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PA Commonwealth Court Shuts Down Fractivists Twice on Pipeline Issues

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has recently issued two different decisions, both of which are good news for pipelines and bad news for fractivists.

The entire panel of judges sitting on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court, an appeals court in PA, ruled yesterday that zoning regulations in a local municipality, in this case Middletown (Delaware County), do not supersede the state Public Utility Commission when it comes to regulating…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 29, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Alberta Provides Some Hardball Lessons on Dealing with New York Pipeline Issues

The leadership of Alberta, in confronting British Columbia pipeline politics, illustrates how others might want to handle New York pipeline issues.

Oh, poor baby, little B.C. Worried about your ouchie coochie wine business, are you?

Yeah, well you can whine all you want. Cry us a river, like one that will fill the Fraser Canyon.

Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley has shown some serious spine in Alberta’s conflict with British Columbia over…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 28, 2018 at 9:39am — No Comments

Josh Fox is Back and Pushing Support of the DRBC Fracking Ban

Josh Fox has resurfaced and has sent out an email blast trying to drum up support for the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban. Let’s shut him down.

Josh Fox, as you may remember, is a fractivist known for his anti-fracking screed Gasland. It was a sham; full of deceit and exaggerations. It did not take long to realize this spoiled child extremist had no…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 27, 2018 at 3:02pm — No Comments

The Eternal State of Confusion Surrounding American Natural Gas Development

Dan Markind offers a candid assessment of the confusion surrounding American natural gas development as political demagogues and industry problems aggravate.

The eternal state of confusion surrounding natural gas development in America continues unabated. As events play out domestically and internationally, the absurdities manifest themselves.

Despite enormous obstacles and the…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 27, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

Rockefellers, La Jolla Junta and Useful Idiot Cities Suffer Defeat in Court

The La Jolla Junta conspiracy, instigated and funded by the NRDC gang (the Rockefeller family), together with two useful idiot cities, was shut out in court.

Proponents of the #ExxonKnew conspiracy theory—the driving force behind nine (and counting) multi-billion-dollar lawsuits filed by U.S. cities against the world’s leading oil companies—have had an awful month.

Last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over the suits filed by…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 27, 2018 at 8:58am — No Comments

Why New York Natural Gas Prices Are So High: It’s About the Pipelines

A quick look at stats illustrates why New York natural gas prices are so high and spike even higher at times of peak use; it’s about the lack of pipelines.

One of our astute readers commented the other day about the need to document the cost of pipeline delays to average New Yorkers. It prompted me to visit the Energy Information Administration (EIA) natural gas page to…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 27, 2018 at 8:35am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – March 24, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about gas prices, petrochemical plants, the power grid 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,…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 26, 2018 at 9:10am — No Comments

The Dangers of Extremist Energy Ideology and Self-Delusion

A Tweet, a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and an article in the Scottish press illustrate the dangers of extremist energy ideology.

Folks obsessed with Twitter love to use it to pick fights and a couple of weeks ago some Aussie who apparently wants to be known as the down-under Josh Fox or “Frackman,” targeted a few tweets at me. We had a couple of exchanges regarding property values near fracking sites, which ended with him…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 26, 2018 at 8:59am — No Comments

Delaware Riverkeeper Loses Yet Another One with "Bare Allegations"

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper has lost again, as FERC say it all — “bare allegations of what is likely to occur do not suffice.”

In August 2016, Millennium Pipeline, which stretches from Corning, NY to just outside New York City, filed an application for what it calls its Eastern System Upgrade. The Eastern System…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 25, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments

The US Clearly Dodged a Bullet with the Paris Climate Accord

When the US withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord the world lost their minds. We now know what was in the agreement and we dodged a bullet!

During June of last year, what seemed like a majority of the world’s environmental spokespersons lost their minds as newly-elected Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Accord. Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Wenonah Hauter, and other people who incessantly demand our attention, all cried.

The US was the…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 25, 2018 at 7:12am — No Comments

More Proof Solar Energy Not Yet Viable Without Solar Subsidies

Solar installations plummeted in 2017 as solar subsidies required to sustain an industry not ready for primetime became far less appealing going forward.

The U.S. solar industry installed 30 percent less generating capacity in 2017 than in 2016—4.6 gigawatts less capacity. According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2017…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 25, 2018 at 5:39am — No Comments

Why Don't These Professional Protestors Have Real Jobs?

Brian Zinchuk suggests something’s wrong when professional protesters don’t seem to have any real jobs. Why do we have to deal these people? Why should they influence anything?

Our sister publication, Burnaby Now, is at the focal point of the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project, with the terminus of the pipeline in that Lower Mainland community.

On March 17, they ran a story about protestors getting arrested for zip-tying themselves to…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 24, 2018 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - March 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.

It’s Not Just the Rockefellers Who Want to Make A Wilderness

The Rockefeller family has always been intent on…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 24, 2018 at 8:36am — No Comments

Is Massachusetts AG Maura Healey Colluding with the Russians? Or, with Trial Lawyers?

It’s hard to imagine, but the Attorney General of our 15th largest state, Massachusetts, supposes Russian LNG shipments to Boston are better than pipelines.

One would have thought she would have obfuscated to avoid the embarrassment of having to admit her anti-gas, anti-pipeline campaign had cleared the way for Russian LNG to come to Boston. But, no, Maura Healey, the elected Attorney General of Massachusetts, …


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 23, 2018 at 10:19am — No Comments

Reducing Methane Emissions with Minimal Regulation; It’s Already Happening

The oil and gas industry, directed by the natural incentives that result from markets, is already reducing methane emissions in a way that benefits all.

Is it possible to have “near zero” methane emissions from oil and natural gas production operations and, at the same time, low-cost energy? Fortunately for Ohioans and shale-gas producers in Ohio the answer is yes. Not just any climate policy will achieve these twin goals, however. It will take one that…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 23, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments

Is the DRBC’s Proposed Fracking Ban Promoting Imports of Russian Gas?

Richard Barrett explains why the DRBC’s reasons for its proposed fracking ban don’t hold up and actually may bring more Russian gas imports to New England.

Ban natural gas in Northeast Pennsylvania? Why on earth would we want to do that?

An article in The Wall Street Journal this week makes a clear case for why we shouldn’t. Headlined “…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 23, 2018 at 8:29am — No Comments

Tom Wolf: Shale Gas Is Enormous Economic Opportunity (If You Don’t Live in DRB)

Is Tom Wolf really this calloused, this hypocritical, this obtuse? It appears he is. No brags about shale gas and then denies it to one group of citizens.

Yesterday, March 21, 2018, may mark the low point of the Tom Wolf administration in Pennsylvania for residents of Wayne County. Our pampered, two-faced, trust-funder governor took to bragging about Pennsylvania’s shale gas resources. He did so oblivious to the reality of simultaneously denying them to those…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 22, 2018 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Gas Wars No More: Binghamton University Students Engage on Fracking

It was “gas wars no more” at Binghamton University where students engaged in a civil discussion about energy and civil engagement. Vic Furman was there.

This past week, another board member of the Joint Landowners Coalition of NY and I both received an invitation to Binghamton University to speak about our experiences in community civil engagement. We talked with approximately 40…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 22, 2018 at 9:29am — No Comments

The DRBC Power Grab Is Far from Accidental; It’s A Fraud

The DRBC is making the case for its indefensible fracking ban on the basis of a fraudulent claim and a theory of regulation with no equal in power grabs.

The proposed DRBC fracking ban is a power grab. It is an illegal expansion of authority granted to the agency under the Delaware River Compact. The Compact gives the DRBC the power to establish standards for treatment of wastes that might be discharged into the waters of the basin. The DRBC proposes to use…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 21, 2018 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Natural Gas Exports Soar and Now Exceed Imports

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has determined our natural gas exports exceeded imports for the first time in 2017; the shale revolution at work.

The shale revolution just keeps producing miracle victories and this time its this: U.S. natural gas exports now exceed imports and are soaring as our nation does energy and most others do political correctness. The EIA has the the facts and, although they’re not in the business of bragging on them or…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on March 21, 2018 at 9:16am — No Comments

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