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Choosing Poorly: South Australia Pays for Renewables PC

South Australia, is now paying a heavy price for its political correctness on renewables as electricity prices skyrocket while natural gas goes undeveloped.

As of July 1, 2017, electricity prices in the state of South Australia are the highest in the world, exceeding Denmark’s due to price increases of between…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 16, 2017 at 9:09am — No Comments

Dimock Fractivists Do Weapons Grade Deflection and Obfuscation

Unbelievable as it may be, fractivists are trying to pull their Dimock tale out of the dustbin of history by defending a “weapons Grade” uranium charge.

It’s time to do one of those “you can’t make this stuff up” stories. This one, predictably has to do with Dimock, the original tall tale of fracking. It grows out of the response to …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 15, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Conflicted Delaware Riverkeeper Blithely Ignores the Rules

The Delaware Riverkeeper is flaunting tax-exemption and other rules and those agencies who entertain the group themselves become conflicted at every turn.

The Delaware Riverkeeper would not exist but for the funding of the Haas, Heinz, Rockefeller Wallace families who aim to make a wilderness of as much of the Northeast as they possibly can. It is the political arm of the William Penn Foundation which, as a private foundation, shouldn’t be engaged in any…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 14, 2017 at 11:05am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – August 12, 2017

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the solar eclipse, exports, the Atlantic Sunrise and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guests, we had David J. Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and Rob Boulware…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 14, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments

Pennsylvania One of Top Oil and Gas States (Again)

The petroleum industry began in Oil City, Pennsylvania and, today, it is, once again, one of the top oil and gas states, thanks to the shale revolution.

The National Transit Building in downtown Oil City, Pennsylvania, is where it all really began. John D. Rockefeller had a small corner office on the upper floor and it was anything but extravagant, but from there the industry spread around the world helping to make modern civilization possible. Today, according to …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 13, 2017 at 8:25am — No Comments

Microgrid Power Plants Powered by Natural Gas Spreading

Microgrid power plants powered by natural gas are the new and upcoming thing. They’re even coming to Philadelphia, home of the William Penn Foundation.  http://naturalgasnow.org/microgrid-power-plants-powered-natural-gas-spreading/

We’re starting to see more and more news about natural gas-fired microgrids, used for “peaking”. Microgrids are small electric generating plants, most often powered…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 12, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Are Electric Vehicles the Answer or Just New Packaging?

Electric vehicles are interesting, but do consumers want them, are they affordable and are they anything more than a new way to package the same fuels?

Globally, the number of electric vehicles on the road in 2016 was 2 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 11, 2017 at 8:32am — No Comments

Environmentalists Ignore the Real Rogue Industry

Environmentalists want you to believe fossil fuels are the problem, however the real rogue industry is illegal marijuana farming.

Imagine, if you will, a rogue industry in America… a rogue industry systematically destroying pristine forests. A rogue industry indiscriminately spewing toxins of frightening toxicity. A rogue industry unaccountable to government or the people – uncaring, unstoppable – mindlessly causing damages in the hundreds of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 10, 2017 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Northeast Air Quality Rises to New Highs with Natural Gas Use

Northeast air quality has dramatically improved at the same time as natural gas consumption has similarly risen and it’s no coincidence, of course.

A few days ago the EPA came out with a celebratory website of sorts marking the great improvements in the nation’s air quality since the Clean Air Act was enacted. It’s not your typical government report and is…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 10, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

Will FERC Make the Constitution Pipeline Finally Happen?

Recent rumblings from Williams suggests there’s still lots of life left in the Constitution Pipeline, especially now that a FERC quorum has been restored.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) caved to corrupt political pressure from Andrew Cuomo in April, 2016 and denied the Williams…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 9, 2017 at 8:54am — No Comments

Pigs to Rigs Lawyers and Dimock Junkyard Plaintiff Sued by Cabot

An overdue lawsuit by Cabot Oil & Gas has been filed against a gang of “pigs to rigs” trial lawyers and their Dimock junkyard plaintiff Ray Kemble.

I have joyous news for all our readers. Cabot Oil & Gas has fired a shot against the seedy trial lawyers and even seedier hustlers trying to earn fame and money with jugs of brown water and filthy accusations surrounding Dimock. Cabot has filed a lawsuit against pig farm suer Charlie Speer, his Luzerne…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 8, 2017 at 1:07pm — No Comments

A Spedie Moment of Truth on Solar Energy

The Spedie Fest & Balloon Rally in Binghamton this past weekend was an opportunity for Vic Furman to educate others on solar energy vs. natural gas.

Binghamton’s Annual Spedie Fest & Balloon Rally that took place this past weekend at Otsiningo Park was, as usual, a wonderful event. For you flatlanders, a Spedie is …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 8, 2017 at 9:16am — No Comments

Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move.

Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the usual pro/anti gas development crowd. Lots of opinions were offered but little technical information the…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 7, 2017 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Shale Gas News – August 5, 2017

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about virtual pipelines, air quality, New York City and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone, of the 39th Legislative…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 7, 2017 at 10:22am — No Comments

Taxes and Regulation: The Twin Banes of Natural Gas Development

Natural gas development isn’t easy. Politicians want to tax it and regulate it. The pols are now in a bind, though, and offering to trade one for the other.

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives continues to struggle with the funding plan needed to balance the $32,000,000,000 state budget allowed last month by Governor Wolf to come into law. To pay for it, the Senate agreed for the first time to impose a mineral extraction tax. In return the Senate gave…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 7, 2017 at 9:32am — No Comments

Potomac River Pipeline: 3 Miles of Controversy for West Virginia

TransCanada is seeking to build a 3-mile pipeline under the Potomac River to supply needed gas to West Virginia, but are facing the usual opposition. 

Last April, Maryland was the first state with natural gas reserves to pass a law that outright bans fracking. Governor Hogan, a once ally of natural gas development, made a complete 180-degree and signed the law into place based on political pressure claiming, “environmental risks of fracking outweigh any…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 7, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Two States, Two Pipeline Projects, Two Worlds Apart

The progress and impending conclusions of two pipeline projects in New York and Pennsylvania have been monitored by Marcellus Drilling News with big reveals.

New York’s corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is running scared. For 19 months the DEC has intentionally…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 6, 2017 at 8:06am — No Comments

Delaware River Fractivists Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid

The Delaware Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper and other Delaware River fractivists are apparently very afraid the DRBC moratorium will be lifted and rightly so.

Our friends over at Energy In Depth have nailed it with …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 5, 2017 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Another Dimock ATSDR Study? You've Got to be Kidding!

Another Dimock ATSDR study is underway; how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government.

How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.

That study was…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 5, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Panda Power Plant Is Anything But Black and White

Panda is developing a new natural gas-fired power plant in Maryland, and environmentalist groups are saying it’s black and white. It’s anything but.

Last year, the fight against the Panda Mattawoman Power Plant came to a head. Groups like the Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Earthjustice decided that to fight the new natural gas-fired power plant, they needed to make it civil rights instead of environmental…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on August 4, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments

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