The Town of Caroline in Tompkins County, New York is about to pass a one-year ban on hydraulic fracturing. The question is, is it legal to do so? Attorneys who understand New York State’s oil and gas law say no.
One of the most rabidly anti-drilling organizations in New York is NYRAD—New York Residents Against Drilling. They are a fringe organization, but they do have a following. When MDN received a copy of NYRAD’s latest call-to-action-the-sky-is-falling-oh-woe-is-me missive, it contained a couple of interesting tidbits (see a copy of the full notice embedded below).
It seems NYRADers believe that:
The rumor mill is buzzing that Range Resources is a prime candidate for a takeover. With 1.2 million acres of Marcellus leases, whoever buys it will need deep pockets. Both BP and Exxon Mobil have been mentioned as potential suitors.
El Paso Corp, owner of the country’s largest natural gas pipeline system, including the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, is planning to build a new Marcellus Shale gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to Albany, NY. It would be a major 36-inch diameter pipeline moving a lot of gas. The target market for the gas is New England.
The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: