Hydrofracking – Jobs

 Here’s our take on this next peice: Where the following is a well written and very cordial statement, here’s a bottom line translation, “enough is enough” Mr President. Talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words, so get the EPA out of our face and reign them in, enough with delaying permits, enough with de-facto moratoriums, enough with such foolish (on every level) actions such as killing the XL Keystone pipeline, ect. Enough!

Mind you this is our reaction concerning the role of the Fed, and not withstanding the pipeline issue, our sentiments are the same concerning the state.

 

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Written byWritten by Sonia Lindell on January 25, 2012 – 8:24 am

The following is a statement from Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber on President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“The development of clean, American natural gas is creating tens of thousands of family-sustaining jobs, providing consumers with more affordable energy, and ushering in an economic and manufacturing rebirth in communities across the nation. Through the safe production of shale gas, we are – thanks to advances in technology and responsible practices – able to unify environmental and energy policy.

MSC member companies’ resolution to enhance the transparency of their operations through better disclosure on the FracFocus.org website, while creating more jobs throughout our region, is just the latest example of exactly that.

We are encouraged that President Obama recognizes the tremendous energy security, environmental, and economic benefits associated with job-creating American shale gas development fueled overwhelmingly through private investment on privately-owned lands.

And while presidents of both parties have made a clarion call for more American energy over the past four decades, it is our genuine hope that President Obama’s remarks tonight are reflected in his Administration’s policies that are rooted in sound science and move forward with an aim of leveraging our nation’s abundant natural gas resources on behalf of consumers, families, and small businesses. American natural gas will continue to make our nation stronger and more secure.”

 

 

Deadline Ends for Submitting Comments on Hydrofracking

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has ended an extended open comment period for the revised draft State Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for hydrofracking. Comments on this plan were due to the DEC by Close of Business Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, thus ending the extra month in a prolonged period of public comment for what has become the most hotly debated environmental topic in the Mid-Atlantic. Once the comments submitted to DEC prior to Jan 11 are read by DEC staff and incorporated into the rule, a final SGEIS will be issued to guide industrial gas drilling using high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York. Due to the amount of comments received (over 40,000) this process could take many months. In the Governor’s State of the State address, he indicated plans to continue the administrative rulemaking process to permit hydrofracking in New York State, anticipating a final rule being issued by Summer 2012.

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Pro-drilling groups officially launch new coalition

16 Organizations from across New York Launch Clean Growth Now

by | on November 10th, 2011

Today, 16 leading New York organizations officially launched Clean Growth Now – a coalition supporting responsible natural gas development in New York. To find out more about today’s call, read our press release.

Members from every corner of New York will participate in today’s call, including the Greater Bringhamton Chamber of Commerce, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc., the Steuben County Landowners Coalition, the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, and the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters.

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It would be a crime if we squandered this blessing.

“It would be a crime if we squandered this blessing.” That’s how columnist David Brooks concludes his excellent column in the New York Times . The piece—appropriately entitled “Shale Gas Revolution”—lays out a…

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New York—Can your job be a Marcellus job?

The old song says it best: “If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere.” Opponents of natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing are strong in New York, as evidenced by the state’s de facto temporary moratorium on drilling…
 
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Myth vs. Fact

Energy Citizens are more interested in truth than myths. But, there a lot of myths out there about hydraulic fracturing —energy urban legends. Let’s take a look at a few of them: Myth : Hydraulic fracturing fluid is dangerous to the public…

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The Power of Letter Writing

In November, we are asking all Energy Citizens To come together… To send a letter and share a message… To take action that will make a big difference. There is nothing quite as powerful as writing a letter. Letter writing is a personal and positive…

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Is More Than One Million Safe Wells Not Enough?

Let’s start with the facts: Hydraulic fracturing is safe. The security of hydraulic fracturing has been established by decades of safe use. Hydraulic fracturing is highly regulated, and poses no significant threat to public health. Opponents are…

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Hydraulic Fracturing…What is It?

What On Earth is Hydraulic Fracturing? Hydraulic fracturing is a lot of things—safe, effective, proven, complex, necessary, and innovative. Specifically, it’s an energy extraction process used to get at oil and gas trapped in certain hard…

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Want a Brighter Energy Future? Then We Need Natural Gas.

There is a mind-boggling amount of natural gas in the shale deposits of this country. Safely tapping these vast resources will free us from the tyranny of foreign energy dependence, massively stimulate our economy, create thousands of jobs, and improve…

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Take Action: Citizen Voices

With the upcoming 2012 elections, opponents of increased access to American oil and natural gas resources will redouble their efforts to try and influence the policy debate. How can we break through their noise? Help counter their message by taking action…

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Op-ed: Anti-drilling hysteria

Written byWritten by Sonia Lindell on October 31, 2011 – 5:50 am  Abby Wisse Schachter, in a NY Post op-ed, writes:

“New York state just announced another delay in what has become a more-than-four-year process to approve widespread natural-gas drilling. Over that time, the state has lost tens of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of business — and the opposition to drilling has only gotten more entrenched and radical.

Gov. Cuomo should not be swayed by such hysteria.

An Oct. 6 New York Policy Forum panel on gas drilling is a case in point. At it, Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan participated in a discussion of hydro–fracking, the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock. He argued that New York doesn’t need natural gas to power its economic future.

“You can do other things … You can save so much energy just by switching to wood pellets,” Ryan claimed. “If you combine that with retrofitting all the rural properties … you’ll produce thousands of jobs.”

Wood pellets. What century does Ryan think this is?”

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When hydrofracking begins in New York State the inflated cost of doing business in New York will take its toll.  

IconWritten by Sonia Lindell on November 8, 2011 – 6:47 am   Jon Campbell of Gannett News writes:

“A gas industry trade group estimates the state’s proposed hydraulic fracturing requirements would cost companies an additional $1 million per well to drill in New York compared to other states.

In a strongly worded letter to the state’s top environmental regulator, the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York said many of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposals are far too restrictive and “do not send the signal that New York state is ‘open for business.”‘

“No other industry operating within New York, even though possibly impacting the environment to a greater extent than the oil and gas industry, will be burdened by these unjustified, excessive and inequitable rules, regulations, requirements, mitigation measures, permit conditions and access restrictions,” Executive Director Brad Gill wrote.”

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Hydrofracking is under attack again, find ways here and here to help create jobs in New York.

Why is Governor Cuomo allowing the EPA to slow down on hydrofracking?

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Gas group criticizes New York’s proposed drilling rules

Hydrofracking plan called ‘unjustified’ by independent association

6:16 PM, Nov. 7, 2011 |
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ALBANY — A gas industry trade group estimates the state’s proposed hydraulic fracturing requirements would cost companies an additional $1 million per well to drill in New York compared to other states.

In a strongly worded letter to the state’s top environmental regulator, the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York said many of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposals are far too restrictive and “do not send the signal that New York state is ‘open for business.”‘

“No other industry operating within New York, even though possibly impacting the environment to a greater extent than the oil and gas industry, will be burdened by these unjustified, excessive and inequitable rules, regulations, requirements, mitigation measures, permit conditions and access restrictions,” Executive Director Brad Gill wrote.

The Sept. 2 letter, which was sent to DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau, came as the DEC was putting the final touches on its latest regulatory proposals for the controversial hydrofracking technique. Most of the agency’s recommendations were released in July.

Those proposals include a ban on surface drilling on state land, through primary aquifers and within 4,000 feet of the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, as well as a variety of other setbacks and mitigation measures.

Gill said many of those provisions are “without a scientific basis or rationale,” and would result in a “lost economic opportunity for New York totaling billions of dollars.” He asked for the watershed and state land bans to be repealed, and for some of the other setbacks to be rolled back or eliminated.

If the proposals are adopted as is, he wrote, New York would be “non-competitive” and state and local governments would forego property, income and sales tax revenue, as well as a considerable supply of natural gas.

“If the state fails with the biggest economic opportunity available to it through the development of its clean-burning, indigenous natural gas resources, New York policymakers must understand the message that this will send to all industries,” Gill wrote.

The DEC’s proposed regulations are subject to public comment until Dec. 12, and a set of four public hearings across the state on the proposals will start next week.

On Monday, DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said the agency won’t take any shortcuts “when it comes to protecting public health and environment in New York state.”

“If high-volume hydraulic fracturing moves forward in New York, it will move forward with the most stringent standards in the nation to ensure New York’s drinking water and other natural resources are thoroughly protected,” she said. “Other states are playing catch-up after their regulations proved to be inadequate.”

The department has been developing recommendations since 2008 on how to prevent or dull the environmental impact of high-volume hydrofracking, a controversial technique that involves a high-pressure mix of water and chemicals blasted into underground shale formations to unlock natural gas.

The technique has been on hold in New York — which sits above the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations — since the review was launched and will remain that way at least until the review is finalized next year. Martens said last month, however, that it’s unclear if the state would be in a position to issue permits in 2012.

It’s not just the gas industry that is unsatisfied with the DEC’s recommendations. A number of environmental and anti-fracking groups have spoken out against the 1,500-page document, saying that it doesn’t go far enough to protection the environment and the public health of New Yorkers.

Assembly Environmental Chairman Robert Sweeney, D-Suffolk County, wrote his own letter to Martens last month, detailing more than 137 questions he wants answered regarding the impact of drilling on the environment. The letter came days after a panel of Assembly members grilled top DEC officials on their recommendations for close to three hours at a hearing in Albany.

Sweeney said Monday that his letter “just reinforces what we’ve all been saying all along. As more time goes on, more questions arise, and the more we find that these questions have not been addressed.”

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Marcellus Shale may produce local jobs

October 17, 2011
By NICHOLAS L. DEAN – OBSERVER Mayville Bureau , The OBSERVER
 
 
A study released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation detailed how natural gas production of the Marcellus Shale could bring upward of 50,000 jobs to New York.
 
Chautauqua County already benefits greatly from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” according to Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown. That fracking though is not fracking of the Marcellus Shale, but of smaller, more conventional gas wells.
 
Earlier this year, a proposal was made to impose a one-year moratorium on hydrofracking in the state of New York. A similar such proposal had passed both the Senate and Assembly in 2010, but was vetoed by then Gov. David Paterson. The proposal earlier this year, according to Goodell, did not distinguish between the conventional shallow wells which have for years been drilled locally and the type of hydrofracking which would be done to the Marcellus Shale. The DEC does make a distinction between the two, Goodell said.
 
More than 550 drilling permits were issued by the DEC for Chautauqua County in 2010, which is average. A total of 580 such permits were issued in 2009 and 670 were issued in 2008.
 
At the same time, no permits have been issued for the Marcellus Shale because those wells are so different and are still being looked at.
 
In announcing the study, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens told The Associated Press that the state agency will propose regulations for high-volume fracking of gas wells in early October. Environmental groups would rather the agency enact regulations, not just permitting guidelines, to give the rules the force of law.
 
A well in Chautauqua County is typically 3,200 feet deep, according to Goodell. Marcellus Shale wells are typically more than 10,000 feet deep.
 
A conventional well in Chautauqua County uses between 25,000 and 75,000 gallons of water depending on its depth. A Marcellus Shale well uses several million gallons of water.
 
“We have been doing conventional hydrofracking in Chautauqua County for over 60 years,” Goodell told the OBSERVER. “Chautauqua County has an independent water resources expert who works for the county Health Department who carefully monitors all water-quality issues in the county and has been doing so since the 1990s.
 
“He reports that there’s no record of any cross-contamination between the hydrofracking fluid and the groundwater in Chautauqua County,” Goodell continued. “Sixty years, and there are over 5,000 active wells in Chautauqua County.”
 
Of the many wells in Chautauqua County, Goodell said several are on school properties and the schools use the free natural gas to keep the cost of heating their buildings down. Additionally, everyone from the local Girl Scouts to many municipalities have similar such wells.
 
When the legislative moratorium was proposed earlier this year, Goodell said he immediately began working to get an amendment which would exclude conventional hydrofracking in Western New York. When that was unsuccessful, he said he spoke strongly against the bill on the floor of the Assembly because of the impact it would have on the oil and gas industry and all of Western New York.
 
“To put it in perspective, according to NYSERDA – the New York State Energy Research Energy Development Agency – there are between 4,500 and 5,000 people employed in the oil and gas industry in Western New York,” Goodell said. “In addition to the huge employment impact of a moratorium, there’s a huge financial impact on Western New York’s economy because these wells cost anywhere from $200,000 to $250,000 apiece. So if you’re drilling 500 wells at a quarter-million a piece, you’re looking at an economic impact of well over $125 million. The economic impact is probably between $125 and $150 million a year or more.
 
“And here’s the irony,” Goodell continued, “this proposed moratorium would have shut down all the conventional operations for which there’s no documented problems in groundwater contamination over concerns of the Marcellus Shale’s high-volume, non-conventional drilling for which there were no drilling permits being issued. In other words, it didn’t affect the Marcellus Shale where there were concerns, but shut down everything else.”
 
Though the moratorium bill passed the Assembly, it failed to pass the Senate. In the Assembly, the bill saw opposition from the Republican majority as well as from several Western New York Democrats who Goodell said “understand the importance of continuing to develop the local economy.” Additionally, Goodell credited state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, for leading the bill’s opposition in the state Senate.
 
A recent fact sheet published by the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York pointed out that the local industries operate under a thorough state and federal permitting structure.
 
The fact sheet identifies state and federal regulatory agencies and programs, which oversee every step of the oil and gas extraction process, from the permitting process, to worksite safety, water testing, and well casing, all the way through site completion and reclamation.
 
“IOGA of New York members want to remind the public that oil and gas operations have been regulated by the state and federal governments for many decades,” said Brad Gill, executive director of IOGA of New York. “We have a proven record of success and environmental protection.”
 
Further, according to Gill, the fact sheet briefly describes the many layers of laws and rules that help ensure the public that the industry continues to operate under New York state and federal laws and works actively to protect our environment.
 
The fact sheet and others are available online at the IOGA of New York website www.iogany.org and on the Marcellus Facts blog site www.marcellusfacts.com/blog/education.
 
According to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, the state’s priority is to protect drinking water and the environment while allowing natural gas development to proceed.
 
The study released proposes guidelines to protect the environment, human health and communities from potential harm related to gas production using fracking, which injects wells with millions of gallons of chemically treated water and sand a mile underground to fracture the shale and release trapped gas.
 
“This will enable New York’s economy to benefit from this resource and the job opportunities that development is expected to bring,” Martens told The Associated Press.
 
Permitting for new gas wells in the lucrative Marcellus Shale region, which extends from southern New York through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, has been on hold in New York since the environmental study was begun in 2008.
 
Martens said no permits will be issued until the study is finalized, likely in early 2012. DEC spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said the agency hopes to have its new regulations completed by the time the study is finalized, but “we’re not sure that will happen.”
 
Across the border in Pennsylvania, the AP reported, nearly 4,000 wells have been drilled in the past few years and tens of thousands more are planned. New York’s impact study includes a section called “What we learned from Pennsylvania,” which describes well site accidents and measures DEC will require to prevent similar problems.
 

A public comment period on the environmental impact study has begun and will conclude Dec. 12. A comment period on proposed regulations will begin in early October and end Dec. 12.

 

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