of a Canadian drilling company predicted a wave of consolidations that will thin the herd of independent natural gas drillers and weed out irresponsible companies.

    Paul Smith, executive vice president of North American operations for Talisman Energy Inc., told the gas industry audience at the Marcellus Shale Coalition Conference in Philadelphia Thursday that they are all held accountable for the lowest common...

    Marcellus Shale: New York needs unsubsidized natural gas jobs

    Written by Jennifer K. Levine on September 9, 2011 – 6:10 am  Capital Business Blog

    Last month, the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) released its 2011 edition of the “State of Working New York” report showing “that two years into the “recovery” from the Great Recession of 2008-2009, 1.4 million, or one in every seven, New York workers is unemployed, under-employed or has given up looking for work. Long-term unemployment is at record levels. Half of the unemployed have been out of work...

    DEC to look at fracking in flood areas

    North Country Public Radio

    09/09/11) New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says it may now reconsider which areas in the Marcellus shale are deemed flood plains, in the light of recent catastrophic flooding. But the department says it will not delay the environmental review of fracking over the issue. (see related story)

    Karen DeWitt has the DEC response.

    The response comes after Assembly Energy Committee Chair Kevin Cahill pointed out that what’s known as 100 year flood...

    JLCNY Presidents Message on 90 Day Comment Period

    For Immediate Release:

    Over the last few weeks and days in particular, we have asked landowners to make our position known that there was no need to extend the SGEIS comment period beyond the 60 days that were originally intended. The final announcement has been made by the DEC that the comment period will be 90 days.

    Both the Governor and the DEC feel that more time was necessary to better assess the information on what we, as stake holders, know are very important issues. Thirty days will...

    JLCNY Expanding Communications Efforts

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please circulate this to any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this.

    Are you on Facebook and/or Twitter?

    If not, please share this message with as many other pro-gas supporters as possible who are.

    If you are, we need your help right now and this message is for you and your friends.

    We want to add a new dimension to our ability to allow you to voice your support directly to our leaders at all levels of government. And we want...

    'Don't Smoke in the Shower'

    By WBNG News
    By By Dave Greber

    September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM EDT

    Guilford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Among the hills of Guilford, you can find the signs of natural gas almost anywhere.

    And that includes bubbling from the kitchen tap of Robert Sandells.

    While the flammable water phenomenon may have to do with methane or natural gas, it has absolutely nothing to do with gas drilling, both Sandell and local experts agree.

    In fact, the nearest vertical...


    This information was gathered by a JLCNY board member in the process of reviewing information submitted to the DEC and Governor Cuomo. We trust that NYS government leaders and agencies will acknowledge the inherent lack of balance and fairness represented in acceptance of signatures from those who are not representative of the Empire state. It certainly is an eye opener and should be seriously considered in your actions related to communications with our state representatives. Seems we have to...

    Energy Department panel to endorse shale gas exploration

    By , Published: August 11   Washington Post

    A key Energy Department advisory panel will issue a qualified endorsement of shale gas exploration Thursday, saying that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can continue safely as long as companies disclose more about their practices and monitor their environmental impact.

    The committee’s report could ease the way for greater domestic gas exploration, even as it calls for new standards to limit harmful air emissions that...

    Pa., W.Va., Ohio vie for huge new Shell gas plant

    Refinery would tap into Marcellus Shale, attract related businesses

    6:11 PM, Sep. 3, 2011  |
    Written by Kevin Begos    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH -- Big industry may be coming back to the northeast United States.

    Shell Oil Co. is nearing a decision on where in the Appalachians to build a huge new petrochemical refinery -- a project that could bring thousands of construction and production jobs and change the face of the region for decades.


    City of Sacramento Buys 53 LNG Refuse Trucks

    Aug 25th, 2011   LNG World News

    City of Sacramento Buys 53 LNG Refuse Trucks

    On August 23, the City of Sacramento Fleet Management was given authorization by City Council to purchase 53 new Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) refuse trucks for a total bid award of $15.8 million.

    The Department of General Services, Fleet Management Division, and the Department of Utilities, Solid Waste Division, have worked cooperatively in developing specifications that will best meet the operational requirements of Solid Waste. Additionally, Fleet...

    Natural gas gaining traction as tank truck fleet fuel

    Aug 26, 2011 11:18 AM, By Charles E Wilson       Bulk Transporter

    On August 14, the first four truck-tractors in a 42-truck order were delivered to Fair Oaks Farms near Fair Oaks IN. Fueled with methane from the dairy farm, this milk-hauling fleet operation is being described as the largest transport-related renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) project in the United States.

    Fair Oaks Farms and their partners expect to have the CNG fleet fully operational by the end of September...

    Please Reach Out To DEC Commissioner Martens

    Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please circulate this to any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this.

    As we told you recently anti-gas activists are bombarding Governor Cuomo with requests to extend the dSGEIS comment period to 180 days. Per our previous request, please continue to let him hear from you. In addition protesters are targeting DEC Commissioner Martens. So now we have to let him hear our side of the story...the rational a reason to stick...

    Release of state hydrofracking report delayed to next week

    Written by Jon Campbell Press connects

    ALBANY — A long-awaited state report on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas will have to wait a little bit longer because of Tropical Storm Irene, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

    The 1,000-plus page draft report on the controversial technique won’t be released until next week because the department is responding to flooding and damage caused by Irene earlier this week, spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said...

    US Natural Gas Production Near Record Levels

    Worldwatch Institute Study Finds Coal Twice As Dirty As Gas

    John Hanger's Facts of The Day       August 29, 2011

    The scientific posse has now caught the cynical Howarth study. Today the Worldwatch Institute with Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors published a life cycle study of gas and coal. It found that coal emitted twice the carbon pollution of gas on a life cycle basis or specifically gas released 47% less greenhouse gases on a life cycle basis than coal. Go to Or try this link:

    US Geologic Service Clarifies Its Estimate

    John Hanger's facts of the day       August 26, 2011

    Brad Plumer of the Washington Post is reporting tonight that the US Geologic Service has clarified what its estimate is of and what its estimate is not of.  See

    We have a major apples to oranges issue that now has caused massive confusion and misunderstanding. 

    Apparently, according to Brenda Pierce who is...

    NYT Gas Reporter Blows USGS Story

    John Hanger's Facts of The Day Wednesday, August 31, 2011

    The USGS increased its estimate of "undiscovered" Marcellus gas reserves by 42 times to 84 from 2 trillion cubic feet, but the NYT reports it as a major cut in the estimates of Marcellus shale gas. How?

    The NYT gas reporter and his enabling editors did not realize that the USGS estimate was just of "undiscovered" reserves and did not include discovered or developed reserves, as the EIA much bigger estimate of 400 trillion cubic...

    Capital Tonight Video Interview, Assessing Fracking Safety

    Assessing Fracking Safety

    Dr. Don Siegel, who teaches earth science at Syracuse University and is a former hydrologist and geochemist for the US Geological Survey, says the risks of hydrfracking have been exaggerated. Please click on the link below for a You Tube video:<

    Tell the Governor "No 180 Day Delay!"

     actionDear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please circulate this to any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this.

    The anti-gas activists are bombarding Albany with requests to extend the dSGEIS comment period to 180 days! That is another 6 months!!! In particular they are targetting Governor Cuomo.

    So now we have to let him hear our side of the story...the facts!

    It is up to each and every single one of us to tell Governor Cuomo that further delays are not acceptable.

    It is up

    Halliburton Executive Drinks Fracking Fluid At Conference


    Halliburton Fracking

    DENVER -- An energy company executive's sip of fracking fluid at an industry conference this month has been called a demonstration by some and a stunt by others, but it's bringing attention to new recipes for hydraulic fracturing fluids that in the past have contained chemicals commonly used for antifreeze or bleaching hair.

    During a keynote lunch speech at the conference presented by the Colorado Oil and...

    Cuomo on pensions, fracking, Pataki

    The governor is still listening to the people of NYS who are so desperate for tax relief and so hopeful about the financial benefits of natural gas development.. He is aware that we are dealing with ever decreasing opportunity  brought about by delay after delay. Every delay has and will continue to hurt New York's opportunities with regard to development of our natural gas resources. Many Millions of dollars of business development and gas company support facilities have been moved south of...

    Penn State Marcellus Business Webinars

    Marcellus Shale: Extending sGEIS comment period is polarizing and redundant

    Written by Jennifer K. Levine on August 25, 2011 – 4:46 am     The Capital Business Council, Capital Business Blog

    Advocates for drilling have recently become aware of a campaign led by drilling opponents to extend the sGEIS comment period from 60 to 180 days. After over three years of delay, revision, review, public comment and hearings ad nauseam, resulting in polarizing division, what can possibly be gained by further delaying the finalization of the DEC regulations on hydrofracking...

    Marcellus Shale: It’s going to be a bumpy ride

    Written by Jennifer K. Levine on August 24, 2011 – 5:28 am    Capital Business Blog

    Yesterday’s earthquake could be seen as a metaphor for the shakeup that is happening in New York’s quest to develop Marcellus gas. No one was hurt but there were some scary moments. Likewise, advocates for Marcellus drilling are seeing rumblings of continued opposition that we hope will not turn into a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and destroy all that we have worked for.

    Yesterday in Katonah, Senator Greg...

    UGI says region will be first to go all-Marcellus

    Published: August 22, 2011 The

    Complete coverage of natural gas drilling in Northeast Pennsylvania including recently updated searchable database of natural gas drilling leases for Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties

    By Elizabeth Skrapits

    UGI Utilities Inc. plans to make the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area its first region in Pennsylvania where customers will receive all their natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.

    And, yes, it may result...

    USGS Releases New Assessment of Gas Resources in the Marcellus Shale, Appalachian Basin

    Released: 8/23/2011 11:30:00 AM

    The Marcellus Shale contains about 84 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas and 3.4 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas liquids according to a new assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).
    These gas estimates are significantly more than the last USGS assessment of the Marcellus Shale in the Appalachian Basin in 2002, which estimated a mean of about 2 trillion cubic feet of gas...

    Central New York municipalities take steps to control hydrofracking

    Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 5:21 AM     Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 8:40 AM

    The city of Syracuse may soon join more than 20 local governments in Upstate New York that have banned or limited the controversial gas-drilling technique known as hydrofracking.

    But whether bans like the one proposed in Syracuse, and already enacted from the town of Ithaca to the city of Oneonta, will hold up in court remains to be...

    Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere

    Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Once again, I am pleased to share some important  news with you.

    Please share this news with any and all supporters as soon as you finish reading this.   As a result of our advocacy efforts and everyone's hard work, professionalism and diligence, landowners continue to be recognized in Albany as key stakeholders as we move forward in New York. We are pleased to report that the JLCNY has been invited to...

    DEC Hydraulic Fracturing Panel Meets in Private

    Within this article is a bit of really good news for New York State land owners and JLCNY members. Robert Williams has been appointed to the panel empowered with suggesting solutions to the many issues confronting the DEC in implementing horizontal drilling including hydraulic fracturing. Bob Williams has over 40 years of professional/technical experience as an environmental engineer and serves as a member of the JLCNY Board of Directors. We can expect wonderful insightful, balanced and...

    ‘Fracking’ gains support

    August 17, 2011
    The Leader Herald

    The verdict of a panel President Obama convened on natural gas drilling may have come as a surprise to some. It certainly is a welcome one.

    A special committee formed to investigate new gas drilling technologies has, in essence, given the industry a clean bill of health.

    John Deutch, chairman of the Shale Gas Subcommittee in the Department of Energy, told a reporter the economic benefits of gas drilling "massively outweigh" environmental and public...

    Help Wanted: Energy Firms Competing For Hires

    Sector to create at least 200,000 new jobs, especially for engineers

    By This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., MarketWatch Aug. 9, 2011, 1:49 p.m. EDT

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Despite a big drop in oil and stock prices in recent days, U.S. energy companies bearing down on the country’s shale fields have yet to waver from plans to add staff this year to boost domestic production.


    Empire Energy Forum

    Dear JLCNY Website reader,

    Penn State University is hosting a series of free webinars aimed at assisting businesses in identifying and capitalizing on opportunities brought about by the shale gas industry. While this event is centered around Pennsylvania, it is relevant to those New York businesses looking to hit the ground running once the DEC approves the use...

    Will the NAT GAS Act Pass?

    This Article is from The Motley Fool, an investmen,t education and advisory organization that recommends long term investing to achieve investment goals. This article provides insight into the Natural Gas Act from an investment perspective and provides the writers opinion of gas related stocks and the likely passing of the gas act. JLCpulse

    By Adam J. Crawford  August 12, 2011  The Motley Fool advisory

    One particular piece of energy legislation, the NAT GAS Act, will likely be the...

    Researching Safer Nuclear Energy

    I really like that natural gas is heavily in the running to supplant nuclear as a low environmental impact energy source. JLCpulse

    August 9, 2011, 7:50 am






    Researching Safer Nuclear Energy

    The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, N.J., where some nuclear waste is stored in dry casks. A federal grant will pay for research on how the canisters hold up in salty air.The Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, N.J., where some nuclear waste is stored in dry casks. A federal grant will pay for research on how such canisters hold up in salty air.
    Green: Science

    The nuclear power industry faces hard times, with tough competition from



    YOU DID IT!!

    The NY legislative session has ended and not even one single anti-gas bill was passed!!

    This is a huge victory!!

    Bigger than we dared to hope for!!!


    Thanks to you and your diligent calling efforts, key senators heard our facts loud and clear. They conveyed your messages supporting Natural Gas to their colleagues. They recognize that support for timely, safe, and responsible development outweighs opposition and is the sensible path for NY to follow now.

    While you did all the hard team work, we must also recognize that we could not have done this without the expertise of our consultant. The daily advice and insight was invaluable. This would be a great time to show your support and appreciation by donating to help us pay for the consulting fees. To donate please use the donate box to the left of this article or mail a check or money order to…

    JLCNY, Inc.
    PO Box 2839
    Binghamton NY 13902


    If you’re in the mood to celebrate you could also purchase a JLCNY Clambake ticket. For details see the flyer farther below this article. It will be a great way to kick back and relax with some good company, dining, music, and fun.


    Speaking of relaxing, we can all take a few days off now, catch our breath, and prepare for our next steps. Soon we’ll need to focus our attention on the new version of the SGEIS and moving the process in New York forward without further delays.  If you want to get a head start please see the “Tell the Governor No More Delays” article. It is the next article down from this one.


    While I often say how much I appreciate your support and cooperation, your role in a huge win like this cannot be overstated. Without your passion and help we would not be advancing towards realizing the benefits that Natural Gas development will bring to all of our communities.

    Thank you!
    Dan Fitzsimmons, President
    Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

    P.S. If you still have the time and energy, please call the senators one more time and tell them, “Thank you for supporting natural gas development.”


    Albany Offices:
    Sen. Libous:  518-455-2677
    Sen. Grisanti: 518-455-3240
    Sen. Gallivan: 518-455-3471
    Sen. DeFrancisco: 518-455-3511
    Sen. Bonacic: 518-455-3181
    Sen. Saland: 518-455-2411
    Sen. Golden: 518-455-2730
    Sen. Seward: 518-455-3131
    Sen. Nozzolio: 518-455-2366
    Sen. McDonald: 518-455-2381
    District Offices:
    Sen. Libous: 607-773-8771
    Sen. Grisanti: 716-854-8705
    Sen. Gallivan: 716-656-8544
    Sen. DeFrancisco: 315-428-7632
    Sen. Bonacic: 845-344-3311
    Sen. Saland: 845-463-0840
    Sen. Golden: 718-238-6044
    Sen. Seward: 607-432-5524
    Sen. Nozzolio: 315-568-9816
    Sen. McDonald: 518-274-4616
    Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos: 518-455-3171 and 516-766-8383
    Senator James Alesi: 518-455-2015 and 585-223-1800
    Senator Hugh Farley: 518-455-2181 and 518-843-2188
    Senator Kemp Hannon: 518-455-2200 and 516-739-1700
    Senator William Larkin: 518-455-2770 and 845-567-1270
    Senator Kenneth LaValle: 518-455-3121 and 631-696-6900
    Senator Carl Marcellino: 518-455-2390 and 516-922-1811
    Senator George Maziarz: 518-455-2024 and 716-731-8740


    Josh Fox Hides Full Facts

    Phelim McAleer (Not Evil Just Wrong) asks some inconvenient questions of Josh Fox, the director of Gasland. Check the video out.

    McAleer, during a question and answer session with Fox, brings up the issue of relevance in journalism. He cites the fact  that Fox purposefully left out reports from the last few decades concerning methane migration in the Markams and McClures's wells (Gasland's famous flaming facet scene). As the video will show, Josh Fox felt it was irrelevant and unnecessary to...

    Survey: Marcellus drilling benefits nearby businesses

    Small businesses in Pennsylvania's northern tier and southwest are indeed seeing a boost from Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, according to Penn State researchers.
    However, the impact on hiring has been more modest, at least so far, the researchers found.

    Their report, "Local Business Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development: The Experience in Bradford and Washington Counties, 2010" summarizes the findings of a survey answered last fall by more than 600 business owners in the two...

    A Faucet Flames (In 1982)

    Few distortions from Gasland are more annoying or deceitful than the flaming faucet scene, long since proven to be unrelated to hydraulic fracturing, although the image remains emblazoned on the minds of viewers and certainly in the preconceived notions of many journalists.  How many times have we endured the replay of that scene, which imparts two lies at once: that hydraulic fracturing causes faucets to flame and that such phenomena are brand new developments.

    The first lie was exposed...

    June 1st DRBC Hearing: A Call to Action!

    Contrary to what the vocal minority trying to stop natural gas development would like our leaders to believe, most sensible people do support natural gas development. So it’s only natural that anti-gas protestors’ plans to use the June 1st hearings to pressure the DRBC into denying the XTO water withdrawal permit application has caused a lot of concern. People worried that the application will be unfairly refused have told us that they want to see this application approved so that...

    XTO Energy DRBC Water Permit Should be Decided By Science Now - A Call to Action!!

    Dear Natural Gas Supporters Everywhere,

    Please share this with any and all pro-gas supporters as soon as you read this. A very important issue has come up that we need you to take action on right away. We'll get back to the action a moment though.

    First, here is the background...

    Recently a gas company which has leased land in the Sanford area applied for a water withdrawal permit. The application is one of the preliminary steps required prior to applying for a permit to drill a gas well in NY. While it is great news to hear that a company is interested in drilling in NY, the bad news is that anti-gas activists bullied the water permit review panel into extending the comment period and holding a public hearing. No other water permits were treated this unfairly. Now the anti-gas crowd is planning to overwhelm the comment period and hearing in order to have the water permit denied and to stop the gas well from being drilled. They have already sent nearly 10,000 comments and are planning on bussing people from up to 4 hours away to the hearing.

    Before I share more details of this issue, please consider this...

    No matter where this is happening this time, if the anti-gas crowd stops or delays this water permit and this gas well, it will send out four very bad messages that...

    1.   Opposition to gas is strong and united throughout the area and that support for gas is weak and divided no matter where you look in NY.
    2.   If the opposition can stop or delay this permit and well they can do the same to future permits and wells no matter where in NY.
    3.   It will be a waste of a company's time and money to try to lease land and apply for permits in NY.
    4.   The agencies that issue permits will give into the opposition and not issue permits instead of making decisions based on sound science.

    These four points will deter gas companies from doing business anywhere in NY. All of NY will be denied the benefits of gas development and leasing until there is public support! Does this make you mad? It does me! Why should we have to wait any longer?!

    Fortunately we can show that support now and keep NY on track to issuing permits and developing our gas!

    I will show my support now! Will you show your support now?

    If not you may stop reading this and go on with your day.

    If you will show your support now please read on for the details and actions I promised earlier.

    Now you should know that the company is XTO. XTO applied for a Delaware River Basin Commission permit to withdraw 250,000 gallons of water per day to drill a well in eastern Broome County. The water would be withdrawn from the Oquaga Creek in Sanford, and withdrawal would be suspended anytime that the overall creek flow might decrease below scientifically determined unacceptable levels.

    If this permit is approved ALL of us will be one step closer to seeing natural gas developed in our communities.

    To encourage the DRBC to make their decision based on the science instead of emotion, without further delay, please take a moment right now to send an email to the DRBC Commissioners. Just click here...

    That is the first action to do. It is just that simple! But it must be sent before (or on) June 1st, 2011 to be considered, so do it now please.

    The second action to do is to attend the DRBC Public Hearing. The public hearing will take place at the Deposit High School Auditorium, 171 Second Street, Deposit, N.Y. from 4:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. An informational meeting, which will open with a brief overview presentation on the draft docket by commission staff to be followed with an informal question and answer period, will be held at 3:45 p.m. for the hour preceding the hearing.

    Registration for those who wish to testify at the hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. when the doors open. There will be no inside access to the school building prior to 3:30 p.m. Seating and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. You do not have to speak if you don't want to, and can submit a written statement there if you like. Even if you don't speak please attend to show your support and our unity.

    The anti-gas protestors will be there early, so we have to get there even earlier! We need 1,000 supporters at the school by 2:30 p.m. so that the protestors will not be able to dominate the hearing. Even earlier would be better so that you can be in line before they are! This will be our one chance to rally together and show our support.

    Because this decision will send such a strong and important message throughout all of NY and America, this is one of the most crucial events I've ever asked you to attend.

    Please show you care.

    Please be there.

    Dan Fitzsimmons, President
    Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.


    Vehicles envisioned running on natural gas

    More cars, trucks and power plants will need to run on natural gas to create enough demand to keep shale drillers profitable in the United States, executives from some of the continent's biggest shale drillers said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

    Natural gas resources such as the Marcellus shale under Pennsylvania and other states have become so bountiful and drillers are so efficient at extracting gas that new ways to sell it must be created to sustain the industry's growth, according to...

    EPA chief Lisa Jackson says natural gas production is ‘a good thing'

    WASHINGTON The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told a House committee Tuesday that she favored natural gas production and said she didn't know of any “proven case” in which hydraulic fracturing had affected drinking water.

    Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator, also told Rep. James Lankford that natural gas companies should be well aware of the study being done by the agency on hydraulic fracturing because their input has been

    Unleashing Our Energy Resources

    John Felmy is chief economist of the American Petroleum Institute (API), responsible for overseeing the organization’s economic, statistical, and policy analysis. He has over 25 years’ experience in energy, economic, and environmental analysis. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland. John is a member of several professional associations, including the American Economics Association and...

    Kicking It with the JLC in Broome County

    I had the pleasure of attending my first Joint Landowner’s Coalition of NY meeting last night in Binghamton. Finally able to put some faces to some names of people with whom I’ve traded a lot of emails over these past few weeks. Have to say, for a Monday night, I was very impressed with the number of folks who came, including some other first-timers like myself. Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly! I can’t wait to work with you more in the future!

    The meeting was not only a great...

    Drilling opponents spread fear, not facts

    Anti-fossil fuel environmentalists continue to wage attacks on natural gas development in New York. The naysayers want everyone to believe that we must sacrifice clean water and air for natural gas development in New York. This claim could not be further from the truth. New York residents need to be aware of the facts regarding the demands for energy, the potential to dramatically reduce emissions with the use of natural gas, and that natural gas drilling and production can be conducted safely when managed by strong, effective regulations.

    Here are some facts: Natural gas currently provides more than 20 percent of the electric power generation in the U.S. There is growing demand to use natural gas in truck fleets and autos which would reduce our dependence on foreign oil and our need to police the world’s oil fields. Replacing coal with natural gas in power generation will immediately reduce CO2 emissions 50 percent. No other domestic energy source has the potential to cost effectively obtain these results within a short time frame.

    Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals who are opposed to drilling for natural gas in New York do not even understand the fundamentals of drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracing.” (The proper technical spelling of the word is without the letter “k.”) They claim the fracing poses the biggest threat to our water when in fact the most critical element to water protection is a properly designed and implemented casing and cementing program when drilling. They claim that developing the Marcellus Shale will destroy the Finger Lakes region when in fact the Marcellus is geologically too shallow to develop locally.

    Natural gas drilling has been ongoing in New York state since the late 1800s. Over 10,000 wells have been fraced in New York state. Hundreds have been safely drilled and fraced in the Finger Lakes region. Existing regulations can be strengthened to address potential issues related to drilling and completing wells. Effective enforcement of the regulations (funded by permitting fees) can result in the responsible development of natural gas. Finally, thousands of jobs can be created and hundreds of millions of dollars can be generated in leasing/royalty income and tax revenues.

    A radical anti-fossil fuel environmental minority continues to mislead New York. Practical environmentalists have embraced natural gas as a realistic opportunity to reduce CO2 emissions 50 percent while defining cost effective applications for wind and solar. Time for New York to get its head out of the fracing sand.

    Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


    Fracking has been used safely for more than 60 years


    Clean burning natural gas is critical to American manufacturing jobs, farming, heating homes and businesses, electricity generation, and increasing transportation needs. We have prodigious natural gas reserves within this country that industry technology has given us access to, which could help meet a major portion of our nation's energy needs for at least a century. Will the energy policies be in place that will allow us to develop this gas, creating many thousands of new American jobs and billions in revenue for our government while also enhancing our nation's energy security?

    It is well known that oil and natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. are enough to help fuel our country for generations. What may be interesting to you is that drillers have paid more than $1.1 billion in state taxes since 2006. So far this year, 857 companies have paid $238.4 million and the first quarter of this year already exceeds the total tax payments made in all of 2010 by nearly $20 million. Finally, $214 million in personal income taxes paid since 2006 are attributable to Marcellus Shale lease payments to individuals, royalty income and sales of assets.

    Nationwide, access to our nation's shale gas reserves has added to the industry's ability to support 9.2 million U.S. jobs and to contribute $1 trillion to the economy annually.

    Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely to access these reserves for more than 60 ye

    Written by Rebecca Terrell in New American
    Wednesday, 10 August 2011 12:45

    Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redefine "diesel fuel" so it can expand regulations in natural-gas drilling. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce claims the measure is necessary to "protect human health" from fuels used in hydraulic fracturing, a process that injects high-pressure fluids and sand into shale formations deep beneath the...