Thomas J Shepstone's Blog – June 2018 Archive (51)

Out-of-State Organizers Train Pipeline Protesters in Tunnel Vision

Community organizers financed by elitist tools such as CCAN are training pipeline protesters to trust in tunnel vision and go extremist with their tactics.

Fractivists imagine their irrational concerns are the only ones that matter. That’s why they’re so easy to manipulate, organize and train to do stupid tricks. They have tunnel vision that makes them easier to herd. A couple of examples from Virginia serve to illustrate. One has to do with the Atlantic…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 29, 2018 at 10:12am — No Comments

Natural Gas Industry Takes Suppliers Out to the Ball Game

The natural gas Industry took some of its most valued suppliers and biggest job creators out to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Railriders ball game.

The audience for the June 21 minor league baseball game between the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Railriders and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at PNC Field in Moosic included 960 employees, family members and friends of partners in the natural gas industry. Energy Night coincided with the summer solstice, and fans were treated…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 29, 2018 at 9:12am — No Comments

Think About Energy: The Importance Of A Smart Energy Policy

Thomas Pyle spoke at the Think About Energy briefing about the importance of a smart energy policy so the United States can be energy independent.

I don’t get out to Pennsylvania as much as I’d like, but when I do I always appreciate the warm welcome — and the good food — so thanks for inviting me today.

As was mentioned in the introduction, I proudly serve as the President of the …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 28, 2018 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Think About Energy Panel Discusses Vibrancy of Our Natural Gas Future

Rick Hiduk reports on a rousingly positive discussion that took place at a Think About Energy conference in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania last week.

Three energy experts with varying perspectives on how to best move the natural gas industry forward in Pennsylvania and the nation spoke to a packed house at Stonehedge Country Club in Wyoming County on June 21. The Think About Energy conference was hosted by the …

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 28, 2018 at 9:59am — No Comments

New York State’s Aspiring Hypocrite: Cynthia Nixon

When a role in “Sex and the City” is street cred to run for governor, you know New York is on the ropes, but Cynthia Nixon is also a fracking hypocrite.

New York State is getting worse by the day; there’s no way around it. The state is going off the deep end, becoming more shallow, more politically correct and more radical by the day. It’s in deep trouble, which is why people are leaving and Upstate New York is dying. It’s been a long process and helped along…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 28, 2018 at 8:27am — No Comments

The Madness of Energy Virtue Signaling and Its Purveyors

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is getting the token attention of the Democratic National Committee. This energy virtue signaling is pure madness.

Vowing to “walk the walk” on climate change, the Democratic National Committee last week voted unanimously to ban all political…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 27, 2018 at 10:16am — No Comments

The Constitution Pipeline Keeps Banging at the Door

The tenacity of the Constitution Pipeline folks in not giving up and continuing the good fight is one of the best signs the pipeline industry now gets it.

Seems like a week doesn’t go by that MDN isn’t asked (by someone from Pennsylvania), “Is there any hope of building the Constitution Pipeline through New York?” Our standard response is this: The only way it gets built is: (a) NY elects a new governor favorable to the industry–about a 1% chance of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 27, 2018 at 9:44am — No Comments

Politics and Wild Assertions Are A Toxic Energy Mix

Dan Markind says “we need as a society to decide what our future energy mix will be, not by judicial fiat” or flinging wild assertions toxic to civil debate.

For the second time in two months, a lead energy story comes from Canada.

On Monday, newly elected Ontario Premier (Governor) Doug Ford announced that he immediately would dismantle Ontario’s carbon cap and trade system. Mr. Ford gave no specifics, but his announcement put $2.9B (Canadian) in…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 27, 2018 at 9:18am — No Comments

Maryland’s Elections are Under Attack from Special Interests Groups

Special interest groups like the Sierra Club are endorsing candidates across the state who fall in line with their aggressive ideology.  

The election cycle is in full force all around the country. Many people are taking time to understand their candidates’ platforms. Others, are just happy to wear wool and do what they are told. Sadly, that seems to be the prevailing attitude in Maryland, where special interest politics holds huge sway.

I do not want…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 26, 2018 at 10:57am — No Comments

The Era of Resistance to Fracking is Coming to an End

Economies are booming as the United States reaches energy independence, leaving those who still oppose fracking out in the cold and importing expensive Russian gas.

This may be the last article I will write in defense of fracking safety against the false and misleading propaganda of radical environmentalists. That’s because the era of this resistance movement is now over, and the worldwide adoption of this technology is spreading rapidly. It is now viewed as…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 26, 2018 at 8:10am — No Comments

The BerlinRosen Nest of Fractivists and Other Vipers

Collusion among non-profit, tax-exempt charities who blatantly violate IRS lobbying rules is rampant and the BerlinRosen firm is in the center of it all.

What have Americans Against Fracking, Andrew Cuomo, Californians Against Fracking, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch, Gas Free Seneca, Mark Ruffalo, New Yorkers Against…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 25, 2018 at 11:21am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – June 23, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about a WV cracker plant, Cabot Oil & Gas, Shell shale drilling 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,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 25, 2018 at 8:59am — No Comments

Times Up, Governor Cuomo: You Said You'd Revisit Fracking After Studies

Governor Cuomo, in 2014, said he'd revisit his fracking decision if the data later showed fracking was safe. There are now several such studies. It's time.

Governor Cuomo, on December 17,  2014, following a second-term election victory, made his infamous fracking decision with a view to burnishing his radical credentials. Being Governor Cuomo, though, he wanted a way out later if needed. He promised, therefore, to revisit the fracking issue on behalf of New…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 24, 2018 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week - June 23, 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.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Jonathan Fritz just announced more than $16,058,972 in impact fees from the natural gas industry will be disbursed to his district’s counties. He also points out Susquehanna County will the bulk of the money and Wayne County, “because of the prohibition on natural gas drilling,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 23, 2018 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Marcellus Shale Coalition Puts DRBC on Notice the Evidence Is Against It

The Marcellus Shale Coalition has twice told the DRBC its fracking ban is foolish but yesterday wrote a critical letter showing the evidence is against it.

Dave Spigelmyer is a stand-up guy and he’s on our side. His organization delivered a compelling sets of legal arguments against the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban in…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 22, 2018 at 8:39am — No Comments

Delaware Riverkeeper Asks DRBC to Stop Mariner East; Will It Regret It?

The Delaware Riverkeeper is forcing an issue with respect to DRBC authority and may (one hopes) come to regret it as others are forced to challenge both.

Here’s the latest strategy in THE Delaware Riverkeeper’s ongoing war against fossil fuels, and against natural gas pipelines in particular: Pressure the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to revoke a permit granted by the agency to the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project on the flimsy basis that ME2…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 21, 2018 at 9:05am — No Comments

Holland Township Illustrates Renewables No Easy Substitute for Gas

Holland Township, New Jersey proves there is no free lunch when it comes to energy. Attempting to address energy needs with anything but reason never works.

Our friend and guest blogger, Jim Willis, over at Marcellus Drilling News, has his ear closer to the ground than anyone I know and regularly picks up stories outside the mainstream of gas industry news. One of…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 20, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

North Korea Peace Brings Out Opportunistic Russian Plans

Potential peace talks with North Korea is encouraging the opportunist Kremlin to plan new pipelines into South Korea to reduce US market share.

President Trump’s meeting with the isolated nation of North Korea brings in a lot of potential hopes. Perhaps we can escalate tensions and military presence on the peninsula, maybe we can encourage the ruthless dictator to improve human rights, or perhaps, just maybe, we can reduce sanctions and become a trade partner…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 19, 2018 at 10:55am — No Comments

When You’ve Lost the New York Times, You’ve Completely Lost

The New York Times, which led the fight against fracking in the early years with a series of attacks, has, for all practical purposes, admitted defeat.

Six years ago, the New York Times, America’s newspaper of “thou shalt think thus” instructions for elites, was still deep into a “Drilling Down” series of articles by Ian Urbina…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 19, 2018 at 9:12am — No Comments

Shale Gas News – June 16, 2018

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about the Guernsey Power Station, natural gas sellers, pipeline capacity 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,…

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Added by Thomas J Shepstone on June 18, 2018 at 3:57pm — No Comments

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