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Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

November 22, 2014
Grisanti to Head DEC as Cuomo Greenlights Fracking New York ?

Frankly, this rumor seems eerily plausible. It seems unlikely that DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens would stick around to preside over the willful destruction of large swaths of New York state via infracstructure – pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste on roads, etc. But newly available Mark Grisanti could use the work, follow orders, take the heat and keep his mouth shut. Plus he’s been an insider on Cuomo’s on-going fracking scandal for years. As chair of the Senate Environmental Committee, Grisanti was paid by the fracking lobbyists to block all fracking legislation, including the senate versions of all of the bills passed in the House. He was paid by Chesapeake to introduce a bill that would have enabled Chesapeake to tie up two square miles of mineral rights – in perpetuity – using  the […]

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Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are “Outside Agitators”

November 19, 2014
Seneca Lake Sheriff Claims Protestors Are "Outside Agitators"

Presumably from another planet. . . or perhaps Russia ? Sheriff refuses to arrest local residents and business owners – which might frack up his “outside agitator” scenario. Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, […]

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WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

May 22, 2014
WSJ: Frack Protesters Welcome Obama To Birthplace of Frack Bans

WSJ: Hundreds of Fracking Protesters Greet Obama in Cooperstown. Because his advance team evidently did not know that the Village would be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of its frack ban – the first one in America. Not only did the Village of Cooperstown support the ban, but so did the Hall of Fame.  So rather than enter the Hall of Fame via the front door where awnings had been set up for his arrival, he snuck in via a service dock in a back alley. This did not go unnoticed by the Wall Street Journal. ARTICLE NATALIE ANDREWS President Barack Obama visited the Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday as crowds chanted outside, but these weren’t fans cheering on America’s pastime. Or Obama. Instead, they were protesters chanted “End fracking now!” And while baseball and oil […]

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Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

May 6, 2014
Spill Baby Spill : The Year to Date in Frackastrophes

A partial list . . . more fracking nonsense coming your way down a railroad track, highway or river real soon.   Charge your video camera, get a YouTube account and put a tort lawyer on speed dial.  Or just ban it. That works too. The next time some gas bag says, “Fracking can be done safely,” or some such drivel, show them this list: April 2014 04/11/2014 April 30-A CSX train carrying fracked crude oil derails and bursts into flames in downtown Lynchburg, VA, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. April 30- Two oil workers die and nine others are injured in an explosion at a RKI Exploration and Production well site in West Texas. Loving County Sheriff Billy Hopper says the workers were operating a rig that separates […]

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HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

April 28, 2014
HELEN SLOTTJE WINS WORLD'S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE !

BREAKING NEWS:  Helen Holden Slottje Wins Goldman Environmental Prize 2014 Local Fractivist Wins World’s Largest Environmental Prize  Helen Slottje, co-founder of the legal dynamic duo Team Slottje has just been named recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2014. Way to go Helen. Bravo Team Slottje.  “A former corporate lawyer who is blocking fracking in the state of New York after discovering a legal loophole enabling individual towns to fight fracking through zoning laws. Her efforts have helped to stall the hydraulic fracking process, leading large corporations to ask the court to force the Cuomo administration to decide if large-scale fracking can continue in New York. These corporations argue that the repeated delays in the decision making process are grounds for a judge to intervene.” More Photos Mary Rose Ramos For […]

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Walter Hang’s Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

April 27, 2014
Walter Hang's Letter to Cuomo: No More Frack Filth in Water Plants

Dumping Frack Waste In Water Treatment Plants April 22, 2014 Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State New York State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Greetings: I write respectfully to request that you take immediate action to safeguard New York’s environment from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) inadequate regulation of natural gas drilling wastewater dumping hazards. This highly polluted wastewater contains a wide range of metals, organic chemicals and radionuclides that are toxic and persistent. As you will recall, I wrote on April 7, 2011 to request that you: “investigate potential environmental and public health impacts associated with approximately 20 million gallons of natural gas drilling wastewater reportedly accepted by the Auburn, Canandaigua and Cayuga Heights Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs).” I noted that: “This matter warrants your […]

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New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

April 21, 2014
New York Shale Gets (another) Major Downgrade

The League of Women Voters of New York have commissioned their own study on New York’s shale gas potential – this time from the industry.  The results are a fraction – about 5% – of what the DEC had lead the public to believe was New York’s shale potential. Full report here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/219405163/Marcellus-Resource-Assessment-for-New-York-April-10-2014 http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/04/22/new-report-finds-marcellus-gas-costly-produce-raising-doubts-new-york-state One of the authors will be on Capital Pressroom : Arthur Berman and Elisabeth Radow on Capitol Pressroom, Tuesday April 22 at 11:30 to discuss report on economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York.   http://www.wcny.org/radio/capitolpressroom/ The League of Women Voter of New York State has contracted with Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. to perform an evaluation of potential economically recoverable Marcellus shale natural gas in New York. The resulting report: Resource Assessment of Potentially Producible Natural Gas Volumes […]

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State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

March 29, 2014
State to Frack Babies: Frack Off

The State of New York has responded to a landowner’s suit by telling them – in no uncertain legal terms – to take a fracking hike. The landowners claim that the state is taking too long to conduct its environmental and health review of fracking, but they are at a complete loss as to say how long such a study should take. They claim they have waited too long to drill a shale gas well on their property – when none of them has ever had a valid well permit application in the queue at the DEC.  It’s ironic that they are calling for the state to update its regulations, when the gas industry has opposed any update in the state’s environmental regulations for decades. When it came to time to […]

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US House Greenlights Eminent Domain for Keystone Pipeline

March 4, 2014
US House Greenlights Eminent Domain for Keystone Pipeline

The US House has voted to block the use of eminent domain for private interests – with one huge loophole exception – the Keystone XL Pipeline. The bill is intended to block the use of eminent domain for private development – most notoriously for sports stadiums that are financed with industrial revenue bonds and built for one team who can use the power of eminent domain to condemn land for the site. But there’s a catch: the exemption for a private Canadian pipeline company. . . Eminent Domain Authority – Passage – Vote Passed (353-65, 12 Not Voting) The House passed a bill Wednesday that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if […]

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Frack Busters’ Methodology Confirmed

February 22, 2014
Frack Busters' Methodology Confirmed

By researchers at Princeton University and by the University of Texas. A similar peer reviewed study funded by Shell Oil and the Sloan Foundation will be ready on the Marcellus this year. What they confirmed is that the productivity of some shale plays are predictable with relatively simple scaling models – like the Acton Model – which classifies shale potential in tiers based primarily on thickness and depth – from the sweet spot to where the shale becomes uneconomic at almost any price. A concept that anyone that has seen a Frack Busters show would be familiar with. Thickness  of the shale, specifically the target Union Springs section, is the key variable in the NE Marcellus. The only geological joker in the deck is thermal over-maturity. Look for the researchers’ work on […]

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