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Chip Northrup

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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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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Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

February 22, 2014
Fractavist Rex: Exxon CEO Turns Fractavist

I was there: Exxon’s Rex Tillerson and the Fracking Water Tower by Texas Sharon on FEBRUARY 22, 2014 in XTO I was there in Bartonville, Texas with NeoNIMBYs Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey. The first time Rex Tillerson and Dick Armey addressed the Town of Bartonville aboutthe water tower who’s toxic emissions and activities would trespass onto their property causing health problems, loss of enjoyment of property, water contamination and diminished property value, I was there. It was a night I will never forget and this is how I remember it. The water tower was first up on the agenda and Rex–as I remember it–was the first speaker on the subject. The speech he made at this town council meeting was very different from the highly publicized, threatening speech he made at the more recent town council meeting. This speech was […]

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Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

February 21, 2014
Exxon CEO Supports Home Rule in His Back Yard

Turns out that Mega Fracker Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil CEO, is a staunch supporter of Home Rule – local zoning ordinances, when they would keep a frack water supply tower away from his house – which is located in a town that had a moratorium on fracking. So he is suing  in support of Home Rule in order to keep the frack water supply tower (and the frack water trucks) away from his house. His co-plaintiff in the lawsuit to block the frack water tower is the eponymous Dick Armey, Tea Party lobbyist and Cheney side-kick. Neo NIMBY Rex Tillerson has attacked fractavists, including Josh Fox, as NIMBYs – that use local zoning ordinances to prohibit fracking and fracking infrastructure. Such as compressors. And frack water towers. Fellow NeoNIMBY Dick Armey has been the Koch brother’s […]

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The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

February 17, 2014
The Chevron Promise: If our fracking well explodes, the pizza is on us !

In more ways than one. After starting a shale gas fire that killed one worker, injured another and was too fracking hot to put out, Chevron’s “community outreach” staff left pizza coupons at about 100 houses around the blast site – as they went through the town to inform people that the fatal well fire had been finally put out after 6 days  - but that it might re-ignite. Seems like a real neighborly gesture, until you realize that the frackers probably paid for the pizzas by docking people’s royalty checks for “community relations.” Chevron fracking explosion brings free pizza to rural Pennsylvanians. Because pizza means never having to say you’re sorry. . .  Chevron has plans to take this program international; in Poland, blast victims will be compensated in kielbasas. In Lithuania, locals will be mollified with borscht coupons. In Ecuador, tamales. Get […]

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Frackers Giving Away Frack Goo !

February 13, 2014
Frackers Giving Away Frack Goo !

To any town or county that wants to coat their roads with a 100 year supply of fracking flowback. Then the locals can figure out how to get the stuff off their cars, trucks, trees, grass, streams, their kids. For the next 1,500 years or so. Think of all the money your town or county will save on de-icing ! Act fast, only a few trillion gallons left. . . . Or your town and county can tell the frackers to take their fracking filth somewhere else, Like some New York towns and counties are already doing. Is your town or county coating your roads with a secret blend of radium 226, strontium 90, arsenic, barium, and diesel fuel ? If your town or county elected officials have not taken steps to protect you […]

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Constitution Pipeline Frackdown !

February 13, 2014
Constitution Pipeline Frackdown !

Hearings have been scheduled on the proposed unConstitutional and increasingly Irrelevant Williams Pipeline  at 7 pm on the dates / locations shown below. These hearings address the proposed draft environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline, here. Would encourage you to go, and would not fail to mention that the proponents of the pipeline – which will cause significant environmental damage and condemn miles of ROW – are unable to demonstrate that the gas field it serves – the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus – is in need of additional transmission capacity – now that it is in decline.  Moreover, the exploration and production sister company of one of the pipeline’s owners, WPX, is already cutting back operations in the field the pipeline taps.  If in fact production from the field was increasing, there might […]

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Williams : Fracking Bozos of the Marcellus

February 12, 2014
Williams : Fracking Bozos of the Marcellus

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 up ROW in New York state to build the Constitution Pipeline to supply a field that they can’t find any fracking gas in. If these gasholes show up at your place looking to buy right of way and threatening you with condemnation, tell them Come and fracking try […]

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And then the frackers explode . . .

February 11, 2014
And then the frackers explode . . .

Forgot to mention that as part of the “fracking health” study. Shale Gas Frack Fires are too hot for local firefighters to do anything about it.  As firefighters discovered at a recent shale gas well explosion in Pennsylvania that killed one worker and injured another while they were hooking it up to a gathering system. If the shale gas well is near a school, house, daycare center or tanker train full of Canadian Tar Balls, best run. Fast. Welcome to Fracking Hell pilgrim. The proposed setback of a well pad from a house in New York is 500 feet.  Look at the photo and tell me what part of 500′ is close enough for your house. In Dallas, it’s 1,500 feet. The proposed set back of everything else – a compressor, tank battery, de-gasser or a […]

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