December 2017 Blog Posts (48)

Pipelines Are Key to the Keystone State's Future, Let's Not Mess It Up

Pipelines are the infrastructure needed to realize Pennsylvania’s economic future, say the Operating Engineers and they ask the Commonwealth not mess its up.

Pipelines must adhere to strict state and federal regulation throughout construction, testing and infrastructure replacement to ensure system integrity. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the natural gas…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 31, 2017 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Bill McKibben is Wrong About the Fossil Fuel Bubble

Bill McKibben believes the fossil fuel bubble is ready to burst and is overvalued; however, he is gambling that he can change the market.

Investing is really a gambling game. You are placing you’re your money on a bet and a series of strategic steps. If you weigh the odds, and your own instincts, you can stand to win big or lose big.

Betting on a fossil fuel bubble I tend to stand in the class that believes gambling is a game of skill.  If it were more luck-based, then I…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 31, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - December 30, 2017

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 December 30, 2017 at 2:57pm — No Comments

If Shale Is So Bad for Washington County, Why Is Health Improving?

The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says the “shale industry continues to impact” Washington County, yet health there is much improving.

It’s that time of year when every non-profit in the land begs for money in the hopes those who’ve done well might want an extra tax deduction for something they already support. My e-mail box is full of such solicitations, including several from groups I don’t support at all who somehow got my name;…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 29, 2017 at 10:09am — No Comments

Fractivism Went Off the Rails and Into the Dirt in 2017

Fractivism and related “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” type movements ran completely off the rails in 2017, plowing themselves into the dirt rhetorically speaking.

As we take stock of 2017 and prepare for the new year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the colossal missteps by “Keep It in the Ground” activists. These extremists, who seek to keep oil and natural gas “in the ground” regardless of the detrimental effects to all of us, upped their rhetoric (and…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 28, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Andrew Cuomo: Not Only Corrupt, But Incompetent, As Upstate Dies

Upstate New York is dying as Governor Andrew Cuomo, after rejecting natural gas development, has pursued one politically correct boondoggle after another.

One fiasco after another, Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo, has been demonstrating his just how bad things can get when one combines arrogance with incompetence.…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 27, 2017 at 6:41am — No Comments

NY Green Bank Levels Out, But Not Exactly the Way It Wanted

The NY Green Bank claims its financial performance has leveled out, which is true, but only if you ignore lots of stuff and a Level Solar collapse.

I’ve been periodically checking on the status of the NY Green Bank, Governor Corruptocrat’s slush fund for rewarding politically correct and politically connected crony corporatists, most recently about a year ago. It was losing money at…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 26, 2017 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Range Resources Raises 50K for the Kids

Range Resources’ 2017 Toys For Tots campaign was the Company’s most successful such drive to date, as it continues to support the communities where it works.

With help from employees, vendors and the Observer-Reporter,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 26, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

Holiday Lighting Is Something We Should Cheer, Not Jeer

Environmental Scrooge types jeer at holiday lighting, but it’s actually something to cheer, as a symbol of our energy dynamism and capacity to innovate.

Environmentalists critical of electrified America must have mixed emotions this time of the year. It may be the season of good cheer and goodwill toward all, but it is also the time of the most conspicuous of energy consumption. America the Beautiful is at her best when billions of tiny stringed lights turn…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 25, 2017 at 6:02am — No Comments

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Moves Ahead Despite Opposition

It’s been a long hard tough slog for the Mariner East 2 but it moves ahead, nonetheless, as plans are revised, stop orders are lifted and antis spin wheels.

Back in July, West Goshen Township, in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester County, won a temporary victoryin their efforts to stop Sunoco Logistics’ Mariner East 2 (ME2) NGL pipeline running…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 24, 2017 at 6:29am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - December 23, 2017

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 December 23, 2017 at 5:57am — No Comments

Tom Wolf Throws Pennsylvania’s Constitution to the Wind

Tom Wolf, true to his spoiled child personality, is on a power trip. He’s throwing Pennsylvania’s Constitution to the wind and our legislature to the floor.

It’s increasingly apparent Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is a typical spoiled rich kid, the prototypical trust-funder. He’s convinced he knows it all and refuses to engage with others who he considers beneath him, including our legislature. He’s also blithely ignoring …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 22, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

The Evidence Piles Up: Natural Gas Is Reducing CO2 Emissions

Still more data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows natural gas is reducing CO2 emissions in the power sector and we’ve only just begun.

Natural gas, because it’s less carbon intensive than coal and oil, has dramatically altered the impact of the electric power sector on CO2 emissions. The electric power sector, in fact, now produces less in the way of CO2 emissions than the transportation sector. This points the way to much greater…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 22, 2017 at 8:13am — No Comments

Despite Chessie, Atlantic Coast Pipeline A North Carolina Game Changer

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has the potential to drastically improve North Carolina’s economy by supplying much-needed gas at lower prices.

In today’s age, everything is controversial. We have collectively spent countless man-hours debating things that shouldn’t be controversial. Whether the dress is blue, if syrup is a condiment, if Star Wars is living up to the hype (Nope,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 21, 2017 at 8:56am — No Comments

Anniversary of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate New York Choke Hold

Yet another year passes and Governor Cuomo is still keeping Upstate New York out in the cold, while giving handouts to his corporate cronies.

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 might balance the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 20, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

American Shale Revolution Enhances Women’s Rights

The American Shale Revolution has brought more than energy independence, it also brought hope and empowerment to women around the world.

Ever since Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, one powerful man after another has faced differing types of allegations. Lewis CK, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Al Franken and many…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 20, 2017 at 9:15am — No Comments

Pig Farm Trial Lawyer Objections to Dimock Lawsuit Overruled

Charlie Speer, the trial lawyer trying to cultivate a new line of profitable litigation to replace lucrative pig farm lawsuits, isn’t doing so well in court.

Ray Kemble’s legal team, which is on the hook for bringing an already settled case back to court and acting as if there never was one, isn’t faring so well in court. Charlie Speer, the Midwest trial lawyer who’s looking to replace his pig suing business with rig suing business raised numerous objections…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 19, 2017 at 8:46am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – December 16, 2017

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about Apache’s expansion, royalty checks, Utica Shale and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 18, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

New Jersey Grows, Uses More Gas and Lowers Its CO2

New Jersey is getting a new governor. He’ll have to face the reality of growing energy needs. He will need natural gas to meet them and lower CO2 emissions.

About this time last year, I published a post here entitled “If New Jersey Likes Clean Air, It Should Like More Pipelines.” I noted how the state’s natural gas use had increased,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 18, 2017 at 9:12am — No Comments

New Study Tying Low Birth Weights to Fracking Sites is Junk Science

A new study funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation attempts to link fracking to low birth weights in newborn infants but falls flat.

Once again, we are reading a new study about how fracking is endangering children. Every other year, so it seems, one of these studies comes out and every time it is, in the end, proven to have been just as ridiculous of assertions as the last. Now, it’s low infant birth weights (again), funded (again) by a committee…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on December 17, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

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