Hmm: Mention of hydraulic fracturing conspicuously absent from New York’s latest energy plan

posted at 6:01 pm on January 9, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The Keystone XL pipeline and New York state’s moratorium on fracking — the innovative hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques that have almost single-handedly revolutionized the United States’ domestic energy production in a matter of just a few years and ushered in a new era of abundance — have been comrades in their shared fate of subjection to relentlessly politicized campaigns waged mainly by bands of determined eco-radicals that have gone on for more than five years running. Despite their similar status as common-sense projects that would both clear the way further for said energy abundance whilst creating jobs and growing the economy, both President Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have pretended that their interminable dithering is only due to environmental concerns and the stubbornly outstanding studies thereof, but their concerns are less environmental than they are environmentalist.

In December, Cuomo’s administration pretty much freely indicated that they had no near-future plans to do anything about their fracking moratorium, and the matter was more or less confirmed with the release of their latest energy plan for the state — which didn’t actually mention, oh, I don’t know — the most contested, hot-button energy issue of the day. It’s whatever.

New York’s newly released energy plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and clean technology and anticipates reduced utility bills and a more flexible distribution grid, but takes no position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the fertile Marcellus Shale.

While the proposal of the State Energy Planning Board calls for expanding the use of natural gas, instead of oil, for heating and power generation to reduce emissions of climate-changing carbon dioxide, it also notes that state officials are reviewing health and environmental concerns regarding fracking. …

Environmental groups have called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking, citing potential hazardous spills and disruption to community life from heavy industrial activity. Hundreds of anti-fracking protesters rallied outside Cuomo’s annual State-of-the-State address Wednesday in Albany, but the governor made no mention of gas drilling in his speech.

So, let’s go ahead and get this straight: New York would like to heavily include natural gas in their long-term plan to greenify their energy infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions, but they are completely content to obtain that gas, procured from the same shale fields on which they sit atop, via pipelines from neighboring states like Pennsylvania? Sweet plan, guys.


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procured from the same shale fields on which they sit atop, via pipelines from neighboring states like Pennsylvania?

Taxing people… and NIMBY. These are the human droids the NY government have been looking for.

upinak on January 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

OPEC & the Saudi’s hate fracking. It will destroy their economies.

Do you suppose that they own the Democrats?

CrazyGene on January 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Cuomo’s not going to do any thing until the 2016 cycle is over. Even assuming HRC’s the nominee, he’ll be positioning himself for the VP slot which will require him to stay on the right side of the big lefty enviro groups who want to keep the moratorium the most. Afterward, he may be angling for a major cabinet appointment, such as AG, if HRC wins. Earliest anything will happen is 2017, unless there’s a major shift in NY State politics/polling.

Robert_Paulson on January 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Think of something really insulting and vile and pretend I said it about these people.

vityas on January 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Cuomo’s dithering in large part because he wants to be the just-in-case candidate if Hillary doesn’t run in 2016, and has bet that the activist liberal wing of the party will be the ones the most turning out to vote. But if you live anywhere between Utica and Buffalo in Upstate and you’re mad about the loss of jobs, you forfeit the right to complain if you vote for Andrew again in the governor’s race this November.

jon1979 on January 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

increased use of renewable energy and clean technology and anticipates reduced utility bills

Riiiight.

WitchDoctor on January 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

OPEC & the Saudi’s hate fracking. It will destroy their economies.

CrazyGene on January 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

They don’t hate fracturing…just that Saudi Prince does. Besides, it is wasn’t for fracturing, they wouldn’t be able to get the oil out via injections. Even the middle east has to inject to get oil and gas out.

upinak on January 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fracking makes Oil Ticks cry. Any NY politians friends of the Saudis?

BL@KBIRD on January 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Good news for us bitter clingers, so long as the idiot liberals stay out of the way.

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.
And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

forest on January 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Let them freeze. Simple as that, cut off any electricity generated out of State by evil fossil fuels and let them freeze. I would think the good people of New York State would make their Governor see reason very quickly during the winter heating season.

Johnnyreb on January 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Taxing people… and NIMBY. These are the human droids the NY government have been looking for.

upinak on January 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

upinak:Ain’t that the truth,..loooooooooooong time no see,
Upper Northern Neighbour,..good to see ya!:)

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

The Keystone XL pipeline and New York state’s moratorium on fracking
====================================================================

Freaggin Key Stone Cops of Progressive LeftWingers!!

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

If NY wants to miss out on the economic boom….so what! It just means more for those of us here in Texas.

Tater Salad on January 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Piss on ‘em.

Ward Cleaver on January 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

For New England and part of NY State, spot natural gas prices have spiked to over $30 per MM BTU while here in Louisiana they are $4 on the spot market.

Problem is they have depended on natural gas produced offshore Canada piped down to the area, which has been declining. Additionally, due to Clinton’s energy policy, fuel oil fired boilers in electrical power generating stations have gradually been replaced with gas turbine generators (great for GE). This of course has increased demand for natural gas over the last 20 years, for the area.

Thankfully, for NYC and New Jersey, Spectra has completed a new natural gas pipeline connecting the area to natural gas produced offshore Louisiana and various tight shale plays.

Now for the cincher. FERC will not allow natural gas pipeline expansion from within the U.S. to that part of the country.

IF there were natural gas production IN NY State, there would be no need for Federalies to approve anything because it would be within the state.

Kermit on January 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Hey Governor Andrew, I love paying $4.00/Gal. for heating oil. And BTW, NY is really awesome when it comes to gasoline prices too.
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http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_gastemperaturemap.aspx

diogenes on January 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Ah… my home state. Cuomo’s energy plan amounts to nothing more than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. So, NY will continue to hemorrhage jobs except low-paying service jobs and seasonal tourist jobs. It’s the road to serfdom.

MikeHu on January 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Fracking wasn’t mentioned because Cuomo has NO intention of moving forward.

The moratorium enabled in 2008–that’s right–2008–is still in force.

He can’t allow the greens and environmentals, heavy donors to his campaign to get upset and shut him off.

irongrampa on January 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

As an environmentalist, I opposed fracking. I got on my town’s United Jewish Federation group to study fracking. As a result of actually learning what fracking is, I became a strong supporter of fracking. Most of the objections by the environmentalists are complete nonsense. I now try to explain to environmentalists that fracking is the wrong issue, but they always coming back to another bit of nonsense, global warming. I try to explain that natural gas is so much better than coal if global warming were true, but they want the 100% unicorn fart driven economy.

thuja on January 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

So TRIPLE the price (handling charge) for Pennsylvania natural gas.

New Yorkers, being the elite intellectuals they are, will GLADLY pay the price!

GarandFan on January 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

New York’s newly released energy plan calls for increased use of renewable energy and clean technology huddling together under blankets in the dark, taking turns recalling the good ol’ days.

FIFY.

Marcola on January 9, 2014 at 7:17 PM

God, if JP Morgan or Cornelius Vanderbilt were alive to see this, they would literally explode into flames.

MikeHu on January 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

God, if JP Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt or Jay Rockefeller were alive to see this, they would literally explode into flames.

MikeHu on January 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

So TRIPLE the price (handling charge) for Pennsylvania natural gas.

New Yorkers, being the elite intellectuals they are, will GLADLY pay the price!

GarandFan on January 9, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Nope, higher price because pipeline capacity is limited. Demand is greater than supply in cold snaps.

Kermit on January 9, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The Keystone XL pipeline and New York state’s moratorium on fracking
====================================================================

Freaggin Key Stone Cops of Progressive LeftWingers!!

canopfor on January 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

…for a second there…I thought I saw a ‘u’ where the ‘ra’ were… in fracking!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

So, we pipe natural gas into Pennsylvania, where they add more to it, then the liberal elite in NY state will put it into train cars run by unions in order to deliver it to electricity generating plants in NY state. No, I don’t see any opportunity for mark-up or for environmental hazards in that (Bwa-haha-haha). Snicker, giggle.
I’m sure that new windmills in the Hamptons will take care of the rest of the energy needs. Go green, baby!
/sarc

DublOh7 on January 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

DublOh7 on January 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Natural gas into train cars? The steel would have to be so thick to handle the pressure required that they would be overweight BEFORE any gas is loaded. It doesn’t move via rail, OR truck, unless first it becomes LNG.

The icy “polar vortex” that swept across the US earlier this week brought freezing cold temperatures and a record 134 Bcf/d demand for natural gas on Tuesday (Jan 7, 2014). As a result natural gas prices on that day spiked over $70/MMBtu at the TRANSCO non-New York hub. New England buyers fared better – paying “only” around $35/MMBtu for their gas – largely because of a timely supply boost from a rare import cargo of LNG at the Canaport New Brunswick terminal. But these price spikes and severe stresses on the Northeast system demonstrate one more time how the pipeline network that delivers natural gas to New England remains inadequate.

Kermit on January 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM