Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pickens' Video

This is a very short message for a very important video for everyone to watch. Thank you Dana, for bringing it to our attention. -Neil http://www.pickensplan.com/boonecam/2012/01/26/we-are-close-to-victory/

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Good News From President Barack Obama

After the State of the Union address by Pres. Obama, it is now time for the anti-hydraulic fracturing movement in our State and across the Country to put down their signs and join the rest of the Country to bringing forth this safe and productive type of harvesting natural gas and oil. It is time for our State and Country to become energy independent for the first time in 100 years. The President of the United States, in his State of the Union address, said that he will direct his administration to develop a plan for safe extraction of natural gas shale deposits, which the White House says will support more than 600,000 jobs. The administration is moving forward with what is called common sense rules to insure that safe drilling practices are followed, and the type of chemicals used in the so-called fracking methods are disclosed for operations on public lands. President Obama said he would offer incentives to manufacturers to boost the energy efficiency of the industrial sector by upgrading equipment and eliminating wasted energy in their facilities. The White House estimates these incentives and efforts to reduce regulatory barriers could save one hundred billion dollars from the nation’s energy bills and cut energy imports.Thank You President Obama. Neil

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

President Obama is for Shale Natural Gas & Oil !

Another election-year transformation. From the Jan. 17 Wall Street Journal A re-election campaign is a terrible thing to waste, and this year’s race is already producing miraculous changes at the Obama White House: The latest example of a bear walking on its hind legs is the President’s new embrace of . . . natural gas from shale. Last week the White House issued its latest report on jobs and it includes a section on “America’s Natural Resource Boom.” The report avers that a few years ago there were widespread “fears of a looming natural gas shortage,” but that “the discovery of new natural gas reserves, such as the Marcellus Shale, and the development of hydraulic fracturing techniques to extract natural gas from these reserves has led to rapidly growing domestic production and relatively low domestic prices for households and downstream industrial users.” Please pass the smelling salts to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the White House has favorably mentioned the Marcellus Shale, the natural gas reservoir below Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other Northeastern states. And now he’s taking credit for this soaring production. As the White House report puts it: “Of the major fossil fuels, natural gas is the cleanest and least carbon‐intensive for electric power generation. By keeping domestic energy costs relatively low, this resource also supports energy intensive manufacturing in the United States. In fact, companies like Dow Chemical and Westlake Chemical have announced intentions to make major investments in new facilities over the next several years.” And that’s not all: “In addition, firms that provide equipment for shale gas production have announced major investments in the U.S., including Vallourec’s $650 million plant for steel pipes in Ohio. An abundant local supply will translate into relatively low costs for the industries that use natural gas as an input. Expansion in these industries, including industrial chemicals and fertilizers, will boost investment and exports in the coming years, generating new jobs.” We checked to see if someone slipped a press release from the Natural Gas Council into the White House report by mistake, but apparently not. The report does add the obligatory disclaimer about hydraulic fracturing that “appropriate care must to be taken to ensure that America’s natural resources are extracted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner” with safeguards “to protect public health and safety.” But no one disagrees with that. The catch is that this endorsement runs against every energy policy pursued by the Obama Administration for three years. The Institute for Energy Research reports that royalties from oil and gas drilling have fallen more than 90% since 2008 because of Interior Department permitting delays and rejections. The EPA recently issued a flawed report on groundwater contamination that could shut down the fracking process the President is now touting as a jobs producer. EPA’s political goal is to grab power to supercede state drilling regulation. The industry regards new EPA authority as a real threat to its future. Each year Mr. Obama has also supported a $40 billion tax hike on the oil and gas industry because, as he put it in 2009, the tax code “encourages overproduction of oil and gas” and “is detrimental to long-term energy security.” Even the Securities and Exchange Commission has imposed extensive new reporting requirements on oil and gas fracking companies. It’s certainly smart politics for Mr. Obama to distance himself from the anti-fossil fuels obsessives, and no doubt his political advisers are hoping it helps this fall in the likes of Ohio and Pennsylvania. On the other hand, this could be a one-year wonder, and if he wins Mr. Obama might revert to form in 2013. A good test of his sincerity would be to replace Ms. Jackson and Mr. Salazar

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thanks Jim for your excellent comments

I will start out with the letter by William Scott on October 26, 2011. Mr. Scott is the latest in a substantial number of people who seem to believe that northern Pennsylvania is a gas induced wasteland. This idea is absolutely ridiculous. Mr. Scott suggests that Senator Thomas Libous should visit northern Pennsylvania to observe what hydrofracking has done to that area. Done what? I live one mile from the New York/Pennsylvania border line in Lindley, New York. We spend more time and money in Pennsylvania then we do in New York. We travel northern Pennsylvania extensively. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre to Galeton, Williamsport to Lindley, Wellsboro to Gillett. I will say again, Mr. Scott, done what? My wife and I recently traveled to Williamsport and back The only gas related digging we saw was in south Mansfield where a gas line was being put in. By next summer it will look like a golf course. Green grass galore! In my travels yesterday I happened upon a gas well drilling in progress. I stopped to watch the operation. I beeped my horn and when the fella looked I gave the thumbs up. I left him smiling. The area was neat and covered a small area. Another thing that I cannot figure out is why don't I hear folks moaning and groaning about the road projects in this area? Some folks whine about a two acre pad sight for gas drilling but say nothing of 50 miles of road work. Why? Because the work makes our road systems safer and more fuel efficient among other good reasons. Mountains and hills are bulldozed to get at coal, the coal is them mined, hauled away and sent out by truck and/or train. This requires a large amount of energy and a degree of safety concerns. A gas drilling rig moves in on a prepared well pad, drills, fracks(water hauling is required, much water). When the well is done the flowback is used again(recycled) The gas well is attached to a pipeline and the gas begins to flow through miles of pipeline to homes, businesses and institutions all over this land. You see little or nothing of the gas transportation system. Compare this to ugly windmills on the Armenia Mountains and in other areas. Electric lines all over this land. Telephone and television cables are on every road and street. Why aren't you complaining about this? Because your utility bill would be higher than Gilroy's kite on a windy April day, that's why. The cost would be out of sight. 780 gas wells have been drilled in Bradford County Pennsylvania as of August 2011. What a devastated area that must be. Where is it? I'll tell you what, Mr. Scott, you bring yourself down to my home and we will go on a sightseeing trip to northern Pennsylvania. You can show me the toxic industrial wasteland. Maybe you can get Senator Libous to go with us. I await your phone call for a trip to Pennsylvania with your eyes open! Don't be afraid of the truth Mr. Scott. Fear lies. People who use lies and half truths to strike false fear in folks' hearts and minds to further a false agenda are those you need to be afraid of...there are plenty of them. Sincerely, James H. Lundgren Lindley, NY

Thursday, January 12, 2012

White House Credits Marcellus & Fracking for Economic Boom

Yesterday, the White House released a report titled “Investing in America: Building an Economy that Lasts” (a copy of is embedded below). The report credits the Marcellus Shale and fracking with fueling an economic boom in the U.S. The relevant section says this: Only a few years ago, fears of a looming natural gas shortage led to significant investments in the rapid construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) port facilities that could enable the United States to import vast quantities of natural gas. Projections from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) as recently as 2005 suggested expanding natural gas imports for decades. Just several years ago, leaders of the domestic organic chemical industry predicted that shortages in natural gas would dramatically raise the domestic price of natural gas, one of their key inputs. Without the prospect for adequate domestic supplies of natural gas at reasonable prices, companies increasingly pointed to overseas operations where they could access large quantities of low-cost natural gas. Since the mid-2000s, however, the discovery of new natural gas reserves, such as the Marcellus Shale, and the development of hydraulic fracturing techniques to extract natural gas from these reserves has led to rapidly growing domestic production and relatively low domestic prices for households and downstream industrial users. Appropriate care must to be taken to ensure that America’s natural resources are extracted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner with the safeguards in place to protect public health and safety. Provided these precautions are taken, the potential benefits to the U.S. economy are substantial. Of the major fossil fuels, natural gas is the cleanest and least carbon-intensive for electric power generation. By keeping domestic energy costs relatively low, this resource also supports energy intensive manufacturing in the United States. In fact, companies like Dow Chemical and Westlake Chemical have announced intentions to make major investments in new facilities over the next several years. In addition, firms that provide equipment for shale gas production have announced major investments in the U.S., including Vallourec’s $650 million plant for steel pipes in Ohio. An abundant local supply will translate into relatively low costs for the industries that use natural gas as an input. Expansion in these industries, including industrial chemicals and fertilizers, will boost investment and exports in the coming years, generating new jobs. In the longer run, the scale of America’s natural gas endowment appears to be sufficiently large that exports of natural gas to other major markets could be economically viable.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Building a new New York one year progress report-Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York property taxes are among the highest in the nation and the 15th highest tax counties are all here in New York. By a wide variety of key measures it is clear that New Yorkers are overtaxed. As a percentage of personal income, New York has the highest local taxes in the nation, 79% above the national average. From 1998 to 2008 property tax levies in New York grew by more than 73%, or more than twice the rate of inflation during that span. New York and especially upstate New York has been losing jobs and population at a rate greater than the national average, because of these high property taxes. More than 15 years both houses of the legislature and three Governors, ultimately failed to bring skyrocketing costs under control . The Governor has a chance to stop the madness in New York State. The answer is- let us start drilling for natural gas in New York State. We have waited for over four years for the DEC to finalize regulations that the NIMBY’s in our State have demanded. Time is running out for the drilling of natural gas to save our State! Let us start S.A.F.E ( Shale Assisted Fissure Expansion ) drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formation in New York State now! Happy New Year! Neil