The Shale Gas Gorilla vs. Cuomo’s Mice Who Can’t Roar

Southern Tier - Jeff HellerJeff Heller
Steuben County, New York, Landowner
President, Steuben County Land Owners Coalition


The Southern Tier won’t be saved by mice that squeal but, rather, by a shale gas gorilla that roars, if and when he ever finally arrives in New York State.

It is almost humorous to listen to people weeping about the poor economic conditions in the Southern Tier. Please, don’t take that the wrong way. it’s humorous because that condition should be (and of course is) plain to everyone – no matter what your political perspective. In fact, of course, it is actually sad, pathetic, frustrating, infuriating, incomprehensible, etc.

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PennEast Pipeline: This is for You, Urban America

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The PennEast Pipeline could have saved Pennsylvania and New Jersey consumers some $890 million in energy costs during the winter of 2013-14. That adds up to real money ahead.

Our regular guest blogger, Johnny Williams, reported on the economic benefits of the PennEast pipeline, the basic impacts of which include $1.62 billion in one-time total economic impact and support of 12,160 jobs paying some $740 million in wages, not to mention other economic benefits related to continued operation and community support. The big money, though, isn’t in the construction, but, rather, the continued savings to consumers from having greater access to a reliable supply of inexpensive Marcellus Shale gas from next door.

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Fractivists Fail to Learn the Stupid Friends Rule

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


Fractivists in the UK have learned a life lesson in an appalling display of hypocrisy by one of their own, revealed in a fascinating turn of events.

One of my best friends told me something long ago that resonated the moment I heard it; it’s seldom your enemies that get you into trouble, but, rather, your stupid friends. It’s an axiom in business and politics and one that’s never learned very well because, well, we all like our friends and are inclined to believe them more often than we should, especially when they’re telling us what we want to hear. Such is the case with fractivists in the UK who’ve just learned one of their hero’s was seeking a fracking job while attacking fracking.

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Climate, Coal, China and Change

Gas Drilling Impacts - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs


These are truly wondrous times for the climate and the world gas industry. We’re seeing fundamental shifts in the entire energy field as coal is dying before our eyes. That is if we choose to look, something natural gas opponents in Europe are still much in denial about.  

Dieter Helm says we don’t have a 2C temperature change problem, we have a 5C issue. Climate Change via Carbon from Coal in China. We are replacing coal in China with the same prescription that works in the United States: efficiency, renewables and low cost natural gas.

Some will choose to ignore the role of gas at the same time they celebrate the “victory” of renewables.  Others will pretend we have to choose from a menu, instead of the prescription. It’s much like a course of penicillin: failure to take the whole medicine may make you feel good immediately but won’t prevent a recurrence of future problems.

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The CHEJ Dinosaur and Its Funders

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


A group known as the Center for Health, Environment & Justice or CHEJ is sucking up gentry class money to train new fractivists and parade an inflatable dinosaur around.

We continue to marvel at the zero credibility of shale gas opponents. They are, for the most part, little more than a group of fanatics, hustlers and other malcontents. They are, as such, the perfect useful idiots for exploitation by wealthy special interests who encourage and finance their antics. Consider a group known as the Center for Health, Environment & Justice or CHEJ, which keeps itself busy using gentry class foundation money to train new fractivists and parade a 15 feet high inflatable dinosaur around.

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Obi-Wan Quigley: These are Not the TAB Droids You’re Looking For

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


Obi-Wan Quigley feels as though he is being attacked. With all his double talk, no wonder why he remains in the hot seat! 

Pennsylvania’s Acting Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary, John Quigley, continues to come under fire from PA Republican legislators over his (so far) less-than-transparent operation of the department–especially over firing the former Oil & Gas Technical Advisory Board members and replacing them with his own people, including so-called “non-voting” members (see Why did PA DEP Acting Sec Quigley Mass Fire Gas Advisory Board?).

Since he’s losing the PR battle on that front, he’s changed tactics, referring to the TAB almost as window dressing…no big deal…they don’t even have any authority or power to really do anything…nothing to see here, these are not the droids you’re looking for, move along…

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Natural Gas Q&A – Part 1

Bourbon and natural gas - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


Cabot’s Bill desRosiers begins a series of natural gas Q&A posts growing out an energy careers day program in which the industry recently participated.

Questions raised by ordinary citizens about natural gas provide an excellent opportunity for some natural gas Q&A. The following questions arose during a recent Careers in Energy program at Valley View High School by a student who has an interest in responsible energy development but with some legitimate concerns about natural gas. I thought my answers might be useful to others with similar concerns. Therefore, I am restating his questions and my answers below and in subsequent posts.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Enables the Growth of Renewable Energy

Methane Gas MigrationSullivan County Energy Group
Sullivan County, Pennsylvania



Hydraulic fracturing has enabled renewable energy growth and a marriage of the two sources is delivering a major beneficial energy switch right now.

This is another article by the Energy Group. The group consists of several Sullivan County, Pa. residents who completed a 10 week course conducted by Penn State University in the Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program. The Energy Group mission is to provide factual unbiased information as a public service on various energy topics. It is hoped it will stimulate cordial discussions without being contentious. Our subject for this post is the relationship between hydraulic fracturing and renewable energy.

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The Crime of Poor Shale Crime Reporting

healthy pennsylvaniaTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


Fractivists and empathetic reporters have had a field day speculating about shale crime but a new Penn State report shows it’s a phantom issue at best.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania has just come out with another report entitled “The Impact of Marcellus Shale Development on the Criminal Justice System.” Once again, the narrative is an equivocal document apparently intended to give any reader something they’ll like. The data, however, is extensive, there is none of the unprofessional focus group commentary that has characterized some previous reports in this series and there are actual comparisons between Marcellus and non-Marcellus counties that allow for more useful analysis. What’s most interesting about the report is that it completely voids most of the fractivist junk science and junk journalism we’ve seen on the subject of shale crime.

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