By Edward Dodge as comentary in Timesunion.com 7/26/2015 Anti-gas activist Yoko Ono recently ran a full page ad in The New York Times urging opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed 120-mile natural gas line that will bring Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania up to a distribution point in New York that will allow the gas to be delivered throughout the Northeast. Ono claims that fracking is bad for your health, bad for communities and bad for the climate, and we need to block infrastructure projects like pipelines in order to prevent the industry from growing. Like all anti-gas activists, Ono relies on the timeless method of spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt without ever offering any cost-benefit analysis. Chief among the claims used to oppos [ ... ]Read More..
By Mark J. Perry - - Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in The Washington Times---- opinion The anti-fracking movement has moved beyond the realm of the petty and unseemly into the ridiculous. Led by Yoko Ono, the avant-garde artist and widow of musician John Lennon, fracktivists are trying to stop construction of pipelines that would carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the Utica Shale region in Ohio to markets in New York and New England. Designed to alleviate current bottlenecks in natural gas distribution, the new pipelines could help reduce the cost of natural gas and electricity for hundreds of thousands of households and businesses throughout the Northeast. If there was ever any doubt, it’s now clear that the myopic anti-fracking obse [ ... ]Read More..
By Ken Girardin July 26, 2015 | 8:00pm in NY Post Opinion There’s more than one way to frack a shale formation, and that could be very good news for New York’s economically stagnant Southern Tier — if, this time, Gov. Cuomo allows it. The region’s prospects for resurgence were squelched last month when Cuomo formalized the nation’s first statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The process, commonly known as hydrofracking, uses large amounts of pressurized water to open fissures in shale deposits and release oil and natural gas buried thousands of feet underground. Cuomo’s prohibition has left billions of cubic square feet of natural gas locked in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — roughly a mile beneath a region that ended 2014 with fewer private-sect [ ... ]Read More..
By Gilbert Ross 7/22/2015 in The NY Post opinion When Gov. Cuomo plucked Joe Martens out of the Open Space Institute to become the new head of the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2011, and charged him with leading the evaluation of hydraulic shale fracturing (“fracking”) in New York, those of us familiar with that organization realized the handwriting was on the wall. After years of dithering, dissembling and stalling, the final blow was rendered earlier this month: Martens issued the DEC’s “findings statement,” and (combined with the prior “Public Health” report) natural-gas drilling via fracking is dead, a victim of deep-green ideology triumphing over science, economics and the general welfare. Fracking has revolutionized America’s energy profile. We produ [ ... ]Read More..
As Director of External Affairs for Cabot, I was honored to testify about the problem with natural gas infrastructure in the United States in relation to America’s energy security to members of the House of Representatives Natural Gas Caucus in Washington, D.C. Natural Gas Infrastructure is Vital To begin my testimony I tried to convey just how abundant the natural gas production is within the Marcellus Shale. I highlighted that a natural gas well that produced between 1 to 1.5 BCF over its life was a good well, a few years ago, but that today in Pennsylvania, we expect our wells to produce 17 BCF of natural gas. With this amount of proven gas, being available for decades, I then moved to discussing that Pennsylvania does not have a wide distribution network necessary to [ ... ]Read More..
In Poughkeepsie Journal 7/20/2015 East Rochester attorney David Morabito quietly filed a lawsuit two months ago against the state Department of Environmental Conservation, challenging the agency’s decision to prohibit him from fracking on land he owns in Allegany County. To this point, the lawsuit has garnered little public attention, in part because Morabito initially chose not to publicize it and it was filed in state Supreme Court in Allegany County. But the challenge could set the stage for the courts to decide whether the newly installed statewide ban on high-volume fracking has legal merit and comes as natural-gas trade groups weigh whether to file a lawsuit of their own. “If you analyze and critique the (DEC’s) studies, they’re all in favor of high-vo [ ... ]Read More..
BY Jeff Stone in Mytwintiers.com 7/15/2015
SOUHTPORT, N.Y. (18-NEWS) -A business that provides support to the natural gas industry is pulling out of Chemung County.
County officials confirm that more than 50 jobs have been lost as Baker Hughes has left its location on Lower Maple Avenue in Southport.
The business is in Chemung County Legislator Rodney Strange's district. He's heard that New York's fracking ban and the slowdown of the natural gas industry in Pennsylania are being blamed for the closing.
Strange said "Back in 2010 we had over 100 businesses in Chemung County that worked with the gas industry and right now there's less than a handful left and that has had a huge impact on the economy here." Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli says Chemung County has lost 550 j [ ... ]
By Joe Nocera Op-Ed columnist the Opinion pages, New York Times 7/14/2015 Every columnist has his or her “go to” sources, people we rely on for their deep understanding of a particular subject, and a mode of thinking about that subject we find persuasive. For me, one such person is Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. Levi believes in the power of facts. Though sensitive to the importance of dealing with climate change, he doesn’t indulge in the hyperbole that you sometimes hear from environmentalists. And while he appreciates the economic import of fracking and shale gas, he isn’t afraid to call out the industry on its problems. Early in the fracking boom, he went to Pennsylvania to observe what drilling for sha [ ... ]Read More..
By H. Sterling Burnett in The Heartland Institute publication 7/14/2015 Just a decade ago, the domestic chemical industry was in decline as natural gas prices were high and estimated reserves low. Of the more than 40 chemical manufacturing plants being built worldwide in the mid-2000’s of more than $1 billion capitalization, none were under construction in the U.S. Due primarily to the shale gas revolution, the fortunes of the domestic chemical industry have changed radically. The abundance of cheap natural gas and associated liquids resulting from the widespread use of fracking has made the U.S. the place to build new chemical manufacturing facilities. Growing Chemical Industry The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports, the $800-billion U.S. chemicals industry will expe [ ... ]Read More..
Posted on July 13, 2015 | By Associated Press in The Houston Chronicle Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this year, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal more risky for power generators. About 31 percent of electric power generation in April came from natural gas, and 30 percent from coal, according to a recently released report from the research company SNL Energy, which used data from the U.S. Energy Department. A drilling boom that started in 2008 has boosted U.S. natural gas production by 30 percent and made the United States the world’s biggest combined producer of oil and natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing has allowed energy compa [ ... ]Read More..
By Charlie Passut July 10, 2015 on NGI's Shale Daily Despite New York enacting a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) last month, Tioga Energy Partners LLC has submitted permit applications to drill one shale gas well in Tioga County using gelled liquid petroleum gas (LPG) instead of water, a technology the company says puts the well outside the scope of the ban. Adam Schultz, an attorney with the Albany, NY-based law firm Couch White LLP and who is representing Tioga, said the company has submitted two permit applications to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for a single well that would target the Marcellus and Utica shales. The well would be drilled from a 53-acre spacing unit shared by five farming families, also known as the Snyder Farm Group. " [ ... ]Read More..
By Michael Lynch in Forbes Energy 7/9/2015 I often encourage petroleum executives to listen to and engage their political opponents, on the grounds that many are rational and can be reasoned with. (Also, they are sometimes right.) But the fracking debate threatens to descend into the worst type of demagoguery, to the exclusion of rationality. Today’s New York Times has a full page ad opposing construction of a natural gas pipeline signed by Yoko Ono and endorsed by various anti-fracking groups which is so over the top as to be ridiculous. A more extreme straw person could not be constructed to embarrass environmentalists, even as some are attempting to address substantive concerns about the practice. For example: “President Obama, you have two beautiful daughters. Do you want their [ ... ]Read More..
Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
We've told you many times about Andrew Cuomo's politically motivated theft of your rights to appease environmental elitists. But now we want to give you an example of landowners keeping their heads up and not letting him win. This story is best told in the words of those who are making it happen as told by Tioga Land Owners Co Chair Drew Griffin...
Here is the statement Cub and I are sending out to our members tonight & posting on our website.
The Snyder Farm Group in cooperation with Tioga Energy Partners LLC announced today, at a press conference held at Barton Town Hall, that 2 applications for natural gas well permits have been filed with the New York Department of Environmental Conservat [ ... ]
Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters, On June 28, 2015, Andrew Cuomo completed his theft of your rights when the DEC issued its Findings Statement on the SGEIS. Governor Cuomo chose the environmental extremists over us hard working Americans. He focused on his political future instead of the opportunities desperately needed in Upstate New York. Over 6 years ago, the JLCNY started working to protect your rights and your land. Back then we were concerned about unscrupulous landmen. Now it is unscrupulous politicians and enviro-elitists who are spreading misinformation. So, how do we get your rights and opportunities back? With hard work and dedication. There are many supportive politicians who understand the prosperity that comes with safe and responsible natural gas de [ ... ]Read More..
WBNG Binghamton) Hydraulic fracturing was officially banned by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) in New York a little over a week ago. But, a discussion regarding an alternative method to fracking began Wednesday morning in Tioga County. The Snyder Farm Group announced Wednesday at Barton Town Hall that an application was filed Tuesday with the State Department of Environmental Conservation. This application included a request for two fracking permits from the state. The Synder Group is looking to develop a natural gas well in Halsey Valley that would utilize propane fracking. Propane fracking has not been banned in New York. Supporters of fracking tell Action News that this method doesn't pollute the water or air, because there is no flow-back fluid. During this fracking process, propane gel [ ... ]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dan Fitzsimmons, JLCNY, 607 775-5821 Propane Well Stimulation in Tioga County BINGHAMTON – July 8, 2015 – The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York issued the following press release in response to the Snyder Farm Group well permit applications in Tioga County, New York: Dan Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York said: “The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York congratulates the Snyder Farm Group for taking the steps necessary to protect and preserve their family farms while safely developing the mineral resources beneath their land. We support the Snyder Farm Group in their quest to develop a natural gas well using gelled propane technology, which is outside the scope of New York State’s ban on high-volume [ ... ]Read More..
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