The Democrats, if you include the 5 members of the Independent Democratic Conference, hold the majority in the New York State Senate. Contact the Independent Democratic Conference members and tell them you want a vote on the health study bill in the Senate. Get it out of committee matched to the Assembly bill. Vote on it and send it to Governor Cuomo to sign. New Yorkers deserve as much.
State Senator Tom Libous is trying to do everything he can to keep the Senate health study bill bottled up in committee. He not only drank the fracking Kool Aide, he makes it. And tries to force others to drink it. Even when the goal is to address the health issues in a forthright and scientific manner, Libous, a cancer survivor, has vowed to block the Senate bill calling for health studies. Because that’s what he’s been paid to do for a real long time: carry water for Chesapeake in Albany. And frankly, any other lobbyist that wants to write him a check:
Libous is not so sure that there are no health problems worth studying. He’s just sure that if he does not block that bill, he’s off the Fracking Gravy Train.
If there is no independent health study done in New York, Senator Libous will be to blame. He is the fracker’s firewall on blocking a health study bill in the legislature. Here he is doing his “let the science decide” schtick in front of the JLCNY, who are threatening to sue the State of New York for kajllion dollars – as soon as their lawyer, Scott Frakoski, standing behind Libous in the video, can find a plaintiff and a case. To the right in the video is Jennifer Huntington, who lost her lawsuit against the Town of Middlefield’s Home Rule ordinance at trial.
Ironically, no one in the industry believes the propaganda that Sentor Libous continues to parrot: On local jobs. There will be few local jobs to explore for dry shale gas in the Southern Tier. On the rush to frack: most of the rigs have already been demobilized in NE Pennsylvania and have headed west. The won’t be back soon. The only HVHF permit applications left in New York are from Chinapeake, who has one foot in the grave, Norse Energy, who has both feet in, and some fracking nobodies. The only “real” HVHF permit applications in New York are a handful from XTO, who could actually pay to drill them – but these applications are simply step-out land plays from what’s directly across the border in Pennsylvania: dry Marcellus wells, that, based on the Marcellus production trend shown below, are apt to be less productive than their counterparts across the border. That’s it. That’s all she wrote. The Marcellus is pretty much borderline at the borderline.
Most of what’s north of that is hot air. Courtesy of fracking gas bags like Senator Tom Libous.
On economic benefits: The gas will go overseas, the profits will go back to Libous’s benefactors and the pollution will stay behind. On tax revenue: New York State derives not direct tax revenue from gas production. It’s a fracking tax haven. Because that’s what Libous’s handlers paid for.
Even his own constituents don’t believe him when he surveyed them on the subject. 55% percent did not believe shale gas wells would create a meaningful number of local jobs in Upstate. 57% did not believe that the DEC’s proposed fracking regulations would protect the public or the environment. So who is Libous pandering to on this ? Could it be the gas lobbyists ?
Libous keeps mixing the Kool Aide because that’s his job in Albany. The Fracking Spoiler. He is there to keep every meaningful reform bill bottled up in committee. He does that on behalf of his benefactors in Oklahoma and Texas. We all know that. So not much point in letting him get away with it any longer. After all he’s done all they’ve asked. There’s nothing more that they can expect from him. Give Libous the Fracking Parrot a rest on this. The frackers will still keep him and his cronies on the payroll. Maybe.
Might do something about this: contact the Independent Democratic Conference members :
Here’s my tongue-in-cheek take on this preposterous fracking parrot:
Libous Vows to Block Vote on Health Study “Because the guys in Tulsa asked me to.”
Bingo — A leader of the Republican Senate minority on Thursday said he will fight to keep a requirement for an independent health study on fracking from getting a vote in the state Senate as part of a deal he has with some men in Oklahoma. Senate Deputy Minority/Majority Leader Thomas Libous, R-Tulsa, said his goal is to “make sure no fracking health study bill passes the Senate over my dead body. Or ever, whichever comes sooner. After all, we Republicans lost control of the Senate fair and square. It’s the least I can do for the $200,000 the industry paid me.”
Libous, a well-paid fracking shill whose district sits near the supposed edge of the Marcellus Shale, said he doesn’t want to see the issue on the Senate floor for a vote, “where it would probably pass in a fracking minute.” He added, “I’m going to try to make sure that it doesn’t,” he said Thursday. “I feel that strongly on that issue. And so do most of the other gas lobbyists I report to.”
Libous’ comments came a day after the state Assembly passed a bill that would prohibit drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations until May 15, 2015. On Tuesday, Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, introduced a similar but separate bill in the Senate. Carlucci is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the chamber with the GOP.
Carlucci on Thursday said his bill would ensure a decision on fracking isn’t made on an “arbitrary timetable.” His legislation would tie a moratorium to the completion of two outside studies of shale-gas drilling’s impacts: one from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the other from Geisinger Health System. “I can appreciate my colleague’s concerns,” Carlucci said of Libous’ comments. “I think the important thing is we need to put New Yorkers’ health first, and I think the prudent thing to do would be to wait for these studies to be done, get the science on the table and get all the data possible.”
Libous said the state’s process should be completed without the Legislature’s involvement or any scientific evidence, a lick of common sense or simple democratic principles. “I’m going to lobby my colleagues in the IDC. I’m going to lobby my Republican colleagues, I’m going to lobby like a lobbyist” Libous said, his voice rising. “Let the (Department of Environmental Conservation) and Health Department give the governor the recommendations the industry has already paid for and then we’ll move forward they way they asked us to. Let’s stick to their plan, OK ? We’ve all got our checks.”
Brad Gill, executive director of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York, said, “We actually think the prosed regulations are illegal under SAPA and are without any scientific basis, but if that’s what it takes to frack this state, we’re all for them.”
Critics of fracking, however, said there is not a “comprehensive understanding of fracking-enabled oil and gas development’s impacts on public health.” A coalition of environmental groups issued a joint statement Thursday urging “the Senate and Assembly to work together to enact legislation on this important issue as quickly as possible.”
Before the frackers call in all their IOU’s on their fracking parrot in Albany.