August 11, 2014: Based on extensive public interest regarding a proposal to construct and operate an underground facility for storage and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the Town of Reading, Schuyler County, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that an issues conference will be scheduled through DEC’s Office of Hearings to determine if there are any significant and substantive issues that require an adjudicatory hearing.
Here in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Houston-based Crestwood Midstream intends to store — in abandoned salt caverns located beside 635-foot-deep, trout-filled Seneca Lake — 2 billion cubic feet of compressed natural gas (methane) and 88 million gallons of liquefied petroleum gases (propane and butane). According to Joseph Campbell, of Gas Free Seneca,
“It’s tantamount to burying giant cigarette lighters along the shorelines of paradise. But apparently Crestwood doesn’t care that Seneca Lake is a world’s top lakeside destination. As promised to shareholders, the corporation intends to turn the Finger Lakes into ‘an integrated natural gas storage and transportation hub for the Northeast’.” Continue reading
- Overseas, Germany plans to adopt regulations that will rule out shale fracking for the foreseeable future. The government wants to ban hydraulic fracturing in shale rocks and coal beds at depths less than 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) and prohibit all types of fracking in water protection areas. The country has long recognized the benefits of moving away from fossil fuels and has a track record of increasing success using wind, solar and geo-thermal sources of energy. They now generate 37 percent of their daily electricity from wind and solar and analysts predict that number will rise to 50 percent by 2020. A recent “record” was set (for a day) when 74% of all electricity generated in the country was produced by these alternate sources.
- The US Navy appears to have achieved the Holy Grail of energy independence – the process pulls carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas driving Climate Change) out of the ocean. The new fuel is initially expected to cost around $3 to $6 per gallon, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which has already flown a model aircraft using the fuel.
A new two-page fact sheet has been released by AAF. Clearly stated and fully sourced, it provides a different view of those high-tech gas liquification facilities and tanker superships touted on all the API TV commercials.
A selection of facts drawn from the paper:
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is methane in the form of a bubbling, super-cold liquid (minus 259 degrees Fahrenheit). By contrast, Compressed Natural Gas is highly pressurized methane vapor.
- LNG is the form that natural gas takes when it is exported overseas on tanker ships. To a lesser extent, LNG is used as vehicle fuel in, for example, long-haul trucks.
- If LNG spills into water, it explodes.
- If LNG spills on the ground, it turns into rapidly expanding clouds of vaporizing methane that can asphyxiate by displacing oxygen and flash-freeze human flesh.
- If ignited at the source, these vapors become flaming “pool fires” that burn hotter than other fuels and cannot be extinguished.
- Drifting in the wind, an ignitable vapor cloud can threaten large populations.
- Highly volatile LNG cannot be odorized, so there is no warning of a leak.
- The ongoing prohibition on LNG facilities in New York State was the result of a deadly explosion in 1973 that blew apart an empty LNG tank in Staten Island and killed 40 people.
Read the full report here and feel free to distribute it to those in search of enlightenment.
email from Asha C., who works as a lead in Minisink case Compressor station, heavy industrial development in agricultural area closest to NYC and area serving as solitude for shaken 9/11 first responders…
Today’s hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals was an intense, dramatic event. We would like to deeply thank the many supporters who traveled from near and far to be there with us to demonstrate their support- we were deeply honored to be joined by the leaders of grassroots organizations and supporters from across NY, NJ, PA, MD and DC. We packed the courtroom with a tremendous show of solidarity. Continue reading
Thank you to William Huston for this update.
The contamination in NE Pennsylvania from gas drilling is far worse than anyone knows.
The brown towns all have known sites of water contamination.
I used the following criteria:
1) At least one site with an external water tank (“water buffalo”) receiving replacement water
2) Water filtration system installed due to contamination
3) PA DEP complaint
4) PA DEP positive determination letter Continue reading
Once again I have proven that no one should pay any attention to anything I say about what is likely to happen in court.
To make a short story even shorter, Jerry asked the court to grant a delay so that we would have time to find out whether or not the next appeals court takes my appeal. This is the appeal we’ve already filed but which isn’t mandatory, because what I’m appealing is only the conviction on a violation, and I’m not a more respectable criminal who’s done something worse.
To my surprise, assistant DA Tunney didn’t really have any objection, saying he didn’t want to be in the position of sentencing a defendant before his conviction was final (or words to that effect) and, equally to my surprise, Judge Berry went along with it, granting me another 90 days in which to await the appeals court’s decision.
The guiding principle here is that we’re still fighting, still insisting that I was had a right to do what I did. But I use the term “guiding” loosely, because if anything’s guiding me, how come I feel like I’ve been spun around three times with a donkey’s tail in my hand?
ProPublica: At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink of failure.
Its legendary chief executive officer, Aubrey McClendon, was being pilloried for questionable deals, its stock price was getting hammered and the company needed to raise billions of dollars quickly.
The money could be borrowed, but only on onerous terms. Chesapeake, which had burned money on a lavish steel-and-glass office complex in Oklahoma City even while the selling price for its gas plummeted, already had too much debt.
In the months that followed, Chesapeake executed an adroit escape, Continue reading
State and local officials are well on their way to burying radioactivity as an issue in the debate over whether to allow a major expansion of the Chemung County Landfill on the Chemung River about six miles southeast of Elmira.
The landfill, which has been leased to Casella Waste Systems Inc. since 2005, has been accepting drilling wastes from Pennsylvania since 2009 — often turning away its own municipal waste to save room for the more lucrative imports.
Now the county legislature is considering a plan to increase the landfill’s capacity from 180,000 tons of waste a year to 417,000 tons. The landfill that currently occupies 54 acres of a 327-acre site would add 50 acres of new lined landfill cells.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, a supporter of the expansion, has taken the lead role in denying that radioactivity matters. Continue reading