February 2018 Blog Posts (53)

The Three Stooges Return to Do Stupid Frack Trick in Dimock?

The Cabot Oil & Gas lawsuit, incredibly enough, has prompted a return of The Three Stooges (Huston, Kemble & Stevens) to Dimock, to do a stupid frack trick.

Well, it’s multiple stupid frack tricks to be honest and they’re so stupid, one has to wonder if the game isn’t finally up for these fractivists. Earlier today, Dimock junkyard plaintiff, now defendant, Ray Kemble pulled another stunt which ranks right up there with some of his…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 28, 2018 at 7:26pm — No Comments

We Don’t Need No Stupid PennEast Pipeline, Says Mayor of Gasville

Mayor Dave Del Vecchio of Lambertville, NJ says he wants to kill an “ill-advised” PennEast Pipeline, ignoring the fact he might as well be Mayor of Gasville.

There’s plenty of demagoguery to go around in New Jersey since Politically Correct Panderer Phil Murphy became governor of the over Garden State, but Mayor Dave Del Vecchio of Lambertville in Hunterdon County is giving the big guy a run for the gold medal in soapbox oratory.

Mayor Del Vecchio …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 28, 2018 at 2:45pm — No Comments

New Jersey Water Losses Enough to Frack 25 Gas Wells Per Day

The DRBC says it’s worried about loss of water used for hydraulic fracturing. Meanwhile, New Jersey water losses from public supplies daily dwarf fracking.

So much of what counts for public debate is pure demagoguery. It’s hardly a new phenomenon but it seems to have now infected official language as well as general public discourse. No better example exists than …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 28, 2018 at 9:07am — No Comments

We Told You: Renewable Energy Subsidies No Longer Affordable

Countries all around the world are cutting renewable energy subsidies. They’re no longer affordable and investment is slowing; wind and solar don’t cut it.

From 2011 to 2017 global investment in renewable energy was almost flat as countries cut their renewable subsidies. Investment in 2017 increased by just one percent in the United States, but declined in many areas of the globe. In Japan, investment was down by …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 27, 2018 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Cube Development Promises to Produce More Gas with Less Disturbance

Natural gas development (horizontal drilling/Hydraulic fracturing) is about to take a big leap forward with a new 3 dimensional technique — cube development.

Modern day shale drilling, which combines fracking with horizontal drilling, has largely been a 2-dimensional activity–drilling horizontally through a single shale layer in order to extract gas from tiny pockets within the shale. But there’s more than one shale layer commercially viable. Here in the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 27, 2018 at 9:49am — No Comments

First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Violent Environmental Activism

Violent environmental activism is increasingly being rationalized by fractivists and others bent on imposing their will but that’s not the First Amendment.

Everybody agrees that the First Amendment guarantees our freedom of speech and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” But there is a growing movement among environmental extremists and their apologists to redefine just how violent…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 27, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

DRBC: Stop Using Junk Science to Push Fracking Ban

Susan Mickley presented at the Schnecksville DRBC hearing calling for the DRBC to stop using junk science to try to pass a permanent fracking ban.

It is a safe bet that virtually all epidemiology-based federal regulatory efforts over the past 25 years or so may be considered as “fake science” or “junk science.” This is because federal agencies, especially the EPA and the DRBC’s current regulatory efforts have taken actions or issued regulations based on the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 27, 2018 at 9:04am — No Comments

The SWPA Environmental Health Project: PA’s Premier Junk Science Outfit

Sustainable Medina County is trying to con $15,000 out of Medina, Ohio to pay for a Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project air quality study.

When a junk law and a junk science outfit get together to pursue a political agenda, the only possible result is a con job. It appears that’s exactly what court-sanctioned extremist Attorney Tom Linzey and Raina Rippel, a community organizer and faux health expert, are trying to pull off in Medina County,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 26, 2018 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Oil and Gas Companies are Striving to Voluntarily Reduce Methane

Methane leaks are mostly insignificant, but while striving to do even better, the oil and gas industry is taking action to further reduce them.

Natural gas advocates spend a good deal of their time answering or rebutting myths. These myths, perpetuated by special interest groups and pseudo-environmentalist groups, are regurgitated repeatedly. Among them is the idea methane emissions are a growing problem.

A natural gas advocate is a myth buster armed…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 26, 2018 at 9:49am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – February 24, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about frac sand, ethane crackers, U.S. exports and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 26, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

The Delaware Povertykeeper and Her House in the Woods

The Delaware Povertykeeper or “The Riverkeeper” as she likes to identify herself has a second home in Sullivan County. Tax records say it’s heated with gas!

puff piece that recently appeared in an on-line magazine called Delaware Currents revealed something new about the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper; that she and her…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 26, 2018 at 9:24am — No Comments

Andrew Cuomo's SolarCity Boondoggle Just Keeps Going Bad

SolarCity, the star feature of Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize Upstate New York by picking a winner and subsidizing it is fading fast.

Andrew Cuomo has poured a ton of taxpayer money into SolarCity and has even given Elon Musk a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to avoid payback obligations in the event it fails to deliver promised jobs. Part of the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 25, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - February 24, 2018

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Andrew Cuomo’s economic development efforts have been so successful his administration  has had to use a stock photo of construction activity in South Africa in its progress report,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 24, 2018 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Josh Fox, Gasland, the DRBC, the UDRBC and Much More

Stephen Heins and Jason Spiess do a weekly radio program called the “Weekly Word” and recently interviewed Betty Sutliff regarding the DRBC and the UDRBC.

Jason Spiess and I were joined by Betty Sutliff from Wayne County, Pennsylvania on this week’s Weekly Word radio program, which NaturallGasNOW readers can listen to here. Betty is a member of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 24, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

River Basin Commissions Receive A Dose of Healthy Skepticism

Two river basin commissions operate in Pennsylvania; the Delaware (DRBC) and Susquehanna (SRBC) today. Both are now receiving a healthy dose of skepticism.

Yesterday, two more sham DRBC hearings were hold in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania (near Allentown) on its proposed fracking ban. Although the outcome is pre-determined, the hearings generated some earnest criticism of the DRBC. Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, also joined two members of the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 23, 2018 at 9:19am — No Comments

Ever Wonder Where US LNG Exports Go?

An interesting new report from the U.S. Department of Energy breakdowns exactly where in the world our domestically produced LNG exports are going.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has just released an interesting report that shows the number and volume of LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports from Feb. 2016 (when U.S. LNG exports began) to…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 23, 2018 at 8:57am — No Comments

What Ohioans Need to Know About Serial Protester Vera Scroggins

Vera Scroggins is now moving her attention to Ohio where Cabot Oil & Gas is exploring new territory, but Ohioans need to know a few things about her.

Vera Scroggins is the endearing “golden girl” of fractivist myth, lauded by those eager to treat her as the granny protester who takes on big oil. The truth, though, is a far different thing, which virtually everyone in Susquehanna County and environs knows all too well. Ohioans unfamiliar with Vera’s…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 22, 2018 at 10:59am — No Comments

Delaware Riverkeeper Attempt to Apply ERA to Pipelines Shot Down

The Delaware Riverkeeper used West Goshen Township as leverage in an attempt to apply Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment to pipelines. It failed.

The Delaware Riverkeeper (a/k/a “Povertykeeper”) is, with the financial support of the William Penn Foundation, on a mission to expand the reach of the Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) to every imaginable use in its campaign against fossil fuels and natural gas development. Happily, it…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 21, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

Our Energy Future: 2X the GDP, More Natural Gas, Flat CO2 Emissions

The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 looks ahead to 2050 and projects huge increases in natural gas use with flat CO2 emissions and double the economy.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2018 projects that fossil fuels will supply 78% of the nation’s energy in 2050, only slightly down from …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 21, 2018 at 9:26am — No Comments

The Thoroughly Dishonest Justification for the DRBC Fracking Ban

The DRBC fracking ban has been justified with a totally dishonest explanation ignoring key facts, prevailing law and even an elementary sense of justice.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, in proposing the DRBC fracking ban, has published a lengthy public notice laying out the justification or rationale for the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 20, 2018 at 10:11am — No Comments

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