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Philadelphia as East Coast energy hub: What about the environment, health and safety?

What he said !!! This is a well written, wise opinion that one could wish read by our governor. JLCpulse

By: Guest Columnist- Philadelphia Business Journal     Dec 15, 2014 

Since the publication of my article Dec. 8 titled "Philadelphia's incredible potential to become the East Coast energy hub," I have received a number of comments from readers concerning the adverse impact of Marcellus shale drilling, fracking, rail transport and refining/processing on our environment, health and safety. I appreciate these comments and thank the readers who have taken the time to write them. The comments generate conversation which is part of the process to establish public policy and adopt laws and regulations that balance risk vs. benefit not only for the energy industry, but every aspect of modern society.

In that article, I outlined the very significant benefits of increased supply of domestic oil and natural gas for the residents of the Philadelphia region and the country. The decline in the cost of gasoline over the past two months is a direct result of higher oil production. The cost to heat one's home has significantly declined over the past...

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Cuomo promises more clarity on fracking

BY Scott Waldman 12:04 p.m. | Dec. 15, 2014 in Capital

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Monday that his administration will take a clearer position on hydraulic fracturing by the end of the year.

Cuomo reiterated that a long-awaited health study on the effects of fracking will be completed by year's end, during an interview Monday morning on "The Capitol Pressroom."

And while he has repeatedly said the state Department of Health will release the study, which has been delayed for about two...

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If NY Allows Fracking, Are Towns Ready to Drill or Oppose?

Fox 40 Staff 12/15/2014 (Updated 6:35:35 PM) 

When New York's highest court upheld fracking bans in Dryden and Middlefield it also shifted the responsibility to allow the drilling process through zoning to local municipalities.

Town of Windsor Supervisor Carolyn Price is the President of the Upstate Association of Towns - a group of 14 localities - many of which would be in the sweet spot of fracking if it were allowed.

"If the Governor said today (fracking) is OK and companies got...

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Fracking in N.Y. would face local zoning hurdles

TOM WILBER, Special to the Press & Sun-Bulletin 1:17 p.m. EST December 6, 2014

Even if Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves shale gas development, natural-gas drilling probably won't begin until towns update zoning laws to allow hydraulic fracturing, according to lawyers and planners.

Towns that want fracking — the controversial process to free natural gas from shale — may face a lengthy, complicated and contentious process involving public hearings, deliberation and resolutions. The outcome...

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Oil trains, pipelines and tanker ships

By William F. Shughart II - 12/10/14 07:54 PM EST ****** OPED in THE HILL

Everyone nowadays seems to either love or hate “fracking” for oil and natural gas in U.S. shale formations.

But fracking enjoys an enviable safety record. After all, a large fraction of it is done a mile underground. Not much, if any, evidence of groundwater contamination has been found at fracking sites.

Following the lame-duck Senate’s defeat of a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL oil...

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Saudi Arabia Can't Stop the U.S. Fracking Boom

Falling oil prices are cutting into U.S. producers’ profits, but analysts say the industry can weather the storm.

December 3, 2014 World oil producers have put oil prices into a free fall, refusing to pare back global supplies in the hopes that low prices will derail the fracking-backed production boom in the U.S. and preserve OPEC's power over world energy markets.

But global analysts are skeptical that the move will work.

The basic reason: Prices remain...

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The Great Energy Debate: Pa. Weighs its Carbon Future

Pennsylvania has become a veritable microcosm of the energy debate playing out nationwide, experts say.

Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on the steps of the state capitol on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Harrisburg, Pa.

Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on May 6. The Marcellus Shale, a massive natural gas reserve thousands of feet below the ground, stretches across a substantial part of the state and has sparked a sharp debate over whether its economic gains and subsequent environmental concerns can be reconciled.

By Dec. 1...

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Russian Money Suspected Behind Fracking Protests

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Crestwood Storage Facility, Affordable Energy, and Radio Show To Listen To...

Dear Friends and Energy Bill Payers,

Last winter, NY homeowners using propane paid $100 Million more in propane costs because local dealers had to look as far away as Washington State to find enough propane supply. That's because New York’s propane storage infrastructure is in adequate.
 
Fortunately, a propane storage facility has been proposed by Crestwood Midstream (an established energy storage company from Texas) in the Finger Lakes which will prevent future propane shortages and price...

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Andrew Cuomo can check Pennsylvania to see fracking debate play out in real life

In an old industrial town just miles south of New York's border and surrounding Bradford County, the benefits of fracking — a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock underground — are clear.

BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS   Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7:01 PM    
 

TOWANDA, Pa. — As he weighs perhaps the most contentious decision of his administration, whether to allow drilling for natural gas upstate, Gov...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

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