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Complaint describes alleged Skelos attempt to profit from fracking

By Scott Waldman 3:30 p.m. | May. 4, 2015 in Capital 

ALBANY—Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos allegedly attempted to pressure the state health department to create fracking regulations that would favor a company that employed his son, according to a criminal complaint from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office. 

Skelos acted to pressure the state starting in 2013, when he believed Governor Andrew Cuomo was preparing to legalize fracking, according to the criminal complaint from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office. Cuomo eventually banned fracking. 

According to the complaint, Skelos used his leadership position to help the company, AbTech Industries, “obtain favorable Department of Health regulations concerning hydrofracking wastewater in the event hydrofracking was permitted in New York."

AbTech is an Arizona-based company that manufactures environmental sponge-filters that remove pollutants. The company has not been accused of any criminal activity and one of its employees is a cooperating witnesses. The company paid Skelos' son, Adam Skelos, approximately $200,000 over the last two years even though he admittedly “literally knew nothing” about its work...

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New York’s River of Corruption Runs Deep

May 5, 2015 by

New York State corruption runs deep; a river of filth and betrayal of public trust where currents of money and power drown one after another in the rapids.

A mere few weeks after the indictment of Sheldon Silver, the Democrat Speaker of the New York General Assembly; the Republican State Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos has also been arrested, demonstrating the bi-partisan nature of New York...

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Arrests of Skelos and Silver leave Cuomo in the muck

By Michael Goodwin                                        May 4, 2015 | 9:58pm in NY Post
 
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Albany’s three most powerful men often met there, and Cuomo once called himself, Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos “the three amigos.” Now Cuomo is...

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DEC Feels A Chill and Arbitrarily Delays Constitution

Earlier this week the NYS DEC announced it was extending the comment period related to the review of the Constitution Pipelines application. This baseless extension will delay approval of the permits needed to start constructing the pipeline that will deliver clean burning and affordable NG to communities along its route. The DEC offered the implausible reason that cold weather prevented them from properly reviewing the application. Even if we accept that as a grounds for further delay it...

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Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Face Arrest Next Week

Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges next week, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The expected arrests, coming roughly three months after federal bribery and kickback charges led Assemblyman Sheldon Silver to step down as speaker, would signal an extension of the investigation into allegations of...

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Post Rally Review and Supportive Actions

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Our rally to show our support for landowner rights and NG development in NY on Saturday 18 was a huge success! More than 250 landowners and Union Tradesmen showed up in Painted Post NY to voice their support of our fundamental rights. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer videographer we now have videos posted on our website so everyone can see and hear just how great it was!
 
Please follow either of the two links directly below to see the...

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Congress looks at fracking bans

BRIAN TUMULTY 6:40 p.m. EDT April 23, 2015 in USA Today

The oil and gas industry is moving to address environmental concerns linked to hydraulic fracturing that have led New York state and other jurisdictions to ban the drilling method, experts told a House committee Thursday.

"While drilling bans may not be the solution in the long run, they surely do reflect a need for governments at the federal, state and local level to take aggressive action to protect the environment and...

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EID to Testify before House Science Committee, Release Report on Dubious Science behind NY Fracking Ban

This is yesterdays news but still important and relevant to all of us. The more daylight is shed on this micro-managed state the better for ALL taxpayers.JLCpulse

Tomorrow morning, April 23 at 9:00am ET, Energy In Depth’s (EID) Simon Lomax will testify before the House Science Committee and unveil a new EID whitepaper, which details the massive influence of anti-fracking activists on the “science” behind the ban on fracking in New York. 

This whitepaper examines the 184-page “public...

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Developers of 330-mile Canada-to-NYC Transmission Line Secure Permits

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Developers of a proposed 330-mile transmission line to bring lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City say they have secured all the needed state and federal siting permits.

Transmission Developers Inc. says Tuesday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit allowing the Champlain Hudson Power Express project to be placed in U.S. waters along the proposed route.

The 1,000-megawatt...

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DEC chief: Final fracking report is ‘literally at the printer’

22 April 2015, 2:06 pm by

New York is about to take its next step toward a ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing.

A several-thousand-page document that will lay out the rationale for prohibiting fracking is “being printed as we speak,” state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens said Wednesday.

That report, known as the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or SGEIS, has been nearly seven years in the making and...

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EPA Chief Defends Forthcoming Fracking Study, Says It Will 'Add To' Dialogue


WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a much-anticipated draft study this spring that will examine whether hydraulic fracturing can contaminate ground water supplies. While the topic of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas has generated a lot of attention, it's not clear whether the agency's study will clear up any of the major lingering questions about the safety of the process.

Fracking uses a high-pressure stream of water, sand and...

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JLCNY Rally Release and Reminder

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Yesterday we distributed the attached press release regarding this Saturday's rally. Remember, please plan to attend our rally to show our support for landowner rights and NG development in NY. The details are as follows.
 
Rally Theme: The Future of Property Rights and the Economy in the Southern Tier.
 
The speakers and their order of speaking are:
(1) Tom Reed
(2) Tom O'Mara
(3) Phil Palmesano
(4) Chris Friend
(5) ( Union representative)
(6) Doug...

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Pipeline foes can't take the competition

Posted 4/10/15 in Thedailystar.com

While the DEC wades through piles of public comment on the Constitution Pipeline, it might be useful to look at the real reason for anti opposition. It isn’t the health and well-being of our world.

The Constitution is a 124-mile transmission line from northeast Pennsylvania to a Schoharie County transfer station. When operational, the pipeline will pipe low-cost Pennsylvania gas to heat homes, cook food, and generate...

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Cuomo’s StartUp NY Program Creates a Whopping 76 Jobs, Costs Taxpayers $53 Million

By Cortney O'Brien | Apr 12, 2015 in Townhall.com
Governor Andrew Cuomo was all too proud to unveil his StartUp NY program in the Empire State. They called it a 'game changer.' The ingenious program offered tax-free environments to tech and manufacturing companies for 10 years if they worked with state colleges and universities. It was supposed to boost entrepreneurialism and create thousands of jobs throughout the state. Yet, one year later, the most New Yorkers have to show for it is...

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JLCNY Events

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Today I have two exciting announcements about events that will further our cause. Please plan to be at the first and to listen to the second.
 
The first event is a rally to show our support for landowner rights and NG development in NY. The details are as follows.
 
Rally Theme: The Future of Property Rights and the Economy in the Southern Tier.
 
The speakers and their order of speaking are:
(1) Tom Reed
(2) Tom O'Mara
(3) Phil Palmesano
(4)

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Study: Fracking Doesn’t Mess With Your Drinking Water

By Matt Vespa | Mar 31, 2015 in Townhall.com

Let the word go forth that fracking does not mess with your drinking water. In a new study of over 11,000 drinking wells, fracking wasn’t considered the reason for water contamination through methane creeping into the wells. At the same time, Science magazine noted that the authors of the new study are still disputing the validity of the results (via Science Magazine):

The new study of 11,309 drinking water wells in northeastern...

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Stop the Pipeline takes legal swing against Constitution project

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:00 pm   By JOE MAHONEY Staff Writer The Dailystar.com

The citizens group seeking to derail the proposed Constitution Pipeline announced Monday that it has filed legal action in a federal appeals court to force federal regulators to rehear challenges to a certificate of public necessity granted to project developers in December.

Stop the Pipeline said it filed for a writ of mandamus Friday in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, contending that the...

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If Obama can stomach fracking, Cuomo can too

By Tom Wrobleski | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2/23/2015 in SIlive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Obama administration has released new regulations regarding fracking on federal lands.

The new rules could serve as a template for fracking in New York state if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would open their minds to the possibility.

We're not...

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Reed: NY could use U.S. fracking rules

Brian Tumulty, USA Today 7:28 p.m. EDT March 23, 2015 in Democrat and Chronicle

New federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands should compel Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider New York's ban on the drilling method, Rep. Tom Reed said Monday.

The Interior Department announced the final regulations Friday.

"To see that Gov. Cuomo can't do in New York state what the Obama administration is doing on the federal level is amazing," Reed told reporters in a conference...

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GOP moves to block Obama’s fracking regs

By Timothy Cama - 03/20/15 02:15 PM EDT in The Hill

Republicans on Friday roundly rejected the Obama administration’s rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land and pledged to fight them.

The GOP warned that the regulations will hamper the nation’s economic recovery that has been bolstered by the boom in natural gas and oil production, much of which depends on fracking.

“America’s energy boom is one of the best things going for our economy, and keeping it going should be one of the...

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Congressman: Government Should Pay for Damage Done by Fracking Ban

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Congressman: Government Should Pay for Damage Done by Fracking Ban

Tom Reed / / March 23, 2015  in The Daily Signal

New York had more electoral votes than any other state in every presidential election from 1812 to 1948. It has lost electoral votes in every redistricting since 1950. It stands at 29 now and has fallen behind California, Texas and soon Florida. Upstate has borne the brunt of the population loss.

Washington can’t figure out why this is...

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Reed highlights Dems Fractures on Fracking

Congressman Tom Reed is highlighting Democratic division over natural gas development and called upon Gov. Cuomo to reverse his hydraulic fracturing ban that erodes private property rights in light of new Obama Administration rules that support the practice.

Congressman Reed made the following statement:

“I am calling on Gov. Cuomo to reverse his ill-conceived fracking ban that infringes on constitutionally protected property...

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