February 2018 Blog Posts (34)

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

Shale Gas News – February 17, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about pipeline jobs, Ohio fractivists, Southwestern Energy 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,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 19, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

Gas and Pipeline Obstruction Hastens An Upstate Death Spiral

Andrew Cuomo’s natural gas and pipeline obstruction is hastening the Upstate death spiral as he destroys its potential and deprives the region of any hope.

About three years ago Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead.

Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away. However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 19, 2018 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Terracotta Army Protesting the Potomac Pipeline

Activist groups across Maryland are protesting the Potomac Pipeline. They’re little more than a terra cotta army of ideologues, shills and virtue signalers.

Virtue signaling “environmentalist groups,” as they self-style themselves, are a dime a dozen in Maryland. They’re seemingly everywhere, in fact, Maryland being a mostly urban state where everyone imagines they have the answers about food and energy they only consume should be produced. You can’t turn…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 18, 2018 at 6:00am — No Comments

Russians, Exxon and the William Penn Foundation: Natural Gas NOW Best Picks of the Week

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.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 17, 2018 at 8:03am — No Comments

Where Is the Money the Broome County Solar Farm Was Saving?

Vic Furman questions what’s going with the Broome County Solar Farm that was supposed to save taxpayer so much money but still isn’t producing electricity.

I have been long involved in the rights of landowners and fighting for their ability to harvest the mineral rights from their farms and land holdings. I’m a landowner and a Field Director for the …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 16, 2018 at 10:49am — No Comments

The Foolishness of Absolutism Under the Guise of Environmentalism

Absolutism is the bane of both environmentalism and national security, as Dan Markind demonstrates with his analysis of fractivist, anti-pipeline activity.

It’s a few years too late, but the foolishness of absolutism under the guise of environmentalism finally is becoming too much to ignore. Just two weeks after I railed against New England importing natural gas from Russia, the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 16, 2018 at 8:58am — No Comments

Fractivists Preach Abstinence as Most Homeowners Wisely Heat with Gas

The hypocrisy of fractivists isn’t new, of course, but preaching abstinence from gas when most homes are heated with it and it lowers emissions isn’t smart.

Watching the video of Tri-County Landowners Coalition folks announce their formation the other day, I was struck by the naïveté of the gang. They were robotic,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 15, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

The Southwest Florida Conservancy’s Fracking Politics and Scare Tactics

The Southwest Florida Conservancy is wrongly engaged in fracking politics and George Ahearn takes them to task for a scare tactic Naples Daily News op-ed.

The President and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Rob Moher, …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 15, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Range Resources Committed to Methane Management

As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy recently released its annual report, Disclosing the Facts 2017: Transparency and Risk in Methane Emissions. The 2017 report took a new approach and focused on methane emissions management…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 14, 2018 at 1:47pm — No Comments

What Two-Faced Trust-Funder Tom Wolf (and Others) Said Then

Betty Sutliff quotes Gov. Tom Wolf on natural gas development from when he wasn’t acting as a DRBC member and was actually representing Pennsylvanians.

Politicians such as Governor Tom Wolf have a habit of saying the darnedest things, especially where it comes to natural gas development but it seems to matter a lot who they’re addressing.

In this post I am choosing to let the politicians speak for themselves and readers can compare their statements…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 14, 2018 at 8:13am — No Comments

Constitution Pipeline Answers Enemies Demanding Surrender with “NUTS”

The Constitution Pipeline asks FERC to rehear their challenge of NYS-DEC’s denial of water quality certification even as it pursues other remedies.

Contrary to stories begin spun by anti-fossil fuel groups, Williams has not given up the fight to build the Constitution Pipeline, a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY to move Marcellus gas into New York State and from there, into New England. The pipeline faces…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 13, 2018 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Pennsylvania Rep. Boback Throws An Old Bone to Fractivists

Pennsylvania Representative Karen Boback is resurrecting a long ago defeated proposal for a state health registry, throwing a bone to her fractivist friends.

Pennsylvania State Representative Karen Boback, Republican of Luzerne County, has never been a friend of natural gas and she loves to posture on it. Eight years ago, in fact, she introduced…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 13, 2018 at 9:47am — No Comments

The Deceptive Arguments and Tactics of Severance Tax Advocates

Pennsylvania’s severance tax debate has produced some of the most appallingly deceptive arguments and tactics imaginable as advocates lobby for the tax.

Pennsylvania’s severance tax debate is on again. Gov. Tom Wolf, the Commonwealth’s top trust-funder, is making yet another demagogic bid for a severance tax to whip up the greed of “something for nothing” public employee unions. What the debate illustrates, more than anything else, is just how…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 12, 2018 at 9:44am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – February 10, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about NY electric prices, XTO Energy, Delmarva Pipeline 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,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 12, 2018 at 9:04am — No Comments

China's Gas Demand in Bid to Reduce Emissions Outpaces Its Production

China is putting all the cards on the table to reduce emissions with natural gas, but their demand is much higher than their production capacity.

China is the world’s largest emissions contributor. Images of smog clouding the daily lives of Chinese citizens have become a common scene in the country. It’s a very dreary view as people must walk about their day wearing a facemask – almost as if it has turned into a Chinese OSHA Requirement.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 11, 2018 at 5:04am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - February 10, 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.

Republicans have frequently sold out, too, and frequently run in fear of elitist fractivism (think New York State Senate Republicans such as Jim Seward, for example, or Maryland Governor Larry Hogan), but…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 10, 2018 at 7:47am — No Comments

Sorry Fractivists: Fracking Made Susquehanna County Even Better!

Natural gas drilling has been going strong in Susquehanna County for ten years now and the reality is we still have our rural way life, with improvements!

Rural Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, is my home and I treasure it deeply. With a population of only 42,000, the county sits atop one of the world’s most prolific natural gas formations – the Marcellus Shale.

Cabot Oil & Gas has …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 9, 2018 at 3:40pm — No Comments

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down Big-Time Since 2005

United States energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have drastically declined since 2005 as natural gas has replaced coal and oil energy sources.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has published a review of energy-related CO2 emissionsand the news is great.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 9, 2018 at 3:25pm — No Comments

The Adelphia Gateway: Making An Old Pipeline Great Again

The reinvention of an old oil pipeline to serve as the Adelphia Gateway will deliver clean, economical, low-carbon natural gas to the Philadelphia region.

Back in November, Jim Willis reported on “a brand new pipeline project…in the Greater Philadelphia area,” stating that “although the project is new, the pipeline is old–already in the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 9, 2018 at 7:42am — No Comments

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