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Fossil fuel is here to stay, despite opposition to PennEast and fracking

Seems our neighbors to the south may be sane and rational while NY legislators and governor are anything butt.JLCpulse

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2015 1:00 am By J.D. Mullane in Burlington County Time 

Let’s be clear: Fossil fuel is the fuel of the future. It isn’t going away in our lifetimes, or our children’s, or our grandchildren’s. It will lift aircraft, power factories and warm homes into the misty future, when members of some incoming class of college freshmen cannot identify the 44th president of the United States.

Which is to say, fossil fuel is here to stay.

 

So it’s futile to stop the PennEast pipeline, a 108-mile, 36-inch underground conduit that will carry fracked natural gas from upstate Pennsylvania to a terminal near Trenton.

The pipe needs a right of way and, as presently routed, will need to go through private property, forest, and the hinterlands of beautiful upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Petri believes he has a better route. Place this pipeline and others along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“People, understandably, don’t want this in their backyards,” Petri has said.

The present network of pipelines in...

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Total CEO Says Cheap Oil Will Prevent US Energy Independence

 

by  Reuters  |

 

Friday, February 13, 2015

 

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The chief executive of French oil major Total said the United States will not reach its aim of energy independence as the drop in oil prices will hit American shale oil producers.

 

"It is not true the U.S. will be independent in oil, they continue to import," CEO Patrick Pouyanne told CNBC in an interview on Friday.

 

"Yes, production in the U.S. has increased from 6 million to...

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Global Divestment Day’s push against fossil fuels meets with cold shoulder

- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. — Climate-change activists spent Valentine’s Day weekend wooing support for fossil-fuel divestiture with their first-ever Global Divestment Day, but not everyone was feeling the love.

While the hoopla elicited some victories — notably a statement in favor of curbing coal power generation from the leaders of Great Britain’s three main parties — other sparsely attended events underscored the divestment...

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Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments

Universities that decide to shed their investments in fossil fuel stocks could hurt the value of their endowments, according to a new report.

“The economic evidence demonstrates that fossil fuel divestment is a bad idea,” the report says.

The study created a series of stock indexes, compared their returns and found that funds without energy-sector stocks underperformed those with them — by as much as 0.7 percent, according to...

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Will Governor Cuomo buy more anti-gas hysteria

By Richard Downey in New York Post -- Opinion, 2/5/2015

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has killed development of New York’s natural-gas resources, will he also kill a vital pipeline that would bring much-needed gas to the New York City area and the rest of the Northeast?

Cuomo’s fracking ban extinguished the best hope for reversing a decades-long economic decline in the Southern Tier. So we have every reason to fear he’ll slap average New Yorkers yet again to appease the same ideologues.

The...

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Gas provides bridge to cleaner energy tech

ARMAND KEIM 1:12 p.m. EST February 7, 2015 in The Ithaca Journal 

So who are the real environmentalists relative to the subject of fracking? Is it those that favor the world's dirtiest source of energy — coal? Or is it those who want to reduce coal as a source of energy in favor of production by a method with at least 50 percent less greenhouse gases and over 90 percent less of other deadly pollutants?

In the first group are pseudo-environmentalists who, by opposing fracking, are in...

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DEC Adopts Most Stringent Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regulations in the Nation

NYS DEC Press Release 1/28/2015

LNG to Become Available to Fuel Trucks, Potentially Reducing Diesel Emissions

New York's environment will benefit under the nation's most stringent new regulations adopted today that will make liquefied natural gas (LNG) available to fuel trucks and for other purposes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The adopted regulations enable permits to be granted to safely site, construct and operate new...

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Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

BY:   January 27, 2015 in Washington Free Beacon

A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil...

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‘Most Authoritative’ Peer-Reviewed Study Affirms Safety of Fracking in California

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Last week, the California Department of Conservation (DOC) released the first volume of its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the use of oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. The independent, non-partisan and non-profit California Council on Science and...

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Federal Defense of Property Rights Act Explained; End of Frack Bans?

In Marcellus Drilling News 1/28/2015

MDN has the low-down on proposed new federal legislation we first told you about yesterday, the Defense of Property Rights Act (see Congressman Proposes Bill to Compensate NY’s Jilted Landowners). When we published yesterday’s article, we did not have a copy of the proposed legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (Republican from Corning, NY). We now have a copy of the bill (embedded below), we have comment from Reed’s office, comment...

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NY won't revisit fracking ban soon: DEC chief

Jon Campbell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in LOHud The Journal News 

New York's planned ban on large-scale hydraulic fracturing can be revisited by the state at any point, but likely won't be in the near future, the state's top environmental regulator said Wednesday.

Joseph Martens, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, testified before about two dozen state...

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Congressman Reed Defends New York Property Rights in Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Fitzsimmons, JLCNY, 607 775-5821

Congressman Reed Defends New York Property Rights in Washington

BINGHAMTON – January 27, 2015 – Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “We are extremely pleased that Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) has introduced federal legislation in response to Governor Cuomo’s theft of property rights in the Southern Tier. We are especially proud that JLCNY board member Neil Vitale accompanied...

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Acting to Defend Private Property

It seems a pity that New York State with a self interested politician leading a pack of wolves has turned its back on individual property owners rights. One need only look at the twisted decisions that were made in NY courts by judges who at this particular time in history were directly and openly beholden to the governor. The highest court in the land found that years of history and action had been accomplished by a law which "was not clearly and explicitly written". The majority of this court...

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Silver’s law firm rakes in millions from judges he controls

By Susan Edelman    January 25, 2015 in The New York Post

Sheldon Silver has perverted the courts as well as the Capitol.

His law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.

Silver’s East Village firm handles more than half the cases in a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL...

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Cuomo ‘on edge’ as federal corruption probe continues

By Fredric U. Dicker  January 26, 2015 in the New York Post 

Gov . Cuomo is “freaked-out and furious” over the bombshell criminal charges dropped on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week — and “obsessed with fear’’ because of the ongoing federal corruption probe.

One source described Cuomo as “doubly enraged’’ by hard-driving Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s decision to bring the five criminal corruption charges against Silver just hours after the governor delivered his...

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A Profile in Cowardice: Cuomo's Fracking Ban (Commentary)

By Your Letters  on January 26, 2015 at 6:30 AM, updated January 26, 2015 at 6:32 AM

The author is the medical/ executive director of The American Council on Science and Health in New York

Dr. Gilbert Ross

After putting off the decision during his self-imposed four-year "moratorium," Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last month that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking). While condemning New York's Southern Tier residents to the ongoing blight of creeping Appalachia, the...

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Sheldon Silver, Speaker of New York Assembly, Is Arrested in Corruption Case

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Cuomo handout-plan for Southern Tier landowners draws howls.

Found in Energy in Depth 1/22/2015

E&E News (sub req’d). The ghost of hydraulic fracturing made a subtle appearance in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address yesterday when the Democrat proposed millions in funding for economic initiatives aimed at the Southern Tier. Those areas stood to gain the most economically if Marcellus and Utica shale deposits had been developed. Landowners are not impressed and say they are waiting for DEC to release its final environmental analysis on...

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Cuomo turns residents into beggars for crumbs

by  MATTHEW SEWARD from KIRKWOOD, NY in Pressconnnects.com opinion 1/15/2014

So let me get this straight: If we beg better than any other upstate region and become one of the selected three most needy beggars, King Cuomo will open his purse strings and bestow upon us a half-billion dollars. Giving us some of our own money back — what a great guy!

And there was one of our elected local representatives on television smiling ear to ear, saying how we can beg better than anyone. Is this what...

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New York Fracking Ban Throws Peer Review Under the Bus

on January 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM  in breaking ENERGY

A research paper touted as peer-reviewed science – and used to justify New York’s ban on shale gas development – was actually peer-reviewed by active opponents of shale gas development who concealed their bias from the scientific community and the general public.

This violates at least four different codes of conduct for scientific research and raises more questions about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic...

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Study used to bolster NY fracking ban developed by anti-fracking 'activists'

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The Dubious Scientific Foundation for New York’s Fracking Ban

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This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced that New York will not allow hydraulic fracturing to occur within the state, based upon a newly released report by the state’s Department of Health (DOH), which claimed that there isn’t enough scientific evidence to ensure the process is safe. DOH...

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