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What is interesting to me is the subjectivity that is creeping into the discussion on Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. It seems that it is easy to find individuals on both sides of the argument while actual historic facts and science do not present a high degree of subjectivity. Real well recorded history is fact, as are issues of science which are vetted professionally by peers and genuine experts in the field of study being reviewed. Here is an example of subjectivity; many folks believe that Shaw is a well paid quack and a puppet controlled by political strings and money. The alleged string puller, our esteemed governor is thought to be one of the worst politicians to ever govern this great state. One could easily put together a study which supports that argument, and if not a study a solid group of people together who would all agree with that assessment. It is also possible to find other with the opposite argument. One is a good as the other when you turn away from science and toward fear and avoidance of any risk taking at all. I suspect that a poll of that issue properly addressed would yield whichever result best suited your politics and your pocket book. The opportunity to see and have the  the hidden reports vetted would do a lot to eliminate the ambiguity.JLCpulse

By Scott Waldman in Capital 3/7/14



By Eileen O'Grady in Reuters March 7 2014

(Reuters) - Natural gas pipelines and power utilities across the United States struggled for several weeks to keep lights on and homes warm through the coldest winter in decades, but it may take many months for the cost and the fallout of the so-called "polar vortex" to work through the energy chain.

As sub-freezing temperatures spread in January and February, spot natural gas prices spiked at many gas delivery points in the Midwest, Northeast and New York, pushing wholesale power prices above $100 per megawatt-hour for days at a time.

Customers will soon receive gas and electric bills, reflecting the higher cost of gas in January.

In unregulated power markets, January bills will present a "double whammy," said Nick Akins, chief executive of American Electric Power Co, one of the largest U.S. electric utilities that generates and delivers power to 5 million customers in 11 states.

"The energy price took off and they are going to get a big surprise since they are using more electricity to start with and prices went way up," Akins said.

In regulated markets, utilities may be able to pass on higher fuel costs quickly. Elsewhere, higher winter gas prices may not be seen until utilities seek regulatory approval later this year.

Across the country, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2013-2014 winter season so far has been 4 percent colder than normal and 12 percent colder than last year.

While painful, those utility bills represent a sliver of the potential cost and impact of the harsh winter, gas and power industry executives said at the...


Coalition Members Say Outside Interests Have Interfered With the Region’s Right to Determine its Own Economic Future
Binghamton, N.Y. – A new coalition representing   union workers, farmers, landowners and local businesses today called on state officials to respect the right of people in the Southern Tier to determine their own economic future.
The new coalition – called Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence – favors carefully regulated, responsible development of natural gas resources.
Coalition members say that the Southern Tier – one of the most depressed regions in the nation over the last decade -- deserves the right to responsibly develop its natural resources.  More than 50 rural towns in the Southern Tier have passed resolutions in favor of responsible development of natural gas.
“It’s outrageous that we can’t engage in what President Obama has called a boon to both the economy and the environment,” said Scott Colton, President of Carpenters Local 277.
David Johnson, President of the Broome County Farm Bureau, said:  “There is no reason that natural gas drilling shouldn’t occur in rural areas of the Southern Tier.  For people outside our community to be so vehemently opposed isn’t right or fair.”


The results speak for themselves.JLCpulse

Press Connects Poll 2/28/2014


Feb. 28, 2014

Should New York approve natural gas drilling?

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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...


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...


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

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...


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...


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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