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How fracking foes are killing N.Y. jobs

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At some point, reasoned opposition gave way to zealotry

BY Errol Louis      in NEW YORK DAILY NEWS      Thursday, July 3, 2014, 4:25 AM

Putting poltiics ahead of people.

My hardworking, fair-minded liberal parents raised my sisters and me with a healthy sense of sympathy for the poor and the voiceless. So I can’t help but feel for the denizens of upstate New York, where a long-faltering economy continues to struggle against the whims of faddish activists, invertebrate politicians — and, most recently, a troubling decision by the state’s highest court.

In Norse Energy vs. Town of Dryden, the Court of Appeals ruled that local governments can, if they wish, use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting fluids deep into the ground and extracting vast amounts of oil and gas that were formerly inaccessible. The court’s vote wasn’t even close — five of the seven judges upheld the ban — but the underlying principle was one on which reasonable people could easily disagree.

Generally, zoning agencies are allowed to regulate broad categories of land use. The more complex power to regulate industry is normally...

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Meet Candidates Supporting NG!

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Last week I warned you about serious political threats to our efforts to safely and responsibly develop our Natural Gas and asked you to start preparing now to vote for candidates that support Natural Gas this coming November. In light of the unfavorable Dryden Middlefield decision earlier this week a huge turn out of NG supportive voters in November is more important than ever!
 
Today I'm excited to tell you about an event where you can meet...

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JLCNY Reaction to Unfavorable Court Ruling

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NYS COURT OF APPEALS RULES IN

MIDDDLEFIELD AND DRYDEN

June 30, 2014 – Binghamton, NY

“The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is disappointed with the New York State Court of Appeals’ ruling in Middlefield and Dryden.” said Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the JLCNY. “The rights of the State and its experts at the DEC to make decisions concerning the production of New York’s domestic resources has been obliterated by the Court in favor of a not in my back yard mentality.”

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 51, June 23, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 6/22/14

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter TWTR +0.48% feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

I’ll take Sane Energy Policy for $1,000, Alex:   Houston LNG Project Gains Approval to Export Gas – The U.S. Department of Energy has given the go ahead to Texas LNG, a newly formed Houston-based venture headed by CEO Vivek Chandra, to start exporting to...

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NYS COURT OF APPEALS RULES IN MIDDDLEFIELD AND DRYDEN

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NYS COURT OF APPEALS RULES IN

MIDDDLEFIELD AND DRYDEN

June 30, 2014 – Binghamton, NY

“The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is disappointed with the New York State Court of Appeals’ ruling in Middlefield and Dryden.” said Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the JLCNY...

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Voter Support Needed!

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

As you know the Democratic Assembly and Governor Cuomo are doing all they can to delay or ban Natural Gas development. What you may not know is that the Senate, controlled by 29 Republicans in a coalition with 5 Democrats who formed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), has been our line of defense against the attempts to ban NG development and similar adverse legislation. This situation has made our progress slow, but thanks to the Senate we have...

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Energy Weak

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We need balance and wisdom not fear and obstruction. A couple of changes at the top of the political spectrum would help too. JLCpulse

The Post Editorial Board NY Post June 20,2014

This is Energy Week for New York, and as the gathering of power companies, regulators and others in the industry comes to a close, we notice one thing missing: any discussion of nuclear power.

It’s an odd omission, given that Indian Point Energy Center — a nuclear plant Gov. Cuomo wants closed — accounts for...

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America’s getting older, except in the energy rush states in the Plains

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June 26 at 1:21 AM in The Washington Post

In the 1800s, America’s young men went West for gold. Today, younger folks are heading to the heartland for oil and gas.

As a result, while the rest of America is getting older, there’s a chunk of the country that’s getting younger, according to census...

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Unconventional revolution in oil and gas: Daniel Yergin

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June 26, 2014 in Commodities Now

Washington, 24 June 2014

Daniel Yergin Congressional Testimony Highlights include: It's a revolution. Given the scale of the change, it is appropriate to describe what is unfolding in the United States in terms of shale gas and tight oil as an “unconventional revolution in oil and gas.”
 

  • Natural gas production increased 27 percent between 2007 and 2013. Estimates of recoverable natural gas reserves have more than doubled since 2005. U.S. oil...

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Take Action for More Affordable NY Energy

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Dear Friends and Energy Bill Payers,

 
Last winter, NY homeowners using propane paid $100 Million more in propane costs because local dealers had to look as far away as Washington State to find enough propane supply. That's because New York’s propane storage infrastructure is in adequate.
 
Fortunately, there is a proposed propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes that is shovel ready and can help prevent future propane shortages and price spikes. This project also means new jobs and...

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The Unasked Climate Question: How To Replace 86% Of The World's Energy Mix?

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By David Blackmon in Forbes energy section 6/18/2014  

Lost in all the media hoopla about President Obama’s recent announcement of EPA carbon emission regulations was this news that coal was in fact the fastest-growing fossil fuel globally in 2013.  That’s right:  despite all of the hundreds of billions of dollars in government subsidies for renewable fuels spent in the United States, Germany, Spain, France and myriad other countries over the last 40 years, and despite all of...

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Fracking raises worker salaries and cuts costs for states: Examiner Editorial

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By Washington Examiner | June 16, 2014

With little and at times fabricated evidence, Big Green activists and their supporters in government have worked hard to undermine the energy revolution underway in the U.S. Exploiting fear and ignorance, they seek to convince Americans that the current natural gas boom propping up the country's sagging economy is despoiling the earth, polluting water supplies and even causing earthquakes. So periodically, it's a good idea to review the substantial...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 50, June 16, 2014

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By David Blackmon on Forbes 6/15/14

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter TWTR +0.7% feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

Very good analysis here from Pete Sepp, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, on the counterproductive nature of raising taxes on the oil and gas industry.  As Mr. Sepp points out, most such proposals are politically-motivated, put forth by members of congress who...

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Despite Protests, Schuyler County Approves Plan to Store Liquified Petroleum

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Great Job folks, Now The DEC. JLCpulse

  June 5 2014 Web Staff Time Warner News Southern Tier

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Lawmakers in Schuyler County have taken a stance on the controversial plan to store liquified petroleum gas underneath Seneca Lake. Monday night a resolution was passed in support of the project.

Johnno Potts grew up in Schuyler County.

"I lived here my whole life. This is one of the most beautiful places ever. We're standing on of the largest fresh water basins on the...

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New York State’s plain language pre-emption law underwent its most important test on June 3 as the case was argued before the NYS Court of Appeals.

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By Tom Shepstone in  Natural Gas NOW

A critical important junction in the history and future of oil and gas development in New York State was reached in Albany on June 3 when the New York State Court of Appeals (the equivalent of the Supreme Court in ordinary states) heard the combined appeal of the Dryden and Middlefield cases. A lot of ink has been spilled here and elsewhere on the subject, but now it’s all over. The destiny of Upstate New York landowners awaits a decision.

One...

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Your higher electric bill

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First the good news: There’s no good reason the new EPA regulations on carbon emissions should mean higher electric bills for New Yorkers.

Now the bad news: There’s every political reason it...

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The Real Waste Behind the Phony Anti-Chevron Protesters

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June 03, 2014 in Bloomberg Business Week Energy Section

 

Activists with symbolic "black hands of oil" protesting in London last week against environmental damage in Ecuador

Photograph by Pqneiman/Demotix/Corbis

Activists with symbolic "black hands of oil" protesting in London last week against environmental damage in Ecuador

The mystery of the fake anti-Chevron (CVX) protest continues to thicken. As I reported last week, the oil company’s May 28 annual shareholder meeting in Midland, Tex., drew an environmental demonstration populated by phony...

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NY top court considers local bans on gas drilling

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Associated Press June 3 in Wall Street Journal

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's highest court is expected to decide by the Fourth of July whether municipalities can use local zoning laws to ban shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing within their borders.

The seven-member Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases where a midlevel appellate court unanimously concluded last year that state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land...

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Enviro Ad Sparks Debate -- Grass Roots or AstroTurf?

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This is not a new argument considering the date of the article but it is still a very important issue that has grown in magnitude in NY. Big money is buying big favors in New York at the expense of landowners and tax payers. Of interest to me is how one could argue that paying individuals on a daily basis to rally support for a position( as has occurred in NYS) is identical to paying for a bus or sandwiches to get people to a rally three hours away as the no anything groups have done as well...

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At W.F.P. convention, an endorsement and plenty of anger

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One would hope that folks become wise enough to NOT vote purely along party lines therefore perpetuating a failed system. The message should be clear to all New York residents both up and down state that they have a good basis to question individual candidates motives and actions. Pay attention, read, study and above all VOTE. JLCpulse

By Laura Nahmias   Jun. 1, 2014 in Capital

COLONIE—At 1:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Desmond Hotel, the rage had temporarily gone out of the most ardent...

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