Found in Marcellus Drilling News 10/11/2012

By February 2013, the Proctor & Gamble manufacturing plant in Wyoming County, PA will provide 100% of its own energy needs—thanks to the Marcellus Shale beneath plant property. Shale gas under P&G and surrounding properties in Wyoming County is reported to be some of the most prolific in the Marcellus Shale.

The plant, which produces Pampers and Luvs diapers and Charmin toilet tissue, now consumes 800 billion killowatt hours, or enough energy to run 40,000 homes. It currently produces 50 percent of those site electrical needs. Otherwise, for the last 45 years, it has easily been the largest electricity and natural gas customer for local utilities.

“But not after next February,” P&G spokesman Alex Fried said Wednesday afternoon. “This will be a first for any of Procter & Gamble’s 150 plants worldwide, and we’re pretty pleased it’s happening here in Wyoming County.”

About eight years ago, Procter & Gamble was looking at being the lead customer in an 88-windmill farm that would use the Mehoopany plant’s power grid to send out half the generation it did not harness inside the plant.

But BP Wind Energy ran into some cash-flow issues during the recession and at the same time, Citrus Energy was exploring for gas on P&G’s property. It discovered wells on P&G and surrounding properties were among the most prolific in the Marcellus Shale.*

LANY_Rally_FlierDear Friends and Natural Gas Supporters,

The organizers of the Albany rally, Landowner Advocates of New York, have sent us a corrected flier after one of our members informed us that the website address on the previous flier was incorrect. While it is very late to be doing so please share and distribute the attached revised flier and disregard the previous flier.

In addition to the flyer, for more information please also see the calendar entry on the left side of the JLCNY home page.

Thanks for your support. Good success to all of us in Albany!


Warm Regards,
Dan Fitzsimmons, President
Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.



by EID Guest Blogger Jim Willis Publisher – Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

The Town of Highland enacted a “ban on heavy industrial uses associated with  natural gas extraction” as Local Law No. 3 of 2012 in an act of political correctness.  They are now being sued by an aggrieved landowner.  Jim Willis posted the following story on his popular site this morning:

MDN is not used to breaking the news, but that’s what we’ll do today.  The Town of Highland, located in Sullivan County, NY, is about to be sued by the Highland Field & Stream Club over the town’s vote to ban natural gas development.

MDN received the following email notification from the attorney for the Highland Field & Stream Club:

A Notice of Claim was filed by the Highland Field & Stream Club, Inc. against the Town of Highland and its’ elected officials.

The Notice of Claim is a precursor to legal action against the Town of Highland and it’s elected officials for conflicts between the town board and  the Highland Field & Stream Club, Inc.

Furthermore, the Notice of Claim alleged the Town of Highland violated the constitutional rights of the Highland Field & Stream Club, Inc. by depriving the Highland Field & Stream Club, Inc. of its’ mineral rights without proper compensation when the town passed Local Law 3 on July 10, 2012, banning gas drilling.

Additional causes of action are also pled in the Notice of Claim filed with the Town of Highland Clerk on October 5, 2012.

Brian Troy, Esq.*

Apparently, town boards think the warning that they will force their taxpayers to incur heavy legal fees—or worse yet, be forced to pay compensation—if they press forward with bans and moratoria is an empty threat by the natural gas industry. No, it’s not. It’s a legitimate action by their fellow citizens who have had their constitutional property rights stripped away. Good for the Highland Field & Stream Club for sticking up for their rights.

Perhaps the taxpayers in the Town of Highland will want to reevaluate how much government and how much stealing of property rights they can afford.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Knapp Acquisitions & Production PA Shale Gas Blog

In the wake of the water in Dimcok being declared clean and safe, well known and VERY loud anti-drilling activists Craig and Julie Sautner, who lived right in the thick of the disputed area, tucked tail, dropped their lawsuit, took a paycheck, sold their home, and moved to NY state. 

In their haste to retreat, a couple of very interesting and very telling facts came to pass:

1.  The Sautners have long complained about their property value being reduced to "next to nothing" and being rendered "unsellable".  Wrong.  They had no problem selling their supposedly valueless home, to the tune of $167,500.00, just weeks after their lawsuit evaporated.  

2. The Sautners, who vowed to never settle and never be silenced, realized that their case had degraded to nothing and took a settlement check from the gas company.  They also signed a non-disclosure agreement, something they claimed they would never do and sharply criticized others for doing. 

3.  Supposedly fleeing the horrible perils of gas drilling, the Sautners purchased a property in NY state which.....wait for it........has a Talisman natural gas lease on the property!  So much for fleeing the big bad gas companies!

Like we've said for a LONG time... this wasn't about the water.  This was about the lawsuit, and the paychecks that could have came with it.  This was about hobnobbing with celebrities and being on national television.  This was about 15 minutes of fame.  Now that the lawsuit is gone and the 15 minutes are up, we can plainly see that the emperor has no clothes.   Someone get him a robe!

By Freeman Klopott on October 09, 2012 In Bloomberg Business Week

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is caught between gas-rich Marcellus shale and a hard place.

On one side are the thousands of jobs that might be created if New York approves hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. On the other are fellow Democrats and a coalition of celebrities including Lady Gaga who say that forcing millions of gallons of chemically treated water into the underground rock will damage the environment. How Cuomo extricates himself from the dilemma may affect his political career beyond the state.

The governor, 54, must issue fracking regulations by Nov. 29 or risk having the issue sent back for a two-month public- comment period, further delaying a decision that has already taken the state more than four years. Should Cuomo decide to run for president in 2016, a permanent drilling ban may hurt his chances in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, where fracking has been a boon to the economy.

“Guys that are slow to the party are going to suffer some damage,” said Mike McKenna, an oil-industry lobbyist and president of MWR Strategies Inc. in Washington. “It’s going to be very difficult for a guy like Cuomo to go into Ohio with his record and say, ‘I’m pro gas.’”

Like former President Bill Clinton, who appointed Cuomo U.S. housing secretary in 1997, the governor has positioned himself as a political centrist. He cut more than $12 billion in budget deficits in two years and instituted a property-tax cap similar to one championed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican. At the same time, he pushed through a law making New York the most populous state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Record Ratings

His efforts to create jobs have so far been in arenas that raised little opposition. He held a “yogurt summit” to boost the dairy industry and plans a similar event for breweries and winemakers this month.

Cuomo, who has enjoyed record approval ratings near 70 percent in his first two years in office, has amassed $19.3 million for his 2014 re-election run, according to campaign filings. He’s been reluctant to discuss the presidency, saying at an April news conference that talking about aspirations only makes his work more difficult.

“All I’m working on is being the best governor I can be,” he said. In part, that means adding jobs in a state with a 9.1 percent unemployment rate as of Aug. 31, a percentage point above the national average at the time.

Marcellus Shale

Fracking would create from 15,000 to 18,000 mining, construction and other jobs in southern and western New York, areas that lost a combined 48,000 positions in the previous decade, according to a 2011 report bythe Manhattan Institute, a New York-based organization that has supported drilling.

New York sits on the northern edge of the Marcellus shale, which may hold enough natural gas to supply the U.S. for two decades, according to Terry Engelder, a geosciences professor at Pennsylvania State University. Yet, the drilling process has been linked to groundwater contamination in Pennsylvania, high ozone levels in Wyoming and to headaches, sore throats and difficulty breathing for people living close to wells in Colorado.

“He’s balancing economic considerations in New York state with the opinions of his liberal base,” Robert Shapiro, a political science professor at Columbia University in Manhattan. “If he has presidential ambitions, he’ll have to get the nomination, which increasingly means focusing on the partisan base.”

Hillary Factor

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who may run for the Democratic presidential nomination again in 2016, has already proved she has a hold on that bloc. A former senator from New York, she almost beat Barack Obama for the nomination four years ago by carrying 21 states in primaries.

Cuomo has a good relationship with the secretary of state, said Mo Elleithee, a Washington-based political consultant and Hillary Clinton’s traveling press secretary for her 2008 presidential campaign.

“It would be difficult for him to get into the race if Hillary runs,” Elleithee said in an interview. “If Hillary gets into the field, it will winnow dramatically. That said, it’s so far away, it’s hard to say what the dynamic would be.”

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