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Conflicting opinions on gas drilling in new poll

A Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of registered voters in the Southern Tier and the Catskills produced some conflicting opinions regarding natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing in those regions.

In the southern tier, 52 percent agreed that hydraulic fracturing would generate economic activity and tax revenues, while 55 percent it could generate jobs that are much-needed in the region.
Forty-two percent of voters surveyed said it is important to harvest the abundant supply of national gas that is currently inaccessible.

Still 51 percent of voters in the Southern Tier and 50 percent of voters in the Catskills would oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation, allowing gas drilling to move forward in their regions.

The Business Council supports the development of the state’s natural gas resources based on the state’s need for affordable energy and the significant economic activity and job growth such development would bring to regions, such as the Southern Tier, where unemployment is high and job opportunities are limited.

The cross tabs from the poll are available here.

Amicus brief filed in the Court of Appeals

This week, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. joined with the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc., the National Association of Royalty Owners, NARO-NY, the Upstate New York Towns Association, Inc., and Southern Tier Residents for Economic Independence to file an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals requesting the court reverse lower courts’ decisions involving two natural gas cases.

The brief states that the lower courts’ misapplications of the legal preemption issues in the cases Norse Energy Corp. USA vs. Town of Dryden and Town of Dryden Town Board, and Cooperstown Holstein Corp. vs. Town of Middlefield, further support the preemption of townwide bans on all oil and gas activities. It also highlights that New York state has an overriding interest in the development and promotion of its oil and gas reserves, and that there is a need for uniformity across the state with a comprehensive state law that supersedes restrictive and inconsistent local laws and ordinances.

The brief argues that decisions on New York’s natural resources must be made at the state level by New York state and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. As such, the brief calls on the New York State Court of Appeals to reverse the lower courts’ decisions so that, if state leaders decide they can bring overwhelming economic and environmental benefits to New York through natural gas extraction, that they are able to do so without encountering problematic constitutional issues.

Read the full amicus brief.

Marcellus Shale gas production soars in other states

Hydrofracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia has made the Marcellus Shale the nation’s most productive gas field, according to a new report.

The Associated Press reports that Bentek, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends, said 2013 production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia is up about 50 percent compared with last year. Figures for the pipelines that take gas out of the Marcellus show that in the first six months of the year, Pennsylvania produced about 1.5 trillion cubic feet of gas, with projections for a year-end total of about 3.2 trillion cubic feet.

That yearly number translates into the equivalent of about 550 million barrels of oil.

New York has delayed making a decision on hydrofracking for five years while the Department of Environmental Conservation studies the issue.

Kathryn Klaber, CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said in an email that the industry group expects “that activity will remain robust” since the necessary infrastructure is increasingly in place to process and move natural gas to market.”

The Business Council of New York State supports the approval of hydraulic fracturing that would boost New York’s economy and bring much needed jobs to upstate New York.

Empire Center op-ed: New York’s fracking ban suffocates New Yorkers

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, recently posted an op-ed that gets to the core of an indisputable truth: that the continuing ban on hydrofracturing in New York is hampering economic growth in New York. The Business Council supports safe and responsible natural gas development in the state. Furchtgott-Roth agrees, and backs up her support with strong economic date.

Click here to read her opinion piece.

Heather Briccetti on drilling: “We have to start framing our messages on science and facts.”

HeatherACCForum5_13Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council, told energy and chemical industry leaders that “the antis have told a story that scares people, who are not hearing about the economic benefits” of natural gas hydrofracking. She was the keynote speaker at a forum hosted by the American Chemistry Council in Albany Tuesday.

Brian Nearing of the Times Union reported on the meeting which delved into what he wrote is “one of the most politically contentious issues in recent state history.”

Post-Journal editorial: Hydraulic fracturing is an economic necessity

Janice L. Miller, a resident of Machias, N.Y., has been an ardent supporter of natural gas development.  Machias is located in the heart of the  Marcellus shale formation in Cattaraugus County. She wrote the following op-ed which was published in the Post-Journal (Jamestown) Sunday.

http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/622053/Hydraulic-Fracturing-Is-An-Economic-Necessity.html

Recently, The Business Council re-iterated its strong support of shale development in New York. In response to the state Appellate Division decision to turn aside an appeal from Norse Energy Corporation that challenged the Town of Dryden’s use of it zoning laws to ban hydrofracking, The Business Council released a statement:

We have been a steadfast supporter of shale development. The economic opportunities and potential jobs created by natural gas development would bring a lasting positive impact to the region and the state, and we believe that scientific and technical reviews will prove the case for moving forward with permits in New York State. Regardless of the final court outcome on this case, we oppose statutory prohibitions on the state or local level, as contrary to sound economic, energy and environmental policy.” Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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As the rest of the nation looks for new opportunities to create jobs and lower America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy, New York is still working to create a balanced approach to shale development. After four years of extensive study, research and hearings, the state should now move forward with safe and responsible shale gas development. The State must bring to a close its review and allow the people of New York to directly benefit from America’s new energy future.

Click here to send a letter to your local legislators and state leaders in support of natural gas development.

The Business Council issues statement on Dryden Appellate Division decision on hydrofracking

The state Appellate Division turned aside an appeal from Norse Energy Corporation that challenged the Town of Dryden’s use of its zoning laws to ban fracking. Norse Energy argued that the ban violates the state’s supremacy to regulate the DrydenLocationoil and gas industry under the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law, wrote Casey Seiler of the Times Union. Shortly after the decision, The Business Council released a statement.

“The Business Council’s position is unchanged. We have been a steadfast supporter of shale development. The economic opportunities and potential jobs created by natural gas development would bring a lasting positive impact to the region and the state, and we believe that scientific and technical reviews will prove the case for moving forward with permits in New York State.  Regardless of the final court outcome on this case, we oppose statutory prohibitions on the state or local level, as contrary to sound economic, energy and environmental policy.”

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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As the rest of the nation looks for new opportunities to create jobs and lower America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy, New York is still working to create a balanced approach to shale development. After four years of extensive study, research and hearings, the state should now move forward with safe and responsible shale gas development. The State must bring to a close its review and allow the people of New York to directly benefit from America’s new energy future.

Click here to take action by sending a letter in support of natural gas development to lawmakers.

The Business Council opposes Oil and Gas Drilling Mandates bill

The Business Council released a memo Monday opposing a bill (A,3466/A.6220) submitted by State Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Majority Whip William Colton which would institute a separate series of workplace standards for oil and gas workers and their contractors.

“This bill is just another bill intended to fit into the narrative of those that oppose the expansion of natural gas and oil drilling in New York.” The Business Council has long supported responsible and safe natural gas development in New York.

Click here to read the memo in which The Business Council offers several strong objections to the bill.

Trust scientists on hydrofracking

In a letter to the Albany Times UnionSyracuse University’s Donald Siegel, professor of hydrogeology, calls on the the newspaper and New York State to not ignore the fact that 29 other states safely allow drilling for natural gas and that advocating for halting natural gas development in New York State is a means of “obstruction that political opponents use against fossil fuel development in general.”

He calls on New York State to work with scientists and the industry to pursue the technology safely in our state. Read the full letter on the Albany Times Union website.

 

Liquefied Natural Gas Storage Facilities and Transportation Exemption

The Business Council supports legislation to amend the environmental conservation law to allow for the transportation and storage of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). LNG, is the same natural gas used in homes for heating and cooling but it is condensed into a liquid. Small Business Day on April 17th is your opportunity to show support for this issue.

A.4202 (Camara)/S.119A (Maziarz)
Memo of Support
The Hill: Liquefied natural gas: Transforming US into global energy hub
Forbes: All Roads Lead to Natural Gas-Fueled Cars and Trucks

To register for Small Business Day contact Erin DeSantis Assistant State Director at NFIB for more information. 877.434.1262 or email Erin.DeSantis@NFIB.ORG.