Facing criticism from Cuomo, gas industry heads to Albany

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One day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested pro-fracking groups are misusing their time, a major New York gas-industry trade group is at the Capitol for its annual lobbying day.

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York’s members have more than 100 meetings scheduled with lawmakers and state officials on Monday, according to a spokesman. They come as the state Legislature is weighing a firm moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and shale-gas drilling and a day after Health Commissioner Nirav Shah said he will issue his fracking recommendations in the “next few weeks.”

(The lobby day, it should be noted, was scheduled prior to Cuomo’s Monday comments, when he told Gannett’s Albany Bureau that landowners’ consultants and pro-fracking groups “would be better advised to spend their time actually getting out information to allay the fears of the people of this state than worrying about hallway chatter.”)

IOGA on Monday also took issue with a bill introduced by Sen. David Carlucci, D-Clarkstown, Rockland County, which would prohibit large-scale hydrofracking for two years or the completion of outside studies by Geisinger Health System, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and/or the University of Pennsylvania.

In a letter to Carlucci, IOGA Executive Director Brad Gill said Carlucci has been “profoundly misinformed about these issues.”

“As of this date, New York’s moratorium on the development of natural gas resources has lasted 4 years, 7 months, and 8 days,” Gill wrote. “I doubt you would countenance a delay this long on a matter affecting private property owners and local companies in your own district.”

Last week, Carlucci said when it comes to hydrofracking, the more data, the better.

“I think the important thing is we need to put New Yorkers’ health first and I think the prudent thing to do would be to wait for these studies to be done, get the science on the table and get all the data possible,” Carlucci said.

IOGA of NY Letter to Senator David Carlucci by IOGANY

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  1. Brad Gill, in his role of paid shill for IOGA, has put out more misinformation on the claimed safety of HVHF than most others. At the same time he has continued to ignore and belittle the growing literature from various studies as well as information from great numbers of individuals all over the country whose health, water, and air has been negatively impacted by the attempt to harvest shale gas.

    The Duke study and the study done by the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health among others make it clear there are serious concens for those who live near gas well pads and compressor stations.

    I applaud Senator Carlucci and many others in the state legislature who want to wait for the science to catch up to the technology. I believe Mr. Gill’s urgency comes from his knowledge that more information will be forthcoming from the EPA study and others over the next couple of years.

  2. Highlands Preservation on

    Senator Carlucci is taking the common-sense approach needed in order to honestly and objectively evaluate the impacts from fracking. Until all the data is in, New York must continue to prohibit fracking. Anything less would be irresponsible.

  3. Two immediate points come to mind.

    1) Last year when NY grassroots organizations participated in a lobby day at the Albany Legisators/Senators offices we got to talk to aids. Do you suppose the IOGA will get the same treatment?

    2) More concrete information is coming to light daily about the adverse affects of the ENTIRE process of this industrialization mode we tend to call “fracking”. The scope of the problems are much grander than that hole in the ground! The adverse affects are being reported openly in many regions across this nation despite the industry’s attempts to squash public information with disclosure clauses.

    NY Gov Cuomo is very wise to take all the time necessary to completely understand what NY could get into with natural gas drilling here. Once any damages take root we will need many many more than “4 years, 7 months, and 8 days” to correct it.

    The pressure must remain on the industry to improve and clean up it’s technology and processes before allowing this kind of development in NY.

  4. Thank you for filling my irony quota for the day – the timing of the governor’s statement in juxtaposition with the Albany activities of IOGA.

    Also, thank you to Senator Carlucci for looking out for health of all NYers. Our elected officials need to look out for and do what is best for the state as a whole, with particular emphasis on protecting those who are most vulnerable. As a resident of a Southern Tier town on the PA border, I especially appreciate Senator Carlucci’s attention to the possible health risks that I and my neighbors would likely be the first to encounter if the moratorium were to be lifted. Special interests should not be the prime motivators of government; people and their well-being should be.

  5. Governor Cuomo should be focusing on the health and best interests of his constituents, not giving advice to the out-of-state oil & gas industry. The gas industry has a long track record of disregard for public health and safety. There’s a reason that a strong majority of upstate New Yorkers oppose fracking – the more people learn about the practice and the gas industry, the more they oppose fracking.

  6. Oil and gas companies are disingenuous when they dovetail vertical and horizontal fracking, speaking of the two kinds of fracking as if one exists.

    There is no doubt that horizontal fracking is of legitimate concern. Vertical fracking is on the scale of an owner on land of the owner, for fuel to be used by the owner. Horizontal fracking is on the colossal scale. Larger quantities of water are needed, more chemicals are injected into the water, volumes of sand are harvested [in the U.S. the “ideal” sand is in Wisconsin – ruining vast stretches of seaside life and causing ecological wastelands], deeper wells are drilled, drilling deeper means radioactivity is released, flowback water has radioactive water added to its chemical mix, the horizontal pipes travel farther than the individual lease covers, larger explosions occur; on the surface greater distances are cleared, more roads are laid, larger trucks are used, more pollution is created by the larger trucks, more truck trips are required, more evaporation occurs in the open-air reservoirs of flowback water, more surfaces are destabilized, maximum [24/7] extraction operations occur, more gas and oil is released, more fuel used adds to more air pollution, damages renewable energy r&d funds, slows transition to renewable energy.

  7. The phrase “drill, baby, drill” is a reference to “burn, baby burn”, attributed to Bill Epton, a militant activist who was jailed for uttering it response to the Harlem riots of 1964. He also is known to have said “We’re going to have to kill a lot of cops, a lot of the judges, and we’ll have to go against their army.”

    It is fairly obvious to me everyone uttering “drill, baby, drill” is unaware of the etymology and origins of the words they speak. It is symbolic to me of a failure to do basic research, a common trait among those who support hydrofracking. If they do not bother to understand the words they are saying, I can hardly trust anything they say.

  8. Wrong on that account MH, but I did enjoy the history lesson.

    We need jobs & cheap energy, do we need continue or should we build a pipeline from the middle east?