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:
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 13, 2013 at 9:52pm — No Comments
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
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 12, 2013 at 10:06am — No Comments
This week, in Albany two fairly large groups met head-to-head just prior to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address. One group was there to show support for natural gas development as the leverage to bring jobs and a prosperous economy back to the New York’s Southern Tier, while the other was bent on deliberately frustrating those efforts. We also attended the rally where we interviewed those opposed to natural gas development.
While these opponents were a very vocal group, it was…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 11, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments
The movie Frack Nation premiered Monday night. The film is a case of the good guys hitting a home run that changes the entire game. It reclaims the debate by telling the truth about Josh Fox, his movie Gasland and hydraulic fracturing. It excels in weaving together the science and the story in high-quality cinema, giving voice to ordinary citizens impacted by the campaign against natural gas being spearheaded by wealthy NIMBY’s.
Some of the stars of Frack Nation made the trip to the…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 8, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments
There are rumors floating around, spread by the New York State Department of Labor (DOL), to the effect the Southern Tier of New York is on the path to growth and revitalization, a comeback if you will. Sadly, it’s not the case. The Southern Tier has regained but a tiny fraction of 20,800 jobs it’s lost over the last decade and needs natural gas development. Make no mistake about it.
Earlier today, we received a little blurb from one of our regular readers and commenters extolling the…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 6, 2013 at 8:24am — No Comments
The film Promised Land debuted at the box office this weekend, and while we will have to wait to see how it did with the general public, it’s not scoring too high with movie critics.
The film Promised Land officially opened this weekend and a lot of people are curious about whether it will be successful. As with any major Hollywood film, the initial litmus test will be how well the it does opening weekend. The pre-release showings weren’t so hot. Unfortunately, more detailed…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 5, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments
A member of the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance (NWPOA) expresses her deep frustration over the lack of action at the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on regulation of natural gas development, suggesting Governor Corbett ought to sue or, better yet, Governor Christie should just do his job and vote.
Pardon me, but I can't help but get annoyed listing to media interviews of Governor Corbett and Governor Christie.
First, why is Governor Corbett spending our tax…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 5, 2013 at 6:57am — No Comments
Earlier this year the New York Department of Environmental Conservation indicated that public comments on the SGEIS precipitated a need for a review of public health concerns. It turns out DEC had the review completed all along and kept the information from the public. Begging the question, would the release of a report contradicting a loud and vocal minority of activists harm the administration’s reputation too much – or did they simply drop the ball and are now trying to cover their…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 3, 2013 at 7:03pm — No Comments
The actors in Park Foundation funded Slottje Road Show claims several victories over the last year in their war against natural gas development but they are pyrrhic victories, with almost none in towns having any realistic prospects for such development and one gigantic loss in the City of Binghamton where Slottje’s recommendation was thoroughly trashed by the Broome County judge hearing the case.
A year-end review is a great time to gain some perspective, especially regarding ongoing…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 1, 2013 at 11:13am — No Comments
It is an understatement to say 2012 has flown by, but what a year it’s been for our EID Marcellus team. We have continued to meet so many good friends among the landowners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York as we and they have labored together for economic freedom, property rights and the revitalization of the region through natural gas development.
As we sat here going through our top posts of the year and listening to everyone’s favorites, it’s hard to…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 31, 2012 at 9:19pm — No Comments
Energy In Depth was the target of an attack yesterday by Attorney David Slottje, of Planet Ithaca, for supposed double talk on hydraulic fracturing, but it turns out Slottje is the one doing the double talking as he cites sources that don’t support his case and offers an absolutist interpretation of the precautionary principle.
Attorney David Slottje, otherwise known as the Great Davidski on this site, put a post on up on his Park Foundation funded Community Environmental Defense…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 31, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments
Recent announcement of a financial loss by Jersey Shore Hospital has included statements to the effect natural gas development could be a factor in causing bad debt increases that caused the loss. Comparison with other hospitals, however, suggests there may be other more important factors.
A story appeared recently in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette regarding the impact of natural gas workers without insurance on the economics of the Jersey Shore Hospital. It suggested uninsured workers…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 30, 2012 at 7:12am — No Comments
There’s been some argument recently over who is allowed to post on our blog and Facebook page. Our policy has always been to allow posting of opinions opposite from our own and let the facts speak for themselves, but our opponents’ websites and social media don’t seem to operate that way. They are, in fact, making it up – big time.
Wendy Lee, Bloomsburg professor and natural gas opponent, thought she had received a late Christmas present earlier yesterday when she was somehow…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 28, 2012 at 5:58am — No Comments
The Hometown Energy Group, an energized group of natural gas supporters from Otsego County, New York, arranged a tour of some Cabot Oil & Gas sites in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania recently and minds were opened as the visitors saw what natural gas development is really all about.
A group of elected and appointed officials, representatives from highway departments, landowners and others, interested in seeing natural gas development site in progress, traveled to Montrose,…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 27, 2012 at 5:54pm — No Comments
There are some interesting parallels between a TV episode of Bonanza and many natural gas opponents. The latter often represent superb examples of “Napolean’s Children,” a group of spoiled youths with no cause other than self-glorification and no commitment to anything but outlandish behavior that costs them nothing.
Relaxing during the Holidays, I turned on the television to see if something might be worth watching. One of those upper channels was playing old Bonanza shows so I tuned…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 26, 2012 at 10:55am — No Comments
We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season this year from Energy in Depth. One thing to remember as we are all enjoying our families and our friends, the natural gas industry is helping out locally to help people share a happy and healthy holiday.
The natural gas industry is always giving back to the local citizens in the areas they work in. With the holiday season in full swing, many companies in the natural gas industry have taken steps to help local families enjoy the…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 25, 2012 at 5:27am — No Comments
The debate over natural gas development, or rather hydraulic fracturing, as the opposition to development has singled out this one short aspect of the process to oppose, is a relatively new occurrence. But, the question of what to do with our nation’s natural resources isn’t new by any means, and a quick history lessons reveals much of what is discussed in this new debate has been pondered and solved time and again.
It is within just this past decade that Americans really began…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 24, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments
The EPA has issued a 278-page progress report on its gigantic hydraulic fracturing study due for completion in 2014 or thereabouts. Predictably, the interim report offered a multitude of words one assumes are intended to obscure the ultimate direction of the report and say little for now. Nonetheless, there are some interesting aspects to the report and, to be fair, the agency seems to be trying to ensure the appearance of objectivity.
The EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 23, 2012 at 4:35pm — No Comments
Penn State and others have been writing reports and issuing fact sheets over the last two years suggesting the economic impact of Marcellus Shale was somehow in doubt, or that some folks might have been left out. They were wrong and the proof is in the tax bill – going down.
Natural gas opponents have been claiming and their leaders have been saying, over and over again, to anyone who will listen, that the economic benefits are illusory, intangible, short-lived, boom-and-bust or…Continue
Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 22, 2012 at 9:05am — No Comments