October 2012 Blog Posts (64)

Town of Highland Facing Lawsuit for Ill-Conceived Ban

The Town of Highland enacted a “ban on heavy industrial uses associated with natural gas extraction” as Local Law No. 3 of 2012 in an act of political correctness. They are now being sued by an aggrieved landowner. Jim Willis posted the following story on his popular Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) site this morning:

MDN is not used to breaking the news, but that’s what we’ll do today. The Town of Highland, located in Sullivan County, NY, is about to be sued by the Highland Field &…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 11, 2012 at 3:24pm — No Comments

EPA Chases Dimock Illusion While Ignoring Darby Pollution

EID takes a closer look at e-mails released by the EPA in association with a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Scranton Times Tribune. The correspondence shows a federal agency arriving at one conclusion based on data, but taken down another road due to other factors, ignoring real pollution in Darby, Pennsylvania, the process.

A recent Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Scranton Times-Tribune yielded more than 3,000 emails from the U.S. Environmental…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 11, 2012 at 6:48am — No Comments

Eating the Natural Gas Elephant

Cherie Messore says New York has some exciting natural gas events on the horizon, including a screening of Silent No More this Saturday in Windsor and a rally, “Real Jobs for Real People,” in Albany on Monday.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

It may be an old vaudeville joke, but it’s true. For pro-shale gas development advocates, that pachyderm is one big enchilada, too. There’s a couple tasty new bites to savor this week.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 10, 2012 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Another hyped up protest goes bust

A natural gas protest in Bessemer, Pennsylvania, on Saturday proved to be a big bust, as a group called the Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective, assembled a handful of protestors in the service of fighting oppression or something used Shell’s operations there as a target of opportunity.

Last week, Dan Alfaro of EID Ohio, says, "my colleagues here at EID Marcellus contacted me with a tip about a protest that was planned for Saturday at a Shell development site in Bessemer,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 10, 2012 at 11:20am — No Comments

Cabot Says Duke Conclusions on Dimock Methane Are Only Hot Air Around

This is a cross-post of a recent piece on the Well Said Cabot blog that takes a closer look at assertions by researchers at Duke University. Cabot posted the below to lay out the facts and encourage a conversation based on science.

Bloomberg published this piece, Cabot’s Methodology Links Tainted Water Wells to Gas Fracking, drawing upon conclusions from professors at Duke University and asserted that natural gas from Marcellus shale is leaking into domestic water wells in Dimock.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 9, 2012 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Fresh Water Source

I have a 15acre lake located in columbiana county, madison township (Ohio). The lake is located next to rt. 11-7-267-& 30.  We are ready to sell water today!  If any one is interest please call 330-386-9345. The lake is aprox 25-30 feet deep, 3 creek run offs... and has natural springs as well.  It is in a perfect location for heavy truck traffic, with main Rts.  Thank You

 

Added by Jordan Warrick on October 9, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Chenango Entertains Moratorium Just Thrown Out by Court

There was a public hearing in Chenango, New York (Broome County, NY) last week regarding a possible moratorium on natural gas development. The crowd was split but land use law cannot be crafted with applause meters and the town should review the Binghamton decision from last week before it jumps off the cliff.

There was a public hearing held last week in Chenango, New York (Broome County). The hearing was for the purpose of discussing the potential enactment of a moratorium. Given the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 8, 2012 at 11:25am — No Comments

Bill Huston's Water Train Is Off-Track

Bill Huston’s attempt to characterize the amount of water that will be used to hydraulically fracture natural gas wells in New York State as enormous turns out to be a highly flawed “HO Scale” argument that fails on three tracks.

Our errant friend Bill Huston has been at it again on several fronts and we must confess being amused by one his recent attempts to create hysteria over water use connected with hydraulic fracturing. He does so in this blog post, where he uses trains to make…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 7, 2012 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Senator Casey Seeks Hollywood Support While Disappointing Constituents on Natural Gas

Betty Sutliff, Pennsylvania landowner is very disappointed in Senator Robert Casey, who met with New Yorkers and movie stars Debra Winger and Mark Ruffalo but won’t meet with her landowners group to discuss the same issue – natural gas. She essentially asks “Whose Senator are you, Mr.Casey?”

I sent a very similar email to the one below to Senator Casey over two years ago and got a form letter in response. During the following year and a half, others in our group sent letters to him…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 6, 2012 at 8:04pm — No Comments

New Booklet for Private Well Owners In Pennsylvania

PRESS RELEASE

 

New Well Owners Booklet Answers Many Questions

When should you test your water? And what should you test it for?…

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Added by Brian Oram, PG on October 6, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments

NY Could Use a Boom!

Cris Pasto says New York’s economy will burst apart without natural gas or some other viable solution natural gas opponents have yet to share. We need jobs.

The “fracktivists” have been grasping at straws to make their case against natural gas development. One of their members keeps claiming that the economic benefits of natural gas development are exaggerated because, as he claims, it’s a “boom and bust industry.” This is crazy. You just can’t make this stuff up. Well, actually,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 6, 2012 at 6:21am — No Comments

Reflections on Binghamton and Natural Gas in NY

Robert Poloncic, Chairman of the Vestal Landowners Coalition, was directly involved with the Binghamton Moratorium being overturned in court. Hear what he had to say about the case and the future of natural gas development in New York State below.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak with Robert Poloncic, Chairman of the Vestal Landowners Coalition about the recent court ruling about the moratorium placed on the city of Binghamton. As you know, the moratorium was recently…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 5, 2012 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Judge Declares Slottje's "No Brainer" Strategy Brain Dead

Attorney David Slottje, from the Park Foundation funded Community Environmental Defense Council, can call it whatever he wants – a duck, a goose, a chicken or even a moratorium – but no matter how he spins it, and he's doing plenty of that, the Broome County Supreme Court wasn't buying what he sold Binghamton. The court threw out the foundation for every moratorium enacted in the last several months on Slottje's advice and left the CEDC strategy in tatters.

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 5, 2012 at 1:24pm — No Comments

October 15 Rally for Truth and Energy

Landowners are gathering from across New York and the DRBC region of Pennsylvania to rally in Albany on October 15 and tell Governor Cuomo they support natural gas development. Will you be there?

We, along with fellow residents from across New York and across the river in Pennsylvania, waiting for New York and the Delaware River Basin Commission to pass regulations and allow natural gas development will be gathering in Albany on October 15 for a rally. Let me tell you a little about…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 4, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Anti-Gas Cult of Hypocrisy

Cris Pasto says it’s time for the anti-natural gas crowd to start practicing what they preach. If you’re going to protest natural gas, stop using petroleum based products.

The anti-natural gas cult will stoop to any low as the end justifies the means. The end game for them is to “kill the drill,” period. I believe if they succeed in their foolishness, it will be more than just the end of natural gas development. It will likely be the end of what’s left of our economy eventually. In…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on October 4, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Anyone know anything about Carrizo in Washington Twnship offering "bonus money" to folks HBP by Artex/Anadarko?  This amount has been rumored to be $500 an acre but neighbors and I are very skeptical…

Anyone know anything about Carrizo in Washington Twnship offering "bonus money" to folks HBP by Artex/Anadarko?  This amount has been rumored to be $500 an acre but neighbors and I are very skeptical about what they are asking for?  Could it be surface rights for pipeline?  If anyone knows what Carrizo is up to I would appreciate a heads up. One of our neighbors says his water well has been checked by BP ??  our land is near Peoli Road. 

 

Also, can anyone tell me what is meant…

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Added by Ruth Dickson on October 4, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Election result could affect our incomes.

During The 10/03/2012 Presidentional Debate

I have just heard Gov. Romney say if he is elected, he would open federal public land to drilling. Do you know what this might do to our profits ?????????Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.   …

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Added by Joe Livorno on October 3, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Movie Financed by Oil-Rich Arab Nation

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A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

The…

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Added by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 3, 2012 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Article: Energy firm uses 'land grabs' to secure fracking rights from reluctant landowners

Chesapeake Article  


I remember some of the same offers coming in from Ohio Landman in 2010, and especially talking with Nate from Kenyon Energy.  It wasn't until late 2010 that another Landman admitted he was actually representing Chesapeake.  Who knew then what would eventually transpire later. 

Added by Spo de o de on October 2, 2012 at 11:25pm — No Comments

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