Monday, April 22, 2013

IOGA letter to Cuomo -- on Earth Day

Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York
April 22, 2013

Hon. Andrew M. CuomoGovernor,
State of New York
State Capitol
Albany, New York 12224

Dear Governor Cuomo:

I write with deep concern for the future of natural gas development in this state. We are tremendously anxious that a profound misunderstanding and misrepresentation of the processes for indigenous natural gas production may now prevail in New York, rather than fair consideration based on science and real-world experience.

More than anything, I write representing an industry and profession in crisis, with the livelihoods of the people we employ now imperiled. In 2008, the DEC issued roughly 550 permits for vertically drilled oil and gas wells.Last year that number dropped to 163. Our industry, which has operated in good faith and responsibly for decades in New York, is leaving; and so are the 5,000 direct and nearly 50,000 indirect jobs supported by our members.

As all credible scientific research and demonstrated success has so often indicated, natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. It is creating good, high-paying jobs, and it will continue to be in demand for decades to power business, vehicles and homes. Undeniably, it is fostering a manufacturing and economic resurgence across the country.

In a recent interview, you challenged those who advance extreme arguments at the expense of the reasonable. It is our hope that the same standard is being applied to your determination regarding the exploration of natural gas reserves in New York State. Further, we ask that you consider that many regulators and elected officials are embracing natural gas as a source of clean, abundant and domestically available energy.

Not here, though, and we need to know why.

Earlier this month, General Electric Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt said, "The availability of shale in the United States and around the world has to be one of the biggest game-changers I've seen in my career." President Obama,former President Clinton, many other national leaders, including Governors and Fortune 500 CEO's have all recognized and embraced the opportunity that natural gas presents for our economy and the environment.

Real "knowledge" –not rumor-mongering or pseudo-science– regarding the scientific, highly technical process of natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing is readily available. Our state has had nearly five years to review and act on this knowledge. Five years to learn the following:

  • MIT physicist Ernest Moniz, President Obama's energy secretary nominee, said "a stunning increase" in production of domestic natural gas in recent years was  nothing less than a "revolution" that has led to reduced emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that cause global warming, according to the Associated Press (AP).

  • Former U.S. Environmental Protection Administration administrator Lisa Jackson has testified there areno known instances where hydraulic fracturing fluid has ever communicated with groundwater.

  • Mayor Bloomberg, in releasing a 2012 study, said "natural gas is a low-cost, low-emissions fuel that makes good economic and environmental sense." He wrote, "upgrades to natural gas services are critical for New York City to improve air quality and public health."

  • "With proper regulation and enforcement, gas provides a very substantial health benefit in reducing air pollution," said Daniel Schrag, director of Harvard University's Center for the Environment: March 5, 2013.

  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration last year concluded that CO2 emissions in America are at a20-year low, primarily due to increased natural gas use in electric generation.

  • A $1 million study ordered by the Fort Worth, Texas, City Council in 2011 concluded natural gas development in the Barnett Shale did not lead to adverse health effects in the city.

  • 75,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in New York; nearly 14,000 remain active. Those wells have never contaminated groundwater, according to the state DEC.

  • Royalty payments to Pennsylvania landowners "could top $1.2 billion for 2012," according to an AP analysis and the National Association of Royalty Owners. The association estimated that 2010 natural gas royalty payments were $21 billion in gas-producing states.
The science is in. The public can be assured that exploration for natural gas in New York is–and has been– safe,good for our environment and for our economy. Our New New York must now join the nation and embrace the expansion of responsible natural gas development. We need your help.

Respectfully submitted  on behalf of IOGA of NY's members.
Brad Gill
Executive Director
Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York

Devin  Barron
Christine Dickinson
Richard Nyahay

Mark Wendaur

84 Lumber Co. (84 Energy Services)

AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

Airline Hydraulics Corp

AJAX Integrated, LLC

AJAX Wireline

Allegro Development
Alpha Geoscience
American Refining Group Inc

Anderson Equipment Co.

Anschutz Exploration Corp

Appalachian Production Services

Aqua-Clear, Inc
ARM Group Inc.
Atlantic Greenfuels
Atlas Resource Partners, LP
Axco Energy Inc

Baker Hughes
Barber & DeLine Energy Serv.
Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
Billman Geologic Consultants Inc
Biltekoff & Pullen, LLP
Bituminous Insurance Co.

Blue Dot Services Inc.

Blue Rock Energy

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
Bradford Energy Capital, LLC
Brico Technologies Inc
Bulwark Protective Apparel
Burleson LLP
C.T. Male Associates, PC
Cable Services Co Inc


Casella Waste Management
Chautauqua Energy, Inc.
Chautauqua Utilities, Inc.

Chenango Contracting

Chesapeake Energy Corp

Christopher B Wallace Attny at Law
Civil & Environmental Consultants
Clark Patterson Lee

Cleveland Brothers CAT

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Conrad Geoscience-Div PVE Sheffler

Cotton Well Drilling Co., Inc.

Cotton-Hanlon Inc.
Crown Drilling LLC
Crown Energy Services, Inc

Cushman & Wakefield

D.A. Collins Companies
Damon Morey LLP
Danzer Forestland, Inc.

Dawood Engineering, Inc.
Directional Drilling Contractors
DLH Energy Service, LLC
DTE Energy
Earth Energy Consultants, LLC

East Management Services, LP
Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Elexco Land Services, Inc.
Emkey Energy, LLC
Empire Energy E&P, LLC

Energy Transfer Company

EnergyMark, LLC

EnerVest Operating LLC

Environmental Resources Mgmt.

EnviroTrac Ltd.
Epsilon Energy USA, Inc.
Erdman Anthony
Fagan Engineers
Fairmont Supply Oil & Gas
Fisher Associates PE LS PC

Gas Field Specialists, Inc.
Gerard Law Firm
GFS Energy, Inc.
Goose Creek Drilling, Inc
GPI / Greenman-Pederson Inc.
Greenridge Oil Company, LLC
Groundwater & Environmental Svs
GSL, Inc.
GTM Sales East, Inc.
Hanover Engineering Assoc Inc
Harris Beach PLLC
Hart Energy Publishing

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Hendricks Exploration

Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc
Hess Corporation
High Country Exploration

Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP
Hogan Energy Consulting

Huntley & Huntley, Inc.
Hydrocarbon Generation, Inc
Inflection Energy LLC

J. Robert Folchetti & Associates
Jim Bourbeau Land Service Inc.
 JM Resources Inc
John H. Heyer, Attorney at Law
Kessel Construction Inc.
LaBella Associates PC
Lake Erie Energy Partners, LLC
Lancaster Tanks & Steel Products
Lang Surveying
Larson Design Group
Law Office of Adam J Schultz PC
Leatherwood Land & Energy Srvs
Lenape Resources, Inc.
Lion Energy Company LLC
LJ Stein & Co., Inc.
Long Consulting Group, LLC
Lopke Rock Products

Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

Mansfiled Crane Service Corp.
McFarland-Johnson Inc.
McJunkin Red Man Corp
McTish, Kunkel & Associates
Millennium Pipeline Co., LLC

Miller Environmental Group

Milton CAT

Minard Run Oil Co.

Moody & Associates Inc

Nathan Petroleum Corp.

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp

National Fuel Gas Midstream Corp

National Fuel Gas Supply Corp
National Fuel Resources, Inc.
New Pig Energy
New Prospect Company
Nixon Peabody LLP
Norse Energy Holding, Inc.
Nussbaumer & Clarke, Inc.
NYS Petroleum Council
Oakridge Engineering, PC

O'Brien & Gere

Otis Eastern Service, Inc.
P&C Gas Measurement Srv Inc
P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc.
Palmerton Group "A Division of GZA"
Patton Forest Products

Penn Gold Well ServiceInc.

Pennsylvania General Energy Co.

Phillips Lytle LLP

Plants & Goodwin, Inc

Precision Geophysical, Inc.
Precision Industrial Maintenance
R.L. Laughlin & Co., Inc.
Read and Laniado, LLP
Reserve Energy Exploration
Rexel Electrical & Datacom Supplies
Richardson Management
Shell Oil Company
Southern Tier Economic Growth Inc

SPEC Consulting, LLC

Spectra Environmental Group

Statewide Aquastore, Inc.
Stedman Energy, Inc
Steuben Co. Industrial Dev. Agency
Subsea Oil & Gas, Inc.
Taum Sauk Investments LLC
Tectonic Engineering & Surveying

Terrestrial Environmental Specialists

Tesla Exploration Inc.
Texas Keystone, Inc
The Pike Company

The West Firm, PLLC
TMC Services, Inc.
TRC Environmental Corporation
Triana Energy, LLC
U.S. Energy Development Corp.

Union Drilling, Inc

United States Gypsum Co.

Universal Well Services, Inc.
URS Corporation-New York
USA Compression

Van Tyne Consulting

Vemek Ventura Energy Inc.
Vertical Energy, Inc.
Vineyard Oil & Gas Co.
Walking Ridge Development LLC

Weatherford Engineered Chemistry

Westerman Companies
XTO Energy Inc.
ZMK Construction, Inc

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