This discussion talks about how anti fossil fuel extremists and outside entities are attacking PA natural gas industry and working to methodically shut down PA Natural Gas production.  Anti-fracking groups, climate change advocates and others  want to control your royalty or potential for royalty.

If this doesn't make you angry then check your pulse. The video was made before PA Governor Wolf got involved. You will not find any references to meetings he holds with Bloomberg listed on his website. That's because his staff covers it up so the public doesn't know.


On November 6, 2018, 8 Anti Fossil Fuel candidates were elected to the PA Congress and the left in the Pennsylvania Democrat Party wants to ban all fracking in the state. I

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This is some scary stuff! It will be interesting to see how soon the Severance Tax idea rears its' ugly head again. I am guessing sooner rather than later.

With an Impact Fee already in place, PA could become very expensive for the E&Ps to operate there, when considering an additional tax on production.


Wonder if any players will be looking to sell their position(s) in the Keystone State.

RE PA: Michael Bloomberg: Funding Environmental Mercenaries in Blue-State Attorneys General Offices

From RealClearInvestigations:

How Bloomberg Embeds Green Warriors in Blue-State Governments

By Jeff Patch, Real Clear Investigations
October 10, 2018

A New York University School of Law program funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is placing lawyers in the offices of Democratic state attorneys general and paying them to prosecute energy companies and challenge Trump administration policies on energy and the environment.

Nine states and Washington, D.C., including New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania, are participating in the multimillion-dollar program funded by the media magnate and ex-New York City mayor, who re-registered as a Democrat this week amid expectations of a run for president in 2020.

The 14 current fellows in the program report to the attorneys general, but they are paid by NYU’s Bloomberg-funded State Energy & Environmental Impact Center. State AG offices hire these trained lawyers – who are not students but seasoned professionals with years of experience – as special assistant attorneys general. Under terms of the arrangement, the fellows work solely to advance progressive climate change policy at a time when Democratic state attorneys general have investigated and sued ExxonMobil and other energy companies over alleged damages due to climate change.

[…]

The center was launched in mid-August 2017 with a reported grant of nearly $6 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable entity controlled by the billionaire. It is billed as a non-partisan project to help “state attorneys general fight against regulatory rollbacks and advance clean energy, climate change [responses], and environmental values and protections.”

[…]

The full extent of the attorneys’ participation in many cases is veiled by attorney-client confidentiality. In an email last year to Democratic-held offices, Hayes wrote that “we are engaged with ethics experts and individuals in some of your offices to ensure confidentiality” of the program’s work. The email was provided to RealClearInvestigations by the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat.

The center’s staff has made virtually no effort to engage Republican offices.

[…]

“The public’s expectation is that a state’s chief law enforcement official acts in an unbiased and objective manner,” said Harold Kim, the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. “Regardless of the underlying issue, when political interest groups participate in embedding paid staff in a state attorney general’s office, that credibility is called into question.”

Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute suggested the NYU center is less likely to spur reform than an ideological arms race.

“It seems the only way to wake our usual constitutional watchdogs to the abuse is for conservative AGs to accept Federalist Society, National Rifle Association and National Right-to-Life chaired prosecutor positions to investigate those groups’ political opponents and advance their agendas,” he said.

On November 6, 2018, 8 Anti Fossil Fuel candidates were elected to the PA Congress.

The left in the Pennsylvania Democrat Party wants to ban all fracking in the state. It’s fringe, but all such oddball movements start out as fringe. Of particular note in this election season is that a group of these ban-fracking nutters have gotten themselves on the ballot in 15 PA House and Senate races around the state for the Nov 6, 2018 election..

As you might expect, most of the ban-frackers were running in counties in the Philadelphia orbit (Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Philly itself).

There are some from outside (but still close to) Philly, in Northampton and Carbon counties. There are a few in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh area). There’s even one running in Centre County.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FOOD & WATER ACTION PAC, PROUD PENNSYLVANIA ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR THE STATE LEGISLATURE WHO SUPPORT:

  1. MORATORIUM ON FRACKING, PIPELINES AND OTHER FOSSIL FUEL INFRASTRUCTURE.

  2. LEGISLATION TO MOVE PENNSYLVANIA TOWARDS 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2050

  3. AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT BRINGS JOBS, COMMUNITY WEALTH AND ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE TO OUR STATE

  4. EXPANDING PENNSYLVANIA’S BURGEONING INDUSTRIAL HEMP INDUSTRY

ALL CANDIDATES HAVE PLEDGED NOT TO ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY.

Out of 15 anti frackers running 8 were elected:

Kristin Seale– House District 168, Delaware County Kristin is a lifelong public servant, advocating for equal access to affordable healthcare, energy and a living wage. She has worked to advance energy efficiency in our state through her work at the Keystone Energy Efficiency Association’s Energy Education Fund. She has also played an active role in the fight against the Mariner East 2 pipeline. If elected, Kristin would become the first LGBT woman to serve in Pennsylvania’s legislature, bringing a strong, community-informed voice to the important decision making that impacts our public safety, public education, civil rights and social equity.

Summer Lee– House District 34, Allegheny County Summer was born and raised in North Braddock, a community which has historically suffered from pollution caused by the the Edgar Thomson Steel Mill. She will prioritize defeating a fracking well proposed at the steel mill, and pushing for a statewide ban on fracking. She is a dedicated organizer, activist, and advocate for social justice. She will work to improve air and water quality in Allegheny County. 

Elizabeth Fiedler– House District 184, Philadelphia Elizabeth is a former reporter for WHYY where she covered community affairs and politics — she’s spent ten years asking tough questions of people in power and listening to Pennsylvanians who’s voices are not being heard in Harrisburg. A mother of two, Elizabeth knows that fighting climate change is the most important thing we can do to ensure the health and well-being of our children and grandchildren.

Melissa Shusterman– House District 157, Chester County Melissa is a Phoenixville-area small business owner who would advocate strongly for women’s rights and equal opportunities. She supports increased funding to the Department of Environmental Protection, a moratorium on fracking in the Delaware River Basin, and stricter laws to protect our air, water, and land. 

Katie Muth– Senate District 44, Chester and Montgomery County Katie is one of the founders of Indivisible Mid Montco, working to bring the change communities around Pennsylvania are advocating for to the hallways of Harrisburg. The Mariner East 2 pipeline cuts through her district, and she supports calls to stop the pipeline and all other fossil fuel infrastructure.

Leanne Krueger-Braneky– House District 161, Delaware County Since she was first elected four years ago, Rep. Krueger-Braneky has been one of the few environmental champions in Pennsylvania’s legislature. She has questioned subsidies for fossil fuel during budget hearings, pushed policies that invest in cleaner industries, and served as an advocate for small businesses

Sara Innamorato– House District 21, Allegheny County Sara started a company to work with the local and city government in Lawrenceville, developing events and initiatives around technology, food access, social justice and women’s rights. She runs SWPA, empowering women to run for elected office. She will prioritize the health of our environment to address air and water pollution in Allegheny County. 
Tim Kearney– Senate District 26, Delaware County Tim Kearney is the mayor of Swarthmore, and an experienced public servant, a husband, a father, and a small business owner and architect. Thanks to Tim, Swarthmore is a leader in environmental protection and sustainability practices, fair and equitable policing practices, and LGBTQ equality.

Thank you Josie for starting this thread. Now maybe we all can now understand what it is all about.  Not all of us knows where to get this information let alone understand what it all means.

And by the way we finally received the money that we were trying to track down. No  explanation was given. But missing check was supposed to have a stop payment put on it and money carried forward to the next month,  which came today. A small amount for sure but it could have been a much larger amount!

Granddad Ladd

I would include in the 'watch list' a UN Lapdog Agency....the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). This is where many of the 'studies' involving AGW (Anthropogenic-{man made}-Global Warming) originate. If you take the time to peruse their papers, you will find many of the author's have ZERO science education background. Many are Political and/or Communications majors.....who (and with what education background) the hell made them a scientist?

Science is the act of proving, OR equally as important, disproving, a scientific theory. There is no right or wrong among true scientists, just the ingrained desire to seek the truth. The folks at the IPCC must have missed that day in class.

The Alarmist's battle plan is to publish poorly written studies, with no basis in Scientific Methodology, then use their Socialist media partners to disseminate that as the truth. No rebuttal studies ever gain any traction in the main stream media.

Control the Carbon.....this is a way to punish well-developed countries by taxing the amount of CO2 produced. Now, if you think those 'carbon tax revenues' will ever trickle down to the poor, as a published stated goal.....not going to happen.

Trump was correct in pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Agreement. The USA (Obama) pledged to actually curtail our CO2 emissions by 25% now, while virtually every other signatory made nebulous promises to do so in the future....India and China would start in 2030? 

Bull. your post referencing seeking truth reminded me of reading "Atlas Shrugged" a lifetime ago. objective, logical, science and fact based thought is the only way mankind can survive . human behavior is slow changing and i fear energy could be used to repeat past behavior which has resulted in millions of people losing their lives. people should blow the snot out of their brains and at least consider information, then back check extensively, and think independently.

my experience leads me to conclude most of the opposition has economic roots. foreign producers are active in this space as well as domestic private investment. the masses are the "true" believers. moving the market by using the masses to do so is not without precedent by Soros. there is not one monolithic anti energy beast. there are hoards of parasites, some independant and some in coalition which can change. the natural driver to feed is money. even lobbied regulation is used to sell products to other companys, feeding off the body. bad public energy decisions will end poorly. that's an engineering fact.

Old Timer

That is exactly right but the perils may not have been sufficiently highlighted.

When the Yamal LNG plant is finally done, the 27 million tonnes per year output will come at an investment cost of about $30 billuon.

This is somewhat comparable to the combined 3 LNG plants on Australia's Curtis Island in terms of cost and capacity.

In contrast, Tellurian's Driftwoot project in Louisiana will produce the same at half the cost.

(See the new LNG plant proposed for NEPA. Astounding event).

ANYTHING that stifles American hydrocarbon production -  now the biggest in the world - will find support across countries, industries, ideologies that might suffer due to American abundance.

Wolfe was originally aided in his first election with a $10 million dollar donation from Marxist Tom Steyer.

You Appalachian Basin folks are facing severe economic, long term harm if you are unable to both educate and motivate your neighbors of this massive theft of your communal bounty.

Your enemies are cunning, resourceful, and HIGHLY motivated to see you - collectively - fail.

Government for Rent – How Special Interests Finance Governors to Pursue Their Climate Policy Agenda

This is a very long article and too long to post. GMS will not allow. Click this and it will come up in a new window:

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Pennsylvania's Wolf is right in the middle of this but very secretively.....Wolf is a very slimy snake...and to be feared.

Law enforcement climate schemers get exposed by TV ads

“LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR RENT”: GAO RELEASES 5 TV ADS RE: MERCENARY BLOOMBERG/AGs CLIMATE SCHEME

(Washington, DC)  Climate Litigation Watch, a project of the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C., has released new television ads running in five states, informing Marylanders, New Mexicans, Oregonians, Pennsylvanians and Virginians of recently unearthed details of their states’ attorneys general involvement in a national scheme to place privately funded special prosecutors in state AG offices to pursue issues of concern to the donor.

Each ad shows specific records obtained from each state, and cites to troubling aspects of the unprecedented arrangement, from New Mexico’s promise to use the privately funded prosecutors “to identify ‘pressure points’ on which litigation can be used to most effectively influence policy” on matters of concern to the donor — while the parties agreed to not draw media attention to their deal — to the apparent violations of state law in Oregon and Virginia.

By statute, these “Special Assistant Attorneys General” have the same authority as the AG; by agreement, they are expressly to pursue an ideological agenda, using the state’s top law enforcement office in a mercenary fashion, as a tool to investigate individuals, businesses and organizations who oppose that agenda.

The ads are based on a recent report, “Law Enforcement for Hire”, which cites to hundreds of source documents, many revealed for the first time and all obtained after more than two years of investigation, document requests and, in numerous cases, litigation. Citing to key records from each AG’s office, the exposés lay out the tie-ups between a “Center” funded by New York billionaire activist Michael Bloomberg, and various state AGs across the country.  Each AG specifically requested the outside group provide attorney salaries and benefits, as well as other “services that may be available to your offices on individual matters”, including still more attorneys, and public relations advocacy, to “advance progressive…legal positions” on specific issues.

These arrangements cry out for legislative oversight of how law enforcement came to be used in this way, and how AGs could claim they had no relevant statutory professional responsibility limitations.

The ads can be seen on YouTube or ClimateLitigationWatch.org

Maryland http://climatelitigationwatch.org/video-law-enforcement-for-rent-in...

New Mexico http://climatelitigationwatch.org/video-law-enforcement-for-rent-in...

Oregon http://climatelitigationwatch.org/video-law-enforcement-for-rent-in...

Pennsylvania http://climatelitigationwatch.org/video-law-enforcement-for-rent-in...

Virginia http://climatelitigationwatch.org/video-law-enforcement-for-rent-in...

Bloomberg.....Soros....the Billionaire Boys Club of man made climate change research.....they fund a significant amount $$$$$$ to any 'scientist' seeking a grant rather than get a real job.

There is only one catch- the results MUST lineup with their current Global Warming narrative....and you can't let a little thing like REAL science get in the way....just make extraordinary claims. Truth and scientific method are irrelevant to the work being done by junk scientists...it's all about headlines for the main stream media re: Global Warming.....the sheep will believe it....Bad Science and all.

PA. House Flipping Democrat Portends Trouble for O&G Industry



The results of Tuesday’s elections, with the House of Representatives flipping to Democrat control, is a disaster. That is our considered opinion. And not just because we’re died-in-the-wool conservatives and believe in freedom and the rule of law. But for what it portends for the oil and gas industry. Some on our side, the pro-fossil fuel side, think everything’s just fine with Dems in control of the House. They say the oil and gas industry likes “divided government” because it ensures any changes that happen will happen slowly. We’re not convinced. Why? We look at the actual words of those seizing (and we use that word intentionally) power come January. The House, under Democrat tyranny, is gearing up to hold hearings on everything, including so-called “climate change” and Trump’s efforts to roll back egregious Obama regulations related to “climate change.” Dems plan to use the power of subpoena to try and stop efforts to right-size and eliminate unnecessary regulations in agencies like the EPA. We think the oil and gas industry, whether they admit it or not, is in for the fight of its life come January 1. We hope we’re wrong. We fear we are not.

Here’s why we’re pessimistic about regulatory interference by Democrats in oil and gas beginning next year:

After almost a decade of oil-friendly Republicans controlling Congress, the energy sector faced a dramatically different political landscape Wednesday.

Where Republicans pushed an end to the oil export ban and the relaxing of environmental regulations around drilling, the new Democratic-led House is expected to be more interested in combating climate change than boosting oil and gas production.

Even before the election, Democrats made clear they planned oversight hearings into President Donald Trump’s efforts to cut regulations around oil and gas drilling and other industrial activity. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who is expected to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said last week that Democrats would “focus on the need to address climate change by looking at its impacts on our communities and economy, and by holding the Trump administration accountable for dangerous policies that only make it worse.”

The industry also will face the unfriendly fire without key allies, such as Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, who lost to political newcomer Lizzie Fletcher, and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, who lost to former NFL player Colin Allred. They and other Republicans will be unable to stop Democrats from haling energy executives to committee rooms explain their role and influence in the Trump administration’s rollback of regulations.

“I am concerned in the simple fact that we have a lot of Democrats who subscribe to President Obama’s conviction that oil and gas is evil energy, and I’m certain they will go after Texas’ major industry,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, the outgoing chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. “I think that’s a huge mistake, and we will fight it.”

During the midterm campaign, climate change was a frequent topic for Democratic candidates as they sought to distinguish themselves from their Republican opponents. But with Democrats failing to achieve the so-called “Blue Wave” they had hoped for, there are questions how seriously Democratic leaders such as presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are going to address the issue.

Democrats will have the power to hold hearings, conduct investigations and pass bills in the House. But with Republicans still controlling the White House and Senate, Democrats face a difficult time enacting legislation into law without GOP support.

“It’ll be noisier. There will be hearings o-rama. But in terms of action, not so much,” said Robert McNally, president of the Rapidan Energy Group, a consulting firm outside Washington. “We don’t see them rolling President Trump, but the pace of deregulation at EPA will probably slow down because officials will be much busier dealing with subpoenas.”

For now, most expect the partisan gridlock that has pervaded Washington over the past decade to continue. But a couple energy issues have increased odds for action with a Democratic majority in the House, McNally said.

Congress is already weighing so-called NOPEC legislation authorizing the Attorney General to sue nations within the Organizaton of Petroleum Exporting Countries for manipulating oil prices, a move opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute, the energy industry lobby. And members of both parties are watching for signs of further interference by Russia in U.S. politics, with an eye towards increasing sanctions. One potential target of sanctions would be the Nordstream 2 pipeline project, connecting Russian gas with European gas markets.

Lee Fuller, executive vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, which represents smaller oil and gas producers, said Democrats undoubtedly will come under pressure from their constituencies to take action against climate change and rein in oil and gas development. But, he added, “How many other things do they want to pursue and how much time do they have?

“I think we’re going to have to see it sort out over the next several months. There’s people who want to spend all their time impeaching Trump.” (1)

News flash for the dolts in the House who think they can impeach Trump: He’s here for the next two, and likely for the next six, years. Get over it. Medicate yourselves (some more). And deal with it.

Not everyone believes Democrat control of the House is the end of the world. The following is a Forbes column from David Blackmon, someone who has worked in o&g for decades, and someone whose opinion we highly respect.

As a general rule, a divided federal government is the best kind of federal government where the oil and gas industry is concerned. This is an industry that places a high degree of importance on regulatory and statutory certainty, and a divided government tends to result in a slower pace of change in these areas.

The unified, Republican-controlled government of the past two years produced a rapid pace of change, though much of it has actually been favorable for the industry, as the Trump Administration has gone about revising and repealing a raft of Obama-era actions. But that work is now mostly done, although the ultimate resolution for the EPA’s Waters of the United States rule and various methane-related measures at EPA and the Department of the Interior remain somewhat up in the air for now.

Congress was able to agree to include energy-related provisions in its omnibus spending bill last December, but has done little related to energy since. The lame duck session of the current 115th congress that will convene for four weeks between now and December 31 will have to try to deal with a broad range of potential legislation, as the GOP majorities will likely try to cram in as much as they can before they give way to the 116th congress in January.

Most crucial for oil and gas is the FY 2019 appropriations bill for the Departments of Interior and Energy, which was extended through December 7 as part of the “mini-bus” appropriations bill passed at the end of September. DOI and DOE, together with the EPA, do the most to regulate oil and gas activities at the federal level, and the appropriations bill always impacts how their actions will be carried out in the coming year. The lame duck session will also most likely pass the annual “tax extenders” legislation that includes a few oil and gas-related provisions. This bill also includes provisions related to biofuels and other renewable energy sources and typically attracts broad, bi-partisan support.

Another key bit of legislation that won’t receive much media attention will be the re-authorization of DOI’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a popular program whose sources for funding expired at the end of September, although the program itself remains in place. While there is broad, bipartisan support for the program’s continuance, the debate will be over whether to continue to require its funding to be reauthorized every year, or to award it permanent funding status via an automatic draw from the revenues collected from the oil and gas exploration activities in the Gulf of Mexico and other federal waters.

The other big energy-related outcome from the mid-term elections was the failure of several of anti-oil and gas ballot propositions at state and local levels around the country. Most notable among these was Colorado’s Proposition 112, which would have enacted a 2,500 foot setback rule that was defined in such a way that it would have effectively shut down oil and gas development in the state. With pretty much every major newspaper and political leader in both parties opposing it, Prop 112 failed dramatically, receiving just 42% of the vote.

Also failing was Alaska’s Ballot Measure 1, which would have placed onerous new permitting rules and fees on the industry that is far and away the largest funding source for the state’s government. That initiative received just 36% favorable votes.

With the outcome of Tuesday’s mid-term election, resulting Democratic control of the House of Representatives and Republican control of the Senate, the prospects for any bi-partisan agreement on significant energy-related legislation, or indeed, even the passage of actual appropriations bills, for the next two years are dramatically reduced. This new reality, combined with the Trump Administration’s lack of desire to enact new regulations that would hamper energy development of any kind, is likely to create a largely status-quo federal policy environment through the end of 2020.

“The government which governs least governs best” is a quote that is often attributed to President Thomas Jefferson, though that attribution appear to be erroneous. The actual source for the quote more likely comes from an essay published in 1849 by Henry David Thoreau titled “Resistance to Civil Governance (Civil Disobedience).”

Regardless of which public figure actually first said it, as a general rule, the oil and gas industry endorses its logic. The country’s voters, by creating a once-again divided federal government, just signaled their endorsement of it as well, at least for the next two years. (2)

We sincerely hope Blackmon is right, and that we’re wrong.

(1) Houston (TX) Chronicle (Nov 7, 2018) – In Washington, politics around oil, climate change in flux

(2) Forbes/David Blackmon (Nov 8, 2018) – The Mid-Term Elections Were Generally Good For Oil And Gas

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