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Some Parting Thoughts On Oil And Gas Policy And Communications

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Folks is appears that David Blackmon is moving on to other career pursuits and will no longer be contributing to Forbes on the Oil and Gas topic we have gained knowledge and insight from. We who have interest in safe and efficient gas drilling need better ways to get our message through to a misinformed and short sighted public not only in New York but across the United States and the world. Global warming is affecting all of us and as originally stated by many environmentalists, natural gas is the bridge fuel that will help the most in not devastating our economy and hurting the poor disproportionally. Thank you David for your wisdom, wit, information and insights. JLCpulse

By David Blackmon  in Forbes, Energy section 9/24/2014

This will be my final contribution to Forbes.com.  I will shortly be moving into a new role whose functionality will not include this kind of activity.  I have really enjoyed doing this over the last two years, and truly appreciate the opportunity given to me by the folks at Forbes.

I’m just going to close this out with some thoughts about the oil and gas industry’s current situation in the United States, and where I hope it will go from...

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Drill down on hydrofracking

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What they said!! JLCpulse

By Editorial Board  September 22, 2014 in Democrat & Chronicle

One of the benefits of political campaigns is that they focus attention — both voters’ and candidates’ — on specific issues. So New York’s gubernatorial race might be just the thing to finally fix Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gaze on an issue he has long ignored: hydrofracking.

It is surprising enough that the characteristically decisive governor has gone his entire term without taking a stand on...

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The Importance of Your Local Coalition!

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Inspite of the Governor Cuomo's stalling NG development in NY the need for our local coalitions and leaders has never been stronger. We need our groups to communicate and advocate strongly about NG. In PA we have witnessed the success of strongly united groups, and the pitfalls of not having groups, as NG development has spread across the state.
 
One PA group, the Friendsville Group, successfully negotiated a protective and rewarding lease in...

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Friendsville Group Status - We are re-forming the Group

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A note for our PA readers here is a bit of information. As we have repeatedly stated, Coalitions are very important and beneficial, find a good one, join a good one. JLCpulse

Five years ago today on 19 Sept 09, were the first signings of The Friendsville Group Gas Lease.  While there have been many people in the Group who have been drilled and are now held by production, there are a large number of other people who's Leases will expire starting today and over the next...

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SHADY CHARACTER BEHIND CUOMO'S ANTI-ASTORINO SMEAR ADS INDICTED FOR FEDERAL FRAUD

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A little information for those of you curious about the Cuomo attack on Astorino. I put it here because you will never read it in the newspaper or see it in the news. JLCpulse

Communication from pro Astorino source 9/19/2014

Breaking news this afternoon! Andrew Cuomo’s ally, and the man behind the absurd civil suit the governor is using in his multi-million dollar, vicious campaign against Rob Astorino, was federally indicted today. This is just another link in the long chain of corruption...

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The Empire State’s ugly war on energy

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By Marc Miles and Wayne Winegarden 9/18/2014 The New York Post 

New Yorkers are paying far too much for the essentials of modern life.

For evidence, look no further than the gas pump: State taxes add about 50 cents to each gallon of gas and diesel, the second-highest gas tax in the country.

And New York’s electricity prices are the fourth-highest in the nation. That impacts more than just your monthly bill; it adds to overhead for every business in the state, one...

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Well failure has always been a problem in oil and gas

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Industry could adopt better quality control, environmentalists should get facts straight

By Chris Tomlinson  September 16, 2014 in The Houston Chronicle

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Think nationally, act regionally to advance potential of shale gas

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By Deborah Stine, contributor, and Andrew Gellman in the Hill 9/17/14 

Shale gas, natural gas extracted from shale using hydraulic fracturing, is found throughout much of the United States. This includes Pennsylvania, home to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and much of the Marcellus shale region. As a result, CMU researchers have studied shale gas and the implications of its widespread use, looking at both the potential for regional economic opportunities as part of the American...

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Recognizing The Golden Age Of Texas Oil And Gas While We're In It

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 9/9/2014

James Lebas, former chief revenue estimator for the Texas Comptroller’s office, made news recently when he told the state’s House Committee on Energy Resources that, working with the Comptroller’s office, he had determined that output from the oil and natural gas industry now accounts for fully one-third of the entire Texas economy.  Given that the Texas economy would rank 12th among all nations on earth, that’s an amazing amount of economic...

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Landmark Fracking Study Finds No Water Pollution

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ABC -  PITTSBURGH — Sep 16, 2014, 5:59 PM ET  By KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process...

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Water pollution not from fracking, it seems — neither are “health” effects

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This week’s New York Times has a report from a group based at Ohio State University which found that water contamination by methane and other hydrocarbons, even in areas where hydraulic fracturing of shale and horizontal drilling — the technologies known as “fracking” — is occurring is not the result of the process itself, but rather from well leaks.

Water contamination, especially the fear that...

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Democrats need to stop being cowards on fracking

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| Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

America's economy is definitely growing again, as was evident in the recent reports on GDP and service-sector growth. At the same time, the renewed growth just isn't creating enough jobs or wage increases to really bring confidence back to Main Street, as we saw with the latest jobs report.

President Obama addressed the threat posed by ISIS extremists, and immigration reform in a wide-ranging interview with NBC's Meet the Press.
Ints Kalnins | Reuters
President Obama addressed the threat posed by ISIS extremists, and immigration...

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FEMA Discriminates, Won’t Help PA Landowners with Gas Leases

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a reputation as a dysfunctional government agency–deservedly so. They botched the response to folks in need in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina under Pres. George W. Bush, and they botched the response to Hurricane (then “super storm”) Sandy in New Jersey and New York under Pres. Barack Obama. Many folks in New Jersey and New York still aren’t back in their homes or in comparable replacement homes–two years later. Now we learn that FEMA...

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Energy Dept. Issues Export License for $10B Cameron LNG Project

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BY ENR.com

Sept. 11 -- WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department on Wednesday handed critical licenses to the Cameron LNG project in southwestern Louisiana and a much smaller Florida facility, giving both the final authorizations needed to liquefy natural gas and ship it around the globe.

Sempra Energy can now launch construction on its $10 billion Cameron LNG project, planned as an addition to an existing import terminal in Hackberry, La.

Wednesday's action came in the form of the Department of...

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With Natural Gas to Burn, Bakken Shale Drillers Try Using It to Power Rigs

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Sept. 11 -- Statoil , the Norway -based oil company with a major presence in North Dakota's Bakken Shale , will expand the use of technology that lets the company power its oil field equipment using natural gas that it otherwise would burn off.

The effort aims to address an ongoing challenge producers face in the Bakken and increasingly in other unconventional plays as well: When they drill for crude oil, they also get natural gas. But...

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Cuomo’s no-decision approach to energy and the environment

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By Scott Waldman in Capital  9/11/14

ALBANY—Andrew Cuomo has routinely stalled politically difficult decisions relating to energy and the environment, producing a political bottleneck that has frustrated both industry boosters and environmental activists.

The best-known example of Cuomo's application of the stall tactic concerns whether to permit or ban fracking, which the governor has avoided making a decision on by citing an ongoing impact study by the state health department.

But the...

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National Fracking League

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Despite the years of stalling from Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature, fracking has still managed to deliver real dividends for New York. Thanks to fracking, the Buffalo Bills are staying put.

The two main reasons the NFL franchise won’t be moving are as...

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Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt

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SEPT. 8, 2014 in Business Day, The New York Times

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry.

But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal on metal tells a different story.

“We’re holding our own,” said Greg Hess, who is looking to hire draftsmen and machine...

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EPA chief to investors: We need more gas pipelines

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By Zack Colman | September 3, 2014 in The Washington Examiner, Politics section

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy wants energy investors to spend their dollars on building infrastructure to carry natural gas across the country.

McCarthy's pitch to the business community at a Barclays-hosted conference in New York Tuesday instead of, say, regulators or policymakers stems from the EPA having no jurisdiction over the pipes that send natural gas into homes and...

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Utica Shale Boom: Shell's Latest Gas Discoveries In Northeast Pennsylvania Could Spur Drilling Boom Along Utica Shale Formation

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 @mariagallucci  (email)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.on September 04 2014 11:48 AM International Business Times

Northeastern Pennsylvania could soon see a shale drilling boom along the Utica formation. Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE:RDS.A) this week announced prolific results at two of its discovery wells in Tioga County, an area as yet untapped by most oil...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 61, September 8, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes, Energy Section 9/7/2014

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.

It was another target rich environment for folly hunting this week.  We’ll start with a story about some guy hardly anyone’s ever heard of being labeled the “God of oil trading”, and it all goes downhill from there.  We’ll move on to our...

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Senate Report on Manipulation of NG Issue by Liberal Elite

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We've realized for sometime now that we're fighting against unfair odds in terms of the funding and tactics that are being employed by liberal elite activists calling the shots and funding the efforts from behind the scenes. However, little by little the curtains are being parted and we can now share with you objective proof that the forces working against us are even more powerful and well financed than we previously thought possible. Please open the file linked to below to learn more about...

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