Tag Archives: Southern Tier

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.

Op-ed: Scaffold Law is burden to contractors

Today’s Press & Sun Bulletin features an op-ed on why The Scaffold Law needs to be repealed. Tom Meade, the executive director of the Professional Abatement Contractors of New York, notes that, as the New York Court of Appeals stated, the Scaffold Law “imposes liability even on contractors and owners who had nothing to do with the plaintiff’s accident.” He also notes that changing the law to a comparative negligence standard, from the current absolute liability standard, would ensure that “parties are held responsible for their share of the liability,” which is the “standard in every other state and … the standard in most every other aspect of our civil justice system.”

Casino plans revealed

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council joined Governor Cuomo yesterday as he announced his plan for casinos in New York State.  Briccetti said the plan was ‘very consistent with the focus on tourism and upstate job growth and also the recognition that getting some of the tourist visitors to Upstate New York will positively benefit the upstate economy.”

Multiple news sources outlined the plan that calls for a referendum on the issue this fall.  Details include dividing upstate New York into six regions, with three proposals in each region competing for the winning bid, and new casinos in the Capital Region, the Catskills and the Southern Tier.

Resources:

Governor Cuomo unveils resort gaming destination plan to bring tourism and jobs to upstate New York

Newsday: Cuomo wants casino referendum this fall

New York Times: wants voters to decide on full-scale casinos

Post Star: Indian casino compacts with state come under scrutiny

Times Herald Record:  Cuomo casino plan released