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Activists opposed to responsible shale development have seized on an as-yet-unreleased U.S. Geological Survey report as "proof" that the hydraulic fracturing process causes the earth to shake off its axis. The problem, though, is that the U.S. Geological Survey didn't actually make that link.

Last month, the journal of the National Ground Water Association published a paper suggesting that the vertical transport of contaminants from deep shale formations to near-surface aquifers is not only plausible, but likely – all because of hydraulic fracturing. It’s an explosive thesis, to be sure – but one that’s also fatally flawed; very good news for those of us who actually live here in upstate New York.

There are certainly strange things afoot in the Catskills!  A letter appears in the New York Times this morning from Ramsay Adams, the Executive Director of the Catskill Mountainkeeper, berating the gas industry, challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to left the New York State ban...

1.9 quadrillion. No, we’re not talking about current debt owned by the U.S. Treasury – at least not yet. According to a report issued today by the Potential Gas Committee, that’s the estimated number of cubic feet of clean-burning, job-creating natural gas reserves available right...