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The results speak for themselves.JLCpulse

Press Connects Poll 2/28/2014

POLLS

Feb. 28, 2014

Should New York approve natural gas drilling?

Yes
68%
 
No
31%
 
Unsure
0%
 
 
19640 votes
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In Houston Business Journal, Morning Edition by Reporter March 5 2014

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the Environmental Defense Fund joined energy executives in supporting the unconventional energy production revolution as long as everything is done to eliminate accidents and minimize methane emissions.

Speaking at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston, Moniz said the administration supports the shale gas boom as part of the president's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. But, at the same time, the government is working long-term on "decreasing oil dependence."

"The economic impact has been tremendous," Moniz said of the shale boom. "The energy revolution has led the erection of the ladders of opportunity in terms of creating very good jobs in the economy."

He also credited the natural gas surge with improving "energy security" and decreasing carbon emissions by lowering the reliance on dirtier fuels.

Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said the shale boom is a "huge blessing and bounty for our country" that boosts the economy and lowers carbon emissions by lowering reliance on dirtier coal.

But he added a caveat.

"When it's not done right, there are big environmental costs," Krupp said. "The more methane that escapes...

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By Donald Gilliland | [email protected] in The Patriot News Central PA march 4 2014

Much of the debate over fracking for natural gas has centered around the potential to pollute drinking water. What's not explicit in much of the discussion is that - in Pennsylvania - the only thing that has polluted people's well water as a result of drilling is natural gas itself.

Known as "methane migration" or "stray gas," the appearance of natural gas in people's well water is behind the image of the flaming tap made famous in the film "Gasland."

The residents of Dimock, in Susquehanna County, featured in that film received settlements from Cabot Oil & Gas, which the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection determined improperly cemented the casings to its wells, thus allowing gas to migrate into the local aquifer and people's wells.

A new peer-reviewed study demonstrates the appearance of gas in a water well - especially in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania around Dimock - is not necessarily the result of drilling.

Natural gas, the study shows, is often already in the water before any drilling...

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That would be except for New York, the empire state which certianly can not be a free economy because of excessive regulation and taxation. Pretty sad that our state shut down an important growing industry on a political whim and many falsehoods.JLCpulse

Op/Ed
3/05/2014 @ 12:23AM By Peter Kaznacheev in Forbes

As the political situation in Ukraine heats up, the shale gas revolution in the U.S. becomes even more important because of its potential to shift the balance of power in Europe and Asia. Amid the debate about  the shale boom and whether exports of U.S. crude oil and liquefied natural gas should be allowed there is one question that gets too little attention. What were the institutional conditions that allowed the “shale gas revolution”  to happen?

On a technical level, advancements in three key technologies – horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and advances in seismic data collection and its digital interpretation – brought about an unprecedented increase in production. In 2000, shale gas supplied only 1% of the United States’ natural gas needs; today it supplies over a quarter. The US Energy Information Administration forecasts that by 2035, 46% of US natural gas supply will come from shale gas. Innovation in shale gas was accompanied by a breakthrough in shale and heavy oil production, specifically in Canada. As a result, the US and Canada account for 25% of global natural gas production and...

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Associated Press in The Wall Street Journal on March 4, 2014

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A new coalition of labor groups, farmers, landowners and businesses from New York counties along the Pennsylvania border is calling on state officials to lift the nearly 6-year-old moratorium on shale gas development.

Binghamton attorney Scott Kurkoski says Monday that the coalition called Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence favors well-regulated, responsible development of natural gas resources.

The coalition is similar in makeup to the now-defunct Clean Growth Now, formed several years ago for the same purpose.

Kurkoski says the group will give a voice to residents of the Southern Tier who favor gas drilling and serve as a counterpoint to opposition groups that he says are based outside the Marcellus Shale gas region.

He says the coalition believes natural gas drilling offers an economic lifeline in a depressed region.

By Tux Turkel, Staff Writer - [email protected] in Portland Press Journal

New England electricity customers could save more than $1.5 billion a year – $120 million for those in Maine – if natural gas prices in the region could be brought closer to what other parts of the Northeast are paying, a new state study has found.

“A Review of Natural Gas Capacity Options” was commissioned after a sweeping energy bill passed last year. It directed the Maine Public Utilities Commission to evaluate the costs and benefits of additional natural gas pipeline capacity into New England.

The report was released Monday by the Governor’s Energy Office, the PUC and the Office of Public Advocate. It describes the dramatic impact that New England’s inadequate pipeline capacity has on electricity prices, and the savings possible if the “basis differential” could be reduced by 75 percent.

The basis differential is the price difference between wholesale gas prices near the Marcellus shale deposits in Pennsylvania, where gas is produced, and the gas delivered by pipeline to New England.

The study reflects concerns that prompted a regional initiative announced by the New England governors in December to expand the region’s gas pipeline capacity. Some environmental groups, however, have questioned whether the region is best served by becoming more dependent on natural gas. They advocate diversifying electric generation with renewable sources, such as wind power.

The study’s release is timely in...

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As seems to be typical, the environmental zealots appear to sit in comfortable situations where money is no object. They do not care that they have and are driving the costs of energy way beyond the reach of the working poor and older folks on fixed income. Who cares that the price of energy  based on ineffective technology is two or three times more expensive than energy generated by conventional means and is also collecting millions in tax subsidy's. Lastly there is the serious matter of terrible visual pollution with wind towers across every hill top, not to mention the short lived life expectancy of the impellers, gearboxes and electronics involved. Locally generated power through fuel cells powered by cheap natural gas cuts down on costs of transport and disposal. The technology is being developed as we speak that will change our world without destroying it with trash. Wind as a primary source of power is a dream,in fact a nightmare.JLCpulse
 

Gov. LePage's administration proposes bill to remove megawatt wind energy goals from Maine law

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
While I have always believed that the facts and science support developing our Natural Gas in NY and that polls are a poor indicator of the strength of support for doing so, a new poll is out that I feel we should take part in.
 
Please vote:
 
http://www.pressconnects.com/poll/2014-02-28/7840203
 
It's free, no personal information is required, and it takes less than 30 seconds, so please follow through with this action right now.
 
Then forward it to all of your friends, family, and acquaintances so they can show their support as well.
 
Thanks!
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
 
 
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By David Blackman in Forbes 3/2/2014

 The Weekly Follies 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 week’s Follies begin with a selection from our Tales of Gaseous Emissions File:  Talk About Natural Gas – Cow Belches Top EPA Methane Emissions Sources List – There’s a new methane champ, says the Environmental Protection Agency,  which found in a new draft report on greenhouse gases that cattle passed the natural-gas industry as the biggest source of U.S. methane emissions in 2012.  The EPA also revised some of its 2011 findings, again turning to cows as the culprit—specifically, enteric fermentation in cattle—in methane emissions, according to the EPA. The multiple-compartment stomachs in cattle create the methane, resulting in bovine belches. Despite better digestibility in cattle feed over the years, methane emissions from cattle has risen more than 2% since 1990,  said the EPA, because of upward trends in cattle populations.

Oil Patch Photo of the Week, Courtesy of @RE_ATWOOD:

Boots.For Working InThese boots are made for working

Over at EnergyInDepth, Katie Brown notes what the national media refused to report, that being that the same EPA report...

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Dear Friends, Coalition Leaders, Landowners, and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
While I have always believed that the facts and science support developing our Natural Gas in NY and that polls are a poor indicator of the strength of support for doing so, a new poll is out that I feel we should take part in.
 
Please vote:

http://www.pressconnects.com/poll/2014-02-28/7840203

It's free, no personal information is required, and it takes less than 30 seconds, so please follow through with this action right now.
 
Then forward it to all of your friends, family, and acquaintances so they can show their support as well.
 
Thanks!
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
 

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