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The Fracking Rashomon Effect: Why New York Banned but California and Maryland Didn’t

January 22, 2015
The Fracking Rashomon Effect: Why New York Banned but California and Maryland Didn't

Have read several accounts of how “we” banned fracking in New York, how “you (fractavists)” banned fracking and at least one thinly veiled “How I” banned fracking, plus the usual assortment of why Cuomo banned fracking from the main stream media, some of whom have gotten this about half right. The net result is a kind of Rashomon Effect – different observers see the same scene but report it quite differently, in some cases ignoring some of the other players entirely. You are entitled to your own perception of what happened, but you’re not entitled to your own facts. Have written a brief history of the New York ban movement myself, and have been agnostic as to who or what was more effective – since there were indeed a lot players involved and […]

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A Brief History of the New York State Frack Ban Movement

December 21, 2014
A Brief History of the New York State Frack Ban Movement

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 appeared to tilt very much in favor of  fracking  – at least in the popular press and in the corridors of power – because the gas industry had grossly overstated the benefits of shale gas development while categorically denying the risks and collateral damage associated with it. […]

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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 ?

UPDATE 11/24 GRISANTI OUT AS DEC COMMISSIONER “Environmental groups got nervous this week when they heard rumblings that the governor would tap soon-to-be-former Sen. Mark Grisanti to replace Joe Martens as head of the DEC. Martens, who had a considerable environmental background before joining the administration, has been with the governor since 2011. Grisanti is the outgoing Senate Environmental Conservation Committee chairman and is seen as especially close with the Cuomo administration. During the campaign, Cuomo publicly praised the GOP senator – the last remaining Republican senator of the four who voted “yes” on same-sex marriage in 2011. The governor stopped short of endorsing Grisanti outright, but didn’t back his Democratic foe, Senator-elect Marc Panepinto, either. But several sources on Monday didn’t just dismiss the idea, but slammed the door […]

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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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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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“Waive Baby Waive” Pa. DEP Proves Case For Home Rule.

January 20, 2014
"Waive Baby Waive" Pa. DEP Proves Case For Home Rule.

The Pennsylvania DEP never bothered to enforce the regulations they said were supposed to replace local zoning ordinances. Regulations are only as good as enforcement. And in Fracksylvania, enforcement is non-existent, because that’s what the frackers paid for. No wonder the Pennsylvania Supremes struck down the law = it was simply a “frack anywhere” ploy. Imagine that. DEP always granted Marcellus drillers’ requests to avoid Act 13′s stream buffers JANUARY 16, 2014 | 9:36 PM BY MARIE CUSICK The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it has never denied a request by a Marcellus shale driller to circumvent the stream setback requirements in Act 13. Parts of the 2012 oil and gas law were struck down by the state Supreme Court last month, including the stream and wetland setback requirements. The court […]

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DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

January 10, 2014
DISNEY CANCELS FRACKERS

Radio Disney in Cleveland Ohio has canceled the remaining fossil fuel industry sponsored shows. Responding to Disney’s partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association (OOGA), more than 80,000 people signed an online petition to demand Disney CEO Bob Iger stop the OOGA program. News organization Al Jazerra ran the Disney-OOGA partnership story on January 8, 2013. On January 9, 2013, Disney emailed a statement to Al Jazeera, saying the company has pulled out of the remaining installments of the Rocking Ohio tour. “The sole intent of the collaboration between Radio Disney and the nonprofit Rocking in Ohio educational initiative was to foster kids’ interest in science and technology. Having been inadvertently drawn into a debate that has no connection with this goal, Radio Disney has decided to withdraw from […]

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Albany Rally 2014 !

January 3, 2014
Albany Rally 2014 !

The New York legislature is back in session this month. Count your spoons. Uber Gruppen DINO, Jeff Klein will be working on new ways to pretend he’s a not a Closet Fracker, or, oy vey, a Republican. Fracking Lobbyist Karen “Mushrooms” Moreau will be skulking about the corridors with a satchel full of fat envelopes, with an irresistible come-on: “Hey Senator, wanna frack ? It’s absolutely harmless.” And there will be a rally – indoors – on January 8th to get things started  ! Be there or be fracked.  Rally at Cuomo’s State of the State: No Fracking, Yes Renewables! Wednesday, January 8 at 11:30am in EST

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Shale Shyster Opines on Home Rule in Every State But New York

December 28, 2013
Shale Shyster Opines on Home Rule in Every State But New York

Where, selectively, some state court cases – such as the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in favor of Home Rule – have no bearing on New York state law (correct) but that some anti Home Rule state court cases do have bearing on New York state law (wrong !). Note that this comes from the Disjointed Landowners Coalition’s very own captive Shale Shyster, who has been trying to milk the landowners of their money in order to mount a publicity stunt against the State of New York. Catch is he has no plaintiff that has been damaged, no case law to base the claim on, and hence, no case. Just an excuse to shake down landowners for some legal fees. So now the Shale Shyster opines on Home Rule case law in […]

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Out of Work Shale Shill Greg Sovas Expounds on Home Rule

December 27, 2013
Out of Work Shale Shill Greg Sovas Expounds on Home Rule

Greg Sovas, former water boy for the frackers at the New York Department of Mineral Resources, current wandering shale shill without portfolio, is now predicting that the New York legislature, or at least the politicos that have been bought off by the fracking lobbyists, are going to weigh in on Home Rule – on the side of the frackers. Which is a roundabout way of saying the frack lobbyists, including the one that has been arguing the case for the frackers, must think that the New York Supremes are going to uphold Home Rule as it pertains to oil and gas wells.  Thanks for the tip. We agree. We think that the Supremes will read the lower court opinions and will concur with the rulings of the eight (8) New York justices that have held […]

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