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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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More Clambake Details!
Sep 09, 2015 @ 13:14

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters, Last week I invited any and all Natural Gas supporters to a clambake for a wonderful afternoon of information, food, and fun. This week I have even more good news about that event. The cost has been reduced from $55.00 per person to $50.00 per person! That's right, reduced! The rest of the details remain as were sent out last week. The picnic will be at Mountain Top on Sunday September 13 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. Here is a link to Mountain Top's website... Here is a link to directions to Mountain Top's grounds... To help us all stay abreast of recent Natural Gas related matters we’ll hear from two important speakers. First Mike Atchie of Williams Corp. will give us an [ ... ]

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Enjoy A Clambake and Learn the Latest Natural Gas Related News!
Sep 01, 2015 @ 13:20

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

We've got a great, fun filled opportunity for you to enjoy one more summer picnic while learning the latest about some important landowner rights and Natural Gas developments.

We’re promoting a picnic at Mountain Top on Sunday September 13 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. The menu includes all the great Mountain Top Clambake food…

Clambake Menu
Manhattan Clam Chowder
Raw Clams Opened on the Half Shell
Steamed Clams
Large Chilled Shrimp
Charcoal Grilled Ribeye Steak Sandwiches
Slow Roasted BBQ Pork and Beef Sandwiches
Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Hot and Sweet Sausage with Peppers and Onions
Baked Potatoes with Toppings
Fresh Salads
Corn on the Cob
Iced Tea
Assorted Sodas
Draft Beer
Wine Cooler

To help us all stay abreast of rece [ ... ]

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Wet vs. Dry Natural Gas – What is the difference?
Aug 28, 2015 @ 20:44

Published in WellSaid (Cabot Blog) As most people know, Pennsylvania has unique geology that has helped make it the home of some of the largest-producing shale plays in the world. Roughly 75 percent of the Commonwealth sits on top of the Marcellus and Utica shales, each with their own distinct characteristics. Even across Pennsylvania the Marcellus varies in structure, depth, thickness and even the type of gas produced. One of the most interesting differences in the Marcellus is whether the natural gas produced is considered “wet” or “dry” when produced. That will make a difference in the end usage and products which can be created from the natural gas. Cabot’s operations are in an area of dry gas therefore to get a full perspective, we’ve partnered with the folks at Sunoco L [ ... ]

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Big Benefits From Natural Gas Exports
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:08

Exporting U.S. natural gas would be good for the economy and the environment. Aug. 26, 2015  in US News and World Report,--- Author attribution at end of article As David Brodwin correctly states in his July 16 article ["The Case Against Exporting Natural Gas"], our oil and gas abundance, powered by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has driven down energy costs. Restricting the export of natural gas, however, has stifled production – especially against the backdrop of" target="_blank">recent downward price projections – and in so doing threatens the many benefits that have come with our energy renaissance. Technological advances have made the United States a prolific producer of natural gas, so  [ ... ]

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EQT Ditching Upper Devonian in Favor of Deep, Dry Utica Shale
Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:01

By Jamison Cocklin August 3, 2015 In NGI's Shale Daily After its record-shattering Utica Shale test in Southwest Pennsylvania, EQT Corp. plans to phase-out its Upper Devonian drilling program in the state and redirect that capital to the Utica. The company said earlier this month its Scotts Run well in Greene County, PA, tested at a 24-hour rate of 72.9 MMcf/d with an average flowing wellhead pressure of 8,641 psi (see Shale Daily, July 23). The Utica well was the company's first in Pennsylvania. It was completed with 18 fracture stages on a 3,221 foot lateral, bringing the initial production rate to 22.6 MMcf/d per 1,000 feet of lateral. Following the deliverability test, EQT said Scotts Run produced an average of 27 MMcf/d on restricted choke during a seven-day period. "Gi [ ... ]

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Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
Aug 26, 2015 @ 20:18

Guest post written by Jacki Pick 8/25/2015 in Forbes Opinion Ms. Pick is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Center for Policy Analysis. As environmental groups gather to strategize maximum mileage from the president’s “Clean Power Plan,” they would do well to remember what they might regard as the greatest environmental triumph of this century: The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction, with emissions down 26% since the shale boom hits its stride in 2007. Why? Because of the use of natural gas, a fossil fuel, now produced in historic volumes made possible through fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.  Fracked natural gas has been key to reducing U.S. carbon emissions to their lowest levels since 1988, [ ... ]

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A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of polic...
Aug 18, 2015 @ 17:41

By Tom Wilber at wilberwrites  8/7/2015 A propane fracking proposal in Barton sets the stage for a new set of policy tests July 8 the five-farm family group's intentions to install a natural gas well underneath afield in the Town of Barton.(Photo: KELLY GAMPEL / Staff Photo) The proposed propane frack in the Town of Barton is setting the stage for a new set of policy tests that could shape the long-term fate of shale gas development in the state. The Cuomo administration has banned the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing because too little is known about its impacts on health and the environment. But that ban could be lifted with a new administration, changing technology, shifting politics, more information and establishment of case law. In the meantime questions of what exact [ ... ]

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