A professor from the University of Texas talks about why natural gas drilling technology is so important to the industry.
From the Midland Reporter Telegram:
"Participating in the “UT In A Day” event in Midland, Jon Olson attributed the “innovative application of technology by petroleum engineers” as responsible for the recent oil and gas boom. He told those in attendance the current shale-oil-fueled boom, which lasted about eight years, has by far surpassed the last great domestic oil discovery in Alaska."
In a recent op-ed, Thomas Pyle outlines the scientific inaccuracies in the anti gas drilling movement.
From The Hill:
America’s smart drilling revolution has bestowed numerous economic and environmental benefits. Innovative entrepreneurs who combined horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing have led to huge increases of domestic energy production, making the U.S. the number one oil and gas producer in the world. We did all this while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.
It’s puzzling, then, that Lois Marie Gibbs would claim in an op-ed on this site that “the science and experiences of Americans” show that hydraulic fracturing poses “immense harm to people across the nation.”
Even the great minds at Harvard are praising natural gas production and its positive economic impact.
From Energy in Depth:
In a talk earlier this week, Professor John Shaw, chair of Harvard’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Department and a professor of environmental science and engineering, said America’s shale gas revolution has transformed the energy picture in the United States in the last decade and is poised to continue shaping new paradigms.
From Trib: “I think it manifests that we're really moving forward on what we said we were going to do,” said Susan LeGros, who became executive director of the Downtown center a year ago, just after it began accepting applications for certification.
The Southern Tier's economy has stagnated and the opportunity for a revitalization has been put on hold with the natural gas drilling ban.
From the Economist:
“I HONESTLY thought it was a joke,” says Sandy Pinney. She means the threat that Windsor, her hometown, along with 14 other towns along New York’s border with Pennsylvania, may secede and join Pennsylvania. But it is deadly serious.
Governor Cuomo's recent decision to ban fracking in New York has emboldened environmentalists across the country to oppose fracking.
From The Hill:
"When my neighbors and I first put the facts together – that our Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls was built atop a chemical waste dump that made our kids sick – we had many questions. How could our public officials and institutions have let this happen?
A decade after we learned our families were being exposed to toxins, then-New York Health Commissioner David Axelrod reflected that the episode would long remain “a national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations.”
From Fuel Fix:
"In December, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo instituted a statewide fracking ban. The move came on the same day that a state panel rejected the bid to build a casino in the Southern Tier region of the state, which straddles northern Pennsylvania.
Lawmakers in the area, desperate to jumpstart its economy, were upset; Jim Finch, a supervisor for the town of Conklin, jokingly told local media that the Southern Tier towns should secede, but residents in the area have taken the idea to heart.
Business World columnist Holman Jenkins Jr. weighs in on the Southern Tier secession debate - and speculates on sources of anti-fracking funding.
Click here to watch the video.
It's clear many people in the Southern Tier can see across the Pennsylvania boarder, where natural gas drilling has revitalized a once stale economy - and they want to be part of it.
From Penn Live:
"The close proximity to Pennsylvania, where fracking has been going full-bore for years, only adds insult the the injury of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent fracking ban.
This is a tale of two sides of the Marcellus Shale.
Penn Live gives an in-depth look into the history of the contentious fracking debate in New York and how the Southern Tier has reached their breaking point.
From Penn Live:
"Even if the small towns in New York State's economically struggling Southern Tier never actually secede to join Pennsylvania, the intrastate battle over fracking the Marcellus Shale has already divided the Empire State.
The divisions here are as deep as they are bitter. Pick your comparison: The poor stepchild. The squeaky wheel that never gets any grease. The overlooked loser. The perennial last-place political finisher.