Fracking Election Fallout – Some Observations

fracking news - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

The recent elections will have long-lasting impacts on fracking across the country as some new states move forward and others tackle side issues.

After nearly three years of study, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland announced Tuesday that he intends to proceed with issuing regulations that would permit hydraulic fracturing.  Maryland is thought to have shale gas in its western counties of Garrett and Allegany.  The announcement came along with the release of a long-awaited study by the Maryland Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources which found that Maryland faced little risk of drinking water contamination from fracking, moderate risks associated with heavy truck traffic and a moderate to high risk of air pollution.

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The Wild Wacky World of Fractivism – Part II

fractivism - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

A recent NYC incident related to the Ferguson episode provide further insights into the wild wacky world of fractivism, which is radical at heart.

A while back we wrote a post called “The Wild Wacky World of Fractivism” to highlight some of the weirdness of the fractivist cause, which is nothing less than considerable. It’s a circus act every day, in fact, a point which was brought home to us by one bit of outrage over the recent Ferguson verdict.

There are plenty of opinions to go around on Ferguson and we don’t propose to offer another, but an astute reader noticed something interesting about a related incident in New York City. It involved a professional agitator and “Occupier” by the name of Diego Ibanez who threw fake blood at New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. Our reader noticed that a phony fractivist group called FANG, which we wrote about here, was claiming Diego as a “friend.”

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Keystone XL Faces Crony Capitalist Opposition

Keystone XL Faces Crony Capitalism OppositionJohn Dunham
John Dunham & Associates, GuerrillaEconomics

The Keystone XL pipeline has not happened for the same reason fracking hasn’t happened in New York – crony capitalism by big business and big green.

Train train, comin’ ’round, ’round the bend. Train train, comin’ ’round, ’round the bend. Well it took my baby, but it never will again – Never will again.  The 1953 Junior Parker song was written by Mr. Parker and Sun Studios founder, Sam Phillips and recorded on the label in Memphis Tennessee.  This blues standard has been recorded by everyone from Elvis to Grace Potter and was even performed by The Band in the Last Waltz documentary.  Today there is a new mystery train, one operated by billionaire investor Warren Buffett that competes with pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL recently rejected by the Democratic majority in the Senate.

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Fractivist Protestors: Out of Town, Out of Sync

Fractivist Protestors - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist at NYRAD-R

Crestwood Midstream Partners proposes propane and natural gas storage facilities in Watkins Glen. Fractivist protestors from out of town are, naturally, opposed.

I will be on WBNF radio (AM Radio dial 1290, Binghamton) on Sunday, November 30, at 7:00 pm interviewing three corporate executives from Crestwood Midstream Partners regarding their proposed liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility in Watkins Glen, New York. The program, entitled Good News Table Talk, will be brought to you by JLC-United (an expanded Joint Landowners Coalition about which I’ll talk more at another time). We’ll be discussing the proposed facilities (they’re also doing natural gas storage) and the opposition coming from fractivist protestors, almost all of whom have come from out of town.

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Fracked Gas Rules!

fracked gas - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

Those who labor under the illusion of having natural gas without fracking are going to be sorely disappointed; the bulk of natural gas is now fracked gas.

The word from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) today, courtesy of principal contributor Tu Tran, is definitive: Shale gas provided the largest share of US natural gas production in 2013. What a shock this is going to be for the Big Apple’s commie mayor, Bill deBlasio and New York City Treehugger Mat McDermott, who wrote this back in 2011:

My take on this is fairly simple: There are simply better ways to invest in our energy infrastructure as we transition away from fossil fuels than expanding the use of fracked natural gas. More and more the research shows that, while natural gas certainly has an important role to play in the US energy mix for some time, fracking has just too much risk involved, environmentally, socially, financially, to support it — especially in New York State.

Well, sorry, one-t Mat, but that ship has sailed. Natural gas is tracked gas today.

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The CELDF and Its Latest Radical Venture

CELDF - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is taking its “rights of nature” ploy to another level as it manipulates the system it would destroy.

You have to give the silly anti-fossil fuel nutters one thing – they sure are creative. The latest nonsense to come from the extreme left is that artificial constructs like watersheds now have “rights” and can somehow speak for itself. At least that’s what’s being claimed in a “first of its kind” motion by, yes, the Little Mahoning Watershed (Indiana County, PA). We wonder, what does the Watershed’s voice sound like? And where, precisely, did the watershed scribble down its statement that was recently delivered to the court? We’d like to see that place and behold that miracle.

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Staying Warm Under Buffalo Snow with Natural Gas

Buffalo Snow - Cherie MessoreCherie Messore
Public Relations Consultant


The Buffalo snow piled up rapidly but Cherie Messore and neighbors stayed warm thanks to Pennsylvania produced natural gas. What does it take for New York to learn?

Greetings from the snowy wonderland that is my hometown, Buffalo, NY. If you watched any national TV news in the past week or so, you probably saw reporters and weather casters stumble over various Buffalo-isms while lots of snow fell around them. Lots of snow. Really, really lots of snow.

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Shale Gas Amnesia Among Greens

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

Whether or not you’re worried about CO2 and global warming (we’re not), Nick Grealy nails greens for conveniently ignoring what a difference shale gas makes.

On the back of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report and the US/China Climate Initiative, it’s now clear shale gas causes amnesia. Not too long ago, any attempt at placing natural gas within a climate change context was derided as “greenwashing” by the majority of Green NGO’s, most European ones. Greenpeace was especially dismissive when I predicted in 2012  the inevitable way forward for 2015 would be China and the US reaching a climate solution that contained natural gas.

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Start-Up NY Likes Its Natural Gas, But No Soup for You

Start-Up NY - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

There are some rich ironies to the new Start-Up NY campaign, which promotes low natural gas prices while the state denies opportunities to develop shale gas.

Many of our readers know Joe Massaro over at Energy In Depth. I helped hire Joe and worked together with him there as we got EID Marcellus up and running. He’s from Rockland County, New York and still covers the state, although he now lives in Pittsburgh. He did a very clever thing recently in applying to Start-Up NY for assistance in establishing a natural gas production and distribution company in the state. Start-Up NY is supposedly about the “New” New York that is open for business. Joe learned it wasn’t.

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Josh Fox Tells Three More Lies

Josh Fox Falsehoods - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

The more desperate fracuppiers become, the bigger the lies, as Josh Fox just proved with his latest update to followers of his “Solutions Grassroots Tour.”

Our “fracuppiers” post of this morning, and an earlier one by Jim Willis, noted the vast bulk of the “We Are Seneca Lake” blockade members were anything but residents. Yet, Josh Fox had this to say about Sandra Steingraber, its leader, when he sent an update yesterday to his Gasland mailing list (emphasis added):

Sandra was recently arrested along with 72 other citizens for blockading the gas storage facility of Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood is a Texas-based company that is looking to store gas in salt caverns under Seneca Lake, threatening the drinking water for 100,000 people.

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