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Energy Malpractice

new york  natural gas pipelines  consumers  electricity 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 24, 2019

An important test of energy leadership is whether elected officials will act to enhance and protect strategic energy interests – a point we made in a post last week about smart, forward-looking policies that foster safe and responsible offshore energy.

A leadership corollary: First, do no harm.

We say that because, in a nation that’s the No. 1 producer of natural gas and oil in the world, leaders shouldn’t be making energy decisions that hurt those they’re supposed to serve. Unfortunately, in New York, there has been quite a bit of pain inflicted on New Yorkers by the Cuomo administration’s energy agenda.

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New York Needs a Different Energy State of Mind

new york  natural gas  infrastructure  pipelines 

Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted January 23, 2018

The U.S. has and can continue to produce energy responsibly, and we need our political leaders to put our national security and economy, and the needs of consumers first. Gov. Cuomo’s refusal to tap New York’s energy potential has put the state’s economy on a reckless path and ignores the needs of New York families. New Yorkers deserve the chance to join in the American energy renaissance and reap more of its benefits.


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Energizing New York

new york  natural gas  hydraulic fracturing  shale energy  vote4energy  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 12, 2016

A handful of stats stand out about New York state and energy: First, among the 50 states New York was the fourth-largest consumer of natural gas in 2014, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. More than half the state’s households heat with natural gas. New York also ranked fourth in the country in the use of natural gas for net generated electricity. The good news is a big part of New York sits atop the prolific Marcellus shale play, which could hold more than 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to one estimate.

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Seizing Our Energy Moment

crude oil  exports  infrastructure  permit delays  regulation  education  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  pipelines  new york natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted January 22, 2015

The Bakken Magazine: “Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.”

This is the dreaded phrase on the “Go to Jail Card” that you’ve likely drawn, or at least heard of, when playing the game of Monopoly. Drawing this card is an all-around bummer. You lose a chance at scooping up valuable property before others do, you don’t get to collect $200 that you might need to purchase property, and it increases the chance that you lose the game. But at least it’s just a game. Right?

Wrong. What many people probably don’t realize is that we’re in a real-life game similar to Monopoly, but this one is focused on the global oil market, not property. And, it just so happens that we’re stuck holding the “Do not pass Go” card.

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Fracking: A Leadership Vacuum in New York State

new york  natural gas development  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  safe operations  fracking  economic benefits  pennsylvania 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 17, 2014

Here’s what you need to know about the Cuomo administration’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York: After more than six years of a state moratorium on natural gas development using fracking, after two years of reviewing the fracking research of others, after seeing safe fracking work in more than 30 states – including neighboring Pennsylvania, where fracking is generating billions in tax revenues, allowing the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars to communities, as well as billions in royalty payments to private landowners – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his team took the path that’s 180 degrees in the wrong direction for New York.

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A New Chill on New York Energy Development

energy development  fracking  hydrofracking  hydraulic fracturing  new york  natural gas benefits 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 1, 2014

Oh, New York. As if your six-year-old moratorium on hydraulic fracturing – an unforced error that’s costing thousands of jobs and dynamic growth – isn’t bad enough for your economy, now there’s a court ruling extending the opportunity for dubious policymaking to the local level, potentially impacting state residents who can least afford it.

This week’s decision by the state Court of Appeals, that towns and municipalities may ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders, looms as a new frustrating turn for landowners. Especially those in the Southern Tier, an economically starved belt of counties along the Pennsylvania border.  

It’s hard to see how energy development – that could save family farms, provide good career paths for the region’s young people and boost the regional economy – wouldn’t be chilled by the prospect of a string of localized bans. For New York property owners, the ruling could mean that economic development will continue to be something that happens in Pennsylvania, not at home.

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The Empire State’s Divide

new york  natural gas  foundation for land and liberty  hydraulic fracturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 26, 2012

The clash between rural New York state mineral rights owners and opponents of natural gas development comes through in a new short film, “The Empire State Divided,” by the Foundation for Land and Liberty. The 22-minute film is divided into three parts. Check out part 1 below and see all three here.

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New York's Climate Countermarch

new york  natural gas  consumers  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 1, 1

More from New York, where in the name of environmental progress Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-natural gas policies actually are counterproductive to that progress. Recently, New York State Public Service Commission member Diane X. Burman pointed out that by limiting natural gas – blocking pipelines and other infrastructure – the governor could wind up promoting fuels that lack clean natural gas’ environmental benefits. …

Alan Armstrong, Williams Co. CEO, says the $1 billion Northeast Supply Enhancement project actually aligns with Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to reduce emissions while growing New York’s economy. Indeed, increased use of natural gas across the U.S. is the chief reason energy-related carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest levels in a generation. Fuel switching from coal to natural gas has helped improve air quality as well.


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