The Coordinated Fracking Con Job Taking Place in NY

Fracking Con Job - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

A fracking con job took place New York yesterday, as New York’s governor substituted raw personal politics for science with two phonies at his side.

Yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a rare cabinet meeting to discuss a variety of issues. The main focus of the meeting, however, was to announce Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York. NY State Dept. of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker presented his agency’s “review” of so-called impacts of fracking on public health. The entire charade was well-scripted to insulate Cuomo from the decision to ban fracking in the state, making it seem as if “science” has determined fracking is not safe. It wasn’t science and no one involved believes it was. Rather, it was a fracking con job.

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Et Tu Andrew? Cuomo’s Fracking Betrayal of the Southern Tier

Cuomo's Betrayal -  Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York State is nothing less than a fracking betrayal of an entire generation of Upstate New Yorkers. It’s tar and feathers time.

Could there be any more blatant example of the cynicism that characterizes New York politics than Governor Cuomo’s decision to go against the tide of every other oil and gas state than his decision today to ban fracking in the state? No. As one of my good Democrat friends from New York, a supporter of fracking, says “this was a bold move to seize the leadership of the left wing of the Democratic Party.” New York’s crime boss governor sold out the Southern Tier, threw his union supporters under the bus and sacrificed an entire generation of Upstate New Yorkers, for the sake of a run at the White House.

My friend, a former member of the New York legislature and Cuomo supporter, labeled it as nothing less than “scandalous.” But, honestly, what did we expect from the guy who precipitated the housing bubble that led to our recent recession; the guy who gave us the Moreland Commission? Still, the depth of the depravity in this instance is stunning. This wasn’t the action of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or even the Department of Health on whom the governor laid the blame. It was the action of a single power-crazed individual with no regard for the welfare of his upstate constituents or even his union allies. He treated them all as dispensable pawns, preferring instead to embellish his leftist credentials and cater to the ruling class of elitist special interests. It was a fracking betrayal on a grand scale.

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Starz Eyed Fractivism

fractivism - RachaelRachael Bunzey
Natural Gas NOW

Fractivism is the dream that won’t die; an ideological suitor that refuses to go away when rejected. Prepare for more propaganda packaged as entertainment.

And…they are at it again.  We aren’t too surprised and you won’t be either.  A handful of Hollywood no names and big egos are attempting to pull together a fictional series on Starz titled, “Black Gold.”  Unfortunately, the name is the only thing I bet they get right in the whole series. It’s all about fracking. Promised Land and Gasland II were big enough flops, apparently, and now we’ll be treated to a television series that, yet again, attempts to perpetuate the big lies of which all fractivism consists.

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A Fracking Protest That Went Bust

Fracking Protest - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

Any air left in the fractivist balloon has apparently been inhaled by the participants yielding a very strange but squeaky fracking protest in Binghamton.

Emergency Rally”

The call went out to all resistors of fracking. We need to create a photo-op and some press coverage for there “Not One Well” campaign to demonstrate there are many of them here in they Southern Ter. “The news crews will be there” said the message to all the loyalists. They were urged to be there at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 13th, in front of the Binghamton State Office Building, “to make history.”

The only history made, though, was recorded by the participants themselves and me, as there was no press this time to cover what was the umpteenth fracking protest by the same tiny rag-tag band of usual suspects clamoring for attention and presuming to speak for the rest of us. This was another fracking protest gone bust, but I was there as part of a small truth squad to record it for posterity, even if the Binghamton Press had better things to do.

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Hydraulic Fracturing, Like All, Is A Matter of Managing Risks

Hydraulic Fracturing -  Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

When one puts aside all the arguing, the hyperbole and the science regarding hydraulic fracturing it ultimately comes down to simply managing the risks, like life itself.

A Canadian group called the Fraser Institute has written a report entitled Managing the Risks of Hydraulic Fracturing that takes us to a fundamental truth about fracking – just like everything else, it’s all a matter of managing risks.

The Fraser Institute is “an independent Canadian research and educational organization with locations throughout North America and international partners in over 85 countries.” Its work is financed by tax-deductible contributions and to protect its independence, the Institute accept no grants from government and has research contracts with industry. It does advocate for competitive markets and has a mission “to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals.” Its latest an excellent perspective on hydraulic fracturing that is easy to miss if, like many of us, you’re up to your ears in details.

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Shale Gas News – December 13, 2014

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday morning at 10 AM on 94.3 FM “The Talker,” talked frac sand, severance taxes and prices this past Saturday.

Every Saturday, Kevin Lynn of Linde Corporation and I co-host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas.

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A Recipe for Optimizing Fracking Performance and Its Inspiration

Fracking Performance Ben Lawrence HeadshotBen Lawrence
VP – Sales and Marketing, KCF Technologies, Inc. 

Fracking technology, though old, is still improving every day and fracking performance is improving with it, protecting everyone involved.  

There’s no denying that technological advances over the past decade have greatly aided the fracking industry in improving efficiencies, avoiding failures, and reducing downtime. But there’s still a long way to go until most well sites are optimized for peak performance. One company might prove to be a surprising inspiration for the next steps towards perfecting well completion – McDonald’s.

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The Wild Wacky World of Fractivism and Fractivist Lies

Fractivist Lies -  Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Just when you think you’ve heard the worst of fractivist lies, new ones come out of groups that themselves seem to arise from the Rocky Picture Horror Show.

We sometimes imagine we’ve seen the kookiest, looniest and weirdest of fractivism and then along comes something even more bizarre. Our friend Karen Orlando, a guest blogger here, has witnessed some of the worst of it after becoming involved in the issues surrounding the Rockaway Pipeline. She has chronicled a great deal of it on her own blog, and has brought to our attention the names of some of strangest individuals and groups from the world of fractivism.

Following up on Karen’s leads, we discovered a group known as the Pagan Environmental Coalition NYC and, unbeknownst to us, they were on a Food and Water Watch tour of Susquehanna County back in September with the infamous Vera Scroggins. We reported on it here but had no idea just how bad the misinformation being disseminated really was. It can only be described as a pack of fractivist lies.

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Good Shale Gas News from Marcellus Keeps Coming

Good Shale Gas News - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

There’s a lot of good shale gas news out there today and it suggests what a true powerhouse the Marcellus Shale is in particular.

We noticed a brief mention in an article published on The Street (Jim Cramer’s website) that provides an important piece of the puzzle about the relationship between the price of oil and it’s impact on natural gas development and we thought you would be interested, too. It’s part of a bigger picture relating to three pieces of positive news we picked up on today at Marcellus Drilling News.

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The Fractivist “Say Anything, Do Anything” Template

fractivist  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

There is nothing that so much characterizes the fractivist gang as their willingness to say anything, do anything to get their lies across (they hope).

The barrage of nonsense being delivered by the well-funded fractivist crowd in a last-minute effort to foreclose fracking in New York is pretty astounding. They are in a “say anything, do anything” mode right now and getting more ridiculous by the moment. It’s a classic case of what farmers refer to as throwing a shove full of manure against the wall and hoping some of it will stick. Those of you from outside of New York may think it doesn’t affect you but, of course, it does, because New York is what the battle is all about for the fractivist contingent, wherever they’re at work. The big funders of the fractivist effort (the NRDC and friends) care about little else.

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