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Constitution Pipeline Receives FERC Authorization to Proceed with Limited T...
Feb 03, 2016 @ 17:52

ALBANY, N.Y. – Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC received authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today to proceed with limited tree felling activities along its federally-certificated pipeline right-of-way in Pennsylvania. The authorization is a significant milestone and major step forward for the pipeline designed to transport enough natural gas to serve approximately 3 million U.S. homes. “We appreciate the FERC’s prompt issuance of a limited “Notice to Proceed” for non-mechanized hand felling of trees in Pennsylvania,” the project sponsors said in a joint statement. “Although the Commission has not yet authorized tree felling in New York, we are optimistic that authorization will come in order for the project to meet its 2016 in-service commit [ ... ]

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Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015
Jan 25, 2016 @ 21:52Natural gas likely overtook coal as top U.S. power source in 2015

The price in relation to gallons of gas is displayed on a pump at a natural gas station in San Diego, California November 3, 2015.   By Scott DiSavino NEW YORK (Reuters) - Last year looks like it was an unwelcome watershed for the embattled U.S. coal industry. Power companies in 2015 for the first time may have burned more natural gas than coal to generate electricity, according to analysts who attribute it to the cheapest gas prices in 16 years and a record number of coal-fired plants retired from service because of the high cost of meeting environmental regulations. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that power plants used more gas than coal to produce electricity in five of the first 10 months of 2015, including the last four months data was availab [ ... ]

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A Republican needs to win the general election to secure Cuomo’s political ...
Jan 25, 2016 @ 21:50A Republican needs to win the general election to secure Cuomo’s political future

A "President Trump" might actually be a good thing for Andrew Cuomo come 2020.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s radical shift to the political left over the past few years has been a “cynical and calculated” strategy to position himself to run for president in 2020 if, as he hopes, Hillary Clinton or another Democrat loses the November election, The Post has learned. “It would be fair to say that Andrew sees his entire political future resting on the defeat of Hillary, Bernie Sanders or another Democratic nominee so that he emerges as the ‘progressive’ choice in four years,” said a highly informed source familiar with Cuomo’s thinking. “Andrew has contempt for Albany. He’s restless and tired of what he sees as the ‘small-ball’ job of governor. He wants to get back t [ ... ]

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Don't Thank Obama for Cheap Oil
Jan 20, 2016 @ 15:42Don't Thank Obama for Cheap Oil

The big fall-off-your-chair moment during President Obama's State of the Union address came when he proclaimed: "We've cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly 60 percent and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad, either." Sure, Mr. President. Take a bow for the smashing success of the very domestic oil and gas industry that you have tried to destroy. Even Obama couldn't carry this off. The smirk on his face as he sang the praises of the oil and gas industry was unmistakable. Right after Obama boasted of these low gas prices, he reverted back to form, by sermonizing: "We've got to accelerate the transition away from dirty energy" -- by which he means fossil fuels. Then the hammer came down: "I'm going to push to change the w [ ... ]

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JLCNY Invitation
Jan 20, 2016 @ 15:32

Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners and Natural Gas Supporters,  You are invited to join the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) for an informative event to support the Constitution Pipeline. On Saturday, January 23rd elected officials, businesses, landowners and union members will discuss the current status of the Constitution Pipeline and how we can help advance this critical project. Natural gas pipelines benefit our communities by allowing us to convert current fuel sources to cheap, clean burning, American natural gas; they produce real property tax revenue; they bring jobs; and they are the safest means of fuel transportation.   Here are the details:   When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM   Where: River Club of Afton
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RALLY this Saturday for Upstate and the Constitution Pipeline
Jan 19, 2016 @ 16:52RALLY this Saturday for Upstate and the Constitution Pipeline

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,   This Saturday, take a short drive up route 88 to The Afton River Club to show your support for the Constitution Pipeline. Upstate New York needs this vital infrastructure for our  families, our communities, and our future. Tell Governor Cuomo it's time to move this project forward.   Join your friends and family at this great facility. Finger foods and light refreshments will be served! Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-River-Club-of-Afton-134313259966430/   Your support and attendance is appreciated. Please forward this email and information below to all of your contacts.   Warm Regards, Dan Fitzsimmons, President Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.     Plea [ ... ]

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We Have the Numbers, So Approve the Constitution Pipeline!
Jan 18, 2016 @ 16:22We Have the Numbers, So Approve the Constitution Pipeline!

Food and Water Watch protest that greet Andrew Cuomo when he arrived in Los Angeles to raise Hollywood money for re-election campaign. Read the whole incredibly arrogant and condescending story by clicking on photo.   Though politics shouldn’t be the criteria, support for the Constitution Pipeline has now been amply demonstrated and it’s time Cuomo approved this project! “Where are your numbers?” This was a question Andrew Cuomo asked a Joint Landowners  Coalition (JLCNY) representative in 2011.  Cuomo knew then the antis’ claims were bogus, that upstate development depended on cheap energy, and NYC was switching to gas to meet EPA air quality standards. It didn’t matter. He also knew he couldn’t go anywhere (even Los Angeles) without the an [ ... ]

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Here's how natural gas has helped Pa's family farmers: Eric Cowden
Jan 15, 2016 @ 00:07Here's how natural gas has helped Pa's family farmers: Eric Cowden

A Seneca Resources drilling rig completes the fourth of six wells at a Marcellus Shale gas well pad in Shippen Township, Cameron County. (Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.)   Pennsylvania is blessed with fertile agricultural land and an abundance of natural resources. For generations, family farming and responsible oil and gas development have forged a key partnership as the backbone of the Commonwealth's economy.  As we celebrate the Pennsylvania Farm Show's centennial anniversary this week, that relationship between food, fiber, and fuel couldn't be stronger, with family farmers, as well as consumers throughout the Commonwealth benefitting from our shale energy revolution.  I live on my family farm in southwestern Pennsylvania, and have been actively involved in the F [ ... ]

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Constitution Pipeline builders want to start tree clearing before New York ...
Jan 15, 2016 @ 00:05Constitution Pipeline builders want to start tree clearing before New York state environmental approvals

Industrial zone, Steel pipelines and valves against blue sky Andrei Merkulov   The company behind a 124-mile pipeline to carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale into New York wants to begin tree clearing this month. The Constitution Pipeline is seeking federal regulatory approvals to start above-ground tree clearing. Getting a start on that clearing is key for the planned natural gas pipeline because the tree clearing can only be done during a short window so it does not interfere with bird migration patterns. The Constitution Pipeline Co. filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees cross-state pipelines, to begin limited tree clearing on Friday. The company wants to get the approval by Jan. 15 in order to start tree felling on Jan. 22 and [ ... ]

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Notice and Invitation for Constitution Pipeline Event
Jan 10, 2016 @ 18:03Notice and Invitation for Constitution Pipeline Event

  You are invited to join the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. (JLCNY) for an exciting and informative event regarding the Constitution Pipeline.  On Saturday, January 23rd elected officials, businesses, landowners and union members will join project representatives to discuss the current status and need for action to help move this critical pipeline forward. Here are the details: When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM Where:   River Club of Afton
1 Maple Street
Afton, New York 13730 Bring your friendsbring your voicebring your passionate support for the Constitution Pipeline. Share this invitation only event with your network and sign up to receive more information about the Constitution Pipeline HERE. See you on January  [ ... ]

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Report: Shale gas surge will export benefits abroad, leaving marginal U.S. ...
Jan 04, 2016 @ 11:42Report: Shale gas surge will export benefits abroad, leaving marginal U.S. gains

LNG storage tanks are seen at the Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG facility Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in Cameron, Louisiana. (J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )   An impending flood of U.S. shale gas into the global market stands to lower the price of the heating fuel in Asia by almost 5 percent while marginally raising costs to customers at home, a study commissioned by the U.S. Energy Department shows. Exports of 20 billion cubic feet of U.S. gas by 2025 may cut prices in the Asia-Pacific market by 73 cents per million British thermal units, while increasing U.S. prices by a mere 15 cents in the same period, according to the study authored by Oxford Economics and the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University. Despite the climb in domestic prices, the shipments would be “mar [ ... ]

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Why Isn’t the Constitution Pipeline Approved by Now?
Jan 04, 2016 @ 11:39Why Isn’t the Constitution Pipeline Approved by Now?

  The Constitution Pipeline should have been approved long ago by New York State DEC. The fact it hasn’t happened illustrates the depth of state corruption. The Constitution Pipeline saga represents everything that is wrong with New York and why it’s properly called the Empire State, because it’s run like one. It also speaks to the naiveté an industry that thinks playing by the rules, combined with some patience, will yield anything but frustration in such a politically corrupt environment. The Constitution Pipeline should have been approved by New York State DEC a year ago and the fact it has not been is an indictment of the empire and its crime boss emperor for engaging in nothing less than tyranny. The history of the Constitution Pipeline application is generally laid o [ ... ]

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Landowners Demand Constitution Pipeline Be Approved
Dec 21, 2015 @ 21:37Landowners Demand Constitution Pipeline Be Approved

Landowners are speaking up for the Constitution Pipeline and demanding Governor Cuomo end the senseless delay in approving this vital infrastructure project. We happily received the following news release about some exceptional work our good friends from Otsego County have been doing in support of the Constitution Pipeline: Demonstrating overwhelming local support for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, leaders of the Unatego Area Landowner Association (UALA) announced today that they had distributed over 10,000 postcards addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding that he approve the pipeline and the jobs it will bring to their economically ravaged communities. Over the past eight weeks, members of the landowner group have been busy distributing the postcards urging the Governor to  [ ... ]

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Unshackle Upstate calls for Cuomo to reconsider fracking ban
Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:05Unshackle Upstate calls for Cuomo to reconsider fracking ban

Workers tend to a well head during a hydraulic fracturing operation in March 2013 at an Encana Oil & Gas well outside Rifle, Colo.(Photo: Associated Press)   As fracking opponents celebrate the year anniversary of the fracking band, a business group calls on the state to reconsider the decision.   On the same day fracking opponents were celebrating the one-year anniversary of the natural gas drilling ban in New York, another group was calling on the state to reconsider the decision. "New York has made a mistake that will continue to hold the Southern Tier and Upstate economies back for years," Unshackle Upstate representatives wrote in its 2016 agenda released on Thursday. Meanwhile, opponents who had lobbied long and hard to prevent [ ... ]

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Cuomo could face next guilty verdict in potential probe
Dec 17, 2015 @ 10:14Cuomo could face next guilty verdict in potential probe

Sheldon Silver (left), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (center), Dean Skelos   Nearly a year ago, crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara mocked Albany’s culture of corruption, heaping extra scorn on the deals hatched in secrecy by three men in a room. Now two of them are on their way to prison and the third, Gov. Cuomo, reportedly remains a potential target of a separate probe. The convictions of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos mark a historic development in Bharara’s years-long campaign to drain the swamp. Silver, a Democrat, was the boss of the Assembly, while Skelos, a Republican, ruled the Senate. The verdicts were slam-dunks. The two men were charged with a combined 15 felonies, and juries declared them guilty on all 15 counts. So much for defense claims that they were only practi [ ... ]

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Landowners take Chesapeake to court
Dec 15, 2015 @ 08:16

Bradford Co., P.A. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general is suing one of the nation's largest producers of natural gas over claims it cheated thousands of landowners who signed drilling leases with the company.
 
The lawsuit alleges that Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. tricked landowners into signing one-sided leases in the early years of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom and then improperly deducted certain post-production expenses from landowner royalties.
 
The lawsuit seeks restitution and civil penalties. It was filed Wednesday in Bradford County.
 
A Chesapeake spokesman says Attorney General Kathleen Kane's allegations are baseless and that the company will "vigorously contest" the lawsuit.
 
Landowners have been complaining for years about Chesapeake's bus [ ... ]

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