Second Look at New NY Law: Climate Change & Drilling Permits

second lookLast week MDN reported on the recent New York “Community Risk and Resiliency Act” signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We raised the issue that it may be a surreptitious way of controlling shale drilling when/if it’s allowed (see NY Law Back Door Way to Stop Widespread Shale Drilling?). The new law requires the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to take into account climate change and sea levels rising when making certain decisions and evaluating certain permits. We referenced one law firm’s take that “Applications and/or permits [for oil and gas drilling] received after the adoption of the Department’s guidance must comply with the law.” Our speculation was that maybe the law could be used to slow down or stop shale drilling. We’ve received a strong dissenting opinion on that view from another attorney, and from landowners in the Southern Tier area of New York, who have reviewed the law and find that, at best, the new law is dealing with storage tanks and not actual drilling permits…
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Wheeling Water Warriors Take on Drilling Under Ohio River in WV

blue capeWith blue capes unfurled and their Spandex tights removed from deep in the back of the closet (and it’s not even Halloween for another three weeks), the aging hippies known as the Wheeling Water Warriors have found a new purpose (since GreenHunter still hasn’t built a barging facility in Wheeling, WV, confounding their life’s mission). That new purpose? To oppose fossil fuel extraction in the state–wherever it happens. Right now it’s a righteous cause to prevent drilling under the Ohio River. The Warriors are circulating petitions to try and stop the imminent deal West Virginia is set to make to allow one or more drillers to set up rigs at least a mile from the river, but allow them to extra oil and gas from beneath the river (more than a mile down) with horizontal drilling…
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Antero Resources Adopts Clean Fleet® Tech for Northeast Fracking

Antero Resources, a major driller in both the Marcellus and Utica Shale, recently began using a new fracking technology from U.S. Well Services called Clean Fleet®. U.S. Well Services is making some pretty big claims with their new technology: significant cost savings for drillers (up to $40,000 per day!), a 99% reduction in air emissions and a “dramatic” decrease in the noise pollution. Certainly sounds like a winner! Here’s the announcement that Antero is now using Clean Fleet® for fracking…
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Antero’s Frack Wastewater Cleaned/Recycled by WV Startup

Chance Richie is a former officer on a U.S. nuclear submarine and the CEO and founder of Shalewater Solutions–a company started in 2011 that cleans and recycles frack wastewater in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. Richie’s company, located in Harrison County, WV, has landed one of the biggest drillers in the Marcellus/Utica–Antero Resources. The key to Shalewater’s approach is the fact that all wastewater is not the same. The chemical composition changes from driller to driller, site to site, and shale play to shale play…
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Cecil Supervisors Vote to NOT Appeal MarkWest Compressor Decision

Last week ago MDN told you about the victory for MarkWest Energy in Cecil Township (Washington County), PA. A Commonwealth Court judge has ruled Cecil must and will allow MarkWest to build a compressor station in an area clearly zoned for it under Cecil’s own rules–a station they’ve been trying to build since 2010 (see MarkWest Wins Court Case to Build Compressor Station in Cecil, PA). As with all things legal, the question then became–will Cecil appeal the ruling to a higher court in hopes of further delaying the inevitable? That question was partially answered last night. Cecil’s board of supervisors voted 3-2 against appealing the decision–meaning the town must now, as the judge ordered, grant a permit to MarkWest within 45 days (now about 38 days) to build the compressor station. However, there is one more storm cloud ahead for MarkWest…
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Video: Whirlwind Tour of Shale Drilling in Bradford County, PA

Let’s go on a quick pickup truck tour of Bradford County, PA, shall we? Anti-drillers always make veiled references to the “sacrifice zones” in Pennsylvania where there’s a lot of drilling. Places like Bradford County, PA–one of THE most drilled counties in the PA Marcellus Shale. We always say, “go look for yourselves!” The reality of what you will find when you tour the countryside in PA’s most-drilled counties is far different from what anti-drillers would have you believe. Recently the Empire Energy Forum (from New York) accepted an invitation from Bradford County, PA Commissioner Doug McLinko to visit and tour with him. They did, and produced a 6-minute video of their experience…
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Inconvenient Global Warming Fact: Avg Temp Hasn’t Risen in 18 Yrs

We don’t take on the issue of global warming often because of the fervent, religious-like reaction of those who believe in it. Heavy doses of truth coming too fast may cause an aneurysm. However, the issue of global warming is often at the very center of opposition to shale drilling because shale drilling extracts a fossil fuel (natural gas) and burning fossil fuels is, irrationally, verboten for the so-called climate-change faithful. The theory is that burning fossil fuels pumps more carbon into the atmosphere where it gets trapped creating a greenhouse effect, causing earth’s temperatures to rise. Nice theory–the problem is the facts don’t match the theory. The big problem for warmists is that the earth’s so-called average temperature (we still haven’t figured out where they stick the thermometer for that one) hasn’t warmed now for 18 years–which, according to the Global Warming Policy Forum, is creating a “crisis of credibility” for scientists who pedal the man-causes-global-warming theory…
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Anti-Drillers Protest 2 RINO Governors at Fundraiser in OH

So two RINO governors walk into a fundraiser…. It may sound like the setup for a political joke, but there was no joking when Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie both attended the Summit County, OH GOP fundraising dinner on Sept. 29th. Protesters met the RINOs as they walked in–to complain about (yes) shale drilling and using fossil fuels. Agitated and backed by the odious Food & Water Watch, along with the Network for Oil and Gas Accountability and Protection (NEOGAP) and FaCT (Faith Communities Together for fracking awareness), the protesters on that day were specifically complaining about frack wastewater and Class II injection wells…
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Coming Change from Coal to Natgas to Power Electric Plants

Consulting firm ICF International is out with their fourth quarter ICForecast Energy Outlook in which they look at U.S. energy markets and the impact of regulations, prices and the availability of various energy sources over the near-, medium- and long-term. ICF is, of course, attempting to sell their service to government and corporate customers. We don’t have a copy of the full report, but we do have their press announcement which contains some very interesting high-level numbers that caught our eye. Among them is the amount of electricity generated by coal that is due to go offline over the next few years due to draconian new rules established by the overreaching federal Environmental Protection Agency. The amount of gigawatts due to go offline is…
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