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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Former Binghamton, New York, mayor Matt Ryan, a fracking opponent, could face harassment charges after getting into a bar fight with a prominent pro-fracking blogger, police said. Ryan, who helped Binghamton pass a fracking ban, shoved Victor Furman, a frequent critic of anti-fracking activists, during an argument inside Davy's Last Chance Saloon in Chenango Forks, on August 20. When a discussion of issues including fracking grew heated, Ryan told Furman, "I ought to punch you right in the mouth," according to police.

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Furman wrote on Natural Gas Now, "He used both hands and all his might, hitting me in the chest and knocking me over three bar stools and into the bar. I stood back up, looked him in the eye and told him he had no right to put his hands on me. His response was to make a fist, yelling he was going to punch my teeth out, at which point I put my hands in my pocket and stated 'Do what you have to' and turned my cheek. ... We will have to wait and see what comes of this act of aggression by one of the biggest of fractivists."

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Furman sounds like a panty-waist.

#1 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-09-02 06:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

So... how much is the anti-fracking mayor being paid by Al Gore and the global warmists?

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-09-02 06:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

So... how much is the anti-fracking mayor being paid by Al Gore and the global warmists?

Probably less than what the Koch brothers spend on postage mailing checks to the "we love earthquakes and burning tap water" idiots.

#3 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-09-02 06:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wish we had more politicians that were willing to get their hands dirty.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-09-02 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh those lovable liberals who are tolerate of one and all...well anyone that supports the liberal ideology.

#5 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-09-02 06:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

liberal ideology

Not destroying the environment used to be conservative ideology as well.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-09-02 06:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

#6 It still is, at least with me.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-09-02 07:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

There is no credible evidence that fracking has any impact on the aquifer as they are separated by thousands of feet. But like all the other links that you show your ignorance why pass on this one. bigstory.ap.org

All the liberal based studies all say they COULD but they are all caveated with if not handled properly" or "if rock formations are sandstone based" or "if aquifer crosses".

But you have to attack it. Anything that reduces the cost of a "fossil fuel" (which is also misnamed) might prevent or slow the adoption of "green" technology * Most of which pollute more than gas.

#8 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-09-02 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

When they can explain how well water burned before fracking I might listen.

Its all natural. I have seen well water burning in the 60s way before fracking.

Its all nonsense not based on science.

#9 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-09-02 08:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

I have noted in my experience that the man who runs out of reason and argument first is usually the first to resort to violence.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-09-03 01:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

All the liberal based studies all say they COULD but they are all caveated with if not handled properly" or "if rock formations are sandstone based" or "if aquifer crosses".

and do all the conservative studies say it is impossible to occur even when these caveats are present?

#11 | Posted by Scotty at 2014-09-03 02:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

No...Scotty they do not. But they are very unlikely to happen.

Why would you stop the only sector of the US that is growing because of something that has a remote chance of happening and would have limited impact if it did? Gas seeps through the aquifer WITHOUT drilling today.

All through central WV you get gas in water lines without any gas drilling near by. Has been that way for multiple decades. Drilling the gas and fracking reduces the pressure in the gas pockets and REDUCES the gas that gets into the aquifer.

All this swirl about fracking has nothing to do with the Aquifer...it all has to do with coming up with something to keep us from finding cheap gas. With Cheap gas you can never justify most of the "green" technology that DEMS have invested in.

#12 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-09-03 09:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

Thankfully New York still has a ban on guns in barrooms. If this altercation had happened in gun CRAZY Arizona, the end results could have
been "Mayor and Blogger Killed in Shootout"

#13 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-09-03 01:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Most misleading headline ever. He's ex-mayor and didn't punch anyone.

#14 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-09-03 02:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

What about the toxic chemicals used in fracking that no one is allowed to know about? Is anyone here sure they will not make their way to our water supply?

Seeping gas is the least of my concern but I noticed no one addressed the unknown chemicals.

#15 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2014-09-03 06:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Most misleading headline ever. He's ex-mayor and didn't punch anyone."

NW X3

#16 | Posted by kenx at 2014-09-03 06:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

fracfocus.org

"chemicals used in fracking that no one is allowed to know about"

Looks pretty public to me.

The only way they can make it in is if they are spilled in great quantities on the ground where the aquifer is porous and near ground level.

Most aquifers are 50 to 100 feet below the surface while Gas tends to be at the 2000 ft level or much much lower.

Notice that a lot of the chemicals used are to prevent any leakage of heavy metal.

#17 | Posted by foshaffer at 2014-09-03 10:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

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