not drilling equates to good pr

not drilling equates to good pr

Postby chasgas » Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:56 am

Decision to limit drilling is part PR, gas official
By Steve Israel
Times Herald-Record
Posted: November 05, 2009 - 2:00 AM
A ballyhooed decision by one of the nation's largest gas companies to avoid drilling in the New York City watershed is nowhere near as significant as the national media, politicians and some environmental groups claim.

In fact, Chesapeake Energy objects to any ban on natural-gas drilling in the watershed. And along with other gas companies, it plans to drill in areas such as the Delaware watershed, which serves more people than the 9 million served in the city watershed.

Chesapeake's decision, coming just before the first public hearing on the state's new drilling regulations last week, was a matter of business, convenience and public relations, not concern for the environment, says its vice president for corporate development and state government relations, Scott Rotruck.

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The Oklahoma-based corporation has about 5,000 acres in the watershed area, compared to 1.5 million in the entire shale area. Much of those 5,000 acres "came with a package of other leases."

Chesapeake also said it wouldn't drill in the watershed because the publicity generated by the opposition "only serves to detract from the unprecedented opportunity "» to bolster a sagging economy and produce this clean, indigenous resource."

Only the Town of Neversink and tiny slivers of the towns of Fallsburg and Liberty sit within the watershed, leaving huge swaths of Sullivan County still open to drilling. "We can drill safely in any area and we have the track record to prove it," Rotruck said.

That's a sentiment echoed by other gas industry executives, who say Chesapeake's decision is theirs alone.

"My concern is it doesn't set a precedent that no one should drill in a watershed, because every area is a watershed," said Brad Gill, executive director of the New York Independent Oil and Gas Association.

Watershed or no watershed, once the new regulations are in place, perhaps by spring, Chesapeake will be ready to drill in and around Sullivan County.

Being near New York City makes this part of the Marcellus shale a prime spot for drilling, especially with the Millenium Pipeline in place to transport gas.

"If you produce the gas close to where it's being used, that's particularly attractive," Rotruck said. "So as soon as we're able to, we'll begin the process in New York."

Meanwhile, after repeated requests from the public, scientists, environmental groups and municipalities, the Department of Environmental Conservation is extending the comment period on its proposed regulations for gas drilling an extra 30 days, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30.

More information about the process is available at: www.dec.ny.gov/energy/58440.html

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Re: not drilling equates to good pr

Postby zechari » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:31 pm

As I said earlier, no drilling in watershed today, but different story tomorrow.

"Chesapeake also said it wouldn't drill in the watershed because the publicity generated by the opposition "only serves to detract from the unprecedented opportunity "» to bolster a sagging economy and produce this clean, indigenous resource."

Only the Town of Neversink and tiny slivers of the towns of Fallsburg and Liberty sit within the watershed, leaving huge swaths of Sullivan County still open to drilling. "We can drill safely in any area and we have the track record to prove it," Rotruck said.

That's a sentiment echoed by other gas industry executives, who say Chesapeake's decision is theirs alone."

To further support their reasons for statements of "no watershed drilling,"
"Chesapeake's decision, coming just before the first public hearing on the state's new drilling regulations last week, was a matter of business, convenience and public relations, not concern for the environment, says its vice president for corporate development and state government relations, Scott Rotruck."
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Re: not drilling equates to good pr

Postby zechari » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:39 pm

And if this doesn't prove why CNY hasn't been leased yet, I don't think we're looking at the right reason/"culprits." They are waiting on NY/DEC to give the okay. Regs are tight already if anything further it's the raising penalties/fines to make companies think twice about doing "half-a**ed work." Greenies do understand the longer time they take/make "it" possible, the more damage is being done to the environment/atmosphere.

"If you produce the gas close to where it's being used, that's particularly attractive," Rotruck said. "So as soon as we're able to, we'll begin the process in New York."

Meanwhile, after repeated requests from the public, scientists, environmental groups and municipalities, the Department of Environmental Conservation is extending the comment period on its proposed regulations for gas drilling an extra 30 days, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30" ;)
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