If you're in the business of getting government contracts to promote fracking for the shale charlatans inside the DEC, it's now increasingly trendy to pretend that you are not a fracking shill. Even if you are. Preferably after you've already gotten the contract to be a shale shill. The Times Union tries to sort out the fracks from the fabrications . . . http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Fracking-list-generates-more-heat-4465060.php#ixzz2RZztaf6S The latest IOGA member to renounce … [Read more...] about Alpha ShilloScience
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Team Cuomo has taken New York the edge of the Fracking Cliff. One more push and Upstate water gets contaminated with frack poop. How did that come about ? They Cuomo Administration has done a nice job at equivocating as to what it might do to protect New York from the hazards of fracking, but here is where we are really at, as we peer over the Fracking Cliff: 1. The proposed fracking regulations are for fracking by frackers, not for the environment by scientists or for people's health by … [Read more...] about The Fracking Cliff
The Frack Myth Busters presented our views of New York's shale gas prospects to the Senators, including Sen Latimer, Krueger, Avella and Tkaczyk. There was an audience of about 50, including reporters, a few fracking lobbyists, DEC staff, and fractavists - Clare Donahue, Julia Walsh, John Armstrong, Clark Rhodes, etc. Lou's summary of our presentation's conclusions are here: Excerpts from Sen. Avella's Forum The stars of the show were Yvonne Taylor, Beth Radow and Jannette Barth = who … [Read more...] about Senate Forum on the Economic Realities of Fracking in New York
The 5 Grisanti bills each codify the water use thresholds that would exempt a frack job of under 300,000 gallons from the SGEIS review propose. Meaning any propane frack job would fall outside of the scope of the SGEIS. And any small horizontal water frack - 300,000 gallons or less - does not have to meet the environmental safeguards proposed in the SGEIS. The SGEIS pertains to gas wells that consume 300,000 gallons of water or more during the frack. Gas wells that consume less than this … [Read more...] about Grisanti’s Fracking Loopholes
Or what the frack really happened ? The science - including the political science and the geoscience - decided. Why New York Did Not Get The Fracking It Did Not Deserve "Success has many parents, failure is an orphan." We can summarize why fracking was prohibited in New York with a simple construct - the cost/ benefit ratio - what the environmental risks and economic costs would be to the state and it citizens versus the benefits of shale gas industrialization. Initially, this ratio … [Read more...] about A Brief History of the New York State Frack Ban Movement
As previously noted, the DEC has known for some time that it was going to be sued over the proposed fracking rules and regulations. The DEC hired two attorneys, Marc Gerstman and Ed McTiernan, to be ready to try defend the agency's inherently dysfunctional approach to regulating fracking. As we have noted before, the fundamental flaw in New York's regulatory approach is that it attempts to combine both the environmental regulatory oversight of shale gas industrialization (as evidenced in the … [Read more...] about DEC: Fracking Jekyll & Hyde
Mike Bernhard sent out some thought-provoking comments on how a blanket moratorium extension on all drilling (if one even got out of committee in the state senate) might cloud the picture of force majeure claims in New York - since the extension bill would expand the moratorium to include vertical low permeability formations - probably because the only way to economically produce such wells would be to frack them horizontally, so a vertical shale well would in all likelihood be a test well for a … [Read more...] about Moratorium Extension as Lease Extender ?
When caught out as being members of the fracking lobbying group IOGA, (Independent Oil and Gas Association), two consulting firms that wrote key sections of the dSGEIS for the DEC denied being corporate members, stating that their employees were members. Catch is that there are no individual memberships available at IOGA - except for sole proprietorships, as stated on their website: "G. Individual: Those sole proprietors (not incorporated) with a maximum of two … [Read more...] about $hale $hill’s SGEIS
The frackers say that 6 years is long enough to revise New York's fracking regulations. Which begs the question, "How long does it usually take the DEC to revise its fracking regulations ?" The last time they tried it took seventeen (17) years. Because the frackers didn't want any updated regulations. Ironic, huh ? This is the Disjointed Landowners' account of the hearing in the Koch Brothers Funded Action against the New York DEC for, ostensibly, delaying the rule making process to permit … [Read more...] about Koch Brothers v New York DEC
Probably for Valentine's Day, when the DEC has a deadline to shovel the dSGEIS out the door. And after over 200,000 comments have been delivered to the DEC's bunker. The DEC has known for some time that they were going to be sued over their comic opera mishandling of the fracking regulations. And now, Team Slottje have laid out the why and how of such an action. As Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper, a former DEC employee, neatly summarized at the Assembly hearing, the DEC's mismanagement of the … [Read more...] about DEC To Get Sued !