MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN? Writing on the Wall?

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.21.22 PMAlan Springett
Springett Spirit Springs Farm, Morris, NY

 

Have the lunatics taken over the asylum? Is the writing on the wall? It seems that way at times if you watch the actions of fractivists and other radicals.

Well, here we are.  New York State has, if no valid challenges emerge before October 27th of this year, banned hydraulic fracturing in the entire state.  This is pure stupidity, atrocity, idiocy…hyperbole fails.

Joe Martens, upon the official notice of the ban, immediately sprinted back to the Open Space Institute from whence Cuomo plucked him in 2011.  Where does the OSI get its funding?  Oh, the internationally backed Park Foundation, of course!  Funding to the tune of $3 million from 2008 to 2011, and much, much more since, to lead anti-fracking groups.  They founded the Catskill Mountainkeeper and funded Josh Fox, among others.  I guess he was missing his pals.

Continue reading

A Shale Economy Raises Home Values, Dummy

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

UK fractivists have seized upon a poorly done draft report to say fracking will lower home prices, but US experience says a shale economy raises home values.

Our friend and colleague, Nick Grealy, sent along a BBC news story the other day with the headline “Fracking ‘could lower house prices’ says draft official report.” That brought back memories from a few years ago when fractivists here were alleging fracking would destroy property values. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it, how fractivists are always about alleging future harm? They rarely have anything about but speculation to offer, unless its anecdotes from the likes of everyone’s crazy aunt or uncle. Time and lack of evidence has largely erased that fear from the fractivist template, of course, but it all came rushing back up out of the memory hole as I read the BBC story and the pitiful draft report on which it was based.

Continue reading

Truckin’ Together – UGI and P&G Build CNG Partnership

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams

Freelance Journalist

 

Proctor and Gamble (P&G) is demonstrating a unique form of sustainability in using natural gas from its own property to power its manufacturing and trucking.

Compressed natural gas (CNG) has increasingly caught on as an alternative vehicular fuel source with record low natural gas prices and relatively high gasoline prices. The Marcellus Shale has been a driving force (no pun intended) in not only lowering those prices, but increasing local and regional awareness of natural gas as a vehicle fuel, which has led to public CNG stations in rural Pennsylvania, as well as auto dealerships selling natural gas vehicles (NGVs).

Continue reading

Message to DRBC and NY: Look at the SRBC Data, Will You?

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

The DRBC members, the majority of whom also serve on the SRBC, ought to spend some looking at their sister agency’s water quality data.

If the EPA fracking study wasn’t enough evidence for the DRBC and the State of New York, the recent release of water quality data from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) ought to do the trick. That assumes, of course, the officials involved having the slightest ability to oppose the ideological intimidation being financed by the likes of the Haas, Park and Rockefeller families, which is a huge presumption, but let’s be optimistic because this new data is overwhelmingly positive.

Continue reading

Binghamton Press Launches Crafty Campaign Against LPG

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin has launched a full-throated and crafty propaganda campaign against Crestwood’s proposed LPG facility in Watkins Glen.

Journalism has died in this country as supposed newspapers and media outlets of record have joined the ranks of advocates and dropped any pretense of fair and accurate reporting. There is no more separation between editorial office and reporting. It’s all one big attempt to shape public opinion with warring ideological viewpoints and most of the media being on one side. Newspapers are entitled to opinions, of course, and wouldn’t exist in most cases  but for a desire to offer a particular side of any issue. It’s American as could be.

Today, though, much of the media views itself as part and parcel of the activist community; dedicated to being mouthpieces for politically correct special interest causes. They’ve crossed the line from being fair-minded reporters with views of their own they express on the editorial page to being full-time propagandists for one set of views in everything they do. The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin offers a perfect example with their recent collection of hit pieces on Crestwoood’s proposed propane (LPG) and gas storage facilities in Watkins Glen. Worse, they relied upon Tom Wilber, who is all but an anti-shale activist to do their reporting.

Continue reading

The Problem with Natural Gas Infrastructure

   Shale StoryGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

 

….

Pennsylvania’s natural gas infrastructure needs an upgrade; new pipelines need to be built to handle the amount of natural gas companies are now producing.

As Director of External Affairs for Cabot, I was honored to testify about the problem with natural gas infrastructure in the United States in relation to America’s energy security to members of the House of Representatives Natural Gas Caucus in Washington, D.C.

Continue reading

Joe Martens, the Rockefeller Lackey, Returns Home

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

New York is a perfectly corrupt state, as evidenced by the actions of Joe Martens, the Rockefeller lackey assigned to kill fracking in the Empire State.

Something outrageous just happened in New York; something so bold and so careless as to expose the total corruption of the state’s politics by its most famous family, the Rockefellers. We’ve repeatedly written about the role of the Rockefeller family in not only thwarting fracking, but engaging in a strategy of what Vivian Krause calls “strategic parkification,” which is one of attempting to turn much of the rural northeast into their own private park, making a wilderness out of it, which is what Rockefellers do. Now, their lackey, Joe Martens, temporarily assigned by the family to the role of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner, is being given his reward with a return position at the Open Space Institute (OSI) from which he was drawn, having completed the family assignment.

Continue reading

Penn State Extension Discusses Pipelines as Projects Ramp Up

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

Where natural gas rigs and pad construction was the “boom” across Pennsylvania several years ago, pipelines are quickly becoming the dominating gas-related activity.

With low natural gas prices creating new opportunities for an affordable fuel source for residents and businesses, the time is ripe for pipelines to be constructed and expanded to meet an increase in demand.

According to Dave Messersmith of Penn State’s Marcellus Shale Education team, who makes it their priority to study the development of the state’s abundant natural resource, in a recent interview with the Morning Call, pipelines are indeed booming, and not just in the northeastern United States.

Continue reading

More Fractivist Phoniness from Planet Ithaca

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Fractivist phoniness continues unabated from the surreal world of Planet Ithaca as the sanctimonious conduct a fossil fuel free rally in a gas heated venue.

There are few places with a higher self-righteous quotient or more fractivist phoniness than Planet Ithaca, the home of the Park Foundation, which operates from a natural gas served building. Nonetheless, these sanctimonious folks continue to astound us with their ability to preach one thing while doing another.

Continue reading

It’s Official: Cuomo Bans Economic Opportunity Upstate

PennEast - Jim Willis reports

Jim Willis

Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The New York DEC, bowing to its masters among the NRDC gang and the politically correct has temporarily banned fracking and economic opportunity upstate.

Let the lawsuits begin! Yesterday, the anti-drilling, anti-fossil fuel head of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Joe Martens, did his master’s bidding (his master being Lord Andrew Cuomo, Earl of the Hamptons) by imposing an official, temporary (not permanent) ban on hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State. The document issued yesterday by Martens is called a Findings Statement and it provides the DEC’s official rationale for the action they are taking in not granting permits for high volume fracking in the state. News coverage is blaring the trumpets that New York has “banned” fracking.

Well, yes, in a sense that’s true. But, the implication is that it’s a permanent ban – which is not true. Far from it. Martens uses profoundly weak arguments in the Findings Statement to justify his political action which effectively also serves as a ban on economic opportunity upstate.

Continue reading