Tuesday, May 1, 2012

More Great Quotes From the NY-PA Frack War

"We are aware there will be collateral damage from stopping natural gas development."
— Officials of Ithaca's Park Foundation, describing the potential for lost economic opportunities for Upstate farmers and other landowners — due to "grassroots" anti-frack campaigns it has done much to spawn through more than $3 million in financing over the last three or so years.  The statement reportedly was made during a March 2011 meeting in which leaders of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York unsuccessfully (and naively) asked the foundation for landowner-education funding, and the quote is according to the JLCNY's recollection in an April 27, 2012 op-ed.

"We are limited by raising funds from our membership, so this is a David-and-Goliath situation.  Only we, the people of upstate New York, are David.  And Goliath is a multimillion-dollar foundation with one goal — to hang a virtual 'do not disturb' sign around the elites."
— JLCNY leaders Dan Fitzsimmons and Bob Williams in the same op-ed.

"Please post to your LISTSERVES or send individually to people you know...  Be careful where you post this so it’s not in the PRO DRILLERS hands."
An April 30 email from KFELTER, passing on a message from  New York Against Fracking
announcing plans for an apparently secretive "last push" involving — among 
other things — an all-star anti-frack concert in Albany, May 15.

"Governor Cuomo and his Department of Environmental Conservation are poised to move forward with fracking in New York in the next few months...  As we all know, if we snooze, we lose...  If you hear of an event in your area that Governor Cuomo is going to attend, you can let us know so we can connect people on the ground that are interested in “bird-dogging,” or showing up with signs, asking the right questions and getting our voices heard."
Cheryl Wertz and David Braun, New York Against Fracking staff, 

"It is of critical importance to the success of any approach that oil men be handled most carefully and diplomatically.  Oil officials seem overly sensitive to any indication that the industry isn't perfect...  Emotion, pride, loyalty, suspicion make it difficult to penetrate to reason."
Richard Funkhouser, Senior Oil Strategist, U.S. State Department, 1953.
This was during a time when one part of the U.S. government was accusing American oil companies 
of anti-trust violations — while another part was contemporaneously trying to persuade them 
to join forces in order to save the Iranian oil industry — after the Brits were ousted, 
leaving it in danger of falling to nationalist decay, or to the Soviet Union 
From The Prize, by Daniel Yergin.

"If we were to believe all the hype about hydraulic fracturing, we could expect the huddled masses of Pennsylvania escaping across the border, women in babuskas and boots, men on tractors leading goats and cows.  It isn’t happening.  What’s happening down there is prosperity, job growth, and problems solved.  Check it out.  It’s a nice day trip.  And in New York what’s happening is more and more people waking up at 4:30 AM, getting into their cars, and heading south to… you remember these… good paying JOBS with benefits.  Yes, in Pennsylvania."
— Unadilla (NY) area landowners' coalition leader Dick Downey

"It is the lack of research effort by your writers and an editorial staff that apparently does not fact check their material, that compels me to write this letter.  In the Monday, April 23, 2012, article, 'Still no drilling rules in sight,' (on-line version now revised as a result of complaints like this one), staff writer Michael Sadowski stated, 'After the drill site uses the water, the water is treated and put back into the stream.'  This was blatantly false, since the treating and discharging of flowback water from hydraulically fractured Marcellus Shale wells, has not been allowed since May of 2011."
Bill Wilson, Leader, Wyoming County (PA) Landowners Group,

"I don't think there will be much interest in drilling new areas, however, or trying to find the edges of the more productive areas, since by definition you don't know you've hit the edge until you step over it.  There is absolutely no interest in new leasing in dry gas areas other than the true sweet spots in NE PA.  So if a person isn't in a premium location or one with liquids potential, this is the time to relax and focus on doing something else with your time.  There's just no way to buck these low gas prices in the short term."
— Industry insider IthacaJack,
within a thread (indirectly spawned by a blog post here, posted three weeks before)

"Leo, dude -- at some point, New Yorkers will finally be given a choice between working for a living, extracting a local resource all of us benefit from, or vainly trying to accommodate your ignorant, opportunity-killing cynicism.  I know what I'd choose:  I'd rather hunt rattlesnakes."
Andy Leahy (NY Shale Gas Now)
replying to an Anti Regular in the comments section accompanying an unprecedented story 
— by Albany-based AP reporter Mary Esch, and dutifully run by Gannett's Southern Tier outlets, April 17.
The piece finally got around to fleshing out the surprising variety of the jobs impact from PA drilling, some of which is spilling over into NY, including crane operators, water handlers, software people, and biologists running surveys of endangered (and sometimes dangerous) wildlife, including rattlesnakes.

"To landowners.  Make sure you understand what can happen once you sign a lease.  It may be pitched as a partnership, but if you accept a standard lease you are essentially signing away your rights to the land.  This means your surface rights, as well as rights to the mineral resources below."
— Anti-frack book author Tom Wilber, hyperbolizing on his blog, April 17.

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