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‘Mass exodus’ from Cuomo administration expected post-election

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It would be very wise for any professional considering a job in NY to first imagine themselves as a puppet to a micro-managing, egocentric governor and what that would mean to their career and any notion that they might be an independent thinker. It really appears that no one who works at a high level for NY State has the privilege of original thought and professional independence. JLCpulse

By Pat Bailey  April 21, 2014 in New York Post

ALBANY — A “mass exodus” is expected from the Cuomo administration after November’s election, according to several sources.

“They all want out,” one source said of top Cuomo staffers. A former staffer said the rush has been spurred by the work environment.

“You’re micromanaged to the point you can’t make a decision,” the ex-staffer said. “It’s not the work, it’s the model. It is secretive and clandestine.”

At least four high-level staff members are talking about bailing if Cuomo wins a second term, sources said.

The governor’s top aide, director of state operations Howard Glaser, will be packing up at the end of the legislative session in June to take a job in the real-estate industry, Crain’s New York reported on...

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005: EPA

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) April 15, 2014 - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

The report showed that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due to a decrease in energy consumption and fuel switching from coal to natural gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday published the United...

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Amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals

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Attached is the amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals on behalf of:

JOINT LANDOWNERS COALITION OF NEW YORK, INC.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROYALTY OWNERS
NARO-NY
UPSTATE NEW YORK TOWNS ASSOCIATION, INC.
SOUTHERN TIER RESIDENTS FOR ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE AND
THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE, INC.

Oral argument in the Court of Appeals is scheduled for June 3, 2014 at 2:00.  

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Chu Remains Advocate for Natural Gas, New Technology

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By  Carolyn Davis  April 14, 2014 in NGI Shale Daily  

Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu told a standing-room-only crowd on Monday that he continues to believe natural gas is the "genuine transition fuel," that will lead all other types of fuels in all types of applications through this century.

Chu, who was the keynote speaker Monday in Dallas at the annual Gas Processors Association Convention, served as President Obama's first Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). The dedicated...

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Window into N.Y. public health study suggests agency grappling with data

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By Gayathri Vaidyanathan, in EnergyWire 4/15/2014

The New York State Department of Health has tracked the progress of U.S. EPA's hydraulic fracturing study, gathered up information on earthquakes in Ohio and logged information about air pollution in Colorado's oil and gas fields for its long-awaited study on health effects from fracking.

New York health officials considered a collaboration with a Geisinger Health Systems-led study on shale gas development, though it's unclear whether those...

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Germany’s Green Energy Bust

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By  Will Boisvert  7/30/13 in The Break Through  

Through much of 2012, the Energiewende, Germany’s pioneering effort to construct an energy system around renewables while simultaneously phasing out nuclear power and cutting carbon emissions, was on a roll. Plunging prices and eye-popping production figures for wind and solar power seemed to fulfill all the visionary prognostications. Germany shrugged off the shuttering of nearly half its nuclear plants without a backward glance: not only...

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EDITORIAL: Needlessly capping California’s oil

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Jobs and America’s energy independence threatened by the greens

At 8 percent, the California unemployment ratealt is higher than in all but three other states. The Legislature apparently likes it that way. The lawmakers are on their way to banning a technology that could create 200,000 jobs and inject millions of dollars into the state’s economy.

A bill making its way through the Legislature would prohibit fracking...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 41, April 14, 2014

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Great research and writing in a cleanly wrapped easy to read package, We really enjoy the weekly follies and never fail to learn something new and insightful. JLCpulse

By David Blackmon in Forbes 4/14/2014

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.

 This guy writing for The Atlantic wants the United States to adopt the German model for even more massive...

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Environmentalist Foundations Fund Anti-Fossil Fuel Echo Chamber

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Here is some news that you will NEVER read in the Binghamton or Ithaca newspapers. The only people aware of this farce are insightful, informed and open to the facts, they have seen the light and  do not the believe in the fiction  produced by the no progress anti environment groups. JLCpulse
 
Nonprofit news venture shares donors with green groups it routinely cites
Offshore fracking in California

Offshore fracking in California / AP

BY:   April 3, 2014 3:00 pm in The Washington Free...

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Ohio Regulators Update Rules to Further Reduce Seismic Risk

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Today, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced there was enough information from the minor seismic event in Mahoning County on March 10th to justify new rules on well stimulation activity in the state. A strictly cautionary measure, ODNR’s new, stronger permit conditions place significant...

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF DR. NIRAV SHAH

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JLCNY STATEMENT REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF

DR. NIRAV SHAH FROM THE NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

 

BINGHAMTON – April 10, 2014 - Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We wish Dr. Shah well in his new position with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in California although we are deeply disappointed that he has not completed his health review on high volume hydraulic fracturing. The State and Dr. Shah appear to have other priorities that do not include the...

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State Health Com. Nirav Shah has Enough of Andy Cuomo, Leaving NY

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Marcellus Drilling News 4/10/2014 by Jim Willis

Apparently Dr. Nirav Shah, State Health Commissioner in New York, is tired of being Andrew Cuomo’s tool–Andy’s whipping boy. For more than a year Cuomo has been able to hide behind an unfinished so-called public health review of proposed new fracking rules, proposed by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In what can only be called a conspiracy, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens asked Shah for a review of the SGEIS with an eye to how...

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Dr. Nirav Shah, state health commissioner, resigns

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Thursday April 10, 2014  By Michael Gormley in Newsday

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's health commissioner, the focus of criticism after three years of indecision over whether to authorize natural gas drilling, is resigning.

The resignation of Dr. Nirav Shah, health commissioner since 2011, also follows the release of documents showing the Health Department failed to inspect some abortion clinics for years. The documents stemmed from a lawsuit by a conservative think tank that first was...

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NY health commissioner’s last day is in May, not June (UPDATED)

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By Jon Campbell in Politics on The Hudson 4/10/2014

New York’s top health official will work his last day May 4, according to a letter he sent to Department of Health employees Thursday.

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The Department of Health on Wednesday said Commissioner Nirav Shah would be resigning at the end of June to take a job with the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan in southern California.

But in his letter to health department workers Thursday, Shah said his final day would actually be nearly two months...

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Under criticism, NY health commissioner to resign

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 April 9, 2014 by in Politics on The Hudson

The state’s Health Department commissioner is resigning at the end of June amid criticism over his drawn-out review of whether New York should move forward with hydraulic fracturing.

commissioner_shah_with_governor_cuomo_600x400Nirav Shah, who was first appointed in 2011, is leaving to become chief operating officer for clinical operations for the southern California region at the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, the Health Department said in a statement.

The announcement comes...

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U.S. Gas Tantalizes Europe, but It’s Not a Quick Fix

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Jewell’s Remarks on Fracking Buoy Backers

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WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell surprised House lawmakers during a budget hearing Thursday by giving a qualified endorsement of hydraulic fracturing, a process opposed by many environmental groups.

Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who asked Jewell her opinion of the safety of fracking, put out a press release even before Jewell’s testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee was finished.

In an...

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Early Marcellus producers hold continuing advantages, Moody's reports

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By Alex Benedetto Tuesday, April 01, 2014 4:05 PM ET in SNL.com

Natural gas producers that exposed themselves early to the now-bountiful Marcellus Shale will reap more benefits than producers in other North American shale plays, even if U.S. natural gas prices decline, according to a new report from Moody's.

In the March 31 report, Moody's said the size and location of the Marcellus, close to high-demand markets in the Northeast and Midwest, gave its producers a significant advantage...

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Landowner exiled by Cuomo’s fracking games

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By William Perry Pendley In New York Post 4/3/2014

Jon Kark of upstate Fenton is suing Gov. Cuomo because he’s sick of spending just a week or two a year with his family.

Kark is part of a coalition of New York landowners who last month sued Cuomo and top officials at two state agencies in pursuit of their right to develop the rich Marcellus Shale beneath their land. (The plaintiffs are represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, which I head, and New York counsel.)

The state has...

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Moody's: Marcellus Shale players to reap benefits even if gas prices drop

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“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.” Kurt Vonnegut.  It might have been New York residents with this benefit and advantage in gas production. Never forget this issue rests squarely on Cuomos shoulder's and we all can all kindly help him relieve the terrible burden it must be. JLCpulse

 

Global Credit Research - 01 Apr 2014 in Moodys Investor Services

 

 New York, April 01, 2014 -- Exploration and production (E&P) companies that extract natural gas from...

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How American energy independence could change the world

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4/2/2014

Energy independence would allow the US to reassess its role on the world stage

The holy grail of American leaders over the past four decades, from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, has been energy independence, and thanks to shale oil and gas, the dream could soon become reality.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and oil giant BP certainly think so - they believe the US will be energy independent by 2035.

As Mr Obama said in his...

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Obama Doesn't Pass Gas: New Methane Regulations

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ByMichael Lynch Contributor in Forbes April 3, 2014

The role of methane in global climate change is important but often overlooked. Possibly this is because methane burning emits less CO2 than coal and oil, and many environmentalists consider fuel-switching to lower GHG emissions, rather than eliminate them with renewables, morally unacceptable. However, with the recent success of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in lowering natural gas prices, environmentalists, failing to find any serious...

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