October 2012 Blog Posts (64)

There's No Such Thing As A Risk Free Energy Lunch

Cris Pasto has been participating in a lively, but friendly email debate on natural gas versus other energy sources. Here’s how Cris responded to suggestions by his email correspondent that burning firewood and relying upon renewables are preferable to natural gas development.

Burning Wood in Your Home

Today, I got to thinking more about the idea of everyone burning firewood. Mind you, we burned firewood all of our lives until about year 2000 and I hope to never go back to it.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 31, 2012 at 10:47am — No Comments

The Gas Company Has Offered Me A Lease Extension For My Expiring Gas Lease: What Should I Do?

Many oil and gas leases throughout Pennsylvania are on the verge of expiring due to the gas companies’ inability to “hold” the property under the lease terms.  Gas companies holding expiring leases are often approaching landowners and seeking an “extension” of the expiring Oil and Gas Lease.  These extensions typically range from six (6) months to two (2) years, but can be for much longer.

Landowners who receive offers to extend their existing Gas Lease should contact…

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Added by Douglas A. Clark, Esq. on October 31, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

WVU Student Explains Why He's Pursuing Natural Gas Career

Stephen J. Sullivan, IV, a Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Student at West Virginia University discusses how the environmental, technical, and economic issues surrounding natural gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region have all affected him personally.

As a native Pennsylvanian who hopes to forge a career in natural gas drilling and production, natural gas development has already impacted me on several different levels. I grew up camping, fishing, and hiking in the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 30, 2012 at 2:24pm — No Comments

"The Flowback" Financed by Wealthy NIMBYs

A publication called The Flowback has turned heads in the Southern Tier but it turns out the entire thing is not only fatally flawed, but also financed by some very wealthy NIMBY types using an eccentric UFO follower as the author.

Denise LaTourette, in a guest post on this site, recently debunked a newsletter known as The Flowback, which has been distributed throughout the Southern Tier and has been recommended by Chip Northrup. Northrup suggests the author deserves financial support…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 29, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Repeal and Replace

From MittRomney.com

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible. In place of…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

3.8% Obamacare tax on investment income (Royalties and Lease Bonus)

From SmartMoney.com: "To add insult to injury, a new 3.8% Obamacare tax on investment income collected by higher-income folks is also scheduled to take effect next year."

 

For 2013 and beyond, higher-income individuals may…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 29, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Natural Gas Opponents Hope to Capitalize on Sandy

Natural gas opponents are looking for opportunities to benefit from a prospective natural disaster by capturing photos and videos of development sites impacted by a hurricane that is just hitting our area.

Readers of this blog will recall the infamous picture of a flooded natural gas rig PennEnvironment put out last year. You know…the one that turned out to be from Pakistan. Well, it appears natural gas opponents haven’t learned anything and are waiting with anxious anticipation to…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 28, 2012 at 7:44pm — 2 Comments

How Extremists Twist Energy Truths

Chenango County businesswoman Denise LaTourette debunks a silly tale that appeared in her local newspaper promoting fears about natural gas development.

A hilarious tall tale entitled the “ The ABC’s of Gas Drilling – A Cautionary Fable,” appeared on page 5 of last week’s last week’s Norwich Evening Sun. Reading over Ms. Anderson’s lengthy fable, I wondered if I had missed the Binghamton Rod Serling Twilight Zone Festival’s call for new scripts. Yes, I thought that I was “caught…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 28, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments

Dick Downey Chides Clergy to Seek Natural Gas Truth

Some clergy have come out against natural gas development in Dick Downey’s neighborhood and he gently and humorously challenges them to search a little harder for the truth before seeking to convert or condemn an industry.

The “Blessing Aimed At Fracking – Count Clean Water a Gift, Clergy Say” article in the Sept. 6th Freeman‘s Journal (front page, above the fold) reported that three local clergy blessed the waters of Lake Otsego. They then chastised natural gas development, condemned…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 27, 2012 at 8:20pm — No Comments

FERC Meeting Goes Unhinged Over Constitution Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a final scoping hearing in Oneonta regarding the Constitution Pipeline. Things got out of control rather quickly as natural gas opponents continued to disrupt, obfuscate and threaten others in their desire to shut down anyone who might think differently than them.

Thursday night the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a final scoping hearing on the Williams Constitution Pipeline in Oneonta, New York, Otsego County. Several of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 27, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Repeal of percentage depletion and IDC

From Royalty Owners & Producers Educational Coalition

We have put together some points on energy tax policy that have a direct affect on your royalty income. For the past 4 budgets President Obama has requested that Congress repeal oil…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Mark Ruffalo Turns Into Parody of Himself Over Natural Gas

Mark Ruffalo has been engaged in some strange behavior recently that, in any other circumstance, would suggest he was working on our behalf. We haven’t hired him and there are no dirty tricks afoot, but our opponents could certainly be forgiven for wondering.

If recent behavior is any indication, Mark Ruffalo is acting like he’s a secret agent man for the oil and natural gas industry. The actor, who has played the “Incredible Hulk” on screen and on behalf of both NIMBY and true…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 26, 2012 at 6:05am — No Comments

OMG! Ommegang Proposes Discharge to Binghamton Water Supply While Attacking Natural Gas

Brewery Ommegang has been talking out of both sides of its mouth on the subject of water supplies and natural gas. It has been bad mouthing the natural gas industry for potentially threatening its water supply while securing special permits and a variance to discharge wastewater to the Susquehanna River, which is Binghamton’s water supply.

Sometimes you wonder how our friends on the other side manage to keep it together. Well, they don’t really, but the hypocrisy of those who, without…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 25, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Bob Poloncic takes anti-gas activists to the woodshed

Bob Poloncic, president of the Vestal Landowners Coalition in Vestal, Broome County, reviews statements made by anti-natural gas activists and finds their claims lack scientific merit.

In one of the presidential debates, Mitt Romney stated he had five boys and was used to people saying something over and over again with the hope that it would come true. It seems Mr. Romney’s boys and New York anti-natural gas activists have something in common.

Multiple opinion articles have…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 24, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Pennsylvania Has Tremendous Natural Gas Export Potential Down the Road

Henry S. Lowman of the Lincoln Institute takes a look at U.S. natural gas export potential, specifically in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania.

There is an old adage in the real estate business that three factors affect the price of a property: location, location, location. It is a truism that might also be adopted by Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry. Not only is the Commonwealth blessed by abundant reserves in both the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, but our geographic…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 24, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments

Rational Middle Energy Series Aims to Lay Out Natural Gas Facts

The Rational Middle Energy Series aims to educate the public about energy consumption and sources. Given a majority of the public thinks electricity comes from the wall, this series is a much needed.

No signs, no yelling, no cameras, no radical viewpoints; welcome to the rational middle. The Rational Middle Energy Series is a set of short movies geared towards the people stuck in the middle of this great energy debate about where we should obtain our energy. Like it or not, energy…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 24, 2012 at 5:05am — No Comments

Politics of Scarcity Confounded by Natural Gas

The U.S. is flush with energy sources if we have the wherewithal to develop them. It’s long past time we unlocked the potential our resources offer and move the nation toward energy independence.

This year’s presidential election is a choice election. One of the choices is the politics of scarcity versus abundance. Liberal policies never produce plenty; at best they produce subsistence, at worst shortages. This is especially true in energy.

The shortage-mongers say we have only…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 23, 2012 at 10:01am — No Comments

Obama's Cap N Trade

Electricity Rates from Coal & Natural Gas Plants would Go Up Under Cap N Trade…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Obama on climate change and cap n trade

President Obama on climate change and global warming

Climate change is the one of the biggest issues of this generation, and we have to meet this challenge by driving smart policies that lead to greater growth in clean energy generation and result in a range of economic and social benefits. Since taking office I have established historic…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Romney on Climate Change & Cap n Trade


Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 22, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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