This is a narrated online overview of the Power Point presentations made at Cornell on October 30th on New York Shale Gas Potential on BrainShark (click reload if necessary). Non-narrated version online here on Scribd. It gives a summary explanation of the key variables that both drive and constrain shale gas potential in New York – geology, economics and regulations – that can be used to arrive at an estimate of the area effected. Lou Allstadt’s presentation will go up shortly, followed by Brian Brock’s. Jerry Acton’s Power Point is already up, here. We are planning repeats of the forum around the state, stay tuned. When you watch these Power Points, keep in mind what the public was told about the Marcellus and Utica shales – the tens of thousands of jobs predicted, the millions in tax revenues. Almost all of that was a mirage advanced by the gas industry lobbyists in Albany. The industry itself, as Lou points out, never believed any of that. It was pure spin for the purposes of gaining political leverage in New York state, which the frackers clearly achieved – based on false promises and fat envelopes.
Note who was complicit in this grand deception – the DEC that published the spin in the dSGEIS, the politicians that parroted the spin, and some local frackademics that provided a veneer of credibility to shale hype – that the major oil and gas companies never bought into. They came, they tested, they left – before the de facto moratorium went into place. Some players – like Range Resources, Cabot and Hess – never bothered to even file drill permit applications. Leaving a baker’s dozen of well permit applications – including Exxon’s misbegotten app. next to a trout stream in the Delaware Valley.
For those that have been paying attention, the notion that New York was going to be the next big fracking thing has been understood for some time as more hot air than gas – a fractured fairy tale perpetuated by industry PR, Albany lobbyists, fracking front groups, and the odd frackademic.