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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

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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 participants who were paid $85 each to wave signs and shout slogans.

“It seemed very staged,” Maria Garay told me Monday. A Brooklyn (N.Y.)-based public relations executive, Garay helped promote the event but said she had nothing to do with the fake demonstrators. She doesn’t know who they were or who paid them. “There was a tall guy with platinum blond hair who was telling them what to chant and where to stand,” Garay said.

Normally, the identity of the platinum blond guy—and, for that matter, this entire bizarre episode—might seem like a minor embarrassment to serious opponents of pollution. It’s more important, though, because it’s emblematic of the dishonesty that has come to permeate a...

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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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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 48, June 2, 2014

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By David Blackmon 6/2/14 in Forbes

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 *might* not be the dumbest thing you’ve ever read about the subject of “fracking”, but that’s only because there are so many incredibly dumb things written about this subject on a daily basis in the American news media.  This guy apparently thinks he’s living in the...

Read more: The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 48, June 2, 2014

Fracking review leaders met with Cuomo political aides

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We really appreciate the efforts of Jon Campbell to investigate a bit of the proof necessary to expose the dishonesty surrounding the constant POLITICAL delays of  the hydraulic fracturing decision in NY state. Frankly any elementary student given the facts would see the lies in the stalled (failed) approval process, the proof is a different story. The issues surrounding this whole affair do speak to the honesty and integrity of our top state leaders. Just look at the many states across...

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Court Hearing June 3, 2014 Information

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
In what promises to be a pivotal moment for NYS's future, energy policy, landowner rights, state supremacy on many matters, and setting precedent on a wide range of potentially controversial issues, the Middlefield and Dryden appeals are scheduled to be argued at 2:00 on June 3, 2014 in the New York State Court of Appeals located at:
 
20 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207
Phone: (518) 455-7700
 
Directions are posted on the Court’s website at...

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A Good Idea To Respond To By Wed. at 5:00 If You Can..

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Here is a good idea for us to respond to. Please submit statements showing support for NG development and/or showing frustration over being denied our rights and the benefits of NG development due to lack of leadership in NY.
 
http://www.thedailystar.com/ The Daily Star Mon May 19, 2014, 04:18 PM EDT
 

If you were able to meet President Obama, what would you say to him? We'd like to know. In 50 words or fewer, please send your comments by 5...

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Details To Help You Attend President Obama's Visit to Cooperstown

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Here is the latest information regarding President Obama's visit to Cooperstown!
 
Our goal is to let the nation and President Obama hear our message that, "NY lacks leadership on energy matters and the rights and benefits that are being enjoyed throughout the rest of America are STILL being denied to NY's citizens!"
 
The details that we know right now are as follows...
 
WHEN: Thursday, May 22, by 9:00 AM
WHERE: Cooperstown Park and Ride Blue Lot. Please see the map directly below or...
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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 46, May 19, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 5/19/2014

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter TWTR -1.37% feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

Hysterical hurricane activity predictions have calmed down after 7 years of record low activity in the Atlantic, but the oil industry prepares the same regardless:  Offshore Industry Prepares for Hurricane Season ImpactWeather, a Houston-based private...

Read more: The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 46, May 19, 2014

President Obama to Be In Cooperstown 05-22

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
President Obama will be in Cooperstown, NY on Thursday May 22!
 
Just like last August when he swung through Syracuse, Binghamton, and Scranton it is critical that landowners and Natural Gas supporters show up to let President Obama know that NY lacks his leadership on energy matters and the rights and benefits being enjoyed throughout the rest of America are STILL being denied to NY citizens!
 
The details that we know right now are as...

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Call on Governor to Join America's Leaders

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
As part of our ongoing efforts to advocate for landowners' rights and to bring the benefits of NG development to everyone in NY I'm requesting all NG supporters to call on Governor Cuomo to ask him to join forces with America's leaders.
 
The file linked to below will provide the full details and where to call.
 
Please share this announcement with any and all supporters you know and thanks once again for showing your support for Natural Gas...

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Exciting Events To Show Support For NG Development At

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

The political season has started!

Governor Cuomo will receive the Democratic nomination next week. The Democrats will hold their convention in Long Island on May 21 and 22 at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington hotel in Melville, NY. Let him know that support for NG development is strong!

Pro-gas candidate Rob Astorino will be the Republican candidate. Rob Astorino and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, have two appearances...

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Cuomo's Solar Subsidies for the Wealthy?

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By Tom Shepstone in  Natural Gas NOW 5/11/2014

Andrew Cuomo is giving $1 billion in solar subsidies to some very wealthy folks and political donors at the cost of Upstate New York. 

Why is Andrew Cuomo spending $1 billion on solar subsidies? New York State is overtaxed to such a degree that few can afford to live there unless they’re already rich or living off the system. Many are voting with their feet to leave. Yet, the the Governor who cannot make a decision on natural gas...

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John Cahill kicks off AG bid with a charter-school defense

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By Jimmy Vielkind 12:25 p.m. | May. 11, 2014 in Capital 

ALBANY—John Cahill, a former top aide to ex-governor George Pataki, kicked off his campaign for attorney general by promising to use the office to help charter schools and landowners who wish to lease their property for natural gas exploration.

Speaking in Yonkers shortly after noon on Sunday, Cahill, a Republican, promised to guard against “the wolves of Wall Street or big government on State Street.”

Cahill thanked his mother...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 45, May 12, 2014

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By David Blackmon in Forbes 5/11/14  

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.

The “Boom” referenced in this piece is in Pennsylvania, thanks to that state’s development of the Marcellus Shale.  Guess where the “Bust” is?  Thanks, Governor Cuomo!:   A Border Tale of Boom and Bust –  The sprawling hillside dairy farms of...

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Recent Fracking Support Has Fractivists Nervous

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By Wayne Kovach in Your Energy Blog 5/13/14

 

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a hot topic. There has never been a middle ground on the technology; people are either for it or against it.

Was Charles Schumer Too Honest?

However, recent support for fracking, and the natural gas industry itself, might help lead the way towards a full-blown spike in the acquisition and usage of this commodity. Just this week, New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show and...

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Letter: Fear tactics more harmful than fracking

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The false information spewed by those opposed to almost everything and steadily published in Gannett newspapers is like a bad joke spreading across the country. Facts and science do not account to a hill of beans. JLCpulse

Editorial comment response in Battlecreekenquirer.com 5/13/14

The author of a recent letter throws out a host of frightening scenarios about hydraulic fracturing that simply don’t hold up to the facts.

While opponents of shale development regularly employ fear tactics...

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Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise

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An interesting tidbit on the grand kingdom of wind and solar power in Europe touted by the anti gas group as the perfect example of the future, "If we make the right choices". Hah .JLCpulse

By  Staff Writers in Energy Daily Brussels (AFP) May 07, 2014

Germany is the European Union's worst polluter, with its production of CO2 gasses from fossil fuel rising by two percent in 2013 to 760 million tonnes, official data showed on Wednesday.

The EU's statistics agency Eurostat found that...

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Cuomo’s racial-discrimination claims will hurt him in election: GOP sources

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Republican strategists are crowing that Gov. Cuomo made a major political blunder last week when, joining with the Rev. Al Sharpton, he attacked GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino for allegedly supporting racial discrimination in Westchester County.

The explosive charge, in Democratic TV ads and party statements, focuses on claims by HUD, the federal housing agency Cuomo once headed, that County Executive Astorino isn’t...

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Most Democrats "have supported fracking," Schumer says

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By Jon Campbell   May 5, 2014 in The Democrat & Chronicle

Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday said most Democrats across the country are in favor of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but he was careful to defer to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision-making process in New York.

When Schumer noted an increase in domestic oil and natural gas production in the states, host Joe Scarborough asked Schumer about the potential for natural-gas production in New York through fracking. New York sits...

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