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Frack here-Frack now! NY’s ongoing moratorium is squandering jobs and much needed economic growth, especially for Upstate/WNY

June 22, 2011

Keeping The Jobs Promise To Upstate
Lawrence Mone, New York Post, 06-21-11

For two decades, every politician running for statewide office in New York has promised to improve the Upstate economy — and failed to deliver.


Fracking Ban Costs New York Billions in Lost Economic Output and Tax Revenue

On Tuesday, June 7, 2011, the Manhattan Institute Center for Energy Policy and the Environment released a new report, “The Economic Opportunities of Shale Energy Development”, authored by University of Wyoming professor Timothy Considine. Considine’s analysis reveals that the potential economic benefits of shale gas exploration greatly exceed the potential environmental impacts in New York State.

(click photo to download the PDF) 


Marcellus Benefits Far Outweigh Concerns, Says Report, Natural Gas Intelligence, 06-13-11
Some Good Frackin’ Reading, NRO’s Planet Gore, 6-9-11
Finding In Favor Of Shale Gas, AOL Energy, 6-8-11
Marcellus Benefits Far Outweigh Environmental Concerns, Says Report,, 6-8-11
Continued Moratorium On ‘Fracking’, Journal News Lohud, 6-8-11
Study: Fracking Ban a ‘Needless Burden’ on N.Y. Economy, Energy Tomorrow, 6-8-11
New York Will See $11.4 Billion in New Investment, $1.4 Billion in New Tax Revenue, and 18K New Jobs if the Fracking Moratorium is Lifted,, 6-8-11
Report: Lifting Fracking Ban Would Create Economic Windfall In NY, Free, 6-8-11
Lift Of Fracking Ban Would Generate $11.4B For N.Y. by 2020, Press & Sun Bulletin, 6-8-11
Report Says Fracking May Earn Billions, Poughkeepsie Journal, 6-8-11
Lifting Fracking Ban Would Create Economic Windfall In NY, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 6-8-11
Lifting Fracking Ban Would Create Economic Windfall In NY, Albany Times Union, 6-7-11
Lifting Fracking Ban Would Create Economic Windfall In NY, The Delta Report, 6-7-11
Lifting Fracking Ban Would Create Economic Windfall In NY, Journal News, 6-7-11
Daily Energy Update, Bloomberg, 6-7-11
Linked,, 6-7-11
Linked, RealClearEnergy, 6-7-11
Fracking Ban Costs New York Billions In Lost Economic Output, Tax Revenue, Hart Energy E&P, 6-7-11
New York Ecology Would Suffer Little From Marcellus Drilling, Platts, 6-7-11
Hydrofracturing Can Fix State Budgets,, 6-9-11
America Needs the Shale Gas Revolution, Robert Bryce, Wall Street Journal, 6-13-11

The Economic Oppotunities Of Shale Energy Development
Speaker: Timothy Considine, Hon. Edward Rendell, Howard Husock
June 7, 2011

Ten Reasons Why Natural Gas Will Fuel the Future
Energy Policy & the Environment Report 8, April 2011

Assembly passes fracking moratorium; future in Senate cloudy

Posted by: Jon Campbell – Jun 06, 2011

For the second year in a row, a bill that would officially ban hydraulic fracturing for close to a year is working its way through the Legislature, but its fate in the Senate remains cloudy.

On Monday, the Assembly overwhelmingly passed the bill, which would ban all new permits for hydrofracking until June 1, 2012…

Palmesano Against Hydrofracking Moratorium

Posted on June 7, 2011 by naplesteapartypatriots|

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) is voting against the moratorium. The Corning Republican maintains that the moratorium bill, if passed, would stop even vertical drilling and cost jobs…

SUNY Silencing Geologist?

June 7, 2011 It seems that SUNY does not want its geologist to speak. State geologist being censured by his own for non-conformity?

From NY Shale Gas Now:

State-paid geological expert Dr. Langhorne “Taury” Smith — current holder of the 175-year-old title of New York State Geologist — gave a lecture on the controversial bedrock known as Marcellus Shale April 7 at SUNY’s University at Buffalo.

But video covering both his talk and the Q&A afterwards have so far been mysteriously withheld from public view.

A web page here from UB’s Department of Geology breaks down the schedule for all eight speakers in this Spring’s Marcellus Shale Lecture Series — including links to video and graphic files from all but the most recent, or still-pending, talks. Except for Smith.

Yes, his 63-slide PowerPoint is there.  But not the video.  Instead, anybody who missed Smith’s talk and wants to catch up finds an asterisk — as of the date of this writing — leading to this vaguely worded apology:  “We are sorry but the talk by Langhorne ‘Taury’ Smith cannot be made available at this time.”

From Albany Times Union:

State government’s top scientist on the underground features of New York has never weighed in on the contentious matter of drilling in the great Marcellus shale layers stretching beneath a big part of upstate. Until now.

“The worst spin on the worst incidents are treated as if it’s going to be the norm here,” said Taury Smith, the state geologist, a self-described liberal Democrat more concerned with global warming than extraction of natural gas from one of the largest sources available in the United States. “This could really help us fight climate change; this is a huge gift, this shale.”

He said he has been examining the science of hydrofracturing the shale for three years and has found no cases in which the process has led to groundwater contamination, although several portrayals by anti-fracking groups and featured in the press have raised concerns about underground pools being harmed because of drilling.

“Those are exaggerated problems; each incident wasn’t the result of hydro-fracking. There were incidents of groundwater contamination near frack sites, but they were unrelated,” Smith said.

And from David Robinson at Buffalo News Business Column:

Where’s Langhorne “Taury” Smith? Back in early April, Smith, the state geologist, came to the University at Buffalo to give a talk as part of a lecture series the school was sponsoring on the hot-button issue of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale in New York.

At the time, I was a little surprised that Smith was coming to UB at all. Just weeks before, he had churned up a big swirl in Albany with comments he made to Albany Times-Union columnist James M. Odato.

The backlash was immediate. Smith’s bosses at the state Education Department immediately put a muzzle on him, barring him from speaking with reporters. Environmentalists criticized Smith for saying many of the reported problems involving ground water contamination near drilling sites have been exaggerated


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