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DRBC Caving Into Pressure to Hassle PennEast Pipeline

shel cracker - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The DRBC, once again, is ignoring their legal boundaries and acting like they have some sort of power over the approval of the PennEast Pipeline.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), charged with overseeing potential impacts on the Delaware River and the various tributaries that feed it, has once again stepped outside of its legal bounds. The PennEast Pipeline is a $1 billion, 118-mile pipeline from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ–part of it through the Delaware River Basin area.

In 2014 the DRBC tried to tell PennEast and its sponsors that the pipeline will need their approval before it can be built. There’s just one teeny tiny problem with that called the U.S. Constitution. The pipeline is regulated solely by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), not any other agency, including the quasi-governmental DRBC.

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Rejection of Constitution Pipeline Project Costs New Yorkers

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

The Constitution Pipeline Project was the best hope for homes and businesses to finally have affordable energy instead of some of the highest costs in the nation.

The rejection of the Constitution Pipeline Project permit is being felt in ripples by several groups in New York. In a Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin article posted yesterday, reporter David Hill looks into just how far these ripples might travel. He highlights the plight of Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney and the Raymond Corporation factory in Greene which were both looking forward to switching over operations to natural gas brought by Constitution to their areas. For a bit of perspective, Raymond Corporation is Chenango County’s largest employer and had consider Constitution a “game changer.”

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Tom Wilber Trashes Fracking with Foal Fairy Tale

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

There’s no one who stretches further to blame anything and everything on fracking. The man spins one fracking fairy tale after another.

Tom Wilber is a good writer, if only it wasn’t fracking fairy tales that he wrote. He’s a fractivist groupie. I like his writing style because it flows so naturally, which is, I suppose, why he’s so good at telling fairy tales. It’s like he’s right there with you in your living room doing a master storyteller routine, complete with a full repertoire of voice modulations, wild gestures and big eyes, pulling you into the scene. When it’s all done, though, you realize the whole thing was simple good fiction and that’s what we have with one of Tom’s most recent stories on the subject of sick foals in Bradford County which, of course, in not so subtle fashion, he blames on fracking; his one and only bogeyman.

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The Dimock Verdict “An Aberrant Result”

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The full appeal of the insane Dimock verdict has now been filed and it’s compelling reading of what went wrong in the Scranton Federal Courthouse.

Cabot Oil & Gas has filed its detailed challenge of the Dimock verdict with the court and the introduction is a thing of beauty. We have reproduced it below for interested readers and highly encourage all to review it and also peruse the entire filing, which may be found here. The Dimock verdict was, as Cabot’s attorney’s demonstrate, “an aberrant result.”

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Shale Gas News – April 23, 2016

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM talked about the Constitution Pipeline, energy jobs, liquid ethane and much more last week.

Every Saturday, Kevin Lynn of Linde Corporation and I co-host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas.

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Defiant Williams Still Committed to Constitution Pipeline

dimock verdictGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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The Constitution Pipeline is still committed to building the FERC approved infrastructure project in spite of Governor Cuomo putting politics before people.

Just one day after 400 New York and Pennsylvania residents gathered in support of the project, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denied the required 401 Water Quality Certification for the Constitution Pipeline Project.

Landowners, local elected officials, union members and natural gas industry workers all came together at the rally to urge approval of the project for New York’s future. For the thousands of jobs – both direct and indirect – it would create as well as the multiple plants waiting for more affordable energy from the pipeline, like Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney, New York. Continue reading

We Must Defeat Environmental Tyrants Who Would Rule Us

Cuomo TeamInge Grafe-Kieklak
Sullivan County, New York, Landowner

 

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The recent actions of New York State’s Governor and Attorney General show the danger of letting environmental tyrants rule us. They must be defeated.

 

Here I come again, a German by birth, trying to teach something to my fellow Americans.

I view this natural gas and pipeline fight (really a war) being waged by environmental tyrants and defended by landowners, as much like the war the US had to fight against Nazi Germany when power-mad ideologues took over civil society in one country and then decided they wanted to rule the rest of the world as well. There was no choice; they had to defeated.

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Fracking Lies and Misconceptions are Driving Public Opinion

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Fracking lies and misconceptions spread through the media are continuing to hinder public opinion on natural gas development.

A few years ago, during a lunch break at work, we were discussing natural gas development in Maryland. Unbeknownst to everyone in the room at the time that I was a heavy supporter, a colleague of mine, whom I respected for his insight on many issues, began telling everyone how bad the fracking process was.

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The Rockefeller Family’s Stupid Fracking Games

green eggs and ham - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A deceptive Bill McKibben tweet the other day reveals the stupid fracking games being played by the Rockefeller family and how they manipulate the press.

Bill McKibben is one of the slipperiest of characters; a messianic voice of peace, love and reason who happens to like violence when others practice it and plays pauper to advance the myth of self-sacrifice in pursuit of his holy cause. The fact he’s bought and paid for by the Rockefeller family seldom makes the many sympathetic news stories in which he so prominently features as he seeks to kill oil and gas. His tweeting is ever revealing of his guile and one of his latest especially so.

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The Constitution Pipeline Decision A Huge Power Grab

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The Constitution Pipeline decision was huge power grab likely to have equally huge political consequences for those who made it happen.

Late yesterday afternoon the New York Department of Environmental Conservation denied the 401 Water Quality Certification under the Federal Clean Water Act necessary to permit the Constitution Pipeline to move forward in New York State.  Despite the fact that New York State routinely has given its approval for numerous other pipelines (including those necessary to move natural gas into New York City), the DEC’s Chief Permit Administrator, John Ferguson, wrote that the Constitution pipeline application did not contain adequate information to determine if it would meet water quality standards.

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