Hydrofracking supporters plan to rally Monday in Albany

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012,  By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Supporters of natural gas drilling in New York will rally at the state Capitol.

Organizers say hundreds of farmers, workers, home owners, small business owners and elected officials will come to Albany on Monday to press Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift the state’s moratorium on shale gas drilling.

Cuomo has been under pressure from environmentalists who are opposed to shale gas development using hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Opponents fear the process will pollute local water tables.

But many people in gas-rich regions of upstate New York say drilling would bring desperately needed jobs.

Albany OCT 15th: Rally and March to the Capitol “Real energy Real Jobs”

Hello NY Activists,

We know you have all been very busy with grassroots activism and we sincerely appreciate all your efforts!  We also apologize for being behind on answering email and calls.

I wanted to pass this along from our friends at Energy Citizens.  They can help with bus transportation if your group is planning on attending.  Please call Jennifer at 315-868-7476 for more information.  Tell Albany it is time for job creation and lower energy rates!

NY Rally and March to the Capitol/ Details:

Join other New York Energy Citizens on October 15 for a rally and march to the Capitol, in Albany. Send a message to Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers support hydraulic fracturing.

10:30 a.m. – Gather at Corning Preserve Amphitheatre

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Speakers

12:30 p.m. – March up State Street to the Capitol

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Speakers at Capitol’s Swan Street Steps

Sign up through our partners at the Landowner Advocates of NY today.

GOP Senate candidate backs gas drilling, rips Gillibrand

Wendy LongOct. 11, 2012  |Written by Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)—
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long says developing upstate New York’s natural gas formations could bring desperately needed jobs and criticized Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over the issue.Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is considering whether to allow the exploration of shale gas through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It is not a federal decision, though Gillibrand says concerns about clean air and water should be addressed before drilling moves forward.Long said during an Albany news conference Thursday that Gillibrand has cast her lot with the “far-left” environmentalists and celebrities who oppose fracking. Gillibrand campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said he would not comment on what he called conspiracy theories from a struggling campaign.

Long said Cuomo should move faster, but blamed the delay on outside pressure.

The economic stakes of NY’s shale gas slowdown

October 2, 2012 E.J. McMahon

The slow-motion process of developing state regulations to allow natural gas hydro-fracking in upstate New York seems to have reached stall speed, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered up a new health impact review that could force the Department of Environmental Conservation to miss a Nov. 29 deadline for issuing fracking rules.

A June 2011 report by the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Energy and the Environment reviewed the likely economic impacts and reached this conclusion:

If the moratorium [on hydrofracking] is maintained, New York residents not only pay an opportunity cost, in present-value terms, of over $11.4 billion in lost economic output from 2011 to 2020; they lose state and local tax revenues of $1.4 billion and employment levels of 15,000 to 18,000 jobs.

While the process stalls in New York, the Pennsylvania shale gas boom has now spread to Ohio.