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What It Takes to Do Natural Gas in Cuomo’s NY: Payoffs

350.org - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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Governor Corruptocrat Andrew Cuomo’s NY is a place where natural gas projects only get done on two conditions: pretense and payoffs.

Back in December, the Middletown Times-Herald-Record reported on the construction of the new CPV Valley Energy Center natural gas power plant just off Route I-84 near the city. A key part of the story had to do with the rejection of a fractivist lawsuit intended to stop the project:

State Supreme Court Justice Elaine Slobod dismissed the lawsuit in September. She ruled the lawsuit raised no new issues or relevant changes in circumstances. She also rejected Sussman’s argument that, because fracking is banned in New York, the plant should not use fracked natural gas.

While Judge Slobod’s decision was undoubtedly correct, the lawsuit illustrated the absurdity of life in Cuomo’s NY, where natural gas power plants are good and fracking is bad. How is such a policy supposed to work? The answer is this; with a combination of pretense that fracking and natural gas are unconnected and Tammany Hall style payoffs. We are now seeing exactly how it all works Governor Corruptocrat Andrew Cuomo’s NY, thanks to Preet Bharara.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Wants FERC Shut Down

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and 182 of it’s friends demand the U.S. Senate hold hearings to find FERC “corrupt” and shut it down completely.

Maya van Rossum, who is THE Delaware Riverkeeper (the river’s mamma), got 182 of her friends, whom she calls “organizations” to sign a letter and sent it to the U.S. Senate demanding (she always demands, never politely asks) for hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Why? Because they’re actually doing their job, and that just can’t stand.

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PennEast Route Modifications Lessen Impact

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC filed for multiple route modifications with FERC today in an effort to further reduce environmental impacts.

Today, the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC filed for approval on 33 route deviations and modifications with FERC. The proposed changes to the existing route plan will reduce the impacts on wetlands and endangered species.

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A Primer on CELDF Radicalism

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Kevin Moody, General Counsel for PIOGA just gave attendees at Shale Insight a primer on the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

The CELDF has no more effective counter than the good folks at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA). Attorney Kevin Moody, their General Counsel and Vice-President for Governmental Affairs, has helped beat the CELDF in court. He also gave a dynamite presentation on the group at this week’s Marcellus Shale Coalition Shale Insight conference. Kevin shared a copy and we’re privileged to offer a pdf version here, but there are some highlights too importance to miss.

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Judge Calls Out Dakota Access Troublesome Protesters

Dakota AccessMike Krancer
Partner, Leader – Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP

 

A Federal Judge calls out the criminals and hooligans of the Dakota Access, saying they have a vastly different agenda than the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The extent of the hoax the Tribe and its minions are perpetrating on all of us at Lake Oahe has been duly documented by Judge Boasberg of the D.C. District Court already. Now another federal court has documented the extent of what Judge Hovland of the North Dakota Federal District Court correctly calls “the mindless and senseless criminal activity of the hooligans that chose to accompany the protest movement” being instigated and acted out by a small but very fractious percentage of the entourage out at the Lake Oahe site along the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Fracking is Lowering Mortgage Defaults In PA

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A new study proves fracking actually lowered the rate of mortgage defaults in Pennsylvania by as much as 58 percent, contrary to all fractivist hype.

Fractivists would love to have you believe their hysteria about fracking negatively impacting home values, which is sheer nonsense. We have already done several posts (here, here and here) discussing how fracking actually increases homes value.

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The New York Renewables Game: Bait and Switch

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

There’s an intense coordinated renewables game going on New York to fleece ratepayers with bait and switch tactics that serve the state’s special interests.

A few weeks ago I had a tel-marketer inviting me to join ELIGO, an Energy Service Company (ESCO). These companies are supposed to open the energy market to competition by buying bulk energy on the open market and selling it at a discount to customers. Conceptually, this is a good thing. The tel-marketer said there were savings to be had on my monthly electric bill if I joined. By deducting some of those undecipherable charges on the back of the electric bill, ELIGO could save me about 10%. Like free money.

Renewable energy was mentioned in the sales spritz but I didn’t pick up on it.  I picked up on the 10% discount. Being a child of the Great Depression, even now my arthritis does not stop me from kneeling to pick up pennies off the pavement. I like a bargain. I joined ELIGO. It was a mistake.

 

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Pipelines Are Still a Key Issue for Marcellus Region

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

 

The key issue facing the Marcellus region is the need for pipelines to get affordable natural gas to consumers. Yet, pipelines face so much irrational opposition.

The New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate last week took a curious stand against the proposed PennEast pipeline project, stating that the proponents of the pipeline have not shown that the economic benefits will outweigh the costs.  In numerous ways the Advocate’s report mirrored that of a March study commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  Among them are that sufficient pipeline capacity exists to meet current needs, even when the demand is highest, and that the pipeline will increase consumer rates, not lower them.

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Constitution Pipeline Update: FERC Tells Court to Cut Crap

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Governor Corruptocrat’s bow to the NRDC gang in refusing a Constitution Pipeline permit is being challenged in Federal Court. FERC has weighed in on it.

Readers are aware of the sordid New York DEC record on the Constitution Pipeline. A relatively routine water quality certification was denied at the direction of Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo. He and his DEC Commissioner, NRDC gang member Basil Segos, did so at behest of the gang member Catskill Mountainkeeper and friends. The Mountainkeeper, of course, is the son of the Rockefeller lackey and NRDC founder John Adams. The Constitution Pipeline company has challenged the DEC’s servile action in Federal Court. Now, FERC has weighed in on the matter and essentially told the court to end the BS.

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U.S. Shale Turns Scots Into Great Pretenders

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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U.S. shale gas shipped to Scotland in the form of LNG is sustaining a manufacturing economy there and making hypocrites of Scottish fractivists.

Sometime this month, the first ethane shipment from U.S. shale is coming to the UK, ironically to Scotland to be used as feedstock at the Ineos Grangemouth facility.

It raises the same questions for the no shale anywhere school that have already arisen over imports of U.S. shale oil and U.S. LNG from shale already arrived in Spain and Portugal. U.S. LNG will be headed to the UK and Belgium soon enough. It will be hard to propose no shale development be permitted anywhere when it’s already lurking in the water heater.

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