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FERC Public Hearing on Constitution Pipeline March 31, 2014
Robert Nied of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities describes to FERC how Constitutional Pipeline will forever change a pristine land. And with Fracking to follow, begs the agency's representatives not to approve the pipeline's construction.



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UPCOMING EVENTS


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FERC's Public Hearings on the Constitution Pipeline

Sunday, April 6, 1:00PM
Riverside Church, Room 411 MLK
490 Riverside Dr at West 120 St. New York, NY Suggested Donation of $10, sponsored by Beloved Earth Community of the Riverside Church, United for Action & W 80s Neighborhood Assoc. Q & A to follow with film's directors Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.
Thursday, April 10, 7:00PM
Hartwick College
Holisano Hall, Room 201
1 Hartwick Dr
Oneonta, NY
Sponsored by Cyrus Mehri and Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program. Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
Thursday, April 17, 7:00PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY
Hosted by Food & Water Watch.
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00PM
Dresser Auditorium
Murphy Professional Building
St. Bonaventure University
Bonaventure, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
Friday, April 25, 7:00PM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
Saturday, April 26, 7;00PM
Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Avenue
Troy, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
For more information, visit Triple Divide Investigative documentary examining the impacts of fracking the Marcellus Shale in PA.

TO TILL AND TO TEND: ENERGY NEEDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON WESTCHESTER'S COMMUNITIES

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Temple Israel Center,
280 Old Mamaroneck Road,
White Plains, New York
For more information: 914-948-2800
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - FREE OF CHARGE
Hear experts discuss the impacts and the solutions of the natural gas infrastructure build-out as it sweeps accross the tri-state area. Speakers include former NYC DEP Commissioner Albert F. Appleton; Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, M.D., MPH; Economist Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. and Attorney and Chairwoman of LWV of NY's Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment Elisabeth N. Radow.



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EARTHSHAKING NEWS FROM OHIO

Ohio officials ordered drillers to shut down fracking operations at shale gas wells in Poland Township after homes in the area were rattled by a series of earthquakes, including one that measured 3.0 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quakes was traced to two gas wells operated by Hillcorp Energy Corporation.

PORT AMBROSE STILL ON HOLD

Port Ambrose, the proposed LNG port to be constructed off Long Island, remains on hold because the project sponsor, Liberty LNG, has failed to provide the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration with important information regarding the environmental impact of the project.

IS THERE INTELLIGENT LIFE ON EARTH?


Still from "The Man from Planet X" (1951) courtesy of Flickr

What would happen if aliens visited the Earth and found humans still extracting fossil fuels? Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson thinks he knows the answer, "They'd say 'What? What's wrong with you? The universe is full of energy.' And then they'd leave, and they'd report back to their alien leaders that there's no sign of intelligent life on earth."


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CCSE UPDATE AND PRESS RELEASES 2014





ECONOMIC IMPACT OF
SHALE GAS DRILLING


Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth's latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.

Read more about LNG exports by entering the word "exports" in the Search feature of our website.



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$500 million lien on Ohioville resident's property
    Garry Miller was refused refinancing on his mortgage due to a $500 million lien against his property. January 3, 2014.

Deep Drilling,Deep Pocketsin New York State Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests to In?uence Public Policy
    Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests to Influence Public Policy, Common Cause, New York, January 2014.

Will Fracking Bring the Soldiers Home?
    By Kathryn Russell, State University of New York at Cortland, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, November 26, 2013.

What is TPP? How Secret Trade Deals Hurt Our Families
    Mitch Jones, Common Resources Director for Food & Water Watch comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. January 15, 2014. (Video: 2:00)

Radio: Connect The Dots Fracking in NY: The Bust Cycle
    Alison Rose Levy's program Connect The Dots Engineer and fracking expert, Professor Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University discusses the downsides of fracking in shallow shale of the type found in New York State. January 15, 2014.

Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
    authors: Seth B. Shonkoff, Jake Hays, and Madelon L. Finkel. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Advanced PUblication 4-16-2014

Video: Binghamton Home Rule Forum 2-18-14
    4 videos--1 hour, 35 minutes. Published on Apr 16, 2014 League of Women Voters presents Joe Heath and Deborah Goldberg discussion home rule in NY. Deborah focuses on the topic "Can my town ban fracking" and Joe discusses the nature of Home Rule. Posted by ShaleShock Media. Introduction (Part 1), Deborah Goldberg (Part 2), Joe Heath (Part 3) , and Q&A (Part 4).

Case Studies: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Natural Gas Development
    Posted April 10, 2014. Researchers with the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative set out to document the impact of shale drilling on the economy, community, government agencies, and human services in four counties with significant shale development – Carroll County in Ohio, Greene and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania, and Wetzel County in West Virginia. Using publicly available data, press reports, and local interviews, the collaborative has identified both the benefits and costs of drilling, and ways in which these communities have been transformed as a result.

Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America
    Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University Report, January 2014.

Dirty Fuels, CleAN Futures A Call for a National Climate Action Plan that Keeps Dirty Fuels in the Ground
    Sierra Club report authored by Dan Chu, April, 2014 urging President obama to reject dirty fossil fuel projects and maintain our national momentum toward a 100 percent clean-energy future . ?

AT THE INTERSECTION OF WALL STREET AND MAIN: IMPACTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INTERESTS, RISK ALLOCATION, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET
    By Elisabeth N. Radow, Esq. published in the Albany Law Review

Video: No Fracking Way
    Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011 Kids dressed up like grownups who, unfortunately, are acting like misbehaving children. This video was conceived and directed by Blake Farber with additional footage from Dennis O'Clair and David Morris. Animations by Kimberly Louis. The song is written by Marc Black and performed by him along with John Sebastian, Eric Weissberg, Don Davis, Eric Parker, Mike Esposito and a hundred folks from Woodstock, NY singing along on the chorus.

Understanding exposure from natural gas drilling puts current air standards to the test
    Authors: David Brown*, Beth Weinberger, Celia Lewis and Heather Bonaparte. Case study descriptions of acute onset of res- piratory, neurologic, dermal, vascular, abdominal, and gastrointestinal sequelae near natural gas facilities con- trast with a subset of emissions research, which suggests that there is limited risk posed by unconventional natural gas development (UNGD). Published by DeGruyter in Reviews on Environmental Health. March, 2014

Video: Cabot v, Scroggins March 24, 2014 Part 1
    Interview with Vera Scroggins after March 24, 2014 hearing posted on Evironment TV. In October 2013, Cabot Oil and Gas obtained an injunction against Vera Scroggins, who hasbeen bringing the dangers of fracking to public attention for the last five years through her videos and bus tours of fracking sites in the county where she resides, Susquehanna County, PA.The injunction prohibited Vera from going, not only on the land Cabot owns, but also on the land where Cabot leases the subsurface mineral rights, comprising 40% of the county’s properties. This means that Vera has been effectively barred from going to her grocery store, a number of businesses in town, her local hospital and some of her friends homes.

Video: Vera Scroggins vs Cabot Oil Update. 4/2/14
    5 minute video of confrontation between Cabor and Scroggins lawyers. Next court date is May 1st 2014 @ 9am in Montrose, PA. Cabot Oil and Gas's lawyers attempted to disrupt a press conference by Ms Scroggins and her attorneys. This kind of intensive debate outside a… 00:05:28

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--WGII AR5 Final Drafts (accepted). Link included edits to the final draft report, summary products, global and sectoral aspects, regional aspects, and cross-chapter resources. Posted March 31, 2014

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability SUMMARY FOR POLICYMAKERS
    IPCC AR5 Summary. March, 2014. Drafting Authors Christopher B. Field (USA), Vicente R. Barros (Argentina), Michael D. Mastrandrea (USA), Katharine J. Mach (USA), Mohamed A.-K. Abdrabo (Egypt), W. Neil Adger (UK), Yury A. Anokhin (Russian Federation), Oleg A. Anisimov (Russian Federation), Douglas J. Arent (USA), Jonathon Barnett (Australia), Virginia R. Burkett (USA), Rongshuo Cai (China), Monalisa Chatterjee (USA/India), Stewart J. Cohen (Canada), Wolfgang Cramer (Germany/France), Purnamita Dasgupta (India), Debra J. Davidson (Canada), Fatima Denton (Gambia), Petra Döll (Germany), Kirstin Dow (USA), Yasuaki Hijioka (Japan), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Australia), Richard G. Jones (UK), Roger N. Jones (Australia), Roger L. Kitching (Australia), R. Sari Kovats (UK), Patricia Romero Lankao (Mexico), Joan Nymand Larsen (Iceland), Erda Lin (China), David B. Lobell (USA), Iñigo J. Losada (Spain), Graciela O. Magrin (Argentina), José A. Marengo (Brazil), Anil Markandya (Spain), Bruce A. McCarl (USA), Roger F. McLean (Australia), Linda O. Mearns (USA), Guy F. Midgley (South Africa), Nobuo Mimura (Japan), John F. Morton (UK), Isabelle Niang (Senegal), Ian R. Noble (Australia), Leonard A. Nurse (Barbados), Karen L. O’Brien (Norway), Taikan Oki (Japan), Lennart Olsson (Sweden), Michael Oppenheimer (USA), Jonathan T. Overpeck (USA), Joy J. Pereira (Malaysia), Elvira S. Poloczanska (Australia), John R. Porter (Denmark), Hans-O. Pörtner (Germany), Michael J. Prather (USA), Roger S. Pulwarty (USA), Andy R. Reisinger (New Zealand), Aromar Revi (India), Oliver C. Ruppel (Namibia), David E. Satterthwaite (UK), Daniela N. Schmidt (UK), Josef Settele (Germany), Kirk R. Smith (USA), Dáithí A. Stone (Canada/South Africa/USA), Avelino G. Suarez (Cuba), Petra Tschakert (USA), Riccardo Valentini (Italy), Alicia Villamizar (Venezuela), Rachel Warren (UK), Thomas J. Wilbanks (USA), Poh Poh Wong (Singapore), Alistair Woodward (New Zealand), Gary W. Yohe (USA)

IPCC WGII AR5 Chapter 26 North America
    Coordinating Lead Authors Patricia Romero-Lankao (Mexico), Joel B. Smith (USA) Lead Authors Debra Davidson (Canada), Noah Diffenbaugh (USA), Patrick Kinney (USA), Paul Kirshen (USA), Paul Kovacs (Canada), Lourdes Villers Ruiz (Mexico) Contributing Authors William Anderegg (USA), Jessie Carr (USA), Anthony Cheng (USA), Thea Dickinson (Canada), Ellen Douglas (USA), Rob de Loë (Canada), Hallie Eakin (USA), Daniel M. Gnatz (USA), Mary Hayden (USA), Maria Eugenia Ibarraran Viniegra (Mexico), Elena Jiménez Cisneros (Mexico), Michael D. Meyer (USA), Amrutasri Nori-Sarma (India), Landy Sánchez Peña (Mexico), Catherine Ngo (USA), Greg Oulahen (Canada), Diana Pape (USA), Ana Peña del Valle (Mexico), Roger Pulwarty (USA), Ashlinn Quinn (USA), Daniel Runfola (USA), Fabiola S. Sosa- Rodrigquez (Mexico), Bradley H. Udall (USA), Fiona Warren (Canada), Kate Weinberger (USA), Tom Wilbanks (USA)

Highly Elevated Atmospheric Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Uintah Basin, Utah
    Environmental Science & Technology study authored by Detlev Helmig, Chelsea Thompson, Jason Evans, and Jeong-Hoo Park and published March 26, 2014

Summary of the Technical Roundtable on EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
    EPA Roundtable dated Dec 9, 2013 and published March, 2014

Estimating the Consumptive Use Costs of Shale Natural Gas Extraction on Pennsylvania Roadways
    For state transportation agencies, one measure of costs of shale gas development is the potential degradation of roadways resulting from shale gas development. Published Feb 18, 2014 by American Society of Civil Engineers

Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight
    Authors: Mark Z. Jacobson, Robert W. Howarth, Mark A. Delucchi, Stan R. Scobie, Jannette M. Barth, Michael J. Dvorak, Megan Klevze, Hind Katkhuda, Brian Miranda, Navid A. Chowdhury, Rick Jones, Larsen Plano, Anthony R. Ingraffea. Study published Feb, 2013

Renewable New York
    Invitation dated March 24, 2014 from Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. to join Renewable New York at www.RenewableNewYork.org

The 2030 Plan for a fossil-fuel free New York
    Renewable New York organizational plan summary developed by Stanford and Cornell Universities. Posted March, 2014.

Governor of Virginia Letter to Department of Agriculture re: George Washington National Forest
    Letter posted March, 2014

CATF FACT SHEET: NEW RESEARCH -- WHAT WOULD IT COST TO CLEAN UP NATURAL GAS LEAKS?!
    March, 2014 Fact Sheet from Clean Air Task Force

Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway
    by Maude Barlow for the Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice Posted March, 2014

PSE STUDY CITATION DATABASE on Shale Gas & Tight Oil Development - See more at: http://psehealthyenergy.org/site/view/1180#sthash.OBitPiaF.dpuf
    This citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. This database is a near exhaustive and evolving list of the peer-reviewed literature that directly pertains to shale gas and tight oil development. This literature is organized into twelve different categories, including air quality, water quality, climate, public health, and regulations. PSE Healthy Energy does not necessarily support the methods and the findings of the studies included in this database.

Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin: Workshop Summary
    National Academies of Science. Anne Linn, Rapporteur; Committee on the Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin; Committee on Earth Resources; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council

Shale Gas, Wind and Water: Assessing the Potential Cumulative Impacts of Energy Development on Ecosystem Services within the Marcellus Play
    by Jeffrey S. Evans and Joseph M. Kiesecker Published: February 19, 2014 by PLOS One

Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines
    Published by Nature Climate Change (Feb 26, 2014); Authors: Mark Z. Jacobson, Cristina L. Archer and Willett Kempton

OVERVIEW OF THE WATER-ENERGY NEXUS IN THE UNITED STATES
    Feb 19, 2014 Report from National Conference of State Legislatures

Matrix Complications in the Determination of Radium Levels in Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water Fracturing Flowback Water from Marcellus Shale
    by Andrew W. Nelson, Dustin May, Andrew W. Knight, Eric S. Eitrheim, Marinea Mehrhoff, Robert Shannon, Robert Litman, and Michael K. Schultz

No fracking way: how the EU-US trade agreement risks expanding fracking
    March, 2014 Prepared by: Natacha Cingotti (Friends of the Earth Europe); Pia Eberhardt (Corporate Europe Observatory), Timothé Feodoroff (Transnational Institute), Antoine Simon (Friends of the Earth Europe), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club)

Video: No Second Chance
    County legislators from New York talk about their decision to prohibit the procurement, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment, processing, application or disposal of all treated or untreated oil and gas drilling waste byproducts in their respective counties.

On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California
    March, 2014 Study by Jhon Arbelaez, Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., and Andrew Grinberg for Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Wter Action

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems
    Science Magazine A. R. Brandt, G. A. Heath, E. A. Kort, F. O'Sullivan, G. Pétron, S. M. Jordaan, P. Tans, J. Wilcox, A. M. Gopstein, D. Arent, S. Wofsy, N. J. Brown, R. Bradley, G. D. Stucky, D. Eardley, and R. Harriss Science 14 February 2014: 733-735

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas
    by Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, Feb 18, 2014 reported by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel.

Oil & Gas State Land Leasing: Draft Outline for Communication Plan (8/20/12)
    Draft Plan created in Ohio to support fracking in state lands. Posted Feb, 2014

FERC says no environmental impacts. What about these?
    Factsheet from www.StopThePipeline.org. Posted Feb, 2014

Project SWIFT: Shale-Water Interaction Forensic Tools
    Developing sensitive tests for detecting contamination associated with shale bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin by Syracuse University. Posted Feb, 2014.

The Rapid Industrialization of Frac Sand
    Food and Water Watch, Jan 2014 The swift proliferation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has brought a host of environmentalandpublichealthimpacts, including those associated with the increased demand for industrial silica sand.

Shale gas risk assessment for Maryland
    Report for Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Citizen Shale by Ricardo-AEA/R dated Feb 11, 2014

Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Counties Fossil Fuel Specialization Leads to Lower Per Capita Income, More Crime and Less Educational Attainment
    Headwaters Economics/December, 2013 Executive Summary

Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Western Counties - See more at: http://headwaterseconomics.org/energy/western-counties-fossil-fuel-development#sthash.FLBAhGm5.dpuf
    Prolonged oil and natural gas specialization leads to lower per capita income, more crime, and less educational attainment December 2013

Oil and Gas Extraction as an Economic Development Strategy in the American West: A Longitudinal Performance Analysis, 1980-2011
    Study by Headwaters Economics by Julia Haggerty, Patricia H. Gude, Mark Delorey, Ray Rasker

Video: Health Commissioner Nirav Shah Testimony Feb 3rd, 2014 ( 02/02/2014) (Complete)
    3 Hours 22 Minutes. Dr. Shah says the review when completed will be open for peer review. Not that Joe Martens will wait for this review to approve fracking.

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING & WATER STRESS: Water Demand by the Numbers
    February 2014 A Ceres Report Authored by Monika Freyman Shareholder, Lender & Operator Guide to Water Sourcing

Map: Water Competition for Shale Development in North America
    Accompanies report Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress.

Economic Realities of Shale Gas Development in New York State February 2014
    Submitted to accompany verbal testimony presented at Feb 4th Public Forum Hosted by Senator Tony Avella, Albany, New York, titled “Economic Realities of Hydrofracking” Prepared by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute LLC

Binghamton University Frack Busters Video
    Jan 31, 2014. 2 hours. New York Shale gas potential – at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York. Posted on NoFrackingWay by Chip Northrup.

U.S. Department of State Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
    Jan, 2014 Applicant for Presidential Permit: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP

Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado
    by Lisa M. McKenzie, Ruixin Guo, Roxana Z. Witter, David A. Savitz, Lee S. Newman, and John L. Adgate Received: 27 February 2013 Accepted: 28 January 2014 Advance Publication: 28 January 2014

Trouble Brewing in the Great Lakes
    Food and Water Watch, January 2014. But the industry, seemingly hard pressed to make North America the leading producer of oil and gas, is putting the integrity of the Great Lakes in danger with the development of Alberta’s toxic tar sands oil and intensive energy extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing.

EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources
    On December 9, 2013, EPA reconvened the study’s Technical Roundtable. Subject-matter experts discussed the outcomes of the 2013 Technical Workshops, stakeholder engagement, and plans for the draft assessment report expected to be released in December 2014. Technical Workshops and Roundtable Materials are available at the EPA link.

Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells in Waters Offshore California
    Letter from 150 environmental organizations to the California Coast Commission asking to halt offshore fracking, December 12, 2013.


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SAY "NO!" TO A FRACKED
FUTURE—DEMAND A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PLAN FOR NEW YORK STATE


Take Action!


In recent years, New Yorkers have sent hundreds of thousands of letters to Albany on fracking-related issue—and they've worked. Environmental impact statements and draft regulations that were intended to open the state to high-volume fracking have been withdrawn, rewritten, delayed, or scrapped altogether.

Now it's time to speak out again—this time to demand major revisions to a proposed state energy plan that pays lip service to sustainability and renewable energy but in fact calls for an increased reliance on fracked gas.

To make it easy for you to comment on the plan, we've drafted twenty-three different letters. Each discusses a specific aspect of the Plan that needs to be revised. Please take a minute to submit all of the letters to ensure that New York adopts an energy plan that favors clean, renewable energy, not dirty fossil fuels.

For greater impact, customize your letters. All the letters can be edited, and we encourage you to rewrite them and make them your own. Unique letters carry a lot more weight than form letters. Also, don't forget to encourage your friends to take action. [http://bit.ly/1hnyhzZ]

PEOPLE POWER

2009
NYS DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL GENERIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
13,000 COMMENTS,
SGEIS WITHDRAWN
FRACKING ON HOLD IN NYS
2011
DELAWARE RIVER BASIN FRACKING REGULATIONS
35,000 COMMENTS,
REGULATIONS TABLED
FRACKING ON HOLD IN THE RIVER BASIN
2012
NYS REVISED SGEIS
67,000 COMMENTS,
SGEIS NOT FINALIZED
FRACKING ON HOLD IN NYS
2013
NYS DRAFT FRACKING REGULATIONS
200,000 COMMENTS,
REGULATIONS SCRAPPED
FRACKING ON HOLD IN NYS
2013
PORT AMBROSE, A PROPOSED LNG PORT
25,000 COMMENTS,
LICENSING ON HOLD
2013
NYS LNG REGULATIONS
50,000 COMMENTS,
REGULATIONS NOT FINALIZED
LNG FACILITIES REMAIN PROHIBITED IN NYS

PAYING IN BLOOD

The natural gas explosion that demolished two buildings in New York City and killed eight people is just the latest reminder that fossil fuels exact a terrible price—one that's sometimes paid in blood. In February, a Chevron-owned gas well in Bobtown, Pennsylvania exploded killing one worker and injuring another. Last fall a small town in Quebec was leveled when a train carrying Bakken crude oil exploded, killing forty-seven people.

"Profits first, public safety dead last" seems to be the motto of the oil and gas industry. The old DOT-111 rail cars, which are used to transport explosive crude oil, are known to be unsafe, yet they remain in use. Thousands of miles of aging, leaking pipelines are neglected by an industry hellbent on constructing thousands of miles of new pipeline.

In Pennsylvania, the gas well that exploded burned for five days. Chevron offered the traumatized residents of Bobtown a coupon for a large pizza and a two-liter soft drink.


TROUBLE IN THE UKRAINE?
FRACK AMERICA?


The notion that the United States can use natural gas exports to help resolve the political crisis in the Ukraine might be laughable if only so many people didn't take it seriously. At last count, six bills have been introduced in Congress to speed exports and "aid" the Ukraine in its standoff with Russia.

Gas exports will be a boon for gas corporations but won't do a thing to help the Ukraine. For starters, the U.S. still doesn't have the ability to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), and the Ukraine doesn't have the infrastructure to import it. By the time the U.S. does begin exporting LNG, it's likely the current political crisis will have long been resolved—and even then, none of our gas will go to the Ukraine. It's destined for China, Great Britain, India, and France—countries that either own U.S. shale gas reserves or have already signed long-term contracts with gas producers. Any remaining gas is likely to be sold on the open market in Asia where gas prices are typically 50 percent higher than they are in Europe.

Curious what Cuomo will do about fracking? Watch how he handles Port Ambrose.
By Bruce Ferguson


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Apr 16, 2014
Anadarko Joins Ad Blitz to Thwart Colorado Fracking Curbs
Bloomberg
Jennifer Oldham

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) and Noble Energy Inc. (NBL), Colorado’s largest oil producers, are waging a media campaign to promote the benefits of hydraulic fracturing as residents push statewide measures to restrict the drilling technique as a threat to the environment. “It’s all eyes on Color...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
North Dakota struggling to deal with radioactive fracking waste
RT
Reuters / Lucy Nicholson

Environmental regulators and North Dakota state officials have expressed concern that the state has failed to adequately adjust to the state’s sudden influx of crude oil output, a worry highlighted by the recent discovery of abandoned radioactive waste. Last month, the North Dakota Health Departm...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Starkey extends industrial fracking moratorium
Observer Review


STARKEY—The town of Starkey extended their moratorium on high impact industrial uses during their regular meeting Thursday, April 10. This comes after the Yates County planning board had previously denied the town’s request for another year-long moratorium extension during last month’s meeting. The ...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Public call for ban on fracking
Leitrim Observer


It is expected that up on 500 anti-fracking submissions have been made to the Leitrim County Development Plan 2015-2021. The Council, in reply to questions from the Leitrim Observer, said they received “a significant number of submissions” to prohibit ‘Fracking’ from the County Development Plan b...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Anti-fracking campaigners voice injection well fears
Gazette Herald
Hannah Bryan

A CAMPAIGN group set up to support the fight against fracking in Ryedale has raised strong concerns after permission was granted for an “injection well” inside the North York Moors National Park. Frack Free North Yorkshire wrote to North Yorkshire County Council regarding gas company Viking UK Ga...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Falkirk Council opposes gas drilling plan
Falkirk Herald


Falkirk Council has told a public inquiry it is against a plan to drill natural gas from underneath land near Airth. Town hall solicitor Neil Coller told Scottish Government Reporters considering a planning appeal by Dart Energy to establish a commercial coal bed methane extraction plant at Letha...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Drilling in Pa. forests: 'Impacts and trade-offs'
Philly.com
Andrew Maykuth

About 1,486 acres of Pennsylvania state forest land has been converted to roads, pipelines, and well pads for Marcellus Shale natural gas development, according to a state monitoring report that will be released Wednesday. Drilling companies have upgraded or constructed 161 miles of roads in stat...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Italian region says fracking may have caused quakes
3news


Italy's Emilia-Romagna region has suspended new drilling as it published a report that warned that hydrocarbon exploitation may have acted as a "trigger" in twin earthquakes that killed 26 people in 2012. The scientific report, published on Tuesday, was commissioned after the quakes amid popular an...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Hassig Visits Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas in Massena to Speak Out Against Fracking

Don Hassig for Congress

Enbridge Corporation is a major seller of natural gas. It is expanding its capacity to sell gas by constructing numerous pipelines. Selling natural gas provides funds for fracking gas wells. Enbridge is part of fracking. I have examined information on the subject of the environmental impacts ...  [Full Story]

Apr 16, 2014
Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom
Bloomberg News
Alex Nussbaum

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take. State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and...  [Full Story]




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