Ugly Is in the Eye of the Sierra Club Beholder

Sierra Club  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The Sierra Club has gone ugly in its attack on natural gas development on Pennsylvania State Forest Lands, but their evidence is a “damn old mirror” (to quote George Strait).

This Sierra Club blog post was recently brought to my attention by a gas industry supporter who immediately recognized what the enviro blogger didn’t; that the pictures used to suggest ugly natural gas development on state land, showed the opposite. The Sierra Club, of course, knows its audience – any sign of human development of any kind is a pox on the earth to them. Less radical people, though, see things quite differently. They want environmental protection for the sake of human beings not in spite of them.

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Shale Production Leaving Households with More Income

Williams - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


Shale production is reducing the costs of energy as a share of household disposable income for US families, thanks to the Mighty Marcellus and other plays.

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) released a Today in Energy piece on October 21, 2014, detailing how everyone is benefiting from domestic energy development whether they realize it or not. According to the EIA, the latest disposable income data indicate consumer energy expenditures will only amount to 5% of disposable income this year, which is significantly below the long-term average of 5.5%.

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Pink Envy Consumes Fractivists

Fractivists - Cherie MessoreCherie Messore
Public Relations Consultant

Pink envy seems to have consumed the minds of fractivists maddened over an act of charity by the natural gas industry, telling us a lot about the fractivist mindset.

I’m so angry, I’m seeing red, er, pink.

The angst-riddled outcry about  Baker Hughes’ donation of 1,000 pink drill bits and $100,000 to support breast cancer awareness is a pathetic example of band wagoning  gone crazy, and the power of popular press and social media to spread the news at lightning speed.

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Illinois Landowners Sue to Reclaim Mineral Rights

Illinois Landowners  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Illinois landowners have filed a lawsuit to reclaim their mineral rights from a state that’s more interested in appeasing ideologues and keeps delaying fracking regulations. 

Having spent a good part of my life writing land use regulations, I’ve witnessed an evolution in attitude toward regulation in general. It’s particularly evident in land use regulations where “not in my back yard” or NIMBY positioning has replaced all reason. Regulation once regarded as the judicious exercise of police power to protect the public without infringing on property rights any more than absolutely necessary, has become a political bludgeon ideologues and neighbors use to stop others from doing what they merely dislike.

The problem has spread to state and federal regulations as well, as laws and regulations have been turned into blunderbusses with which to shoot down anything resembling progress by those who would prefer things stay as they are. It’s now taking an even worse turn as “moratoriums” and refusals to regulate have been adopted as the weapons of choice by ideologues intent upon stopping that of which they don’t approve.

The public interest in health and safety is a mere bystander today, but there is hope because some landowners are fighting back, including some from Wayne County, Illinois who are suing their state for failure to do its duty and adopt regulations that will allow them to harvest their natural gas. It’s a refreshing backlash for landowner rights.

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If Only We Could Develop Our Natural Gas in New York

natural gas in new yorkSandra Davis
Delaware County, New York Resident

The most frustrating aspect of the moratorium on developing natural gas in New York is the personal toll it takes on impacted families for the sake of appeasing ideologues.

As Christmas nears, I find myself yet again this year worrying how am I going to buy for my kids? It has been like this for my family for the past several years. We need things to change in Upstate New York and have been waiting far too long for them to do so. Things don’t need to be this way.

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Unconventional Gas Becomes the Conventional in US

Unconventional Gas - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs


Unconventional gas, as a term, is rapidly disappearing, as shale gas has become the new normal in natural gas production everywhere but the enviro world.

Believe it or not, but it’s only a few years ago since shale gas was called “unconventional”, and to some it still is, with all the scare stories attached. The difference is merely geological, but the latest figures from the US show, beyond any doubt, that calling shale “unconventional” is also illogical.

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The Choices Facing New York Landowners Under Siege

New York landowners - Bryant LaTouretteBryant La Tourette
Chenango County, New York Businessman and Landowner

New York landowners are under siege by moneyed special interests who would just as soon see them disappear. The choices facing them are stark indeed. 

Several years have now passed since New York State put a moratorium on natural gas development and harvesting. It’s a seizing of the property rights of its taxpaying citizens – New York landowners. We are left with the burden of being taxed at the same rate, but our property has been devaluing by more than half with no refund or mitigation in sight. It’s as if we didn’t exist as far as the state government is concerned.

The Governor’s inability to break free of special interest forces that pull at all sides leads him to push critical decision making down to a lower level. New York is the sad story of a state isolating itself from the rest of a nation and a governor who acts like a third world dictator pacifying its back slapping aristocrats. The frenzy among the latter to gain control of our mineral rights continues to this day in the well-financed efforts of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and its affiliates (Catskill Mountainkeeper, et al).

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Natural Gas Revenue is Shaping Buffalo’s Future

Buffalo - Holbrook

S. Dennis Holbrook
Director of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York 
Former Ex. Vice President & Chief Legal Officer of Norse Energy

Message to rest of New York: Buffalo’s Future is being transformed by the investments of the Pagula family, investments made from natural gas development.

While the ball is still in play on the Buffalo Bills new ownership, Terry and Kim Pegula’s leadership role here is commendable. Back in 2011, Terry’s commitment to the Buffalo Sabres took a new turn when he bought the troubled team and significantly invested in its future. More than being team owners, the Pegula family has rapidly become one of the most significant families in our region, using their time, talent, and treasure to advance our region on many levels.

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The Top 10 Reasons Fractivists Are Losing the Fracking War

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

Age and and military experience have taught Vic Furman a thing or two about energy and he offers his top 10 reasons fractivists are losing the fracking war.

You might say I was involved in the fracking debate long before anti-fracking organizations popped up and the fracking war began.

I lived through fuel shortages in South Korea in 1973 where I spent a year in the service of my country on the border of North and South Korea. I remember, all too well, “gas rationing,” and how it crippled our military in its preparedness of war. Gas in 1973 in Korea was $2.50 a quart. Kerosene was more expensive. Perhaps, however, you’re wondering why a lowly corporal in the Army would worry about what the military had to pay for fuel?

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Old Friends, New Shale Opportunities

shale opportunities - Doug Berkley REportsDouglas Berkley
Business Dev. Rep. – Transportation & Oil Field Services Company
Publisher: Tri-State Shale Traveler

Unless you’ve lived or worked in the shale fields you have no idea how much the industry has done to lift up regional economies with shale opportunities.

I have had the opportunity to see many interesting things out here in the shale fields of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.  I’ve met a lot of interesting folks, too, and made a lot of new industry friends and folks in the communities where the jobs take us.  It’s a great experience that I would recommend to anyone wanting to truly learn about the industry and how the region feels about us and what it is we do.

But, I digress.  While meeting all these new people and seeing all these new sites, one wouldn’t think a voice out of your high school past (which was a few years ago in my case) would change your day and make you realize how much this shale phenomena is changing lives here in the region.

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