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Oil trains, pipelines and tanker ships

By William F. Shughart II - 12/10/14 07:54 PM EST ****** OPED in THE HILL

Everyone nowadays seems to either love or hate “fracking” for oil and natural gas in U.S. shale formations.

But fracking enjoys an enviable safety record. After all, a large fraction of it is done a mile underground. Not much, if any, evidence of groundwater contamination has been found at fracking sites.

Following the lame-duck Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, attention has shifted to concerns about transporting crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale and oil sands in Alberta to U.S. refineries, many of which are located on the Texas and Louisiana coast.

Refineries located on the East Coast and in California would also obtain feedstock were it not for the bottleneck created by the Jones Act (passed in 1920), which prohibits shipments of cargoes (including crude oil) from one U.S. port to another unless on an American-flagged vessel crewed largely by American sailors.

With the severe constraint on ocean-going oil tankers and limited pipeline capacity, shipping oil via railroad tanker cars is the only viable option. No longer relics...

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Saudi Arabia Can't Stop the U.S. Fracking Boom

Falling oil prices are cutting into U.S. producers’ profits, but analysts say the industry can weather the storm.

December 3, 2014 World oil producers have put oil prices into a free fall, refusing to pare back global supplies in the hopes that low prices will derail the fracking-backed production boom in the U.S. and preserve OPEC's power over world energy markets.

But global analysts are skeptical that the move will work.

The basic reason: Prices remain...

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The Great Energy Debate: Pa. Weighs its Carbon Future

Pennsylvania has become a veritable microcosm of the energy debate playing out nationwide, experts say.

Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on the steps of the state capitol on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on May 6. The Marcellus Shale, a massive natural gas reserve thousands of feet below the ground, stretches across a substantial part of the state and has sparked a sharp debate over whether its economic gains and subsequent environmental concerns can be reconciled.

By Dec. 1...

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Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests

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Crestwood Storage Facility, Affordable Energy, and Radio Show To Listen To...

Dear Friends and Energy Bill Payers,

Last winter, NY homeowners using propane paid $100 Million more in propane costs because local dealers had to look as far away as Washington State to find enough propane supply. That's because New York’s propane storage infrastructure is in adequate.
 
Fortunately, a propane storage facility has been proposed by Crestwood Midstream (an established energy storage company from Texas) in the Finger Lakes which will prevent future propane shortages and price...

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Andrew Cuomo can check Pennsylvania to see fracking debate play out in real life

In an old industrial town just miles south of New York's border and surrounding Bradford County, the benefits of fracking — a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock underground — are clear.

BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7:01 PM    
 

TOWANDA, Pa. — As he weighs perhaps the most contentious decision of his administration, whether to allow drilling for natural gas upstate, Gov...

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DEC issues permit for Finger Lakes gas storage project

By Scott Waldman on 11/10/2014 in Capital

ALBANY—The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday issued a draft permit for propane and butane storage in the Finger Lakes region, a proposal that has languished for five years.

Though more state approvals are needed before construction can begin, the permit, though only a draft and still subject to change, is the first movement on the proposed facility in years. Houston-based Crestwood Midstream wants to store 88 million gallons of...

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Propane storage urged in caverns

This propane storage is far more important than you would be lead to believe by the (obstruct everything related to energy )crowd.  Last winter upstate New York propane users were taken to the cleaners because there were inadequate supplies in the North Eastern US so all necessary propane was purchased from the Northwest and sold to the Northeast at highly inflated prices. Once again we are being obstructed by a very vocal minority at the expense of the long suffering silent majority...

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Skelos Set to Push Charters, Tax Cuts and Fracking After Senate Gains

BY: Jillian Jorgensen |

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos has plenty of priorities on his list for the next session in Albany — and unsurprisingly, repealing the Urstadt Law, hiking the minimum wage and other priorities pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and progressives who had hoped to flip Senate control don’t seem to be among them.

Mr. Skelos, whose party won enough seats last week to hold an outright majority in the State...

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Has Upstate New York Been Heard?

Dana Knowles     Steuben County Land Owners Coalition  11/7/14  found in NGN.Org

The Upstate New York election results tell us more than anything else just how supportive the Marcellus Shale region of the state is of gas drilling.

I live in Upstate New York, in Steuben County, which is part of the Southern Tier region. The last few months I have traveled many of the back roads from Binghamton to Rochester to Jamestown. I saw thousands of signs for Astorino...

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Election 2014: Thanks for the Wins , Natural Gas Supporters Send Clear Mandate in the Southern Tier

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Overall the results of the election were very favorable for our interests.
 
I extend my deepest and most sincere thanks to everyone who helped spread the word and turned out to vote. Thanks to you we now have a Republican State Senate and many supportive county and town board level representatives.
 
More importantly we sent a clear mandate that Natural Gas production is strongly desired in our areas and across the state...

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EPA Further Delays Hydraulic Fracturing Study As Controversy Builds

November 05, 2014 in Breaking Energy

EPA’s current estimate of the completion time for a draft of its study of the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to drinking water is now projected by the agency to be developed in early 2015. This is based on comments in a letter originating from EPA’s Region 8 office stating that the study on the risks posed by fracking to drinking water won’t reach draft final form until “early 2015”. [Region 8...

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A Reasonable Energy Plan to Keep the Economy Humming

November 05, 2014 in Bloomberg Business Week

The drive to increase U.S. shale-gas production, so vital to our manufacturing revival, is running into heavy political flak from several quarters. Some oppose expanded use of carbon-based fuels—even reasonably clean fuels, such as natural gas; others are concerned primarily about the effects of “fracking;” and there is always the Nimby (Not in my back yard) crowd.

There’s not much anybody can say or do to satisfy the...

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Republicans won big by embracing energy, industry group says

Folks this article is from an energy based publication and is on our site because this is not information likely to be compiled or published by our local news sources. The fact is that the many of us understand the tradeoffs involved in pushing for absolutes (like passive energy only) that push our (NY)cost of energy beyond comfort for many if not most people who live on fixed incomes. Although it is sometimes pleasant to dream of the ideal energy scenario, sooner or later you must come back to...

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Natural Gas Supporters Send Clear Mandate in the Southern Tier

BINGHAMTON – November 5, 2014 The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York released the following statement on the 2014 elections.  

JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons said: The results are in and, once again, the elections showed that the Southern Tier is overwhelmingly in favor of natural gas development!  We are the most educated about the risks and benefits of development; we see first-hand the experience from our neighbors in Pennsylvania; and we are tired of paid activists from...

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How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Public Health

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In Part III of our multi-part series exploring how anti-fracking activists sow the seeds of doubt on the safety of shale development (see also Part I and Part II), we look at the ongoing debate over public health.

Anti-fracking groups are increasingly focused on public health issues, specifically those that may or may not be related to shale development. Primarily based on air emissions, the “health issue” has also...

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No property tax increase proposed for Washington County residents

By Barnbara Miller in The Observer-Reporter.com

Several years ago, Washington County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Donahue went into a budget hearing armed with figures from projected natural gas well revenues in Cross Creek park.

The numbers were so large some who heard them dismissed his projections as pie in the sky.

It turned out Donahue was correct, and while many levels of government struggle to raise revenue, Washington County and its income from wells in the Marcellus Shale...

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New York's LNG Regulations, Favorable Momentum Going into Elections

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

 
Below is a copy of the JLCNY's latest press release recently distributed in reaction to the recently proposed regulations that would once enacted allow Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage in volumes adequate to support the development of refueling stations for NG powered vehicles in NY!
 
We will be distributing information about a comment period related to the proposed regulations soon after the election. In the mean time please...

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ASTORINO RALLY in Binghamton, Friday 31, 11 AM, and Election Recap

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
I received the following highlighted rally information just a short while ago from Rob Astorino's campaign manager. I hope all landowners can turn out to support Rob Astorino and Chris Moss's final drive to the Governorship and Natural Gas development in NY! I'm looking forward to being there myself!
 
 
I'm excited to share that we're holding a pre-election day rally with Rob Astorino and Chris Moss in Binghamton on Friday at 11 AM at the...

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Debate and Endorsements Information to Share

2014 ELECTIONS

On Wednesday October 22, 2014, Andrew Cuomo, Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott appeared in Buffalo for the only gubernatorial debate scheduled for this election.

 
On the issue of hydraulic fracturing, Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo said:
 
Rob Astorino:
    • I will move forward within the first 90 days of my administration.
    • I won’t be politically paralyzed by this issue as the Governor has been.
    • 35 states have this opportunity and 34 are...

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