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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 — has required almost 100 billion gallons of water to drill more than 39,000 oil and shale gas wells in the U.S. since 2011, says Ceres, a green investment group.

More than half of those wells — 55% — were in drought-stricken areas, and nearly half were in regions under high or extremely high water stress, such as Texas, the report says.

To be in extremely high water stress means more than 80% of the area's available surface and ground water is already allocated for city, agriculture or industrial use. High stress means 40% to 80% of the water is already allocated, Ceres says.

Shale development is also occurring rapidly in areas where groundwater is already being depleted by other uses...

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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...
Attachments:
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Download this file (Demand Letter Final Signed.pdf)Demand Letter Final Signed.pdf 517 kB
Download this file (MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf)MSLF & JLCNY Demand SGEIS 013114.pdf 329 kB

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Colo. Health Department Disavows Activists’ Favorite Fracking Researchers

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Posted by: Simon Lomax     Research Director // Denver, Colorado  1/30/14 in Energy in Depth

State public health officials in Colorado have publicly disavowed the latest paper from a team of researchers whose work is routinely cited by political activist groups that want to ban hydraulic fracturing.

In fact, the public could “easily be misled” by the research team’s latest work, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) said in a statement to the media.

The team of...

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State confirms that no permits for natural gas drilling will be issued in 2014

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IT is time to be angry and make it known. This is an outrage and cannot stand in a country where law governs. Politics cannot dictate our future!! JLCpulse

 

Joe Martens, State Environmental Conservation Commissioner, has told legislators on Wednesday that there are no plans to issue drilling permits for natural gas in New York to any companies.

ALBANY — If the state allows the controversial natural gas...

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JLCNY rep "outraged" over fracking decision

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By Perry Russom and Conor Mooney in WBNG Channel 12

(WBNG Binghamton) The attorney of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said he is outraged after hearing New York's Environmental Conservation Commissioner say it's extremely unlikely New York will issue permits for hydraulic fracturing within the next fiscal year.

Scott Kurkoski is attorney of the JLCNY. He said that decision is a sign of Governor Cuomo dragging his feet on fracking.

"The governor is not showing leadership on one of...

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Cornell Nat. Gas Debate Worth Attending

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

Here is another event that promises to be educational and worth attending to show your support for your rights to develop your Natural Gas safely and responsibly.

Here are the details...
What: Fracking II: Should we lift the ban?
When: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 4:30 (It is suggested to be there at 4:00 to secure a place in line so you can be assured entry.)
Where: Cornell University, Ives 305, Ithaca, NY
 

For...

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Fracking Boom Keeps Home Heating Bills in Check

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Prices of Natural Gas Avoid Volatility of Past Winters

By Russell Gold     Jan. 28, 2014 6:42 p.m.  In the Wall Street Journal Business Section 

Freezing temperatures are creating near-record demand for natural gas in the U.S. as shivering Americans turn up the heat and plug in their electric blankets.

Natural-gas prices have jumped in response, topping $5 per million British thermal units for the first time since 2010 as fuel has been pulled from underground storage vaults to keep...

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Obama's `All-The-Above' Energy Push Becomes A Strategy Of One

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I am always amazed at the shortsightedness of the environmental extremists with regard to gas , the president called it a bridge, we agree. No one has ever denied the potential benefits of solar or wind derived energy, although wind sure is a serious polluter of space and our environment. If all the money spent trying to slay the golden goose were spent on finding wise and safe ways of using the gift of significant gas reserves, we would be way ahead of where we are. A strong headwind has never...

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MSC Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

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Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued this statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, President Obama once again underscored the critical and increasing role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources continue to play in boosting our economy and growing jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector. At the same time, and as the President and his Administration have stated, the clear environmental...

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Home-rule hooey

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By The Post Editorial Board 1/28/2014

Let’s see if we’ve got this straight.

When two state senators put forward a bill that would require a town’s clear approval — e.g., by a law or referendum — before a new casino is sited there, the governor’s spokeswoman denounces it as “politicizing the [site-]selection process.”

But when the industry is natural gas and the issue is hydraulic fracking, somehow home rule is more acceptable. Here the governor remains silent as anti-fracking activists push...

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Opinion: Shale helping boost Pa. recovery

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Very enlightening, it is excellent articles like this that make one wonder if our governor pays any attention to facts and the lives of upstate New York residents and TAXpayers. We can see the flames of success but cannot experience the warmth. JLCpulse

Mike Butler in Philly.com

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014, 1:08 AM

Make no mistake, the past few years have been difficult for Pennsylvanians looking to find well-paying jobs. Our state's unemployment rate has been stuck above 7 percent for...

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The Weekly Oil & Gas Follies

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Compilation found in Forbes, Energy 1/26/2014

The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 30, January 27, 2014

 In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

 We’ll start with an offering from our Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Gas Pump file:  Fracking Protesters Glue Themselves to Wrong Gas Station – Missed it by that much.  That’s how the six...

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The Heat is on

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The New York Post Editorial Board,  in The New York Post 1/26/2014

New York must be running out of room: Only days after Gov. Cuomo said there’s “no place in the state” for “extreme conservatives,” Mayor de Blasio said he doesn’t “see any place for fracking.”

De Blasio seems to be on the wrong side of history here, particularly in his own city. That’s because more and more New Yorkers are heating with natural gas — which can be supplied via fracking.

Nearly 1,300 owners of large city...

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Event for NG Supporters to Attend

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Here is a unique event to attend...
 

    Event: "Defend It" Debate
    Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Chamber Hall, Binghamton University, Vestal, NY
    Description: See Attached File Below
     

I hope a lot of supporters can attend this and enjoy it. It should be educational and very interesting.
 
Warm Regards,
Dan...

Attachments:
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Shah on crucial fracking study

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We can only hope and pray that if he waits long enough his fearless leader will be out of office and Shah will be out of a job. Who would have thought that two (DOH and DEC) very esteemed state regulatory agency's would be headed by do nothing political yes boys. They have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars leading their agency's in circles while tearing the guts out of their staffs professionalism. It is likely that like every other thing our governor does what will be left is nothing but a...

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Make a Fracking Decision

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By The Editors of The NewYork Observer 1/21/2014

Last May, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised that he would make a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York by the beginning of 2014.

A quick check of the calendar suggests that the governor‘s long-awaited decision has passed its due date.

Mr. Cuomo’s decision is expected any minute now (although we’ve heard that one before). And with any luck, he’ll put aside the posturing and protests of fracking opponents and put his administration on...

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The Fracking Lobby Lie

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Fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

It’s that time of year again, when fracking opponents pay Common Cause to put out a report minimizing their own lobbying activities and wailing about the those of the oil and gas industry. 

Several times a year, with more regularity than Halley’s Comet, a strikingly similar headline appears in the pages of New York news media about how the oil and gas lobby has outspent fracking...

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