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Pittsburgh, Pa. – Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) president Dave Spigelmyer issued this statement following President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, President Obama once again underscored the critical and increasing role that America’s abundant, clean-burning natural gas resources continue to play in boosting our economy and growing jobs, especially in the manufacturing sector. At the same time, and as the President and his Administration have stated, the clear environmental benefits tied to safe shale development and the expanded use of natural gas cannot be denied.

“The President also laid out his vision for America’s role in the highly-interconnected global economy and what we must do to remain competitive. Affordable supplies of oil and natural gas, driven by tightly-regulated shale development, have catapulted America from a period of energy scarcity to a new and more prosperous era of energy abundance. And the results are clear: a plunging trade deficit, stronger geopolitical standing, cleaner air and significant consumer savings.

“Aside from the tens of thousands of good-paying jobs created by shale production and CO2 emissions being slashed as more natural gas is used to power our economy, the importance of this domestic resource is on national display right now. As so many Americans continue to face record-shattering cold temperatures, natural gas heats half...

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By The Post Editorial Board 1/28/2014

Let’s see if we’ve got this straight.

When two state senators put forward a bill that would require a town’s clear approval — e.g., by a law or referendum — before a new casino is sited there, the governor’s spokeswoman denounces it as “politicizing the [site-]selection process.”

But when the industry is natural gas and the issue is hydraulic fracking, somehow home rule is more acceptable. Here the governor remains silent as anti-fracking activists push communities to enact local bans as a way to ensure that fracking never gets off — er, under — the ground.

As Westchester County Executive and likely GOP gubernatorial foe Rob Astorino said Monday: “It took Tolstoy less time to write ‘War and Peace’ than it’s taken for Cuomo to make a decision on fracking.”

The administration’s reaction has it backward. The casino legislation sponsored by state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Cecilia Tkaczyk (D-Duanesburg) reflect serious concerns, especially in upstate communities, about whether casinos will provide the widely promised economic rejuvenation in their regions.

Especially since the state ballot measure passed in November on the strength of some questionable language claiming it would mean more jobs, lower taxes and more money for schools.

So here’s where this leaves us. Citizens who want to have some say in whether a casino goes up in their town are “politicizing” the process. While environmental activists trying to shut down the industry before it can get started are simply expressing home rule. Welcome to Andrew Cuomo’s New York.

Very enlightening, it is excellent articles like this that make one wonder if our governor pays any attention to facts and the lives of upstate New York residents and TAXpayers. We can see the flames of success but cannot experience the warmth. JLCpulse

Mike Butler in Philly.com

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014, 1:08 AM

Make no mistake, the past few years have been difficult for Pennsylvanians looking to find well-paying jobs. Our state's unemployment rate has been stuck above 7 percent for more than five years. Many people have become so frustrated that they've stopped looking for work. The one bright spot has been Marcellus Shale development, which has offset this larger trend by providing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians with meaningful work and newfound hope for their financial future.

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Compilation found in Forbes, Energy 1/26/2014

The Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 30, January 27, 2014

 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.

 We’ll start with an offering from our Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Gas Pump file:  Fracking Protesters Glue Themselves to Wrong Gas Station – Missed it by that much.  That’s how the six gluees have to feel after such a mistake.  The group thought they were attaching themselves to pumps at a gas station owned by a company called Total.  They were upset after the company announced they would invest millions in shale oil and fracking.  But there was a pretty big oops involved.  Station manager Reezwan Patel told The Bolton News in Ruston Lane UK, “Total don’t own the station any more. It is owned by Certas Energy, but the signs haven’t changed yet.”  (We can’t help wondering if the protesters understood that the glue they used was made from – gasp! – petroleum products.)

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

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The New York Post Editorial Board,  in The New York Post 1/26/2014

New York must be running out of room: Only days after Gov. Cuomo said there’s “no place in the state” for “extreme conservatives,” Mayor de Blasio said he doesn’t “see any place for fracking.”

De Blasio seems to be on the wrong side of history here, particularly in his own city. That’s because more and more New Yorkers are heating with natural gas — which can be supplied via fracking.

Nearly 1,300 owners of large city buildings served by Con Ed switched from oil to natural gas last year. And the number has grown every year since 2011. Why? Mostly because gas is cheaper. It’s also better for the environment, and the city now requires owners to phase out the use of heavy oil.

But because of Cuomo’s fracking ban, New Yorkers must get their gas from out of state. That means millions in lost fracking income and thousands in lost jobs for upstate, which is rich in natural-gas reserves.

True, de Blasio might not care about upstate. But locally harvested natural gas could mean even lower prices for his own constituents. Yet even that doesn’t move him: “The one thing I am firm about is that I don’t see any place for fracking,” the mayor said Thursday.

De Blasio says he’s worried about possible environmental dangers. But just last week, the European Union dropped the idea of tough new safety laws for fracking. And most of America, including the Obama administration, has found fracking safe.

In short, when it comes to fracking, Cuomo and de Blasio are clearly the outliers — even within their own party.

Our question: Is there a place in New York for these extremist views?

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Here is a unique event to attend...
 

    Event: "Defend It" Debate
    Date: Monday, February 24, 2014
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Location: Chamber Hall, Binghamton University, Vestal, NY
    Description: See Attached File Below
     

I hope a lot of supporters can attend this and enjoy it. It should be educational and very interesting.
 
Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.
 
DF/brc

Attachments:
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We can only hope and pray that if he waits long enough his fearless leader will be out of office and Shah will be out of a job. Who would have thought that two (DOH and DEC) very esteemed state regulatory agency's would be headed by do nothing political yes boys. They have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars leading their agency's in circles while tearing the guts out of their staffs professionalism. It is likely that like every other thing our governor does what will be left is nothing but a glossy surface with no substance to support it. JLCpulse

By Scott Waldman Jan. 22, 2014 in Capital Pro

ALBANY—State health commissioner Nirav Shah refused on Tuesday to discuss virtually any aspect of his ongoing study into the long-term health effects of hydraulic fracturing.

Last month, Shah had said he would not disclose any new details about his fracking study until after it is completed, and said there was "new data" to consider.

Shah would only reveal on Tuesday that he has traveled to California and Texas, among other places he would not name, to study fracking.

“I'm waiting to see, as the science evolves, my guidance will evolve,” he said.

Shah also declined to identify any of the studies he has said prove the science of fracking is “evolving.”

“If you look at the literature, you'll find 40 from last year alone,” he said, before ignoring further questions from a reporter.

Cuomo has said he will decide on whether or not to lift a moratorium on fracking in New York after he has seen the results of Shah's health study.

 

By The Editors of The NewYork Observer 1/21/2014

Last May, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised that he would make a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York by the beginning of 2014.

A quick check of the calendar suggests that the governor‘s long-awaited decision has passed its due date.

Mr. Cuomo’s decision is expected any minute now (although we’ve heard that one before). And with any luck, he’ll put aside the posturing and protests of fracking opponents and put his administration on the side of economic growth and energy independence. It would be the right move for the state and for the nation.

Fracking, or, to be more scientific, hydraulic fracturing, is designed to exploit reserves of natural gas. Some of those reserves happen to be upstate, a region that has not known prolonged prosperity since the Johnson administration—Andrew Johnson.

Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but for some upstaters, it no doubt seems true. Nothing has replaced the manufacturing jobs that once were the heart and soul of the upstate economy. Fracking will create a new, cutting-edge industry that could create an economic boom in a part of the state that deserves a better fate.

New York has been painfully slow to take advantage of this promising technology. The European Commission, which functions as the European Union’s executive department, is preparing to welcome frackers with open arms, according to reports in the European press. That’s not to say the European Parliament will go along, but it is evidence that some Europeans realize the job-creating potential of fracking. (There’s more about this 

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Fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

It’s that time of year again, when fracking opponents pay Common Cause to put out a report minimizing their own lobbying activities and wailing about the those of the oil and gas industry. 

Several times a year, with more regularity than Halley’s Comet, a strikingly similar headline appears in the pages of New York news media about how the oil and gas lobby has outspent fracking opponents. It is generated from the periodic release of Common Cause’s analyses claiming the same and several news sources, already inclined to suspect anyone in the industry is Rosemary’s Baby, falls for it. Few take notice of Common Cause’s agenda or the fact it is allied with the big money special interests fighting oil and gas. Last year, the Albany Times-Union, for example, fell for it with

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Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

Here is a chance for you to have your voice heard and silence that of the anti-gas activists. A local media outlet has posted a poll on their website. Here is the link...

http://www.mytwintiers.com/home

The poll is on the left side of the page, second screen down. Please vote and then forward this along to other supporters so they can do the same. This poll is free and does not ask for any personal information.

Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

DF/brc

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