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Stop the Pipeline takes legal swing against Constitution project

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:00 pm   By JOE MAHONEY Staff Writer The Dailystar.com

The citizens group seeking to derail the proposed Constitution Pipeline announced Monday that it has filed legal action in a federal appeals court to force federal regulators to rehear challenges to a certificate of public necessity granted to project developers in December.

Stop the Pipeline said it filed for a writ of mandamus Friday in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, contending that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission "habitually grants itself more time than allowed by law (to review objections to its decisions), which prevents groups from seeking judicial review of FERC's orders."

The activist group is arguing that it is inherently unfair for the pipeline company to be involved in eminent domain condemnation proceedings against landowners resisting easements before final decisions have been made on permits and while Stop the Pipeline is seeking to challenge the FERC certificate in federal court. 

"FERC uses delay tactics to keep projects they approve out of court," Anne Marie Garti, an organizer for Stop the Pipeline and an environmental lawyer with Pace...

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If Obama can stomach fracking, Cuomo can too

By Tom Wrobleski | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 2/23/2015 in SIlive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Obama administration has released new regulations regarding fracking on federal lands.

The new rules could serve as a template for fracking in New York state if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would open their minds to the possibility.

We're not...

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Reed: NY could use U.S. fracking rules

Brian Tumulty, USA Today 7:28 p.m. EDT March 23, 2015 in Democrat and Chronicle

New federal regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands should compel Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider New York's ban on the drilling method, Rep. Tom Reed said Monday.

The Interior Department announced the final regulations Friday.

"To see that Gov. Cuomo can't do in New York state what the Obama administration is doing on the federal level is amazing," Reed told reporters in a conference...

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GOP moves to block Obama’s fracking regs

By Timothy Cama - 03/20/15 02:15 PM EDT in The Hill

Republicans on Friday roundly rejected the Obama administration’s rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land and pledged to fight them.

The GOP warned that the regulations will hamper the nation’s economic recovery that has been bolstered by the boom in natural gas and oil production, much of which depends on fracking.

“America’s energy boom is one of the best things going for our economy, and keeping it going should be one of the...

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Congressman: Government Should Pay for Damage Done by Fracking Ban

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Congressman: Government Should Pay for Damage Done by Fracking Ban

Tom Reed / / March 23, 2015  in The Daily Signal

New York had more electoral votes than any other state in every presidential election from 1812 to 1948. It has lost electoral votes in every redistricting since 1950. It stands at 29 now and has fallen behind California, Texas and soon Florida. Upstate has borne the brunt of the population loss.

Washington can’t figure out why this is...

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Reed highlights Dems Fractures on Fracking

Congressman Tom Reed is highlighting Democratic division over natural gas development and called upon Gov. Cuomo to reverse his hydraulic fracturing ban that erodes private property rights in light of new Obama Administration rules that support the practice.

Congressman Reed made the following statement:

“I am calling on Gov. Cuomo to reverse his ill-conceived fracking ban that infringes on constitutionally protected property...

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Do new federal fracking rules duplicate existing state laws?

Some are raising concerns that federal rules requiring oil and gas companies to disclose the chemical ingredients used in the fracking process may duplicate state laws already in place. Wyoming has had a chemical-disclosure rule in effect since 2010.

Critics of new rules for oil and gas development on federal and tribal land point out states including Wyoming have had at least one of those...

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Editorial: Gov. Cuomo's natural gas pains

Daily News Editorial   March 21,2015

From the emission-cutting, pipeline-blocking, climate-change-fighting White House comes a fresh seal of approval for the gas-drilling technology known as fracking.

Also: fresh evidence that Gov. Cuomo was nuts to ban the practice in New York State.

The Interior Department on Friday released new regulations that give a green light — pun intended — for fracking on federally owned lands.

After four years of study and 1.5 million public comments...

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Obama administration tightens federal rules on oil and gas fracking

March 20  in The Washington Post 

The Obama administration imposed tougher restrictions Friday on oil and gas “fracking” operations on public lands, seeking to lower the risk of water contamination from a controversial practice that is chiefly behind the recent boom in U.S. energy production.

The regulations represent the administration’s most significant effort to tighten standards for hydraulic fracturing, a technique that helped make the United States the world’s...

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U.S. Unveils New Rules for Fracking on Federal Lands

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Final Chance to Tell Cuomo You Don't Agree With Him and Want to Take Your Land Out of NY

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Here is your opportunity to show Governor Cuomo that you don't agree with his ideas regarding taxes, Natural Gas Development, political game playing and corruption in Albany, ineffective state government, many other issues, and how he is denying us the opportunities to prosper in OUR Southern Tier.
 
Please complete the survey found at this site...
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5Questionsfor2015
 
More specifically provide an affirmative...

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JLCNY United Hits the Air March 15th 2015 at 7pm

Our Vic Furman will be hosting a radio show again. This Sunday on March 15 at 7 PM, tune in your radio to WNBF 1290 AM to listen to Dr. Gilbert Ross, medical director of the American Council on Science and Health to discuss high volume hydraulic fracturing and the illegal ban which stole NY landowner rights. The show can also be heard on a computer at http://www.wnbf.com/

In New York fracking fight, peer-review trashed by far-left politics

By Simon Lomax in The Hill(blogs) 3/11/2015

National anti-fracking groups are urging energy producing states, including Colorado and California, to impose oil and gas production bans after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) blocked hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the Empire State. A recent column by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice went further and demanded President Obama impose a national ban on hydraulic fracturing and the domestic oil and natural gas development it makes...

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NY Democrats Want 'Anyone But Cuomo' If Hillary Bows Out

By Andrea Billups in NEWSMAX 3/9/2015

One political note emerging from the Albany statehouse regarding the 2016 election is that key Democrats are unlikely to consider New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a backup candidate should Hillary Clinton not run, the New York Post reports.

"There's an ABC factor at work here. It's 'Anybody but Cuomo,'" one top elected Democrat told the Post. The newspaper noted the Democrats' "remarkable" hostility toward their party's governor, whose name arose in the...

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New York Town Threatens to Secede Over Cuomo's Fracking Ban

The road to prosperity runs through Conklin, New York -- but people here say the good times keep passing them by.  

Kenny Brown works at a local pizza shop and says the economy is struggling and depressed.

"There's barely jobs left. There's no one left to spend the money, and we need something to bring money in and people to stay in the area," Brown told the FOX Business Network. That something, according to Kenny, is fracking.

Just a few...

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Ditch the greens if you want to keep the wild places

Mar 9, 2015 in Bishop Hill Blog

Matt Ridley's article in the Times (£) this morning looks at the continuing growth of grain harvests around the world and contrasts this good news with the weasel-worded claims of disaster from environmentalists and scientivists.

The whole thing is worth a read if you have access to it, but I want to pick up on one particular point. It turns out that harvests are not actually increasing everywhere. Th main exception is of course Europe and the reasons are...

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Silencing Climate Chaos Skeptics

Paul Driessen | Mar 07, 2015 in Town Hall.com

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), other senators and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) recently sent letters to institutions that employ or support climate change researchers whose work questions claims that Earth and humanity face unprecedented manmade climate change catastrophes.

The letters allege that the targeted researchers may have “conflicts of interest” or may not have fully disclosed corporate funding sources. They say such researchers may have...

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Junk Science Week 2015: New York’s phoney fracking ban

| March 3, 2015

While U.S. green groups and the environmental wing of the Democratic Party are accusing some academics of hidden ties to the fossil-fuel industry, they seem untroubled by a real conflict-of-interest scandal happening today in New York under Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Roger Pielke Jr., one of several professors targeted by Democrats despite his support for the Obama administration’s climate-change regulations, has even pointed to New York as a...

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When The Left Peddles Bad Science

Chris Prandoni Contributor in Forbes 3/5/2015

The GOP is most often branded as the anti-science Party. On any number of issues, people and groups opposed to the GOP’s goals work hard to portray the party as knuckle-dragging troglodytes. While this caricature is unfair to apply to either Republicans or Democrats, there exists a substantial constituency on the left that at best ignores science, and at worst purposefully pushes junk science to support harmful and unnecessary regulations.

New...

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Saying no to prosperity

- - Thursday, March 5, 2015

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Or leave ‘em, depending. Several struggling towns in upstate New York look across the state line at Pennsylvania and are thinking about secession, not from the union but from New York. After years of timid waffling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said no to fracking, the method of drilling for oil and gas that is making Pennsylvania prosperous. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, could be the key to...

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Why are Green Groups Unhappy with Apple’s Big Solar Buy?

on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Breaking Energy

Is that massive Apple solar play that made news on Tuesday burnishing the tech titan’s green cred? It might be, but environmentalists aren’t thrilled about the whole thing.

Not that they’ve got anything against Apple – or solar power, they say.

Kim Delfino is California director of the group Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has backed California’s aggressive policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But in...

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A robust upstate economy? Claims do not hold up

by E.J. McMahon |  February 27, 2015 | Press & Sun-Bulletin in Empire Center

The Southern Tier has been among the most poorly performing regions of a weak upstate New York economy over the past four years. But you sure wouldn’t know it from listening to Howard Zemsky, the Buffalo developer recently named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to chair the Empire State Development Corp.

“In recent years, the Southern Tier has benefited tremendously from Cuomo’s determination to revitalize...

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