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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Susquehanna County Gas Fuels Scranton and Beyond

Susquehanna County - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

Natural gas from next door Susquehanna County now heats homes and fuels businesses in Scranton thanks to fracking and the Marcellus Shale.

The benefits of natural gas development keep piling on for Northeastern Pennsylvania and regions well beyond, the latest proof coming from a revealing article by Brendan Gibbons in the Wilkes-Barre based Citizens Voice.

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The Fracuppiers

fracuppiers - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

There is, perhaps, no better term than fracuppiers for the sort of individuals who now define the anti-gas, anti-fracking, anti-progress movement.

Our guest blogger and frequent commenter, Karen Orlando, who also publishes a blog called Outside Now, has coined a phrase of exceptional perception as to the true nature of so many of the opponents of natural gas infrastructure development today. She calls them “fracuppiers” and what wonderfully descriptive term for them.

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Fracking Chemicals No More Dangerous Than Your Kitchen

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


One of the most basic of set of fracking chemicals turns out to be the equivalent of what’s underneath your kitchen sink, despite fractivist hyperbole.

If Marcellus Drilling News or someone from the oil and gas industry said, “Fracking chemicals are no more toxic than common household substances,” it would be dismissed by anti-drillers as just another industry lie. MDN has, in fact, been making that very assertion for years.

That exact statement was made (once again) last week – but this time it was made by researchers at the liberal University of Colorado Boulder. Those researchers recently published a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Analytical Chemistry titled “Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Waters Using Accurate Mass: Identification of Ethoxylated Surfactants.” The study concludes that yes, the oft-maligned “toxic chemicals” used in fracking that “big oil” supposedly hides from you are essentially the same chemicals found in cleaning products underneath your kitchen sink and in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Chemicals found in stuff like laundry detergent and toothpaste.

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Good News: No End to Shale Gas Innovation

Shale Gas Innovation - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


There has been a burst in shale gas innovation recently and it’s proving, yet again, how unstoppable this industry is and why it has changed everything.

It’s fascinating how many new things are happening in the shale gas industry and how fast shale gas innovation is changing all the rules for fractivists trying desperately and failing to keep up with it. The good news and new ideas just keep coming, rendering our friends on the other side increasingly out-of-touch and irrelevant.

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Shale Gas Keeps Electric Costs in US Low: Europe’s Soar

Electric Costs - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The latest data on electric prices here and in Europe demonstrates the power of shale gas and the foolishness of political correctness.

It would be hard to find better evidence of the foolhardiness of European (particularly German) energy policies than that offered by electricity costs here and there. Ours are low due to natural gas and their costs are soaring due to lack of shale gas development and a politically correct but economically imbecilic forcing of renewables. There’s a powerful lesson to be had for the US and, especially, states such as New York who pine to be more European with similar foolishness.

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Propane Storage Project Moves Forward Despite Protests

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


The proposed propane storage project near Watkins Glen is finally moving forward despite the protests of trustfunder fractivists and others from outside the area.

Some positive movement (finally) for the proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane storage facility proposed by Crestwood Midstream for a depleted salt cavern along Seneca Lake, near Watkins Glen, NY. Inergy, which was subsequently sold to Crestwood, applied for a permit in 2009 to store LPG in the depleted salt caverns on Seneca Lake. It will also separately do natural gas storage on site.

Since then, the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under a series of Democrat governors, has intentionally delayed issuing a permit for the propane storage facility. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave their blessing for the facility last month, and early last week the DEC finally issued draft permit conditions – the next step in the process.

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