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The Capitol Pressroom for April 4, 2012 | WCNY Blogs

The Capitol Pressroom for April 4, 2012 | WCNY Blogs.

 

Tom West of the West Law Firm

 

is best known as an oil and gas attorney & lobbyist, and one of the lawyers who argued against home rule in both the Middlefield & Dryden cases.  Today he joins us to talk about why he is appealing, as well as a “newly discovered” Encon memorandum that he claims will shed light on the state’s oil and gas laws.

 

Then taking a very different view of hydrofracking, Josh Fox, producer of Gasland, says communities in Pennsylvania are taking a cue from New York and fighting back against the state on drilling.

 

Plus, Claire Sandberg of Water Defense updates us on water issues in Dimock in light of the EPA’s report.  And representing a contingent of anti-drillers from all over the state, Rochester’s Harry Davis previews a rally & protest on the issue taking place this afternoon at the Capitol.

 

 

 

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  1. I am a listener and greatly appreciate the reporting and interviews of Susan Arbetter. However, I am also a member of the Tioga County Landowner’s Coalition and I strongly object to Susan’s characterization of our membership as holding up the development of gas resources in PA and Ohio as a model or desirous (as well as other related presumptive, unsupported and inaccurate statements). Our organization was formed to PROTECT its members against the abuses of the gas industry seen in those states and others, and we have worked long and hard to ensure that what we see as the inevitable extraction of our gas resources is done in the most environmentally sound and least socially disruptive manner while also working to maximize the economic benefits to our landowners and locales. I believe that Susan has a personal bias against gas development that is seeping in to her public work. I am an environmentalist and joined our coalition to protect my land and our environment. I believe that position is typical of our group and we are being misrepresented. I encourage you to invite some of our leaders to Albany to give you the straight story about our goals and intent. WE are ground zero for this development in New York, not Albany. You should be presenting a picture from our perspective.

    Thanks for your good work!

  2. Also: Regarding “Half of today’s show is devoted to pro-fracking interests and half is devoted to anti-fracking interests.”

    I see ONE: “Pro-fracking” speaker (Tom West), who spoke about a cut & dried legal issue (the finding of lost documents relating to the creation of the law giving NYS sole authority over gas drilling.

    I see THREE: “Anti-fracking” speakers (Claire Sandberg of Water Defense; Josh Fox, producer of Gasland; & Rochester’s Harry Davis previews a rally & protest)

    I’d say the mix is 1:3.

    Additionally, anyone who really understands the issues of natural gas development, should by now realize that it is far from a black & white issue. Adding to the polarization in this issue is NOT helpful. While I believe that there is a clearly definable “Anti-fracking” contingent that would be against natural gas extraction in NYS under ANY circumstances (many of them oddly enough burn natural gas in their homes every day), and there are a few crazies who are “Pro-fracking” of the “drill-baby-drill” variety, I think you will find most supporters of natural gas development to be very cautious and looking for responsible development of the resource. I suggest that instead of your current label “Pro-fracking”, which I see as wholly inaccurate in describing non-Anti-frackers, you use “Responsible Development”. I believe that is what you might use for a label for our Governor and it would be more fair to refer to people like me who are the majority of those looking to careful development of natural gas resources in NYS in that manner as well.

  3. mike bosetti

    Tom says fracking is for the “greater good”. Really?

    So it’s ok to invade rural American communities, adversely impact lives and other industries like agriculture, real estate, and tourism, hijack private land, cheat leased landowners on royalties, contaminate water and air, prevent enactment of responsible energy policy, expedite climate change, cause litigation over everything from fraudulent lease extensions to home rule, corrupt democracy with enormous contributions to lawmakers who then create industry friendly legislation like the 2005 energy act and the present version of compulsory integration, and then ship American gas to more lucrative foreign markets.

    My lease, along with all the leases in Cortland County, was sold to Stat Oil of Norway for $4.1 billion. Chesapeake even brags it makes more money flipping leases than extracting gas.

    “Greater good” apparently is referring to the Oil and Gas industry, not the rest of us. Tom is not a “super lawyer”, he’s a super BS’er and an expert at distorting facts.

  4. Tony Henderson

    Tom West states that by the time LNP export facilities are up and running China and other countries will be developing their own resources and therefore US natural gas will stay in America. Interesting logic, wouldn’t you say? Build export facilities that won’t be able to export due to demand?

    Deborah Rogers has documented that LNP storage/export facilities are being built in Maryland, Texas and elsewhere. More DOE approvals are pending. The higher the price of these resource, the greater the demand export this US commodity. Our bridge fo clean energy leads offshore.

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Half of today’s show is devoted to pro-fracking interests and half is devoted to anti-fracking interests.

 

Tom West of the West Law Firm

is best known as an oil and gas attorney & lobbyist, and one of the lawyers who argued against home rule in both the Middlefield & Dryden cases.  Today he joins us to talk about why he is appealing, as well as a “newly discovered” Encon memorandum that he claims will shed light on the state’s oil and gas laws.

Then taking a very different view of hydrofracking, Josh Fox, producer of Gasland, says communities in Pennsylvania are taking a cue from New York and fighting back against the state on drilling.

Plus, Claire Sandberg of Water Defense updates us on water issues in Dimock in light of the EPA’s report.  And representing a contingent of anti-drillers from all over the state, Rochester’s Harry Davis previews a rally & protest on the issue taking place this afternoon at the Capitol.

 

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Natural Gas and the News

Natural Gas and the News.

Fracking Stories from PA – YouTube

Fracking Stories from PA – YouTube.

18 short videos showing personal stories on the effects of fracking in PA

Josh Fox Responds to Industry Attacks on Gasland

AN OPEN LETTER TO JOURNALISTS FROM GASLAND DIRECTOR JOSH FOX IN RESPONSE TO ATTACKS BY GAS INDUSTRY

February 7, 2011 — With the recent Oscar nomination of my documentary
film GASLAND, Big Gas and their PR attack machine hit a new low in its
blatant disregard for the truth.
In an unprecedented move, an oil and gas industry front group sent a
letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences saying that
the film should be ineligible for best documentary feature.
We are honored and encouraged by the Academy’s nomination.  It is
terrific to be acknowledged as filmmakers by the film world’s most
prestigious honor.  But perhaps more than that, I believe that the
nomination has provided hope, inspiration and affirmation for the
thousands of families out there who are suffering because of the natural
gas drilling.  The Oscars are about dreams, and I know that for all of
us living with the nightmare of gas drilling the nomination provides
further proof that someone out there cares.
Now Big Gas wants to take that away, as they have shattered the American
dream for so many.
GASLAND exposes the disaster being caused across the U.S. by the largest
domestic natural gas drilling campaign history and how the contentious
Halliburton-developed drilling technology called hydraulic fracturing,
or fracking threatens the water supply of millions.
Fracking is a whole-scale industrialization process that pumps millions
of gallons of toxic material directly into the ground. Thousands of
documented contamination cases show the harmful chemicals used have been
turning up in people’s water supplies in fracking areas all over the
map.
We stand behind the testimonials, facts, science and investigative
journalism in the film 100 percent.  We have issued a point-by-point
rebuttal of the group’s claims (“Affirming Gasland”), posted on our
It’s not just us they’re after.  The gas industry goes after anyone who
tries to punch a hole in their lie. Last week the same pro-drilling
group, Energy in Depth (EID), attacked an investigative piece on
drilling pollution by ProPublica, the highly credible public interest
journalism organization.
And just last week, T. Boone Pickens, the most visible promoter of gas
fracking, went on The Daily Show claiming that he personally has fracked
over 3,000 wells and never witnessed any contamination cases, even when
Jon Stewart asked him about GASLAND point blank.  He simply stated over
and over again the industry lie, that fracking is safe.  Not a single
word of acknowledgement, or responsibility for the claims of thousands
and the threat posed to millions.
The gas industry believes it can create a new reality in which their
nationwide onshore drilling campaign isn’t a disaster.  But no amount of
PR money or slick ads can keep the stories of contamination coming from
thousands of Americans from being any less true.
On Monday, Congressional investigators called out frackers for pumping
millions of gallons of diesel fuel directly into the ground, exposing
drinking water sources to benzene and other carcinogens. This makes
EID’s specious and misleading attack on the science and data in GASLAND
especially ironic since Halliburton stonewalled Congressman Henry
Waxman’s investigation into fracking, refusing to provide data on their
use of diesel and other harmful chemicals injected in the fracking
process.
There are major watershed areas providing water to millions of Americans
that are at risk here, including the watershed areas for New York City
and Philadelphia. The catastrophe has been widely covered not only in
GASLAND, but also by hundreds of news stories, films and TV segments.
This is a moment of crisis that cannot be understated.
Even before its release, the power of the film was not lost on the
industry. In the March 24th edition of the Oil and Gas Journal, Skip
Horvath, the president of the Natural Gas Supply Association said that
GASLAND is “well done. It holds people’s attention. And it could block
our industry.”
GASLAND was seen by millions and I personally toured with the film to
over 100 cities. In affected areas, people came to the screenings with
their contaminated water samples in tow. They came to have the truth
they know shared and confirmed
As Maurice D. Hinchey, U.S. Representative (NY-22) recently said,
“Thanks to GASLAND and the millions of grassroots activists across the
country, we finally have a counterweight to the influence of the oil and
gas industry in our nation’s capital.”
Big Gas is blocking the truth in their pursuit of hundreds of billions
of dollars of profit. Their clear goal is to ensure our nation remains
addicted to fossil fuels for the rest of this century. They seek to
stifle the development of truly renewable energy.
They’re playing dirty in more ways than one, attacking the film and the
testimonials and science in it instead of taking responsibility and
addressing the contamination, destruction and harm that they are
creating. I now know how the people in my documentary feel, to have the
things they know to be true and the questions they are raising so
blatantly discounted and smeared. It is truly unfortunate that the
gas-drilling industry continues to deny what is so obvious to Americans
living in gaslands across the nation.
Josh Fox
Director, GASLAND
Media Contact:  Josh Baran – jcbaran@gmail.com917-797-1799
Josh Fox is based in New York City and will be in Washington, D.C. on
February 17.  He is available for interviews.  DVD screeners for the
media are available.

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