October 2013 Blog Posts (32)

Greenpeace Goes for a Piece of the Green

Greenpeace has lost its way and is now just another entity seeking to fill its coffers with green money by filing its supporters’ minds with nonsense on the subject of shale gas development, about which it knows nothing.

Since this is a children’s story, let’s start with “Once Upon A Time.” Once upon a time, Greenpeace was a respected serious organization that successfully achieved many positive things. Sadly, those days have long gone and today Greenpeace (in the UK at least)…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 30, 2013 at 5:46am — No Comments

Gentry Class Strikes Back

Teresa Heinz Kerry strikes back for the gentry class by reasserting control over the Heinz Endowments and defending the firing of anyone remotely pro shale gas.

The autocratic tendencies of the gentry class are amusing (and scary) to watch. Case in point: Teresa Heinz Kerry, chairwoman of the Heinz Endowments. Heinz Kerry (she actually dropped the “Kerry” after adding it for the 2004 election but the press keeps using it so we will as well) finally addressed the issue of the Heinz…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 29, 2013 at 6:23am — No Comments

Wayne County Activity

Any landowners in Wayne County experiencing any activity with GulfPort?

Added by Dan Lease on October 28, 2013 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Sustainability Isn't Just Saying No

Dick Downey says anti-gas and anti-development types just love using the word sustainable but sustainability for them consists mainly in saying no and that’s not sustainable.

In a flurry of letters to the editor last week, an anti-development group operating from my upstate New York backyard called Sustainable Otsego unfurled its banner in support of its candidates. It read, “Fracking Is Bad“ … in spite of the fact that 90% of all new wells in the USA are fracked (yes, your car is…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 28, 2013 at 5:39am — No Comments

Challenging Fractivists and the Real Rude

Vic Furman says challenging the fractivist agenda demands one not be intimidated and be willing to speak up when no one wants to listen, and allow no one to silence them.



This is Part II of my report on Binghamton’s 2nd annual Global Frackdown, which was held last Saturday, October 19, at the Martian Luther King Promenade.  The event was microcosm of our battle with the fractivists, who are invariably noisy, rude, self-centered and ever focused on accusing others…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 27, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Gambling with NY's Future?

Chris Denton says New York Southern Tier residents are gambling with their future if they support the gambling question on the ballot in November, which, if passed, will give Gov. Cuomo the excuse he needs to halt natural gas development rather than just sit on it.

Governor Cuomo has announced more than once that he strongly supports casino gambling in upstate New York. He has gone so far as to alter the language on the ballot to make the Constitutional Amendment appear as a jobs bill…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 25, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

Reporter Tries Reviving Dimock Myth

Dimock, the myth that won’t die for fractivists, enjoyed a brief resuscitation this week when a reporter who’s written more words on the subject than perhaps any other, tried in vain to breathe some new life into the patient.

Shakespeare’s famous play Much Ado About Nothing is a tale of how gossip, rumor and the overhearing of conversations always leads us to the wrong conclusions. Dimock, Pennsylvania, to the chagrin of those who live there and know the truth, has been the source of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 25, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments

Forget Kansas! What's Wrong with New York?

Jeff Heller asks what’s wrong with New York State? Environmentalists, or rather fake environmentalists, have captured the state and at least one of its political parties, to the detriment of its citizens and its followers.

What the heck has happened in New York State? What’s wrong with our state? Here we sit on top of one or two of the richest shale plays in the world, and all we’re doing is watching all the other states (roughly thirty!) take advantage of their opportunities. No one…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 24, 2013 at 7:46am — No Comments

Gov. Cuomo Lost In Space?

Bob Tiberio says Gov. Cuomo seems lost in space, while the people of Upstate New York, the final shale gas frontier, stare into the stars hoping the galaxies will finally smile upon them someday and they’ll be rescued from the science fiction of fractivists.



Houston, we have a problem… with New York. The countdown to prosperity in upstate is on hold. The liftoff of shale gas development has been delayed by a fog of misinformation and false warnings of tornados on…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 23, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Natural Gas Is Up and Carbon Is Down

Energy-related carbon emissions in the US continue to decline as a consequence of natural gas development and conversions of power plants to gas.

There is ever more evidence natural gas, most of which is produced using hydraulic fracturing these days, is leading to lower energy-related carbon emissions. The latest report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), issued yesterday, is chock-full of data demonstrating how and why U.S. carbon emissions dropped another 3.8% in 2012…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 22, 2013 at 7:09am — No Comments

Heinz Purists Do A Purge

MDN has been closely following the fiasco at Heinz Endowments as purists there apparently reassert control after an errant effort at reasonableness. This compendium of three MDN stories lays it out.

Anti-drillers have been nervous that one of the big-money spigots for funding their so-called research into the dangers of fracking was about to be shut off. In an on-going soap opera that began a couple of months ago, the “longtime head” of environmental grant making for the Heinz…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 21, 2013 at 6:02am — No Comments

Global Frackdown Rundown

Global Frackdown? Nah..Time to Drill for Natural Gas Now

Vic Furman says the crass nature of the Global Frackdown reveals its hypocrisy and the money behind it. It’s time to drill for natural gas now in Upstate New York.

Yesterday, in case you didn’t notice and you probably didn’t, there was supposed to be a worldwide event called “Global Frackdown.” It was organized by Food and Water Watch, a special interest group that operates on an annual budget of over $11.5 million and…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 20, 2013 at 6:27pm — No Comments

PA County Is New Phoenix

Washington County has an economy that can only be described as a Phoenix and it all results from natural gas development driving multiple economic sectors.

The evidence of what natural gas development does for an economy continues to mount. There's no better place to see it graphically than Washington County, Pennsylvania where the Commonwealth's shale gas success began. Washington County is the southwestern corner of the Keystone State, near Pittsburgh, on the Ohio County border. It…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 19, 2013 at 9:23am — No Comments

Drilling Bans Run Afoul of Commerce Clause

Drilling bans have gotten some mileage here and there but, as Attorney Ken Kamlet writes on his blog, the battle has only just begun because these bans run afoul of the Commerce Clause, which means Federal courts, not state ones, may ultimately decide the issue. 

Attorney Kenneth S. Kamlet, of the Binghamton law firm of Hinman, Howard & KattelI, has written a fascinating piece on the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 18, 2013 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Marcellus Shale Is Star Performer

A new research report prepared for investors indicates the Marcellus Shale is a huge success story from both a production and profit perspective, leading the way among all shale plays.

Yesterday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch put out their latest version of the Global Energy Weekly (GEW) and it includes some powerful information about what’s happening in the Marcellus Shale play, where production is building while other plays have been battered by low prices. It’s a research report…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 17, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

A New New York? Secession?

Is New York State now so urban that Upstate/Western New York is a secession candidate? Jeff Heller does some wishful thinking before acknowledging reality – that downstate polices are forcing upstate folks out.

Is it possible Abe Lincoln foresaw the ridiculous political situation in New York ? Could he have anticipated that 5% of the land mass of the state would have total control over the other 95%? Could he have anticipated that demographically, under “one man, one vote”, it would…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 16, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Fractivist Fortune Telling

Bob Tiberio says fractivist misinformation tends to stick unless the facts are told in a simple way that fills the gap created by the false information. Just saying “you’re wrong” seldom works.

“The end of the world will surely come, in eighteen hundred and eighty one.” That…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 14, 2013 at 10:34am — No Comments

Oxford/Eclipse leases

Good morning,

 First time posting however I have been checking in on the site for info on what is happening and what others are facing. Background on us, we have a small farm in Noble Cty. Oh. We are HBP with an Oxford lease. Most Oxford leased landowners have horror stories of their leases being altered by Oxford, items deleted, signatures appearing on forms never before seen by the landowner etc.. Oxford and their agents were well trained in the art of deception. That deal is done.…

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Added by farmerD on October 14, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments

Credibility Challenged Fractivists Still Get Headlines

Jim Willis notes fractivists seem always able to grab attention for their outrageous statements, no matter how credibility challenged they may be. The latest example, from western Pennsylvania, involves some well known names with zero credibility, but there they are; in the middle of the story.

We know everyone likes a good story, so… Once upon a time there were four fractivists: Craig Stevens (from Dimock, PA, he of the little brown jug that supposedly contains contaminated drinking…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 13, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

anyone sold minerals marion co. latly ? 10/13/13

finally got a call, outfit wants to buy minerals . can anyone help with any info at all on this .

Added by gidian gilmore on October 13, 2013 at 2:49am — 1 Comment

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