June 2013 Blog Posts (38)

Shale Headlines Mahoning Valley’s Recent Economic Success

Last week, the 2012 Economic Development Report Card “Valley Economic Update” was released, highlighting the incredible growth the Mahoning Valley has seen since shale development came to the region.  Economic development agencies in the area assisted in creating or retaining more than 7,000 jobs in 2012, with total investments exceeding $400 million.

The report shows…


Added by Anne Carto on June 30, 2013 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Want to Improve NY Health? Go Natural Gas Now!

If the New York State Assembly is so worried about the health of the citizens of that great state, then it ought to be looking to how it could expand the use of natural gas, instead of trying to shut down the industry.

Is the cautious approach to regulating natural gas extraction preventing a public health catastrophe?

The New State Assembly seems to think so. On Wednesday March 5th, they voted to extend a moratorium that will continue to put on hold the development of New York…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 29, 2013 at 11:52pm — No Comments

NWPOA Threatens to Sue DRBC

The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance has issued a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission insisting the agency act upon the regulations it developed two years ago to regulate natural gas development in the basin and promises to litigate if there isn’t action soon.

Things are getting mighty interesting on the Delaware these days. The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance (NWPOA) Executive Committee has sent Executive Director Carol Collier and the Commissioners of the…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 29, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Corbett Faces DRBC and Says Get It Done!

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has issued a strong letter to his DRBC partners demanding they end the charade and finally enact those ready to go natural gas development regulations that have been languishing for two years.

Some unexpected fresh air blew into the Upper Delaware region earlier today from the Harrisburg direction. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett put pen to paper and issued a call to Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Executive Director Carol Collier and his…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 28, 2013 at 2:41am — No Comments

Germany Not Doing So Well with Solar

Nick Grealy, our friend from the UK, talks about solar energy and Germany’s forever flaunted renewables program which requires natural gas as a complement to achieve any success whatsover.

A classic definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different outcomes. My definition of absolutely barking is repeating the same actions and getting worse outcomes.

Midsummer Day is as good as it’s going to get for solar capacity, so let’s see what light we can shed…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 26, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

Resnikoff’s Latest Study Misleads Public

Energy In Depth's Shawn:

"Marvin Resnikoff is well known in the Marcellus region for his anti-shale stance.  He has been the subject of at least four posts written by our counterparts in the Marcellus, each…


Added by Anne Carto on June 26, 2013 at 2:45am — No Comments

Activists Trying Leveraging NY with SRBC Complaint

There is a move afoot by New York activists to use the SRBC as leverage to influence New York Governor Cuomo’s decision on fracking in that state. It’s the usual suspects doing the usual things, of course, but the shallowness of this efforts represents still another low in tactics.

The anti-gas crowd, desperate to avoid bringing any economic hope to upstate New York, is at it again with a hapless letter to the governor and the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 25, 2013 at 8:57am — No Comments

Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13): Energy + Manufacturing = JOBS

Congressman Tim Ryan guest blogs for Energy In Depth - Ohio on the opportunities shale can bring:

"As northeastern Ohio begins to recover from the recession, it is the energy and manufacturing sectors that are taking the lead. I am proud to be the co-chair of both the House Manufacturing Caucus and the…


Added by Anne Carto on June 25, 2013 at 5:36am — No Comments

NWPOA Chasing Down DRBC

NWPOA is on a full-steam campaign to find out why the DRBC is refusing to do its duty and act upon already drafted regulations governing gas drilling – regulations that have sat in limbo since September, 2011.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has, as many readers know, simply opted to sit on already drafted regulations of natural gas drilling in the basin since September, 2011, in a stunning display of government malfeasance that throws the Constitutional rights of every…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 23, 2013 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Another EPA Embarrassment

im Willis reports on yet another EPA embarrassment; the Pavillion, Wyoming case, which quickly became a fiasco when the State of Wyoming and others pointed out the obvious errors in the Federal agency’s scientific approach, which appeared more political than scientific.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been desperate to make a connection between fracking and groundwater contamination from chemicals and thought they had a winner in Pavillion, Wyoming (seeEPA Keeps…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 23, 2013 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Top 10 Myths About Shale Gas

Nick Grealy, a friend who runs two shale gas websites in the UK, addresses some of the prevailing myths about shale gas in certain circles, dispensing each rather readily.  His European perspective will provide some valuable insights for our readers.

No Hot Air is not a site of climate change skeptics. We believe both climate change and safe shale energy are scientifically proven concepts. Unfortunately, both are also open to misinterpretation by those prone…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 23, 2013 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Fracking Opponents Financed by State Land Deals?

How do the major groups involved in fighting fracking and natural gas development in New York finance their activities? Well, they have a lot of money at the outset from the Park and Rockefeller families, but they also have special arrangements with the State of New York that allow them to do very profitable land deals.

The Open Space Institute (OSI), once run by current New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens, is a child of the Natural…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 22, 2013 at 12:43am — No Comments

Antero Resources

 Does anyone know if Antero has drilling plans for Tyler CTY, WV?? Are they active in northern  WV??

Added by Charles B Towles on June 21, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Sen. Yaw (Chair Energy Comm. in PA ) to hold public hearing on post-production costs

This is from Sen. Yaw's recent e-newsletter.

"Post-Production Costs Cause Concern

Over the past several weeks, I have been contacted by a number of residents in my Senate District surrounding the confusion of the guaranteed 12.5% royalty in the Oil and Gas Lease Act.

While there is no quick legislative fix, I pledge to support a law which provides clarification to contracts and certainty which landowners seek…

Added by Robert Goodfellow on June 20, 2013 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Oildex Releases New ePayables Module, Spendworks Complete

End-to-end ePayables Solution Enables Oil and Gas Companies to Receive, Code and Approve up to 100% of their Invoices Electronically


DENVER and HOUSTON, June 20, 2013 – Oildex, the innovator of cloud-based smart information management solutions for the energy industry, announced today the release and adoption of its end-to-end invoice processing solution, Spendworks Complete.

Oildex’s solutions help oil and gas…


Added by Oildex on June 20, 2013 at 2:56am — No Comments

Albany Fracking Rally A Bore

There was an anti-fracking rally in Albany this week, the latest in a series of nonsensical events where natural gas opponents from various states gather as "New Yorkers," sing, preaches to themselves and issue each other atta-boys and atta-girls for what is childish behavior in most eyes.

Our friends on the other side held their big rally in Albany, New York this week. We have seen them come up to Albany again and again. They come up, spread their misinformation and mistruths and…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 19, 2013 at 2:20pm — No Comments

EPA Region 2 Administrator's Husband Joins Anti-Fracking Protest

An anti-fracking rally in Albany yesterday was just more of the same as ideologues from areas without natural gas (including some from other states) tried to make some noise yet again but the real story may have been the guy in green who just happens to husband of EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck.

Things going on in Washington these days are raising all sorts of questions of propriety, particularly at the EPA. FOIA requests have been routinely ignored. Lisa Jackson coordinated…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 18, 2013 at 2:33am — No Comments

Cabot Gets It Done with Service

Cabot Oil & Gas, has, in five short years, become the model of how to do business in our region, earning excellent profits for its stockholders, maintaining excellent relationships with the communities where it works and improving the lives of just about ever Susquehanna County resident. It’s no coincidence.

I went on a natural gas well tour conducted by Cabot Oil & Gas the other day with a few guests. We were fortunate a friend of mine took us in his RV. On our way down…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 16, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Willie Is Smoking Stuff Again

Jim Willis notes Willie Nelson has joined the anti-fracking brigade like the good celebrity he is. Nothing is so predictable as the political correctness of celebrities, but one has to wonder what Willie’s smoking this week as he suggests farmers would be better of without it.

We guess we’ve always known that country music superstar Willie Nelson tilts to the liberal spectrum when it comes to politics (but dang, we like his music!). One of the things Willie has done over the years, to…


Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 15, 2013 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Shale Not The Issue In New Republic Article

Energy In Depth's Shawn:

"No matter how you feel about the New Republic magazine, one should feel the author reporting on a news article is somewhat knowledgeable about the subject matter they are discussing.  Yet in their most recent article, “The Amish Are Getting Fracked, Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies…


Added by Anne Carto on June 14, 2013 at 3:21am — No Comments

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