Thomas J Shepstone's Blog – March 2013 Archive (8)

Biting the Hand That Feeds Them

Opponents of the development of natural gas in New York have been protesting everything related to the topic, including Inergy, L.P., one of the largest taxpayers in Schuyler and Tioga Counties. Cherie Messore takes a moment to look at two neighboring New York Counties and two very different reactions to the company and the services it offers.

While a small group of people protested at a proposed natural gas storage facility site in Schuyler County this week, the 20,000 residents of…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 24, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments

AMD Plan a Win-Win

he natural gas industry is looking to use abandoned mine drainage during the hydraulic fracturing of gas wells. This innovation is currently being practiced by some operators and assists in mitigating environmental impacts. Although it is a win-win situation some ‘environmental’ groups still oppose the practice, revealing much about who they really are.

Next week we will recognize the birthday of Edwin Drake, the man who drilled the first oil well in Pennsylvania. It makes one wonder…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 23, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Giving Upstate the Business

The time for platitudes about saving upstate New York is over. It’s time to take action. Governor Cuomo needs to put all the loose talk about acting on science, when he’s really playing politics, behind us. Upstate is dying and the Governors make-believe actions aren’t going to save it.

Candidate Andrew Cuomo said, “We must make New York the jobs capital of the nation and get unemployed New Yorkers back to work….Upstate continues to witness the crumbling of its manufacturing…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Artist Against Fracking Caught Lobbying Without Filing

The Associated Press (AP) has noted Yoko Ono’s “Artists Against Fracking” is collecting money to influence public policy in New York but hasn’t bother registering as a lobby group. The article is worth reading and exposes the hypocrisy of the privileged 1% who attack the natural gas industry for lobbying efforts. Here we provide some additional facts the article missed.

There are hints in the Associated Press story that point to the bigger picture, when the Sustainable Markets…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 18, 2013 at 6:22pm — No Comments

NRDC Antics in NY Inspired by Land Grabbers

It seems Governor Cuomo has decided to sell out Upstate New York and its workers by putting natural gas development on hold. Reports claim Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. convinced Cuomo the health risk was too great and he should await the results of a Pennsylvania health study for which there is no scheduled deliverable. It suggests there is a lot more to the story and, of course, there is.

Governor Cuomo didn’t put his former brother-in-law on the Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Committee out…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 14, 2013 at 1:42pm — No Comments

More Natural Gas Training

The Pittsburgh Technology Institute recently broke ground on its new Energy Technology Center just west of Pittsburgh in North Fayette Township. The center will provide a home base for two new programs designed to train workers for in-demand jobs in the oil and natural gas industry.

Natural gas development continues to expand across Pennsylvania, and so, too, does the opportunity for job growth in the region. The Pittsburgh Technology Institute recently broke ground on a new facility…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 14, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments

Township Supervisor Flies High, Landowners Suffer

A wealthy township supervisor in Robinson Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania has been delaying natural gas development for local residents while he enjoys a lap of luxury and flies high.

Many residents in Robinson Township are looking for natural gas development to come to their land so they can pay bills and keep their farms so they can be passed down to future generations. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisor of the township is currently using his power to deny them this…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 2, 2013 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Cabot Helps Preserve African-American History

"Pennsylvania played an important role in our nation's history and the Dennis Farm in Susquehanna County is one shining example. Now, thanks in part to a natural gas lease with Cabot Oil and Gas, this piece of American, African-American, and Pennsylvania history is being preserved and restored. It's a story worth hearing and a project worth supporting.

If you are from Pennsylvania, chances are that you are aware of the profound role our state had in shaping the United States of…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 1, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments

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