Commentary

01.31.13

Promise of natural gas key to future

There's a wall along New York's southern border that's dividing us against each other. Built with fear and misinformation about natural gas development, this hollow wall casts a shadow over our economic future. But with little foundation in reality, it can't stand up to mounting evidence of the safety and widely shared benefits of a responsible local natural gas industry.

 

01.17.13

Not all communities are opposed to fracking

On Jan. 8, the three local Gannett newspapers carried as the lead story this item: "Officials seek more time to comment on fracking." The evening before, at least three local television broadcasts used this as their lead story as well. The one thing that I noticed to be missing from this news is that almost all of the officials that were cited in the article represent communities in which no gas exploration is likely to occur. Where exactly in the cities of Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca do the mayors expect to see drilling rigs? And the Town of Caroline already has a gas drilling ban in place.

 

01.10.13

Face to Face: Hydraulic fracturing is good for the environment

Many opponents of hydraulic fracturing say they're against natural gas because it's bad for the climate. They have it exactly backward. Shale gas and hydrofracking are vital to a successful climate and energy strategy. In August, the Energy Information Administration announced that first-quarter carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. had decreased to levels not seen since 1992, and CO2 emissions from coal were at their lowest since 1983. The EIA attributes these trends to our increasing use of natural gas.

 

01.09.13

Letter: Gas drilling would mean jobs for New York

I do not understand why New York continues to allow politics to stand in the way of natural gas production. We are wasting a valuable resource that could do wonders for our struggling state economy. Look at Pennsylvania. Their state Department of Environmental Protection estimates that shale drilling there currently supports 240,000 jobs and has the potential to create many thousands more. It generates millions of dollars in tax revenue for municipalities while operating under strict environmental standards that protect people, air and water.

 

01.07.13

Real Promised Land

We found this website that provided a different opinion to "The Promise Land" movie and are providing it to our energy forum readers: To hear Hollywood tell it, folks out in rural America who are presented with an opportunity to develop their mineral rights and produce clean-burning natural gas for the country have a tough choice on their hands: Don't do it, and you ruin your economy. Do it, and you ruin your environment.

 

12.16.12

Let America's Gas Industry Boom

... the United States can reap massive economic benefits from allowing the export of natural gas. Will the Obama administration go for the gold - or continue yielding to anti-export hysteria?

 

11.24.12

Revenues from gas drilling would boost our region

Four years after the financial crisis, state and local governments all over the nation continue to feel the lingering effects.... Our area desperately needs revenue and a way to expand its shrinking tax base. Shale gas development can safely provide this much needed boost.

 

11.19.12

Climate for fracking

Good news on the climate-change front: A shift from coal to natural gas by U.S. power plants -- made possible by the drilling technology known as fracking -- has cut the nation's planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions by 500 megatons a year. According to Foreign Policy magazine, that's roughly double the impact of all the climate-change agreements signed everywhere in the world over the past 20 years. Combined.

 

10.25.12

Opponents of fracking get a free ride from critics

While much has been said about funding of the University at Buffalo's shale institute, the criticism ignores an "inconvenient truth" about energy-related research and how it is reported. All too often, the focus is on the role the oil and gas industry plays in sponsoring studies and acquiring data about drilling in general, and especially production and extraction activities in U.S. shale formations. While it's never stated (except by environmental activists), there is an underlying sense the findings are suspect because they come from the industry.

 

10.18.12

Fracking will give state a needed boost

Many observers, especially those in the political mainstream, are waiting to see if the governor is so easily influenced by a politically important minority that he is willing to forgo an entire industry that will benefit large swaths of New York and its neediest residents. While national politicians have a knack for pandering, very few have turned down the levels of economic activity that hydraulic fracturing is expected to provide.