SUNY Inks $22M Deal to Buy Hydrofracked Gas
by Buck Quigley - posted 3:43 pm, March 29, 2012
Click here to read how Business First reported the $22 million deal the State University of New York signed with Williamsville-based EnergyMark LLC to buy natural gas for five campuses over two years. The gas will be piped in to SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Fredonia State College, Alfred State, and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
According to the press release, this local gas supply “will be transported by pipelines direct from shallow vertical wells in New York and Marcellus Shale—horizontal wells in Pennsylvania.”
According to EnergyMark Vice President Tim Wright, that means the gas from Pennsylvania is extracted using the controversial hydrofracture method.
“A big source of that now is gas that has been recovered through a fracking technique. What we don’t want to put in the press release—and we talked to SUNY about this—is that this is specifically gas from a fracked well. SUNY said they were fine with a press release as long as we didn’t emphasize any fracking. And I think that’s because of the political nature of fracking versus the physical nature of the supply source. And frankly, there’s no way we can tell once the gas is put into a pipeline system,” Wright said.
The SUNY press office has not returned calls asking why they wanted their vendor not to mention fracking in the press release.
Click here to read the EnergyMark press release.
In other fracking news, click here to read about the emergency responders coming from three counties to an explosion at a Pennsylvania natural gas compressor station today.