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Putting Too Much Trust in Government Never A Good Idea

Whether it’s California, Venezuela or the Congress, putting too much trust in government is always fraught with risk and the lessons are all around us.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his proposed FY 2019 budget yesterday. The Governor proposed increasing spending from $32 Billion to $33 Billion. In an effort to dampen the partisan rancor heading into the November election, Governor Wolf limited his tax proposals to only one new one – the mineral…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 8, 2018 at 7:06am — No Comments

NG Advantage, Russian Collusion and Cuomo Corruption

Frank Chernega reflects on the NG Advantage zoning decision, the Russian collusion to supply gas to New England and the fruits of Gov. Cuomo’s corruption.

The Town of Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals has turned down the NG Advantage’s proposal to create a proposed virtual natural pipeline (i.e. compressor station and transfer facility). There’s plenty of blame to go around, of course, as there usually is, of course, but, sadly, it’s no surprise NG Advantage…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 7, 2018 at 4:27pm — No Comments

The Dirty Half-Dozen: Six Ohio Fractivists Trash Economic Development

Take six Ohio fractivists, attach a phony group name to each, call a meeting and a new Tri-County Landowners Coalition is born to fight economic development.

It’s an old tactic that works again and again for those who oppose things; create phony groups who appear to share your views, and then write letters and hold a press conference to make it falsely appear you represent thousands. Media types fall for it every time, of course. It’s no wonder, therefore, an…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 7, 2018 at 9:14am — No Comments

Marcellus Shale Drilling and Impact Fees Skyrocket Upward

Marcellus Shale impact fees are headed upward as drilling activity in the region accelerates; bringing good news to all Pennsylvanians who benefit from them.

Pennsylvania, in early 2012, enacted the most sweeping rework of oil and gas laws in the state in decades. Called Act 13, one of the provisions of the law is an…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 6, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

Does the Daily Star Now Want The Constitution Pipeline, Maybe?

Dick Downey comments on an Oneonta Daily Star article about the Constitution Pipeline stating they now “see benefits coming from the natural gas pipeline.”

Congratulations, Daily Star! You finally equate the Constitution Pipeline with the area’s economic health. While disapproving the route, the method of land appropriation, the preparation for construction, and the industry’s history of securing local tax abatement, the Star’s …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 6, 2018 at 9:04am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – February 3, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about snubbing, Russian LNG, a NY Power Plant 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 5, 2018 at 9:21am — No Comments

Red Fawn Falling: Another DAPL Extremist Goes to Jail

Justice is often slow in coming but Red Fawn, a convicted felon turned DAPL activist has been jailed. So much for the credibility of those DAPL protests.

One defining characteristic of the Keep It in the Ground movement is an almost charming belief that if you wish for something really hard and repeat the same lies over and over you can alter reality.

Even the name of the movement—Keep It in the Ground—suggests we’d be better off without the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 5, 2018 at 8:56am — No Comments

It's Already Decided, So Sham DRBC Hearings Don't Count, But...

While DRBC hearings to date have been fairly conducted, they don’t. The agency has already predetermined the outcome and denied landowners due process.

The DRBC hearings to date on its proposed ban on the development hydraulic fractured horizontally drilled gas wells in the basin have been fairly conducted. A retired judge with no axes to grind and little or no knowledge of the matters at hand has acted as hearing officer, which has freed the commissioners…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 4, 2018 at 8:02am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - February 3, 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.

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 3, 2018 at 9:57am — No Comments

Unconventional Gas Is Anything But After the Shale Revolution

Too many regulatory agencies are still using the term unconventional gas, which is more out of date than bell bottom pants after the shale revolution.

Once again, the Energy Information Administration is out with some fascinating facts that reveal the true scale of the there shale revolution. They also expose just how far behind the times some regulatory agencies are with their terminology. Their data demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that it’s time the term…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 2, 2018 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Real Delaware River Pollution Down Rathole of History as DRBC Fiddles

The DRBC, New York DEC and Delaware Riverkeeper are fighting what they speculate will be Delaware River pollution from fracking while ignoring the real thing.

According to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), pollution of the river is an existential threat. Given Susquehanna…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 2, 2018 at 8:59am — No Comments

New England Gets Power Plant: Will It Get Gas?

A proposed New England natural gas power plant will bring numerous economic benefits as it produces affordable, clean energy for homes and businesses.

In April 2016, MDN told you NTE Energy, headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, plans to build …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 1, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels Divide Industry – Good!

Environmentalist activists and others mentally allergic to the name Donald Trump are flipping out over a new tariff on imported solar panels. This move has fractured the solar industry, showing us the two different faces of the solar movement, if you want to call it that.

Last week, President Trump imposed a…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on February 1, 2018 at 7:40am — No Comments

Tom Wolf: “Go Ahead Green” Here and “Drop Dead Red” There

Tom Wolf supports a DRBC fracking ban based on speculation, giving a “go ahead green” signal to SRBC landowners and a “drop dead red” to DRBC citizens.

I am a small business owner who has worked in the agricultural and silvicultural segments of the local economy for over 40 years. I reside in Preston Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

My comments are primarily about our governor Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf is, as my friend Betty Sutliff, says, a “where”…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 31, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Anti-Gas Environmentalists Simply Making Us Less Safe

Actions of some environmentalists relating to natural gas are making our world, and our children’s world, less safe, less secure and less environmentally friendly.

Ten years after the start of the shale revolution, the United States reached the height of absurdity. A tanker named the Gaselys docked in Boston Harbor this weekend carrying natural gas. New England needs this gas because it refuses to allow the buildout of our interstate natural gas pipeline…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 31, 2018 at 8:24am — No Comments

As to Climate Change, “It’s the Science Stupid, Not the Ideology”

Scientist George Ahearn says if you’re serious on climate change, stop the name-calling and accept that the best way to reduce emissions is with natural gas.

As most of you who have read my articles in this space know, I am a skeptic about man-made climate change. I certainly believe that weather changes, which is a result of short term atmospheric conditions that are not caused by people. But to convince me that long term climate change is caused or can be…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 31, 2018 at 8:06am — No Comments

The Cold Truth About the New England Energy Bind

With the recent arctic blast New England is struggling for energy and are forced to import natural gas from other countries due to lack of infrastructure.

The arctic air that has frozen the northeastern U.S. over the first weeks of 2018 has prompted New Englanders to crank up the heat and New England’s utility companies to scramble for fuel.

This season’s …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 30, 2018 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Natural Gas Industry Helps Rescue Nicholson from Ice Jam

An ice jam buildup in Martins Creek could have proven disastrous for Nicholson, but thanks to the natural gas industry the crisis was diverted.

While a crew from SWN (Southwestern Energy) was breaking for lunch at Germana’s Pizzeria in Nicholson just before noon on Jan. 23, a potential disaster was unfolding in a relatively small stream nearby. Temperatures had risen…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 30, 2018 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Welcome Along Our New Advertiser: Integrity Engineering, PLLC

Welcome Integrity Engineering, PLLC a New York professional engineering and consulting firm providing comprehensive services to the natural gas industry.

You’ll notice a new banner atop our posts as we welcome Integrity Engineering, PLCC as an advertiser. The firm proudly serves the “natural gas Industry from the well head to the burner tip,” as their website declares. Its focus…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 30, 2018 at 9:23am — No Comments

Message to Gas Industry: DRBC Hearings Were Missed Opportunity

Dan Markind says the natural gas industry missed a great opportunity to get the facts about fracking out to the uninformed at the DRBC hearings.

The Delaware River Basin Commission held public hearings last week on the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in the basin. On Thursday, the DRBC met near Philadelphia International Airport.

Public comment lasted three hours. Each speaker was allowed three minutes. Within the first half hour, a man named…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on January 30, 2018 at 9:05am — No Comments

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Shale Gas News – February 17, 2018

Posted by Thomas J Shepstone on February 19, 2018 at 9:03am 0 Comments

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…

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