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DEC issues permit for Finger Lakes gas storage project

By Scott Waldman on 11/10/2014 in Capital

ALBANY—The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday issued a draft permit for propane and butane storage in the Finger Lakes region, a proposal that has languished for five years.

Though more state approvals are needed before construction can begin, the permit, though only a draft and still subject to change, is the first movement on the proposed facility in years. Houston-based Crestwood Midstream wants to store 88 million gallons of propane and butane in former salt mines along Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen. Environmentalists, local business owners and elected officials oppose the project because they are worried about pollution to the lake.

The draft permit is a signal the state is finally willing to move on the project, Bill Gautreaux, president of Crestwood's liquids and crude business unit, said Monday.

“I tend to view that as progress. The fact you issue a draft permit means you have gone through the permitting process,” he said. “We haven't had that at this point.”

But state officials cautioned the draft permit does not mean the project is moving forward.

“The release of these draft permit conditions in no way...

Read more: DEC issues permit for Finger Lakes gas storage project

Propane storage urged in caverns

This propane storage is far more important than you would be lead to believe by the (obstruct everything related to energy )crowd.  Last winter upstate New York propane users were taken to the cleaners because there were inadequate supplies in the North Eastern US so all necessary propane was purchased from the Northwest and sold to the Northeast at highly inflated prices. Once again we are being obstructed by a very vocal minority at the expense of the long suffering silent majority...

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Skelos Set to Push Charters, Tax Cuts and Fracking After Senate Gains

BY: Jillian Jorgensen |

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos has plenty of priorities on his list for the next session in Albany — and unsurprisingly, repealing the Urstadt Law, hiking the minimum wage and other priorities pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and progressives who had hoped to flip Senate control don’t seem to be among them.

Mr. Skelos, whose party won enough seats last week to hold an outright majority in the State...

Read more: Skelos Set to Push Charters, Tax Cuts and Fracking After Senate Gains

Has Upstate New York Been Heard?

Dana Knowles     Steuben County Land Owners Coalition  11/7/14  found in NGN.Org

The Upstate New York election results tell us more than anything else just how supportive the Marcellus Shale region of the state is of gas drilling.

I live in Upstate New York, in Steuben County, which is part of the Southern Tier region. The last few months I have traveled many of the back roads from Binghamton to Rochester to Jamestown. I saw thousands of signs for Astorino...

Read more: Has Upstate New York Been Heard?

Election 2014: Thanks for the Wins , Natural Gas Supporters Send Clear Mandate in the Southern Tier

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
Overall the results of the election were very favorable for our interests.
 
I extend my deepest and most sincere thanks to everyone who helped spread the word and turned out to vote. Thanks to you we now have a Republican State Senate and many supportive county and town board level representatives.
 
More importantly we sent a clear mandate that Natural Gas production is strongly desired in our areas and across the state...

Read more: Election 2014: Thanks for the Wins , Natural Gas Supporters Send Clear Mandate in the Southern Tier

EPA Further Delays Hydraulic Fracturing Study As Controversy Builds

November 05, 2014 in Breaking Energy

EPA’s current estimate of the completion time for a draft of its study of the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to drinking water is now projected by the agency to be developed in early 2015. This is based on comments in a letter originating from EPA’s Region 8 office stating that the study on the risks posed by fracking to drinking water won’t reach draft final form until “early 2015”. [Region 8...

Read more: EPA Further Delays Hydraulic Fracturing Study As Controversy Builds

A Reasonable Energy Plan to Keep the Economy Humming

November 05, 2014 in Bloomberg Business Week

The drive to increase U.S. shale-gas production, so vital to our manufacturing revival, is running into heavy political flak from several quarters. Some oppose expanded use of carbon-based fuels—even reasonably clean fuels, such as natural gas; others are concerned primarily about the effects of “fracking;” and there is always the Nimby (Not in my back yard) crowd.

There’s not much anybody can say or do to satisfy the...

Read more: A Reasonable Energy Plan to Keep the Economy Humming

Republicans won big by embracing energy, industry group says

Folks this article is from an energy based publication and is on our site because this is not information likely to be compiled or published by our local news sources. The fact is that the many of us understand the tradeoffs involved in pushing for absolutes (like passive energy only) that push our (NY)cost of energy beyond comfort for many if not most people who live on fixed incomes. Although it is sometimes pleasant to dream of the ideal energy scenario, sooner or later you must come back to...

Read more: Republicans won big by embracing energy, industry group says

Natural Gas Supporters Send Clear Mandate in the Southern Tier

BINGHAMTON – November 5, 2014 The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York released the following statement on the 2014 elections.  

JLCNY President Dan Fitzsimmons said: The results are in and, once again, the elections showed that the Southern Tier is overwhelmingly in favor of natural gas development!  We are the most educated about the risks and benefits of development; we see first-hand the experience from our neighbors in Pennsylvania; and we are tired of paid activists from...

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How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Public Health

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In Part III of our multi-part series exploring how anti-fracking activists sow the seeds of doubt on the safety of shale development (see also Part I and Part II), we look at the ongoing debate over public health.

Anti-fracking groups are increasingly focused on public health issues, specifically those that may or may not be related to shale development. Primarily based on air emissions, the “health issue” has also...

Read more: How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Public Health

No property tax increase proposed for Washington County residents

By Barnbara Miller in The Observer-Reporter.com

Several years ago, Washington County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Donahue went into a budget hearing armed with figures from projected natural gas well revenues in Cross Creek park.

The numbers were so large some who heard them dismissed his projections as pie in the sky.

It turned out Donahue was correct, and while many levels of government struggle to raise revenue, Washington County and its income from wells in the Marcellus Shale...

Read more: No property tax increase proposed for Washington County residents

New York's LNG Regulations, Favorable Momentum Going into Elections

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

 
Below is a copy of the JLCNY's latest press release recently distributed in reaction to the recently proposed regulations that would once enacted allow Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage in volumes adequate to support the development of refueling stations for NG powered vehicles in NY!
 
We will be distributing information about a comment period related to the proposed regulations soon after the election. In the mean time please...

Read more: New York's LNG Regulations, Favorable Momentum Going into Elections

ASTORINO RALLY in Binghamton, Friday 31, 11 AM, and Election Recap

Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,
 
I received the following highlighted rally information just a short while ago from Rob Astorino's campaign manager. I hope all landowners can turn out to support Rob Astorino and Chris Moss's final drive to the Governorship and Natural Gas development in NY! I'm looking forward to being there myself!
 
 
I'm excited to share that we're holding a pre-election day rally with Rob Astorino and Chris Moss in Binghamton on Friday at 11 AM at the...

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Debate and Endorsements Information to Share

2014 ELECTIONS

On Wednesday October 22, 2014, Andrew Cuomo, Rob Astorino, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott appeared in Buffalo for the only gubernatorial debate scheduled for this election.

 
On the issue of hydraulic fracturing, Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo said:
 
Rob Astorino:
    • I will move forward within the first 90 days of my administration.
    • I won’t be politically paralyzed by this issue as the Governor has been.
    • 35 states have this opportunity and 34 are...

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Opinion: Rebutting The Climate Change Argument ( The Bronx?)

by Joe Massaro   10/15/2014 in Norwood News  Breaking Bronx 

A recent letter to the editor by Diana Pedi titled, Climate Change Happens in The Bronx Too took aim at fracking even though it’s thanks to fracking and the increased use of natural gas that the U.S. has significantly lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Pedi, fracking is to blame for climate change because, “fracking releases methane.” That claim has been directly contradicted by the EPA, which just...

Read more: Opinion: Rebutting The Climate Change Argument ( The Bronx?)

Cornell’s Dr. Cathles to Discuss Methane Migration on Radio Program

Mark your calendar now. MDN is happy to announce “Another Good News Table Talk” radio program, coming to you on Nov. 2 from 7-8:00 pm on Binghamton’s WNBF (AM) Radio 1290 (also available online at WNBF.com). Two Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY) Field Directors, Victor Furman and Frank Cherenga (both MDN subscribers, by the way), will interview Cornell Professor Dr. Larry Cathles about methane migration and other issues related to shale drilling. Please tune in to this one-hour...

Read more: Cornell’s Dr. Cathles to Discuss Methane Migration on Radio Program

JLCNY 2014 Election Endorsements

2014 ELECTIONS
JOINT LANDOWNERS COALITION OF NEW YORK ENDORSEMENTS  


 
Dear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,


 
Below is a list of endorsements by the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc. for several important elections to distribute.
 
Each candidate we have endorsed has shown a commitment to landowner rights and is vital in moving our agenda forward.  Our endorsements signal the JLCNY’s strong belief that we should support those candidates who stand up for our...

Read more: JLCNY 2014 Election Endorsements

Cuomo's tough decisions delayed past Election Day

October 12, 2014  By The Associated Press  DAVID KLEPPER (Associated Press) 

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- A hotly anticipated decision on fracking won't come before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stands for re-election. Same for an announcement of higher tolls on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Thanks to either serendipity or Cuomo's dexterity, each decision is off the table, pushed back until after the election.

Now it appears likely that another politically charged decision -- the...

Read more: Cuomo's tough decisions delayed past Election Day

US gasoline falls to lowest since November, Lundberg says

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Shale is lighting up a new era of American optimism

Just one caveat, this would be everywhere in America except in New York where we have a much better progressive program of sticking our heads in the ground to demonstrate against fracking with the anti progress and job folks cheering outside the governors office. JLCpulse

by Gillian Tett, 13 October 2014 in Business Day

THIS winter Jim Ratcliffe, the British billionaire founder of Ineos, the chemicals group, is trying to spark a local shale gas revolution. He has offered to share 6% of future...

Read more: Shale is lighting up a new era of American optimism

Governor sees riches for Virginia from U.S. shale gas

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 4:22 p.m. CDT

By Scott DiSavino and Barani Krishnan in Reuters

(Reuters) - Impressed by the riches created by shale gas in some U.S. Northeast states, Virginia is working to build a manufacturing hub and create thousands of jobs from the cheap fuel that will soon flow into the state, Governor Terry McAuliffe said on Wednesday.

Shale gas output has jumped more than 10 fold in less than a decade, transforming the economies of producers such as Pennsylvania...

Read more: Governor sees riches for Virginia from U.S. shale gas

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