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3 Big Reasons You Should Love Fracking

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Natural gas was one of the big winners in President Obama's recent State of the Union address. The president noted that "America is closer to energy independence than we've been in decades." He went on to say that "one of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change."

That said, without fracking the natural gas that is changing our nation for the good would still be stuck in rocks a mile or more below the surface. As the president said, when done safely, natural gas extraction is unleashing a powerful force for positive change on our economy. Seen in that light, here are three big reasons Americans should learn to love and not loathe fracking.

Plunging carbon footprint
U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption are at the lowest level since 1994. Overall, carbon emissions from energy have fallen for five straight years. Natural gas, as the president pointed out, is having a direct impact as natural gas power generation is replacing dirtier coal power on a near 1-to-1 ratio.

In addition to a big reduction in carbon...

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U.S. energy secretary says fracking could bring prosperity to NY

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In Capital By Scott Waldman 5:00 a.m. | Feb. 18, 2014

ALBANY—U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz said Andrew Cuomo should consider the economic prosperity fracking has brought to Pennsylvania as he weighs a ban in New York.

Natural gas produced by fracking has boosted American industry by more than $100 billion and lowered CO2 emissions, Moniz said, in an interview with Capital.

“This new resource is of critical importance. If you look at Pennsylvania, it's amazing, in the Marcellus shale,”

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70,000 LANDOWNERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST GOVERNOR CUOMO, DEC & DOH

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70,000 LANDOWNERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST GOVERNOR CUOMO, DEC & DOH

BINGHAMTON –February 13, 2014

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, on behalf of its 70,000 members, will file its lawsuit against New York State on February 14, 2014. Also included in the action are the Kark Family Trust, LADTM, LLC and Schaefer Timber & Stone, LLC, landowners whose properties were the subject of drilling permits but were unable to develop their minerals because of the State’s failure to complete the...

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Download this file (Notice-of-Verified-Petition.pdf)Notice-of-Verified-Petition.pdf 186 kB
Download this file (Verified Petition and Complaint.pdf)Verified Petition and Complaint.pdf 2054 kB

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Poll shows regional split on fracking

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By Scott Waldman 10:09 a.m. | Feb. 12, 2014 in Capital 

New York State voters oppose fracking, 45 to 41 percent, in a Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday morning, while more than a third say Cuomo is "dragging his feet" on a decision.

Among voters upstate, where high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale could create jobs, 46 percent support fracking, compared to 45 percent who oppose it. Suburban voters also support drilling, by a 44 to 40 percent margin.

But New York City...

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JLCNY REACTS TO LATEST QUINNIPIAC POLL ON NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan Oliver, JLCNY, 703-216-4078 or

JLCNY REACTS TO LATEST QUINNIPIAC POLL ON NATURAL GAS DEVELOPMENT

February 13, 2014 – BINGHAMTON, NY— The Joint Landowners Coalition of NY issued the following statement in response to the Quinnipiac University Poll released February 12, 2014.

The current Quinnipiac...

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Landowners Unite, PA Landowners Rally!

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Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
As landowners in New York, we're generally envious of our neighbors to the south who are enjoying the benefits of Natural Gas production. We're working hard to restore our basic rights and enjoy the simple benefits that are being withheld from us so its easy for us to think that PA landowners are all set.
 
However, as the attached file makes clear, there are issues to...
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Thank You For Astounding Me!

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

I always knew that Landowners and Natural Gas Supporters had the courage of thier convictions. But even I understimated just how strongly you want to realize the benefits of safe and responsible Natural Gas development in NY.

I never expected that the fundraising for our flagship strategy of suing NYS and Governor Cuomo would be as wildly supported as it has been. But just a moment ago, WE BLEW THROUGH OUR $18,000.00 GOAL IN FAR LESS THAN THE TWO WEEKS...

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Ceres' Focus On Fracking Misses The Point, Probably Intentionally

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By David Blackmon, Contributor in Forbes- Energy section  2/10/14

The oil and gas industry has been the subject a variety of fear-based attacks from anti-fossil fuel activist groups in recent years, and the last week has seen a new one arise.  An activist group out of Boston, Ceres CERE +2.16%, issued a report on February 5 that aims to raise fears among large investors in oil and gas companies that the companies whose stock they hold may have a hard time sourcing water for their hydraulic...

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Drilling rig strikes natural gas at new Owego school site

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Folks this a good story for the JLCNY site for two reasons; 1)  those with an anti gas bias would read this as a gas incident related to drilling for natural gas. It was not a gas drilling incident it was an incident related to the drilling of a well for geothermal heat that because of the geology, ran into a gas pocket.
2. We who are interested in gas development see it as a confirmation of what we have been saying all along. There is natural gas in the  layers of shale at ground water...

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JLCNY is so close to suing NYS and Gov. Cuomo

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

 
As I told you last week – the JLCNY plans to file its lawsuit on February 14, 2014! That's only ONE week away!!
 
Let me be perfectly clear that this is not some publicity stunt, scheme to make money for lawyers doing nothing, or gas industry charade. Like many of you I am a honorable landowner proud to be supporting Natural Gas development. I am working very hard as an unpaid volunteer in the JLCNY to help...
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Download this file (Demand Letter Final Signed.pdf)Demand Letter Final Signed.pdf 333 kB
Download this file (MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf)MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf 329 kB

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First Winter With Natural Gas Heat

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BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — This is the first winter that natural gas has been an option to heat homes in Susquehanna County.

A company ran the first gas lines to homes near Montrose this fall.

Homeowners who were able to switch to natural gas are thrilled seeing the savings in this bitter cold winter.

Natural gas is fueling a new heater at Puzo’s Auto Shop near Montrose and Lane Puzo is thrilled about it.

We first met him last year, when he learned natural gas service was coming his...

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Did Pennsylvania Just Change The Way States Talk To Businesses About Energy?

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A good read for anyone in New York State that believes the endless and totally worthless ads which proclaim NY is open for business. These ads are nothing but glitzy expensive re-election and presidential campaign ads. The facts are what really counts and NY is still sliding down hill rapidly in the middle of a national economic recovery, deeper into debt with less freedom than any other state in the union. New York is going to grow on upstate vacation spending, casinos and forgiveness of taxes...

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Photos Debunk Key Anti-Fracking Claim

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The followers of the anti gas crew are like sheep to a slaughter following blindly and bleating loudly. We all understand that lies uttered in public forums are difficult and expensive to rebut and that tactic is the primary weapon of choice for the Park Foundation crony's who are also going to blindly to slaughter but with a pittance of extra $$$ in their pockets. Our quality of life, economic stability and forward momentum are all being affected by the blind rantings of these faux...

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Don't blame frackers for U.S. water shortages

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(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own)

by John Kemp in Reuters

Feb 6 (Reuters) - For 25 years, U.S. specialists in international relations have been predicting water shortages will become a source of conflict.

But the real water wars are brewing at home, where farmers, environmentalists and the oil and gas industry are falling out over water supplies in the drought-stricken Southwest.

Hydraulic fracturing uses enormous quantities of water to shatter shale...

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Report: Fracking raising water supply worries

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Julie Schmit, USA TODAY 6:23 p.m. EST February 5, 2014 

More than half of the U.S. oil and gas wells drilled using fracking technology since 2011 have been in drought-stricken areas.

The water-intensive process used to extract oil and gas from shale underground — known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking...

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Cuomo critics say he's 'dithering' on fracking

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Originally published: February 2, 2014 6:26 PM in Long Island Newsday  Updated: February 2, 2014 9:55 PM
By MICHAEL GORMLEY  

ALBANY -- Republicans are seizing upon what they see as a vulnerability of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by spinning his long-delayed decision on drilling for natural gas into a major leadership flaw.

"It's a major issue...

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Robert Bryce: The Real Climate 'Deniers' Are the Greens

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This is what NY landowners have been saying since the beginning, WE ARE THE Environmentalists! We live on our land, pay taxes and care about both taxes and the ability to sustain our life style. The antis are caught up in a foolish dream.JLCpulse

While renewables subsidies have punished Europe, shale gas has cut U.S. emissions.

 

By  Robert Bryce    Feb. 3, 2014 Wall Street Journal Opinion Section

For years, greens and many on the political left have insisted that widespread adoption of...

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Here Is What The President Should Have Said About Energy

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'My fellow Americans. In addition to speaking about growing income inequality and the need for a higher minimum wage, I want to use the podium tonight to talk about a topic that has been given short shrift during the first five years of my presidency: energy.

"True, I've pushed hard for a 'green and clean' economy, and in pursuit of this objective my administration has channeled nearly $100 billion of direct subsidies to wind...

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Environmental activists not what they used to be

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Sounds similar to New York in many ways. The one big exception is the difference between a wanbe youngster and a proven self assured man at the helm. JLCpulse

By Dave Quast Jan. 30, 2014 in  U-T SanDiego

Activists have long been a part of America’s public policy discussions, advocating tirelessly for social change.

Over the years, environmental activists specifically have pushed for policy options that were pragmatic, responsive to real problems and rooted in some form of reality. They have...

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JLCNY to File Lawsuit

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

This is an urgent request for your help – the JLCNY plans to file its lawsuit on February 14, 2014!

The JLCNY's Article 78 Petition to compel the State to complete the SGEIS is almost ready to be filed. We plan to commence the action on February 14, 2014 making it returnable before the Court with the Norse Petition on March 7, 2014.

However, before we file, we need to raise an additional $18,000.

Our friends and supporters have done an amazing job...

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Now is the Time to Sue

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
If there was ever any doubt that landowners need to sue Governor Cuomo and New York State to develop Natural Gas in NY, DEC Commissioner Martens's recent statements that no permits will be issued until at least well into 2015 make it perfectly clear that NOW IS THE TIME TO SUE!
 
Therefore, we will be sending a "Demand Letter" to Commissioner Martens on Friday January 31, 2014. We'll also be issuing a "MSLF JLCNY...
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Download this file (MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf)MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf 329 kB

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