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By SETH BORENSTEIN of Associated Press October 21, 2013 6:03 PM on Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States cut its energy-related carbon dioxide pollution by 3.8 percent last year, the second biggest drop since 1990, the Department of Energy said Monday.

The only recent year with a bigger percentage drop was in 2009, when America was in a large recession. American cars and factories spewed 5.83 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2012, down from 6.06 billion in 2011. It is the lowest level for U.S. emissions since 1994. Carbon dioxide is the chief man-made global warming gas.

Energy Department economist Perry Lindstrom said carbon pollution reduction is due to warm winter weather, more efficient cars because of new mileage requirements and an ongoing shift from coal-power to natural gas to produce electricity.

The coal shift is a big factor as is a sluggish economic recovery, said Jay Apt, director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. He said in 1994 coal provided 52 percent of the U.S. power and now it is down to 37 percent. Burning coal produces far more carbon dioxide than burning natural gas.

Some past cuts in carbon pollution were mostly due to economic factors, such as the 7.1 percent drop in 2009, Lindstrom said. But this drop happened while the U.S. economy was growing 2.8 percent, as reflected by the gross domestic product, and its energy use was dropping by more than 2 percent.

Economists measure energy efficiency and how real reductions are in carbon pollution, by calculating...

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Associated PressBy Kevin Begos, Associated Press | Associated Press – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 7:17 PM EDT on Yahoo Finance

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region is growing faster than expected, according to a new federal report issued Tuesday.

Marcellus production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a day, the Energy Information Administration report found. That's the energy equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil a day, and more than six times the 2009 production rate.

For perspective, if the Marcellus Shale region were a country, its natural gas production would rank eighth in the world. The Marcellus now produces more natural gas than Saudi Arabia, and that glut has led to wholesale prices here that are about one-quarter of those in Japan, for example.

The vast majority of the Marcellus gas is coming from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The shale also lies under other states, but most of the wells in Ohio produce oil, and New York has placed a moratorium on shale gas drilling.

Federal energy experts are surprised by the rapid Marcellus growth, since the number of drilling rigs has fallen over the past two years.

"A year ago, we...

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BY STACI WILSON (Staff writer) published: October 22, 2013 in TheTimes-Tribune.com

A natural gas driller gained a preliminary injunction Monday barring a local anti-fracking activist from trespassing onto its leased well sites and access roads.

Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. filed the petition for injunction in Susquehanna County Court against natural gas opponent Vera Scroggins. A hearing date for a permanent injunction has not yet been set by the court.

In court documents filed last week, Cabot maintained that Ms. Scroggins has repeatedly trespassed onto several of the gas company's leased and owned properties, exposing herself, the company and workers on the sites to potential safety hazards.

"What we've seen is an increase in frequency and also the number of visitors she is putting harm's way," said company spokesman George Stark.

On Monday, President Judge Kenneth Seamans heard testimony from several Cabot employees, contractors, consultants and security personnel regarding the incidents.

Ms. Scroggins appeared in court without counsel. She told the judge she had only been notified of the injunction and the Monday hearing on Friday and was not able to find an attorney in time for court. Judge Seamans denied Ms. Scroggins' request that the hearing be continued to a later date.

Ms. Scroggins said she had been to many Cabot sites and had never seen "no trespassing" signs, unless they had been placed by the property owners.

Several Cabot employees and contractors detailed times Ms. Scroggins had brought tour groups to various Cabot natural gas sites and was asked to leave...

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This is old news to some, however I just became aware of it. Does anyone ever wonder what the investments of our state leaders, politicians and legislators are? If you are a landowner and hold a local office you are frequently denied the right to vote on issues in your town, city or county related to natural gas. How many of those in state office possess items (such as land that just happens to be in the right place, or stocks that coincidentally climbed sky high in value) that truely are in conflict when voting on issues that affect all of us. Do you ever wonder if a "Blind Trust" is really blind or is just legally blind with some sight and better than average hearing ability. Good for Al Gore for standing up for his position in the face of those opposed to anything but wind and solar.JLCpulse

In the Daily Currant, Politics 2/25/13

Former U.S. Vice President and environment advocate Al Gore has closed a deal to make a multi-million dollar investment in a natural gas producer that specializes in fracking.

In a statement to shareholders, Canada-based PetroBakken Resources announced that Gore and his investment partners would be pumping $200 million into the company in return for a 15 percent stake. 

The move comes just weeks after Gore sold his shares in cable broadcaster Current to Al-Jazeera, a Middle Eastern channel backed by...

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Safe Shale Development is a “Total Game Changer” For Our Region

“As the U.S. economy continues its sluggish recovery from the recession,” according to a new Gallup survey, and job creation and economic growth remains in flux, several bright spots nonetheless certainly exist, especially across Pennsylvania.

In fact, Bruce Katz, a Brookings Institution economic expert, spoke in Pittsburgh this week, underscoring the fact that safe shale development is a “total game changer” for our region. Mr. Katz noted that “Pittsburgh, with the brainpower of Carnegie Mellon and the other universities, should be able to parlay cheap energy into a manufacturing renaissance,” as the Post-Gazette’s Brian O’Neill reports. “Affordable energy in Pittsburgh’s backyard should mitigate Asia’s old advantage in wage differential,” Mr. Katz added. Manufacturing is indeed on its way back, thanks in large part to

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By: William J. Anaya , October 14, 2013 on ChicagoBusiness.com

Fear has become the principal means of directing public opinion away from the facts, and in this case, it is occurring with a well-known and historically accepted process associated with recovering energy from the Earth — hydraulic fracturing.

Fear of the unknown is primal and instinctive, and has served our species well — even if fear of the unknown has sometimes led to poor decisions. In the energy world, with the advent of electricity in our homes, we added proper insulation to electrical wire — based on facts and not on anecdotal nonsense. We also developed codes and standards for transmission lines — based on facts. We even added odor to natural gas to make that form of energy safer for all of us.

As a lawyer, I recognize that our tort laws in this country have led to many of the safety rules we now take for granted — safety belts, elevator designs, automobile safety standards, and new and safer medicines and surgical procedures. In each case, the answer was not to abandon elevators, automobiles, medicine or surgery, but to openly discuss the actual risks as the first step toward quantifying and managing appropriate risk.

I cannot, and will not, criticize the fear of those people who are afraid of what they do not know. Rather, I applaud those who raise relevant questions and want answers concerning activities they do not understand. My criticism is reserved for those who pander to fear and cite unproven anecdotes in support of their position.

What are the facts associated with hydraulic...

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Even as I write this the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is transforming America! LNG is being used in more places and more often than ever before all across our nation to reduce pollution, power homes, vehicles, and businesses more affordably, and take advantage of America's abundant Natural Gas reserves. Here is just one of many articles I've read lately that illustrates these welcome trends...

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131008-906657.html

If the link doesn't work for you, a copy of the article is attached (LNG Use 10-08-13.pd) for your enjoyment.

Despite all the successes and benefits that LNG use has provided across our nation, currently LNG is prohibited in NY! Once again the Empire State is behind the times and missing out!!

As incredible as that may sound, I'm glad to tell you that with your help we have an opportunity to change NY's regulations to allow LNG and get in on the positive action that the rest of the United States is enjoying!

The DEC has proposed a set of regulations (http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/93069.html) for the use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in New York. The JLCNY's business, technical, and political adviser volunteers have researched the regulations and strongly recommended that they be supported. This is a great opportunity for NY's businesses, communities, and people. Even better, as more LNG is...

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Written by Jon Campbell in Stargazette.com 10/9/13  Albany Bureau
ALBANY — A Southern Tier assemblywoman is asking the state to put an immediate pause on the Health Department’s review of hydraulic fracturing, instead calling for a more-comprehensive analysis that is “transparent and thorough.”

In a letter this week to state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, Broome County, knocked the state’s current review of fracking’s health impacts.

The review, launched by Health Commissioner Nirav Shah a year ago, has been conducted with “no public notice, opportunity for public...

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By:Boston Herald editorial staff in Bostonherald.com 10/6/13

It’s no surprise. The United States, according to The Wall Street Journal’s calculations, may now be the world’s biggest producer in the world of oil and natural gas combined and if not soon will be.

It should be enough to make consumers want to dance in the streets.

The “sky-is-falling, earth-is-warming” crowd likely is in mourning. Its secular religion takes as an article of faith that hydrocarbon fuels are seriously warming the earth. Nevermind that their case is increasingly dubious.

The United States is producing about 22 million barrels per day of crude oil and its equivalent in natural gas and natural gas liquids. Output in Russia, up to now the world’s No. 1 producer, isn’t known but Russia’s projection for 2013 amounts to 21.8 million barrels per day.

U.S. shale formations, usually thousands of feet down, hold more than a century’s worth of oil and gas. Shale formations are widespread but the United States is far ahead of every other nation in production technology, the key part of which is high-pressure water injection to fracture the shale and liberate oil and gas — “fracking.” There’s a lot of shale in Russia and no fracking.

Abundant, affordable hydrocarbon brings enormous benefit. Without it we’d run on coal, expensive to liquefy and gasify. We’d likely have no way to fuel airplanes, cars or create synthetic fabrics; few fertilizers, few plastics — and far more pollution. The new...

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Since day one of this anti drilling malstrum I have understood that those making the most noise could not and would not prevail. This is a mighty river that will flow safely and rapidly if there are banks to keep it from becoming a swamp. One can only applaud those who understand that simply making the operation safe is a win win for all involved. Park Foundation will ultimately be seen as the selfish self interested pawn it is of those who will be advantaged by delay and deception. JLCpulse

By KEVIN BEGOS and MICHAEL RUBINKAM 10/06/13 in Huff Post Green

PITTSBURGH -- PITTSBURGH (AP) — For years, activists have warned that fracking can have disastrous consequences — ruined water and air, sickened people and animals, a ceaseless parade of truck traffic.

Now some critics are doing what was once unthinkable: working with the industry. Some are even signing lucrative gas leases and speaking about the environmental benefits of gas.

In one northeastern Pennsylvania village that became a global flashpoint in the debate over fracking, the switch has raised more than a few eyebrows.

A few weeks ago, Victoria Switzer and other activists from Dimock endorsed a candidate for governor who supports natural gas production from gigantic reserves like the Marcellus Shale, albeit with more regulation and new taxes. Dimock was the centerpiece of "Gasland," a documentary that galvanized opposition to fracking, and Switzer was also featured in this summer's "Gasland Part II," which aired on HBO.

"We had to work with the industry. There is no magic wand...

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