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Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water, Says New Yale Study
Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:38Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water, Says New Yale Study

Environmental activists continue to claim that fracking (the use of horizontal drilling with high-pressure water) to unlock vast stores of natural gas and oil from shale formations contaminates drinking water. They hint that natural gas and the constituents of fracking fluids migrate through cracks from the shale formations into drinking water wells. In fact, intensive research efforts have yet to confirm that any contamination that has occurred in this way, including at the contested gas field in Pavillion, Wyoming.  The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report earlier this year that found that the minor amount of contamination that has occurred was the result of failed well casings and ground spills. The EPA reported that it "did not find that [fracking techniques] h [ ... ]

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FERC's Clark presses for more gas pipelines while praising 'helpful' dissen...
Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:33

By Ximena Mosqueda-Fernandez FERC Commissioner Tony Clark on Oct. 6 called for more natural gas pipeline infrastructure, citing the shale boom's transformative effect on the U.S., but he also welcomed as "helpful" the views of local landowners who oppose development projects.
In his keynote speech at the North American Gas Forum, Clark stressed that shale gas and the midstream sector have significantly contributed to lower gas prices and will play a major role in supporting the future of renewable energy.
"If we didn't have the shale gas that we have and if we didn't have adequate infrastructure, as they've seen in New England, gas prices would skyrocket," Clark said at the Washington, D.C., event. He added that natural gas has had a massive impact on costs in the U.S. industrial sector [ ... ]

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Can ‘waterless fracking’ in New York sidestep Cuomo’s ban?
Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:32Can ‘waterless fracking’ in New York sidestep Cuomo’s ban?

ANOTHER DECISION LOOMS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a cabinet meeting last December a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. But a county in the state’s Southern Tier has applied for two applications to drill using another fracking method.   The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown no signs of backing off the statewide prohibition on hydraulic fracturing the Democrat announced at the end of last year. But a collection of landowners in one of the most economically depressed areas in the Empire State hopes the Cuomo administration will give it the OK to drill without using conventional “fracking” techniques, in the hopes of reaching some of the vast natural gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale formation. “This is the evolution of this kind of [ ... ]

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Who Is Basil Seggos?
Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:31Who Is Basil Seggos?

The selection of Basil Seggos as New York’s DEC Commissioner is another exercise in NRDC corruption of the Empire State, led by a corrupt Governor Cuomo. There’s been a lot written already about the selection of Basil Seggos as Andy Cuomo’s new Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner (DEC). Jim Willis got it correct, I suspect, when he speculated, based on endorsements of the selection, that it had to be a just awful selection. I have news for Jim, though; it’s even worse when one digs into the details. Journalists who know better have been reporting Basil Seggos was a surprising alternative to what was expected to be the appointment of another member of the NRDC gang. As it turns out, that’s exactly who was picked; the second DEC Commissio [ ... ]

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How fracking saved my family
Oct 13, 2015 @ 20:27

Editor, The Messenger: My name is Madison Roscoe and I’m currently a freshman at Ohio University studying political science. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for the Ohio oil and natural gas industry and the opportunities it brought to my family. There’s one major factor that is often ignored in discussions about hydraulic fracturing. Most of the time, the emphasis is on the environment. But what about the fact that this industry has helped to financially stabilize many families, including my own? Some people seem to think that banning fracking would only impact “Big Oil.” But it would be people like me and my family would be harmed the most from shutting down this source of economic opportunity. My father worked two full time jobs for the  [ ... ]

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Most Comprehensive Appalachian Region Study Finds Water Quality Issues Long...
Oct 10, 2015 @ 16:07Most Comprehensive Appalachian Region Study Finds Water Quality Issues Long Before Fracking

A new study, which can boast of having one of the most comprehensive water quality datasets in the Appalachian basin prior to Marcellus and Utica shale development, was recently released in the journal, Applied Geochemistry. The study, led by Don Siegel of Syracuse University, analyzed over 21,000 samples of groundwater collected by third party contractors from individual domestic or stock water-supply wells before Chesapeake Energy Corporation drilled nearby Marcellus and Utica shale oil and gas wells. According to the study’s summary: “Our comparison of these results to historical groundwater data from NE Pennsylvania, which pre-dates most unconventional shale gas development, shows that the recent pre-drilling geochemical data is similar to historical data. We see no broad chang [ ... ]

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Bills-Sabres Owner & Cuomo Donor Defends Fracking During 60 Minutes Sports ...
Oct 10, 2015 @ 16:03

Acknowledging the “irony” of how a business practice that’s illegal in New York State helped keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York, billionaire Terry Pegula defended the controversial gas drilling method better known as hydro-fracking.  The Bills and Sabres owner’s comments came during an interview that aired on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports, Tuesday night. “I’m very proud of what I do. I’m in the oil and gas business I have been my whole life.  I believe my industry is getting some publicity it doesn’t deserve,” Pegula said. As detailed in the 60 Minutes Sports report, Pegula turned a $7,500 loan from friends and family into the oil and gas company, East Resources Inc.  The company formed in the 1980’s and eventually became a multi-billion do [ ... ]

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This winter, WNY could see lowest heating costs in 21 years
Oct 07, 2015 @ 20:02This winter, WNY could see lowest heating costs in 21 years

David Robinson Updated Thu, Oct 01, 2015 09:22 PM EDT It shouldn’t break the bank to keep your home warm this winter. With natural gas prices at a three-year low, National Fuel Gas Co. predicts this winter’s heating bills will be about 29 percent lower than they were last winter. If temperatures are normal, the Amherst-based energy company forecasts the average residential customer will pay $454 to heat their home between November and March. That would be almost $180 less than last winter and a third less than the average winter heating bill over the past five years. If the forecast holds, heating bills this winter will be the lowest in at least 21 years. “Our customers will see substantial savings through this coming winter heating season and maybe have a little extra in the [ ... ]

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Short - Term Energy Outlook Market Prices and Uncertainty Report October 20...
Oct 07, 2015 @ 20:00

Crude Oil Prices: Brent c rude oil prices drifted lower in September and remained below $50 per barrel (b) for 20 consecutive trading days, the longest period since 2009 . The North Sea Brent front month futures price settled at $47.69/b on October 1, a decline of $1.87/b since September 1 (Figure1). The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) front month futures price settled at $44.74/b on October 1, decreasing by 67 cents/b over the same time.......   Please see the attachment included for more information.

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Disaster at NY DEC: Cuomo Nominates Anti-Driller to Helm Agency
Oct 07, 2015 @ 19:57Disaster at NY DEC: Cuomo Nominates Anti-Driller to Helm Agency

Basil Seggos – Nominated by Cuomo to head the DEC It appears that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attempting to shove the teetering oil and gas industry in the state over a metaphorical cliff and put it completely out of business. Last Friday Cuomo nominated an anti-driller, Basil Seggos, to be the next Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC)–the organization that oversees oil and gas drilling in the state. Seggos will replace another anti-driller, Joe Martens, complicit in Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking. Seggos will continue and likely expand the same policies begun by Martens. Seggos previously worked for seven years as the chief investigator and lawyer (chief litigator) for the radical environmental organization Riverkeeper. That alone should disqualify him f [ ... ]

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New York increasingly reliant on natural gas for heat
Oct 07, 2015 @ 19:53New York increasingly reliant on natural gas for heat

By Scott Waldman and Bill Mahoney 5:57 a.m. | Oct. 5, 2015 3 ALBANY—New York residents are increasingly dependent on natural gas produced in other states to heat their homes, according to new federal data. In the last decade, New York has had the country’s biggest increase in the number of households using natural gas as a heating fuel source, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2005 and 2014, the number of New York natural gas customers went from 3.7 to 4.2 million, according to a POLITICO New York analysis of the numbers. This jump of 509,610 households was more than the net increase of 326,671 in the rest of the country combined. Heating prices are expected to be 30 percent cheaper in Buffalo this season, the lowest in two decad [ ... ]

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Cuomo selects new DEC commissioner
Oct 07, 2015 @ 19:52Cuomo selects new DEC commissioner

By Jimmy Vielkind and Scott Waldman 1:24 p.m. | Oct. 2, 2015 ALBANY — The Cuomo administration is set to appoint Basil Seggos as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, POLITICO New York has learned. Seggos, who has worked as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for the environment, held positions in both the environmental movement as well as private industry before coming to government in 2012. Seggos was previously vice president of business development at Hugo Neu Corporation, a private equity company involved with clean technology businesses. He was also an attorney for Riverkeeper and serves in a U.S. Army Reserve JAG unit. Seggos succeeds Joe Martens, who announced his departure earlier this year just days after the state formaliz [ ... ]

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Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total: study
Oct 06, 2015 @ 18:56Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total: study

Halliburton SandCastle PS-2500 trailers, which store sand for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stand at a Hess well site near Williston, North Dakota November 12, 2014. Reuters/Andrew Cullen BOSTON (Reuters) - Fracking by the U.S. oil and gas industry has increased the burden on the nation's water resources, but still accounts for less than 1 percent of America's total industrial water use, according to a paper by researchers at Duke University published on Tuesday. The controversial extraction method consumed roughly 48 billion gallons of water per year from 2012 to 2014, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, roughly the same amount that flows over Niagara Falls in 18 hours. The industry pro [ ... ]

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Two recent studies won’t reverse New York fracking ban
Oct 06, 2015 @ 18:52Two recent studies won’t reverse New York fracking ban

By:  Rob Nikolewski   STUDIES WON’T CHANGE THINGS: Two studies showing no damage to water quality in the Marcellus Shale formation won’t change the fracking ban imposed by the Cuomo administration in New York state. For officials in the economically depressed region of New York state known as the Southern Tier , two recent hydraulic fracturing studies gave them the slightest glimmer of hope the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomowould reverse the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing. But in a brief email to, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation shut the door on that. “New York’s thorough review supports DEC’s conclusion that fracking should not be allowed to occur in New York state at this time, [ ... ]

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New York’s Southern Tier, Once a Home for Big Business, Is Struggling
Sep 30, 2015 @ 14:54New York’s Southern Tier, Once a Home for Big Business, Is Struggling

  CONKLIN, N.Y. — The main grocery store here was replaced by a Family Dollar store, already faded. The historic front of the town hall, a castle no less, is crumbling, and donations are being solicited. The funds earmarked to strip off the lead paint from the castle’s exterior went instead to clear mold from the basement. This town of roughly 5,500 residents looks alarmingly like dozens of other towns and cities in New York’s Southern Tier, a vast part of the state that runs parallel to Pennsylvania. Years ago, the region was a manufacturing powerhouse, a place where firms like General Electric and Westinghouse thrived. But over time companies have downsized, or left altogether, lured abroad or to states with lower taxes and fewer regulations. Conklin’s population is aging [ ... ]

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JLCNY's Political Support
Sep 15, 2015 @ 13:30

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Our clambake was a huge success! I must take a moment to thank all of those who worked so hard to make the event come together so smoothly and enjoyably. Stupendous Job Everyone!!!

We had over 100 people turnout for the wonderful food and to hear our great guest speakers. In addition to the planned speakers we also heard from Assemblyman Cliff Crouch and NY Senate candidate Fred Akshar. Their appearance and words were an awesome surprise and valuable show of support for our cause. We can't thank all of our speakers enough for being there for us Sunday and always!!!

In addition to his spoken words, Fred Akshar has sent the letter linked to at the end of this post that you'll want to save, reread from time to time this fall, and remember as you dec [ ... ]

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