June 2012 Blog Posts (37)

Poorly Vetted Shale Gas Attack Fails

This week there was a presentation at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on the impacts, or lack of impacts, on animals as a result of natural gas development. The event was hosted by the Wilkes University Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) , which has typically done a good job of maintaining a balanced, unbiased approach in their research on Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania. The speakers for this particular event, Dr. Robert Oswald and Dr.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 30, 2012 at 3:34pm — No Comments

The Misinformed Actions of Anti Natural Gas Activists

For those of us who have been participating in the natural gas debate over the last few years, talking with anti natural gas folks can feel like you’ve been placed in a scene from the movie “My Girl.” It’s a classic from my childhood and one I loved and still love to watch, but let’s face it, Veda’s method of dealing with hard times and things she doesn’t want to hear wasn’t the most constructive behavior. Yet, in this discussion, I often feel like I’m watching an adolescent stick their…

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Added by Nicole Jacobs on June 29, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

Ingraffea Unleashes Tiger Snarl on Capitol Hill

During a congressional briefing this week Dr. Anthony Ingraffea offered his opinions on onshore natural gas development to an audience composed largely of congressional interns and environmental activists. Cornell staff made clear Ingraffea’s remarks were his own when they mentioned they weren’t reflective of the University.  At the time I thought it was a standard disclaimer, but it turns out there was good reason for its use as Ingraffea quickly launched into a tirade.



It was one…

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Added by Nicole Jacobs on June 28, 2012 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Delaware, NY Dives Into Property Rights!

Last week, the Town of Delaware, New York, Sullivan County passed the recommended natural gas resolution composed by the Joint Landowners Coalition affirming their commitment to allow safe, responsible natural gas development in their community. Residents in Delaware feel they should be able to choose what they do with their property and mineral rights. A landowner’s property is their biggest asset and investment, something we all work to improve and hold on to. These residents are more than…

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Added by Nicole Jacobs on June 28, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Approached to sell royalties

New to this site. Has Anyone sold their royalties? If so how much did you receive. We have been approached by a company wanting to purchase some of our interest . We own property in western guernsey and western noble counties. We are strongly considering selling a portion. Any input would be appreciated.

Added by hopeforoil on June 28, 2012 at 4:18pm — No Comments

What Every Contractor or Trucker Wants to Know About Oil/gas Field Insurance Compliance But Doesn't Know Whom toAsk

Oil field opportunities for contractors and truckers are exciting.  There seems to be plenty of good paying work if you have the skills and equipment.  There is one more thing that you will need to succeed – special insurance to comply with contractual insurance specifications.…

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Added by Steve Shechter on June 28, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Faulty EWG/PSE Hydraulic Fracturing Claims Debunked New Part II

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) released a ten point document criticizing the SGEIS.  This is the second part in a two part series examining that document which serves as an example of why environmental activists are having difficulty maintaining support in New York.



They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, watching the debate over natural gas development in New York it becomes apparent…

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Added by Nicole Jacobs on June 28, 2012 at 10:55am — No Comments

NIMBYs Turn on Fractivist Friends Over Compressor

Rachael Colley attends surprising anti-gas event regarding Hancock Compressor Project:

The Town of Hancock, Delaware County, New York is the proposed location for a new compressor station on the Millennium Pipeline. Naturally, local anti-natural gas forces are opposed. What, after all, is there to which they’re not opposed? They held a meeting among themselves to organize against the compressor station last Saturday in Long Eddy, New York. They even brought in Matt Walker from the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 27, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Faulty EWG/PSE Hydraulic Fracturing Claims Debunked

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) released a ten point document criticizing the SGEIS. This is the first in a two part series examining that document which serves as an example of why environmental activists are having difficulty maintaining support in New York.

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention, watching the debate over natural gas development in New York it becomes apparent anti-natural gas…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 27, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments

It's About the Kids, Stupid!

Bryant LaTourette says it's alla bout the kids:

Remember, me? I started the Oxford Land Group. The Oxford coalition has since merged with the Central New York (CNY) Landowners Coalition. I am one of the original past founders of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York (JLCNY). I helped put together the first rally (Pass Gas!), which was a great beginning. Together we stood in Albany on that cold rainy day. Every day since, many of us have been working at some capacity to help…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 26, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

Natural Gas Industry Supports Communities Where It Works

School ends, Summer begins and rural communities come alive with events. These events are a great way to experience something different and give back to the community at the same time. One thing these events have in common is that they bring together many community members, including the natural gas industry and others with a stake in the region. It might be said no company is an island and the natural gas industry provides a great illustration.

Joe Massaro recently had the pleasure…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 26, 2012 at 11:04am — No Comments

Truthland Heads Out to Josh Fox's "Backyard"

No, Truthland hasn’t been shown in New York City, at least not officially, although a recent fear-inducing endeavor by Fox leads us to believe it’s certainly being watched in the Big Apple. This screening, co-sponsored by the Northern Wayne Property Owner’s Alliance and Energy Citizens, took place at the Beach Lake Fire Hall in Wayne County, about four miles away from the Fox family property (his father owns it). Around 100 people came out to watch the movie and get their questions answered…

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Added by Nicole Jacobs on June 25, 2012 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Debbie Preston, Broome County, NY, Executive Says Yes to Gas

Rachael Colley and Joe Massaro, EID Marcellus Field Directors, went to Binghamton, New York to conduct an interview with Broome County Executive Debra Preston. Preston keeps her office open to her constituents every Tuesday from 9 am to 11 am, so we were fortunate enough to get a chance to speak with her during her busy day! It’s refreshing to speak with someone who has taken the time to learn about something so important to the Southern Tier as natural gas development. Debra Preston not…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 25, 2012 at 5:44am — No Comments

There Ought To Be A Law (Continued)

Two more prominent anti-shale activists turn out to be natural gas users!

This is the third in our There Ought To Be A Law series of posts.  We documented, in the first piece, the fact Tony Ingraffea, Mayor Matt Ryan and Josh Fox all used natural gas to heat their homes or offices.  …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Vic Wants His Neighbor Back, If He'd Just Get the Facts

Vic Furman wants his neighbor back and urges getting the natural gas facts:

"Together we stood, when snows fell so heavy, and then we would work together to remove that heavy white stuff. We then relaxed over hot chocolate, sometimes sharing a glass of ginger brandy. We were friends! Together, we faced the challenges of raising children, as our children became best friends who would skin their knees in the fields and fall from trees in the forest, we would wipe the abrasions clean,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 23, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

The Sun Also Rises for Josh Fox, But Not on Command, Time for Him to Get A Grip

The sun also rises for Josh Fox, but not on command. Time to get a grip, Josh!

They say that 82.3 percent of statistics are made up on the spot. Watching the video released by Gasland star Josh Fox this week – cleverly titled “The Sky is Pink” — one wonders whether that figure might be in need of a slight upward adjustment.

Set aside the distracting, out-of-focus camerawork and characteristically creepy, overwrought narration, and the argument that Josh and his team attempt to…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 22, 2012 at 5:57am — No Comments

Loose Cannon Gets His Facts Wrong on Franklin Forks

Most of us have heard or, perhaps, used the term “loose cannon on the deck.” Meant to describe an individual prone to bounce around firing at will – a threat to friend and foe alike – it is also an apt term for some of our opponents from Luzerne County who seem determined to misrepresent what happened in Dimock and now what’s happening (actually, not happening) in Franklin Forks. Remember when you visited one of those historic forts as a child and they fired a cannon for you? It was only…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 21, 2012 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Not Even the Wizards of Scare Can Stop the Shale Gas Revolution

In Otsego County, it’s four years into the shale revolution already. Nationally we’re watching the reversal of dependence on foreign oil (and natural gas). Internationally, power relationships are shifting as historic (and unfriendly) producers are no longer in the drivers seat. Now, even Ireland has a shot at energy independence.

The anti’s concentrate on politics and silly gimmicks, assuming their scare tactics are permanently rooted in the public consciousness. That’s a bad…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 21, 2012 at 11:38am — No Comments

Any one out there receiving there monthly royalty checks know how to read them  please advise

Any one out there receiving there monthly royalty checks know how to read them  please advise

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Added by Tom Knosky on June 21, 2012 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

a little behind

We are a little behind on keeping up with the latest happenings in Washington County and current leasing information. Could someone direct me to see what's happening in Washington County? we own 80 acres and have been contacted only once almost a year ago. Any information would be great! Thanks  

Added by Stephanie Norman on June 20, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments

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