This past week was very busy for the VestalGas Coalition as the organization brought in a great group of speakers to discuss natural gas development and take definitive action to move it forward in New York State, hoping to motivate an indecisive Governor Cuomo.
The Vestal Gas Coalition heard presentations this past week from several industry leaders and professionals, all intent in persisting in bringing pressure on Governor Cuomo to finally move natural gas development forward in…Continue
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Natural gas efficiency is a win for both consumers and the environment. Waste heat exhaust can be used productively with flue recovery systems that capture heat and water for reuse in productive and profitable ways that also reduce CO2.
According to the World Energy Conference last year, natural gas is going to be the world’s most important energy source from now until 2050. This has all been brought about by the new technology developed here in America; horizontal drilling and…Continue
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Mike Petro is a graduate of Vestal Senior High School and currently a student at Broome Community College (BCC) working towards an AS in Environmental Science. He has been accepted at Binghamton University for the Fall 2013 semester, where he looks to obtain a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies: Policy and Law. He is currently enrolled in BCC’s Community Internship course and is interning with the Vestal Gas Coalition. He will be submitting a series of posts on the natural gas…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 17, 2013 at 9:51pm — No Comments
Betty Sutliff, Wayne County Landowner, member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, retired schoolteacher and mother comments on the increasing tendency of the natural gas opposition to exploit children in their campaigns, while also pursuing the indoctrination of these young minds.
Children: Everyone recognizes the weight given to the indoctrination of them when they are young and impressionable, but the type of indoctrination and the relationship to the children of those…Continue
The drama that is the New York State decision process on natural gas development is a Shakespearean tragedy in so many ways, but especially for businesses, landowners and residents of the Southern Tier, for whom all the talk about the SGEIS, regulations and health reviews are but excuses for political inaction which are giving groups such as the NRDC exactly what they want – more delay. Last week, I fielded about 20 questions from media and supporters asking for my analysis of what in the…Continue
Last week about 125 people gathered in Binghamton to attend a rally hosted by local labor union members. The rally featured several important speakers who articulated the many reasons why natural gas is so essential to the economy of the Southern Tier and the lives of union workers who reside there.
Southern Tier union workers rallied last week in Binghamton to send a message to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose repeated delays in approving natural gas development have…Continue
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The “Energy Mom” is an engineer, management consultant and investment manager who has spent most of her career working in the energy business. She lives in New York City, has three kids, lots of pets and a husband. Here she reports on testimony she gave before a committee of the New York State Assembly.
Last month I testified in front of a New York Assembly hearing on HIgh Volume Hydraulic Fracturing hosted by: Robert Sweeney, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 10, 2013 at 7:49pm — No Comments
The Sustainable Markets Foundation is behind much of the supposedly organic opposition to natural gas development in upstate New York and is using money from the Park Foundation and the Rockefellers to fund the effort with management and coordinative help from Walter Hang.
Why would a non-profit organization spending $4 million per year to “promote environmental protection, energy efficiency, consumer protection, health and safety and good government” not have a website? How can an…Continue
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A group called the Healthy Schools Network has been trying to make a case against hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development in New York. It turns out the group has very unhealthy extremist connections.
Last Friday’s Susan Arbetter show out of Albany (“The Capitol Pressroom”) included, at 38:00, an interview with two individuals from an organization known as the Healthy Schools Network about the impact of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas development on New York Schools. It…Continue
Those opposed to natural gas development have descended to a new low in soliciting petition signatures from people far outside areas that will see any development. First they looked to celebrities and now they seek help wherever they can find it, including foreign nations. When will they take the hint that they are in the minority?
A couple months ago during a the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) scoping hearing on the Constitution Pipeline I spoke…
If you thought the Sierra Club’s endorsement of anti natural gas activist, Vera Scroggins, in a recent letter, was bad because of an interaction displayed on her YouTube channel, just wait until you see what was left on the cutting room floor.
We came across yet another Vera Scroggins video this week that literally made my jaw hit my desk. I couldn’t understand in the original video, which can be viewed here, how anyone could be proud to have behaved in such a manner. Well, after…Continue
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Don Roessler discusses the impacts natural gas is having on the trucking and railroad industries, specifically the decision to convert many of these vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG).
Since this is my first time writing for this website, I’d like to give you a little background before I begin so you can have a better understanding of my interest in natural gas and it’s use as a fuel source for the trucking and railroad industries. My roots are in Washington County, Pa. where…Continue
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Sometimes the other side in the natural gas debate makes the best case for our side. If you are looking for an example, check out our Sautnergate story from last summer. There is a new example from northeast PA's recent celebrity visit. In this example, local activist Vera Scroggins (who always asks for respectful debate) shows us exactly what she means by that term.
Readers of this blog are very familiar with the name Vera Scroggins, a/k/a Vera…
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 24, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments
FrackNation premiered on TV last night. Many watched from home and others got together with friends and family and watched it at different places together. The natural gas debate has brought supporters closer than ever, in fact. We encourage everyone to watch the movie and offer our reviews in hopes you’ll do so.
Simply put; the movie FrackNation is a great film. It speaks up for the forgotten men and women in the natural gas debate; the landowner, the worker and the consumer; the…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 23, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments
Oil and natural gas quality assurance specialist Don Crusan gives his thoughts about the many people of the natural gas industry who make the Marcellus Shale region a great place to live and work, focusing on the wide array of opportunities and jobs to be found in the industry.
I have been chasing the money and projects in energy sectors over the years, from coal through nuclear and settling on natural gas and oil for the last 35 years as a Quality Assurance Specialist. I specialize…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 21, 2013 at 7:33pm — No Comments
Promised Land is another weak plot movie geared toward sending a politically correct message. That message is based on false information and naive goals, not to mention a lack of courage in addressing real energy issues facing our nation. We could use a real Jason Bourne about now.
Matt Damon played a killer con man in a movie called The Talented Mister Ripley. In his new movie, Promised Land, Mr. Damon plays a conflicted gas company landman selling leases to folks in a small town.…Continue
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A recent conference of of women in the energy and communications sectors in New York City focused on the need for a balanced approach to energy development in New York, one that will heavily involve natural gas. It is the only strategy that offers sensible solutions to the state’s energy demands, given the practical realities.
I had the pleasure of attending my second Women in Communication and Energy (WICE) meeting on January 17. The meeting took place in New York City at Columbia…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 19, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments
The remarkable similarity between the strategy of natural gas opponents and a recent event at a Middletown, New York, elementary school raises the specter of student indoctrination. The Times-Herald-Record participated in using fourth graders to perpetuate a political stunt intended to send a message to Governor Cuomo to oppose hydraulic fracturing, a subject about which, 9-year olds can hardly be expected to offer a mature opinion.
To All Parents and Grandparents:
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The Wyalusing Rocket-Courier has engaged in some real journalism in reporting on the reception of Promised Land in the natural gas regions of Pennsylvania. It completely bested Bloomberg News in presenting a balanced take on the movie, reporting not only the views of natural gas opponents but also those locals who thought the movie was “cringe-worthy.”
We have been pointing up here on these pages, and at The Real Promised Land, one simple fact about the movie – it does reflect the…Continue
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