About two thirds of the way into Josh Fox' Solutions Grassroots Tour performance at Clarke Chapel, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania, I got up and walked out. I wasn’t noisy--but I was definitive. I could say that Fox' gig just wasn't very well put together (it wasn't), or that it seemed pretty cheesy on the side of a pitch for his new installment in the Gasland documentary series (it was). I could say that the "theater" promised in the trailer was wholly MIA, and that it wasn't much of a … [Read more...] about When the Roots Aren’t Made of Grass, the Solutions Save the System, and the Only Thing Hotter than the Planet is the Bacon
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Fractavists send Cuomo a message Don't frack with Upstate. Here's the map from the NYT. It's actually very telling - Cuomo won mostly the cities, plus western NY hence most of the votes. But Teachout/Wu won all of the Hudson valley, the Adirondacks, Catskills and Finger Lakes by fractavist landslides - and clearly won the hearts and minds of most of Upstate and Central and Finger Lakes NY. If you go to the map on the NYT site and mouse over the Southern Tier, Central and Upstate … [Read more...] about Fractavist Landslide: Teachout/ Wu Win 30 Upstate Counties and 34% of Vote
Personally, I never spend more than $4,999.99 a year on fractivism, because I don't want to be accused of being a "lobbyist" - which is somewhere between a child molester and a fracker on the Scum Bag Scale. Or a Fracking Lobbyist for Chinapeake Energy - like say Tom West. Which is off the scale, real Dante's Level 3 stuff. The worst epithet a fracking lobbyist can hurl at someone is "lobbyist" Evidently The Fractivist Fab 4 - Yoko, Sean, Susan and Mark - are being accused by some … [Read more...] about How To Win Friends and Influence People On Less than $5,000 a Year
The Pennsylvania Legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett are about to bestow another Gift to the Gassers. Senate Bill 259 is n Act amending the act of July 20, 1979 (P.L.183, No.60), entitled "An act regulating the terms and conditions of certain leases regarding natural gas and oil," adding definitions; providing for payment information to interest owners for accumulation of proceeds from production, for apportionment and for conflicts; and making editorial changes.” The PA House vote was 167 … [Read more...] about FORCED INTO THE FRACKING POOL
After considerable protracted debate over a long Summer, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty—APSCUF—decisively passed by a vote of 68-31 a position statement with respect to SB 367—the PA Frack U Bill—and more generally the state university union’s position with respect to hydraulic fracturing—fracking—on state university properties. Wendy Lee - APSCUF Anti-Fracking Resolution - YouTube It had been nearly a year since the “indigenous mineral resource … [Read more...] about Education Matters More Than Money: The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty Anti-Extraction Resolution
When asked to bury a 30" high pressure gas main on a trade school campus - where 16 year olds learn how to operate earth moving equipment - including bulldozers and backhoes, the school said not only "NO" but "Are you fracking nuts ?" No, am not making this up . . . http://thedailystar.com/localnews/x934947719/Pipeline-route-across-BOCES-campus-ignites-opposition In a surprise memo to students, the Head of the Pyrotechnics Department, Prof. Fred Frackmeister issued this terse announcement: … [Read more...] about Exploding Pipelines 101 Dropped From Trade School Curriculum
Pretty simple equation. Adding pipeline capacity is predicated on increasing or sustained production, not decreasing production. If there is not sufficient surplus gas to justify a new pipeline, there is not much justification to build another pipeline. Likewise, if there is sufficient existing right of way (ROW) - alongside a railroad line, existing gas transmission line, highway or utility line, there is not much justification to acquire additional right of way for a new line. But let's … [Read more...] about No Additional Gas, No Constitution Pipeline ?
Every oil and gas play has its pioneers - generally the wildcatters that discover the field - and its bozos, the me-too johnny-come-latelys that define where the field ends. The Marcellus has a large cast of bozos in New York - Norse Energy, Gastem, various fracking riffraff. Pennsylvania has its own share of bozos - Hess, Newfield, and Williams Exploration - who is single handedly defining that the NE Pa. Marcellus has plateaued if not peaked. These are the fracking gasholes that want to buy … [Read more...] about Williams : Fracking Bozos of the Marcellus
Our thin-skinned, narcissistic, vitriolic, vindictive & uncivilized newly elected POTUS will be facing dozens of law suites that pre-date his candidacy, and we'll get to see this man for what he is, a lying, thieving con-artist who swindled the small businesses who were contracted to help build his real estate empire only to be stiffed for the bill by cheap-skate Donald J.Trump. You have been warned: “Trump Derangement Syndrome” will be a cudgel used to silence his … [Read more...] about Welcome To Trump Entertainment, Where Nothing Is Real!
Just in time for Christmas. If you're in harm's way, lock the gate and call a lawyer. Don't sell out cheap and have your land ruined. You knew this was going to happen. The New York State Office of the Attorney General has taken a complaint, filed by a landowner who received a threatening letter from Constitution Pipeline, and submitted it to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This action may indicate that the AG’s office is beginning to respond to complaints by the Center for … [Read more...] about Pipeline Threatens . . . Then Trespasses