Natural Gas Drillers Face Bans in New York
Natural gas companies say half of their lease holdings in the Marcellus Shale region in New York state will now be off-limits thanks to proposed state regulations and bans.
Environmental groups, fearful of the impacts of fracking on the region's underground water supplies, are pushing for a ban on gas drilling, while the industry and landowners hungry for profits from leasing land to drillers are fighting to halt that movement. Landowners are pressing state officials to consider the rights of property owners as they make their final decision on shale development in the area.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York presented a “Declaration of Rights” Wednesday. "Landowners' rights are being trampled by those with extreme political agendas," said Dan Fitzsimmons of Binghamton, president of the 70,000-member coalition.
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After four years of studying the environmental impacts and developing new guidelines for exploring shale, the Department of Environmental Conservation will decide on the band in coming months.
Jennifer Huntington, a Cooperstown dairy farmer, is suing the Otsego County town of Middlefield over its ban on fracking. The case is now being appealed after a state supreme court judge ruled in favor of the town in February. In another case, gas-driller Anschutz Exploration Corporation is suing the town of Dryden for bans on drilling in a state supreme court ruling, which is also being appealed.
Supporters of new drilling say the bans conflict with the rights of landowners to develop natural resources on their property, noting that such development would create jobs and provide a boost to the local economy.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.