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What the Shale Revolution Wrought: Fuel Cell Power Plants Changing the World of Power

Fuel cell power plants made possible by the plentiful natural gas unleashed by the shale revolution are changing the world of heat and power as we know it.

fuel cell is a source of power which will efficiently convert clean natural gas into virtually emissions free electricity. You can almost compare a fuel cell to a battery, but the fuel cell will never run down…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 20, 2018 at 11:38am — No Comments

DEP Shakes Down Pipeline Company for Wolf Campaign?

Pennsylvania DEP shook down the Mariner East 2 for $12.6 million in penalties, with help from the usual suspects, and is now looking to reward some folks.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is passing out goodies—$12.6 million of them—and will undoubtedly use the opportunity to reward folks reliably likely to vote for Tom Wolf this Fall. The money comes from penalties imposed in February after a Mariner East 2 pipeline shutdown by…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 20, 2018 at 8:42am — No Comments

Why Are We Robbin’ the Hood to Subsidize Electric Vehicles for the Wealthy?

There’s something incredibly wrong when the ordinary citizens of a neighborhood are robbed through taxation to subsidize electric vehicles for the wealthy.

Electric vehicle (EV) subsidies are an often-overlooked yet pernicious example of handouts to the wealthy disguised as environmentalism.

The federal government provides tax credits of up to …


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 19, 2018 at 9:43am — No Comments

Confusion Over Hydraulic Fracturing and Civil Wars Over Pipelines

Hydraulic fracturing is apparently confusing for some judges, while pipelines are cause for civil war in Canada. DEP data, though, is cause to celebrate.

It has been nearly two weeks since Judge Musmanno, writing for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ruled in the case of Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Company that the Pennsylvania “Rule of Capture” does not apply to hydraulic fracturing situations, and confusion still reigns.

For the…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 19, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Anchor’s Away: Marcellus Shale Leaves Cove Point, Future Arrives

The first real shipment of Marcellus Shale LNG leaves Cove Point, launching a future of US energy dominance and sustained rural Northeast economic revival.

Finally. Finally! Finally!!! The very first cargo of Marcellus Shale gas has been liquefied, loaded and as of Sunday night, set sail from Dominion’s Cove Point LNG plant, heading for we’re not sure where yet. We’ve waited YEARS for this day! Let’s pop the cork on a bottle of the bubbly and…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 18, 2018 at 11:01am — No Comments

Backyard Farmers Say Their Interests Trump New Jersey Energy Needs

WNYC News ran a story yesterday about backyard farmers opposing the PennEast Pipeline as if their interests were more important than New Jersey energy needs.

If you read yesterday’s story in the WYNC News about PennEast opponents you got a glimpse into the narrow selfish minds of those who would deny other Garden…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 18, 2018 at 8:49am — No Comments

Enough with the Double Standards of So Called Environmentalists

Paul Driessen exposes the hypocrisy and double standards of environmentalists, whose concerns seem to disappear when “green” energy is involved.

It’s a good thing environmentalists have double standards – or they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

Empire State legislators worry that anything above the current 0.0001% methane in Earth’s atmosphere will cause catastrophic climate change, and that pipelines will disturb wildlife habitats. So they oppose…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 17, 2018 at 9:21am — No Comments

Green Insanity: Offshore Wind Project Cost Mind-Boggling $10K Per KW

Have we lost our minds? A Rhode Island offshore wind project will cost $10,000 per kilowatt, roughly 10 times the cost of a modern natural gas power plant.

Off of the shore of Block Island on the Rhode Island coast, five wind turbines are operating and supplying power to the island. It took years of state and federal policymaking, environmental impact assessments, and town hall meetings for the 30-megawatt wind farm to come to fruition due to its cost and…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 17, 2018 at 8:56am — No Comments

Pennsylvania DCNR Land Scandal Gets Worse As PennVest Dissembles

Pennsylvania DCNR is making a lot of phony claims and using PennVest dollars intended for water and sewer projects to grab land for a wilderness preserve.

The DCNR land grab scandal I wrote about here a few weeks ago, is getting worse. As I noted then, this poorly executed scam to ripoff the taxpayers offers a perfect…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 16, 2018 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Shale Gas News – April 14, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about record natural gas production, the shale gas boom, Shell Cracker jobs 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,…


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

Natural Gas Industry Takes the Offense Against Cuomo and Company

Finally, the natural gas industry is taking the offense against corrupt, demagogic governors such as Andrew Cuomo who are abusing water certification rules.

Five natural gas trade associations representing pretty much the entire natural gas industry (producers, suppliers, pipelines and local gas utilities) sent a joint letter to President Trump on Tuesday asking the President to clarify the role of states in administering Clean Water Act Section 401.…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 15, 2018 at 6:27am — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - April 14, 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.

The false notion that solar is getting close to natural gas in terms of financial feasibility is belied by this news from Britain; solar farms get…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 14, 2018 at 7:26am — No Comments

Williams Employees Set to Take Our Veterans and American Heroes Fishing

Several of Williams Midstream employees will spend opening day of trout taking our American heroes fishing for the day at the “Fish for the Fallen” event.

A new venture backed by Hunts for Healing will provide an opportunity for about a dozen veterans to enjoy the first day of trout season in an environment created especially for them. Patriots Cove, just south of Noxen in Wyoming County, has been constructed with veterans of varying abilities in mind.…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 13, 2018 at 11:06am — No Comments

New York City Natural Gas Use Up Everywhere: Time for the Big Apple Relief Valve

New York City natural gas use is way up, with more homes using it than ever before. The City needs more and there’s a pipeline that will help them and us.

Earlier this month I noted New York City natural gas use is on the rise and there are plenty of housing projects there that could benefit by access to more natural gas.…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 13, 2018 at 10:17am — No Comments

The Failed Lawsuit Strategy of the La Jolla Junta. Or, Was the Whole Thing a Ruse?

The NRDC gang has been pursuing a ludicrous lawsuit strategy against Exxon via through the La Jolla Junta. Is it really about telling Exxon to stay away?

If you enjoy slapstick humor, you’ve got to follow People of the State of California v BP. This case features more exploding cigars than a “Three Stooges” marathon.

This multi-billion-dollar …


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 12, 2018 at 10:56am — No Comments

Range Resources Is Making It All Happen in the Marcellus Shale

Range Resources turned it on in 2017 with an outstanding performance in the Marcellus Shale; longer laterals, big production gains and huge financial gains.

The Range Resources 2017 Annual Report includes a letter from CEO Jeffrey Ventura that indicates just how far the Marcellus Shale has taken the…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 12, 2018 at 9:05am — No Comments

Marcellus Shale Coalition Lays Out All the Legal Flaws in DRBC Fracking Ban

The Marcellus Shale Coalition filed 71 pages of commentary on the legal problems with the proposed DRBC fracking ban. Read it and weep if you’re the DRBC.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition has jumped into the battle over the proposed DRBC fracking ban in a big way. It filed 71 pages of comments with the DRBC on March 29, …


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 11, 2018 at 9:58am — No Comments

South Australia Continues Down “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” Path

South Australia is still tilting at windmills, the new version being solar energy. This “stupid is as stupid does” play yields ever higher electric prices.

South Australia, a state of 1.7 million people, is on a renewable energy kick and has encountered price and reliability issues. South Australia first invested in wind power and found wind’s reliability to be a problem when it…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 11, 2018 at 9:25am — No Comments

PIOGA Slams DRBC for Sham Process and Not Following SRBC Example

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) has come strongly against the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban, calling out the process as a sham.

PIOGA represents the independent members of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry and it has provided some excellent hard-hitting comments on the proposed DRBC fracking ban. They are laid out in a letter from PIOGA General Kevin J.…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 10, 2018 at 10:53am — No Comments

Constitution Pipeline Asks Supremes To Rule Cuomo’s DEC Out of Order

Constitution Pipeline, having been double-crossed by Andrew Cuomo’s DEC, is taking its case to the very top in an effort to call out New York’s dirty tricks.

Constitution Pipeline was double-crossed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It clearly happened at the direction of Mr. Machiavellian himself, Governor Andrew Cuomo, for whom every nook and cranny of human life is a political decision for him to exploit. The company,…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on April 10, 2018 at 9:06am — No Comments

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