Wendy Long: Marcellus & Utica Shale Reserves Will Provide Jobs for New York

October 10, 2012 at 7:10 am (America Innovates Act, Binghamton, Economy, Jobs, Kirsten Gillibrand, Marcellus Shale, New York, Sikorsky, Utica Shale, Welch Allyn, Wendy Long)

Wendy Long calls on Sen. Gillibrand to support Marcellus & Utica shale drilling, after again touting a bogus jobs bill in Binghamton on Monday.

In the wake of a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey that concludes the availability of 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Utica Shale deposit, U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long repeated her call for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to make clear her support for the development of hydraulic fracturing in not only the Marcellus shale deposits, but also the Utica shale deposits in New York.

“From Welch Allyn in Skaneateles, to Sikorsky in Big Flats to GM in Honeoye Falls, New York is losing manufacturing jobs and as other states more forward with not only the Marcellus, but also Utica shale drilling, New York sits idle on the issue, because of the celebrity left wing opponents that Sen. Gillibrand is afraid to offend,” said Long.

The Marcellus is one of the richest natural gas reserves in the world, and the Utica Shale has even more potential.  Neighbors to New York, including Pennsylvania have already successfully drilled the Marcellus shale for years, have drilled over 100 Utica shale wells currently, and have 452 permits to drill in the Utica deposit moving forward.

“New York needs to get back to work; shale drilling can make that happen.  The lack of Marcellus drilling, but also Utica shale drilling has not only highlighted New York’s ability to fall behind other states, but continues to deprive jobs for New Yorkers.  As Sen. Gillibrand parades around New York talking about phony jobs bills she ignores one of the best ways to make that happen,” continued Long.

Just yesterday, Senator Gillibrand was in Binghamton and instead of talking about a real job creator, shale gas, she was touting the “America Innovates Act”; another bill with government picking winners and losers with high-tech companies.  The “America Innovates Act” (S.2369) was co-sponsored by Sen. Gillibrand, and like her other phony job bills, was not voted on, and referred to a committee.

“Sen. Gillibrand simply doesn’t get it; big government cannot create jobs, only the private sector can.  Instead of touting phony jobs bills and falsely giving New Yorkers hope for new jobs, as they lose their current ones, Sen. Gillibrand should explain to New York why she refuses to support a technology that has put other states to work, and could put New Yorkers to work as well,” concluded Long.

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Long: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Senator Gillibrand Should Meet the Laid off Workers of Sikorsky and Big Flats

October 3, 2012 at 7:00 am (Andrew Cuomo, Big Flats, Hydrofracking, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Sikorsky, Wendy Long)

Why are liberals like Kennedy and Gillibrand killing hydrofracking and consigning the future of upstate to oblivion?

In the wake of reports that the Cuomo administration is “consigning fracking to oblivion,” U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long challenged Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Senator Gillibrand to visit with the laid off workers of Sikorsky and tell them where their next job will come from.

“Unelected, un-appointed and even unregistered celebrity lobbyists like Robert Kennedy Jr., should visit the people of Big Flats and the Southern Tier and tell them why he opposes their economic future and freedom,” said U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long.

According to a report by the New York Times the decision to shelve hydrofracking comes after “the governor has been influenced by the unshakable opposition from a corps of environmentalists and celebrity activists who are concerned about the safety of the water supply. The opponents include a number of people close to the governor, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist in New York whose sister is the governor’s ex-wife.”

Long said, “Clearly, the Kennedy-Gillibrand liberal establishment doesn’t care about the future of upstate New York but I believe Governor Cuomo does, that’s why I’m urging him to move forward with hydrofracking now.  We need the jobs and the energy, and the growth of industry and manufacturing now — not next month, not next year, not next decade.”

It’s ironic, in 1968 after touring Appalachia Robert F. Kennedy said, “I run for the presidency because I have seen proud men in the hills of Appalachia, who wish only to work in dignity, but they cannot, for the mines are closed and their jobs are gone and no one – neither industry, nor labor, nor government – has cared enough to help.”

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