NY Gov Cuomo Takes Heat, Questions from Reporters Over Frack Ban

hiding behind a skirtNew York State remains closed for business. It is the single most business unfriendly state in the union, we’re ashamed to admit. But face the truth we must. Yesterday, NY Gov. Andrew “spineless” Cuomo took heat and questions from reporters over his decision to ban fracking in the Empire State. It was a shameful performance–he once again tried to hide behind the skirts of his health and environmental commissioners. Here’s some of his comments to reporters:
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Anti-Drillers Seek Domino Effect in More States After NY Frack Ban

On the day New York Gov. Andrew “spineless” Cuomo announced, via his proxies, that the Empire State will ban fracking, MDN warned you that anti-fossil fuelers would use it as a rallying cry to try to force their will on other states (see Antis to Take Frack Ban Campaigns National with NY “Success”). We hate it when we’re right–in this case anyway. Calling New York a “turning point,” a bevy of nutters and agitators are now gushing on every reporter who will listen how they’re now aiming to shut down or prevent fracking other states, including California, Illinois, Maryland, and North Carolina…
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IOGANY Weighs in on Cuomo’s NY Frack Ban

MDN is a member of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGANY). We joined to support oil and gas drilling in New York State–our home. So we receive emails to the membership from Brad Gill, executive director of IOGANY. (Brad is an MDN friend, by the way. A really great guy.) Anywho, we don’t want to belabor the bad news of New York’s frack ban, but Brad sent around a summary yesterday of what happened during the Cuomo cabinet meeting/announcement, along with his own critique. We found Brad’s viewpoint useful and thought you would too…
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Dela. Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum Takes Credit for NY Frack Ban

Talk about breathtaking arrogance. We always knew THE Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya van Rossum, had a high opinion of herself. But we didn’t fully know, until now, just how arrogant she truly is. Get this: van Rossum is taking credit for New York’s decision to ban fracking. Delusions of grandeur, anyone? Trying to puff up your own importance when relatively few know you even exist? According to van Rossum, the decision to allow fracking in Pennsylvania is all political, and the decision to ban fracking in New York is all based on science. Can anyone say LMAO?…
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Cheniere Deal Means Some Marcellus Gas Will Go to Portugal

At least one Marcellus Shale producer, Range Resources, will send Marcellus gas all the way to the Gulf Coast and Cheniere Energy’s LNG export facility in Sabine Pass near Corpus Christi, TX (see Range Announces Multiple Agreements to Sell Natgas & Ethane). It’s quite probable other producers will also ship Marcellus and Utica gas to the Cheniere facility for export as well (see More Marcellus Gas Going to Cheniere LNG Export Facility in TX?). So who will be buying at least some of that Marcellus gas? Yesterday, Cheniere announced a 20-year deal to sell LNG to Portuguese utility company EDP…
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P&G Plant in NEPA Adds Marcellus CNG Filling Station

One of the most overlooked stories of the past few years in MDN’s opinion is the story of Proctor & Gamble in Wyoming County, PA (near Wilkes-Barre). P&G has some 150 massive manufacturing plants worldwide to make their products. The plant in Wyoming County makes Pampers and Luvs diapers, and Charmin toilet paper. Like the other P&G plants, the massive Wyoming plant consumes a LOT of electricity–800 billion killowatt hours, enough energy to run 40,000 homes. However, as of last year, all of the electricity P&G needs at the Wyoming plant is produced by P&G–using Marcellus gas to power its own electric plant (see P&G’s Only Energy Self-Sufficient Plant is Powered by Marcellus). It is the only P&G plant worldwide that is 100% energy self-sufficient–right in northeast PA. Now, Marcellus gas from the P&G property will also be used to feed a compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station located at the plant…
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WV’s Top Wheeling Water Warrior Hangs up Her Cape

blue capeIt is a sad day. The proud Wheeling Water Warriors–with their super hero capes flapping in the breeze–are now reduced in rank by one. The top Warrior, the woman who started it all–Robin Mahonen–is hanging up her cape and leaving West Virginia. You may recall MDN talking about the Warriors, formed in 2013 to oppose a proposed frack wastewater treatment/barge facility in Wheeling (see “Wheeling Water Warriors” Oppose GreenHunter Wastewater Facility). We’ve had some fun poking fun at this group of anti-drilling nutters over the past year and a half (see our stories here). It seems that WV Democrat Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to drill under the Ohio River was the last straw for Ms. Mahonen, who sent the following “open letter” to the governor to protest drilling under the river and to let Tomblin know why she’s leaving the state…
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FDS? Michigan Man Tries to Stop Pipeline by Crawling Inside It

DerangedFracking Derangement Syndrome (FDS) is a dangerous disease. Most often it attacks those who grew up watching Captain Planet on Saturday mornings (one of the risk factors). FDS creates all sorts of weird behaviors in its victims. The disease recently struck again–this time infecting a 36 year-old Michigan man. The disease manifested by causing the man (the Green candidate for the U.S. Senate in Michigan) to crawl inside of a pipeline under construction by Enbridge and stay there for 10 hours, creating a danger to himself and those around him…
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PA Snubber DWS Continues to Expand, Adds New Rigs for Utica Shale

In September, MDN told you about Deep Well Services, the only “snubbing” oilfield services company headquartered in Pennsylvania (see PA “Snubbing” Company DWS Experiences Rapid Expansion). Once again the company is on the grow, adding several new rigs to its expanding fleet…
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