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Oil and Gas Roundup — April 9

April 09, 2013
TOPICS: In the news
A roundup of oil and natural gas news from around the state and nation:

Fracking support becomes bipartisan as both parties see economic benefits

As he weighs whether to allow fracking in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is under intense pressure from the oil and gas industry, Republican lawmakers and long-struggling communities eager to see the drilling technique jump-start the state’s economy.
But last week, the governor came under pressure from another source — a fellow Democrat. In a strong endorsement of hydraulic fracturing, former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell urged Mr. Cuomo to “do as I did: Step back and look at the facts. See the bigger picture.”
In a piece for the New York Daily News, Mr. Rendell touted the benefits of fracking that he saw firsthand as drilling in the Marcellus Shale helped revive long-depressed towns in the western and northern reaches of Pennsylvania.
It’s just one example of how fracking has earned unusually broad support from across the political spectrum, breaking down partisan barriers in surprising ways.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/7/fracking-support-becomes-bipartisan-as-both-partie/#ixzz2Q03DkR6V


Energy Sec. appointee backs natural gas ‘revolution’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.
Ernest Moniz, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 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.
The natural gas boom also has led to a dramatic expansion of manufacturing and job creation, Moniz told the Senate Energy Committee.
Even so, Moniz stopped short of endorsing widespread exports of natural gas, saying he wanted to study the issue further.
A recent study commissioned by the Energy Department concluded that exporting natural gas would benefit the U.S. economy even if it led to higher domestic prices for the fuel.
Read The Oklahoman story: http://newsok.com/moniz-backs-natural-gas-revolution/article/feed/524734


Oklahoma grandmother arrested in pipeline protest
A 79-year-old grandmother from Warr Acres was arrested Tuesday morning after using a bicycle lock to attach herself to an excavator being used to build the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Nancy Zorn was jailed in Hughes County when she refused to leave developer TransCanada Corp.'s right of way on the pipeline route near Allen.
She is concerned about the potential environmental impact of a spill since the pipeline will be carrying diluted bitumen from Canada's oil sands.
“I can no longer sit by idly while toxic tar sands are pumped down from Canada and into our communities,” Zorn said in a statement issued by the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance. “It is time to rise up and defend our home.
“It is my hope that this one small action today will inspire many to protect this land and our water.”
Zorn is at least the third person arrested in Oklahoma for trying to block construction of the pipeline. Seven others also are facing trespassing charges in Seminole County after a Feb. 11 protest near Schoolton.
Read The Oklahoman story: http://newsok.com/article/3781425?slideout=1
 
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