This is bs what can we all do!!!! Why NY.. keep the playing field level. Let's take it to the news. Fox 5

By Jim Efstathiou Jr.
     Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) -- New York moved a step closer to a
temporary state ban on drilling for natural gas from shale that
would delay companies led by Chesapeake Energy Corp.
     The state Senate approved a measure late yesterday that
would prohibit new drilling permits until May 15 in the New York
portion of the Marcellus Shale formation pending further
environmental studies. The moratorium passed 49-9. The Assembly
has yet to take up the measure.
     To extract gas from shale, companies use hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, in which water, sand and chemicals are
injected deep underground to break up rock and allow gas to
flow. The New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council says
greater safeguards are needed to ensure that fracking chemicals
don’t contaminate drinking water.
     “Not only did they pass it but it passed overwhelmingly,”
Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, a Democrat from Suffolk County who
sponsored his chamber’s version of the bill, said in an
interview. “That opens the way for us to do to the bill in the
Assembly where I would expect it to pass with similar
overwhelming numbers.”
    Drilling for gas using fracking has proven to be
environmentally safe, said Brad Gill, executive director of the
Hamburg, New York-based Independent Oil and Gas Association,
which includes Chesapeake Energy and Talisman Energy Inc. New
York will miss out on jobs, tax revenue and drilling fees if the
suspension is approved, Gill said.
    “It would be irresponsible to see lawmakers cave to scare
tactics of radical opponents,” Gill said in a statement. “It
would be a slap in the face to landowners, New York taxpayers,
all the people of the Southern Tier.”

                        Drilling Revenue

     The suspension will give New York time to learn lessons
about fracking from neighboring Pennsylvania, where more than
1,000 wells have been drilled in the Marcellus Shale since 2005,
according to Senator Antoine Thompson, a Democrat who sponsored
the bill. Drillers in Pennsylvania have been cited for 1,435
violations since 2008, 952 of which may affect the environment,
according to a report this week from the Harrisburg-based
Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.
     Issues listed in the report include improper construction
of waste-water compounds used to store fracking fluids and
violations of the state’s clean stream law. In addition, the
state issued 669 traffic citations and 818 written warnings to
trucks hauling drilling wastewater during three days of
intensive enforcement in June, according to the report.


 ‘Setting an Example’

     “New York can be the first state to protect residents’
health and the environment before drills break ground, setting
an example for the rest of the nation,” Kate Sinding, senior
attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a
     Jim Gipson, a spokesman for Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake,
didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.
     The measure would postpone a potential revenue source for
the state. Drilling revenue in New York could reach $1.9 billion
in 2015, according to a study from Laramie, Wyoming-based
Natural Resource Economics Inc.
     Chesapeake, Calgary-based Talisman and closely held
Vertical Resources Inc., based in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania,
have filed a combined 58 applications for drilling permits in
New York. The proposals are on hold while the state Department
of Environmental Conservation reviews guidelines for gas

                          New York City

     In April, the state agency said it would offer guidelines
for drilling in the watersheds for New York City and Syracuse
that are tougher than planned for the rest of the state. Water
feeding both cities is so clear it is exempt from federal
filtering requirements.
     “There’s no such thing as 100 percent safe in anything,
but you can do an extreme amount of due diligence to take as
many safety precautions as possible,” Thompson said today in an
interview. “We cannot leave that responsibility solely with the
     Since 2007, discoveries of unconventional gas including
shale gas have more than doubled the estimate of North American
reserves to 3,000 trillion cubic feet, enough to meet 100 years
of demand, according to energy consultant IHS Cambridge Energy
Research Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Marcellus
Shale formation, which extends from West Virginia through
Pennsylvania and into New York, may contain 50 trillion cubic
feet of gas.
     Revenue from Marcellus Shale lease payments, royalties,
taxes and pipeline and plant construction in Pennsylvania and
West Virginia totaled $5.8 billion in 2009, according to the
July 14 study prepared for the American Petroleum Institute, a
Washington-based group that represents oil companies.

                      ‘Treated Differently’

     New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said drilling in
the portions of the Marcellus Shale beneath the city’s watershed
“must be treated differently.”
     The most-populous U.S. city receives 1.3 billion gallons
(4.9 billion liters) a day of water through a network of
gravity-fed aqueducts from 19 reservoirs as far away as 125
miles (200 kilometers). It’s the largest unfiltered water-
delivery system in the U.S.
     Bloomberg is the majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent
of Bloomberg News.

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Vote people ,,, vote!
vote for who and to who??
The reality of the situation has nothing to do with Pollution and they all know it..
Truth number 1 - Water is not required to do Hydrofracing.. you can use Propane and the production is double with no chance of polution ( this technology is already in production in 3 test wells in NYS)
Truth Number - 2 of the 5 major Watershed reservoirs are well past EPA pollution guidelines and a filtration plant has been on the NYC major projects list for years and years, they just don't want to scare NYers (check EPA website)
Truth Number 3 - Imagine creating upto 2-500,000 new multi-millionaires in upstate NY? now imagine the Exodus of people out of NYC to find Jobs and Money that people can't find in NYC, not to mention a much healthier better standard of living. imagine the repercusions of 500,000 people moving out of NYC? real estate value? business migration?
Truth Number 4 - Imagine the Power shift in Albany? now NYC loses it's backyard... Now we can pay our politicians to actaully fight for us instead of cowtowing to NYC elect officials...
For those of you who are simple minded enough to think Pollution has anything to do with this, I have a Bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you ;-) this is all about Money and power, they could care less about your health, your kids health or mine...
thank you for your feedback. I feel like calling Fox 5 shame on you.. I am going to the meetings in Monticello High School on 8/19 5:45pm. I will get more info. NY State gov are crooks.. God bless the land owners!!!!! Roscoe NY
Double or triple tax exported gas to NY. PA could use the money. If they want the gas they will pay out the butt for it or start drilling for it themselfs. See if they like paying 3X the going rate for gas. They will change they tune fast.
I like this thought!!!! Keep up the good work...Thanks
they will never air your complaint.. much like you will never hear a word about the NYS or NYC "Consolidated Annual Financial Report" a simple term would the be the "the Tax Returns for the NYC and NYS)
The Media will never mention it, ever.. not one reporter not one newspaper... ( yet every editor and producer gets a copy mailed every year) Most people stupidly think that the Budget is all the money that NYS and NYC has to work with, how lame... you can download the CAFR from the state or city website for the last 10 years..
take a look at the gross revenue figures and total them, very simple even for a 5th grader.. you will see there a grotesque discrepency between the budget and the CAFR. The basic indication is that NYS and NYC combined are holding liquid assets in excess of 4Trillion $. I guess they believe we are too stupid to know what to do with our own money, so they are taking that job over ( yes it is our money( every Citizen has a piece)

so you see, a complaint like yours or mine will never make the airwaves simply because the Airwaves are controlled by the same people or the people who helped them get elected

and now they have introduced legislatature to shut down the internet in the US Senate and hand it over to the Military.. The internet despite it's severly flawed environment is the only free place to have your voice heard..
One more Freedom to bight the dust.. this is all sounding very familiar , like 1933 Italy to me ( if you're a historian ;-)
good luck to us all, we will need it!!
I am on top of it... Thanks :-)


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