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America’s getting older, except in the energy rush states in the Plains

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June 26 at 1:21 AM in The Washington Post

In the 1800s, America’s young men went West for gold. Today, younger folks are heading to the heartland for oil and gas.

As a result, while the rest of America is getting older, there’s a chunk of the country that’s getting younger, according to census data released today.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s data shows the median age is coming down in Oklahoma, Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming — states where energy is being extracted from the earth at a record pace in part through America’s new wave of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

“We’re seeing the demographic impact of two booms,” U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson said in a statement. “The population in the Great Plains energy boom states is becoming younger and more male as workers move in seeking employment in the oil and gas industry, while the U.S. as a whole continues to age as the youngest of the baby boom generation enters their 50s.”

Unconventional revolution in oil and gas: Daniel Yergin

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June 26, 2014 in Commodities Now

Washington, 24 June 2014

Daniel Yergin Congressional Testimony Highlights include: It's a revolution. Given the scale of the change, it is appropriate to describe what is unfolding in the United States in terms of shale gas and tight oil as an “unconventional revolution in oil and gas.”
 

  • Natural gas production increased 27 percent between 2007 and 2013. Estimates of recoverable natural gas reserves have more than doubled since 2005. U.S. oil...

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Take Action for More Affordable NY Energy

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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, there is a proposed propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes that is shovel ready and can help prevent future propane shortages and price spikes. This project also means new jobs and...

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The Unasked Climate Question: How To Replace 86% Of The World's Energy Mix?

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By David Blackmon in Forbes energy section 6/18/2014  

Lost in all the media hoopla about President Obama’s recent announcement of EPA carbon emission regulations was this news that coal was in fact the fastest-growing fossil fuel globally in 2013.  That’s right:  despite all of the hundreds of billions of dollars in government subsidies for renewable fuels spent in the United States, Germany, Spain, France and myriad other countries over the last 40 years, and despite all of...

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Fracking raises worker salaries and cuts costs for states: Examiner Editorial

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By Washington Examiner | June 16, 2014

With little and at times fabricated evidence, Big Green activists and their supporters in government have worked hard to undermine the energy revolution underway in the U.S. Exploiting fear and ignorance, they seek to convince Americans that the current natural gas boom propping up the country's sagging economy is despoiling the earth, polluting water supplies and even causing earthquakes. So periodically, it's a good idea to review the substantial...

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The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 50, June 16, 2014

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By David Blackmon on Forbes 6/15/14

In which we drill down into the @GDBlackmon Twitter TWTR +0.7% feed to briefly chronicle the week’s silliness, shenanigans, fake news and real news related to the oil and natural gas industry.

Very good analysis here from Pete Sepp, EVP of the National Taxpayers Union, on the counterproductive nature of raising taxes on the oil and gas industry.  As Mr. Sepp points out, most such proposals are politically-motivated, put forth by members of congress who...

Read more: The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 50, June 16, 2014

Despite Protests, Schuyler County Approves Plan to Store Liquified Petroleum

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Great Job folks, Now The DEC. JLCpulse

  June 5 2014 Web Staff Time Warner News Southern Tier

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Lawmakers in Schuyler County have taken a stance on the controversial plan to store liquified petroleum gas underneath Seneca Lake. Monday night a resolution was passed in support of the project.

Johnno Potts grew up in Schuyler County.

"I lived here my whole life. This is one of the most beautiful places ever. We're standing on of the largest fresh water basins on the...

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New York State’s plain language pre-emption law underwent its most important test on June 3 as the case was argued before the NYS Court of Appeals.

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By Tom Shepstone in  Natural Gas NOW

A critical important junction in the history and future of oil and gas development in New York State was reached in Albany on June 3 when the New York State Court of Appeals (the equivalent of the Supreme Court in ordinary states) heard the combined appeal of the Dryden and Middlefield cases. A lot of ink has been spilled here and elsewhere on the subject, but now it’s all over. The destiny of Upstate New York landowners awaits a decision.

One...

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Your higher electric bill

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First the good news: There’s no good reason the new EPA regulations on carbon emissions should mean higher electric bills for New Yorkers.

Now the bad news: There’s every political reason it...

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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

Photograph by Pqneiman/Demotix/Corbis

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...

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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...

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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...
Attachments:
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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...

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