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Josh Fox, Gasland, the DRBC, the UDRBC and Much More

Stephen Heins
Energy Analysts and Consultant
“The Word Merchant”


Stephen Heins and Jason Spiess do a weekly radio program called the “Weekly Word” and recently interviewed Betty Sutliff regarding the DRBC and the UDRBC.

Jason Spiess and I were joined by Betty Sutliff from Wayne County, Pennsylvania on this week’s Weekly Word radio program, which NaturallGasNOW readers can listen to here. Betty is a member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, which is now part of a group called the Upper Delaware River Citizens or UDRBC.

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River Basin Commissions Receive A Dose of Healthy Skepticism

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


Two river basin commissions operate in Pennsylvania; the Delaware (DRBC) and Susquehanna (SRBC) today. Both are now receiving a healthy dose of skepticism.

Yesterday, two more sham DRBC hearings were hold in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania (near Allentown) on its proposed fracking ban. Although the outcome is pre-determined, the hearings generated some earnest criticism of the DRBC. Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, also joined two members of the Commonwealth’s General Assembly the other day to announce his office will conduct audits of the two river basin commissions. Are these river basin commissions finally getting the skepticism they so well deserve? Are eyes opening? It appears so.

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Ever Wonder Where US LNG Exports Go?

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


An interesting new report from the U.S. Department of Energy breakdowns exactly where in the world our domestically produced LNG exports are going.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy has just released an interesting report that shows the number and volume of LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports from Feb. 2016 (when U.S. LNG exports began) to Dec. 2017. It’s really quite fascinating.

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What Ohioans Need to Know About Serial Protester Vera Scroggins

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Vera Scroggins is now moving her attention to Ohio where Cabot Oil & Gas is exploring new territory, but Ohioans need to know a few things about her.

Vera Scroggins is the endearing “golden girl” of fractivist myth, lauded by those eager to treat her as the granny protester who takes on big oil. The truth, though, is a far different thing, which virtually everyone in Susquehanna County and environs knows all too well. Ohioans unfamiliar with Vera’s history can’t be expected to know much about her when she comments on fractivist Facebook posts and the like, but they need to learn quickly as she is already following Cabot Oil & Gas as that company looks to potentially expand its operations into Ashland, Holmes and Richland Counties there. They’ll be shocked when they dig into the matter; Vera Scroggins is no ordinary protester.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Attempt to Apply ERA to Pipelines Shot Down

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The Delaware Riverkeeper used West Goshen Township as leverage in an attempt to apply Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment to pipelines. It failed.

The Delaware Riverkeeper (a/k/a “Povertykeeper”) is, with the financial support of the William Penn Foundation, on a mission to expand the reach of the Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA) to every imaginable use in its campaign against fossil fuels and natural gas development. Happily, it just lost a big battle on that front (for now) in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court. Notwithstanding the win, it’s time the industry played offense, though.

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Our Energy Future: 2X the GDP, More Natural Gas, Flat CO2 Emissions

Institute for
Energy Research


The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 looks ahead to 2050 and projects huge increases in natural gas use with flat CO2 emissions and double the economy.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2018 projects that fossil fuels will supply 78% of the nation’s energy in 2050, only slightly down from 81% today. Further, CO2 emissions in the agency’s forecast grow only slightly in the ensuing three decades—by just 1.8% between 2016 and 2050, despite the economy almost doubling over the 34-year forecast.

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The Thoroughly Dishonest Justification for the DRBC Fracking Ban

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The DRBC fracking ban has been justified with a totally dishonest explanation ignoring key facts, prevailing law and even an elementary sense of justice.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, in proposing the DRBC fracking ban, has published a lengthy public notice laying out the justification or rationale for the ban. It’s a poorly written, error-ridden, deceptive and thoroughly dishonest document that anyone within even an elementary knowledge of the facts can quickly debunk. I suspect a future court will also do so. It’s that bad.

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Shale Gas News – February 17, 2018

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas


The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about pipeline jobs, Ohio fractivists, Southwestern Energy 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, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had PA Senator Scott Wagner, also in the private sector with Penn Waste, Inc. and gubernatorial candidate for Pennsylvania Governor and Jody McCarty, Workforce Development Program Manager of the Northern Tier Regional Planning Commission.

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Gas and Pipeline Obstruction Hastens An Upstate Death Spiral

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


Andrew Cuomo’s natural gas and pipeline obstruction is hastening the Upstate death spiral as he destroys its potential and deprives the region of any hope.

About three years ago Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead.

Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away. However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that might balance the negatives.

On December 19, 2014, the Governor pulled the plug on that hope. He banned gas drilling in New York. Since then he’s systematically impeded gas pipeline construction, thus choking off the rest of the Northeast from the cheap energy available just south of our border. He does this to service the financiers of the renewable elites and to satisfy his fractivist base. These folks are his bridge to future ambitions.

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The Terracotta Army Protesting the Potomac Pipeline

K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  


Activist groups across Maryland are protesting the Potomac Pipeline. They’re little more than a terra cotta army of ideologues, shills and virtue signalers.

Virtue signaling “environmentalist groups,” as they self-style themselves, are a dime a dozen in Maryland. They’re seemingly everywhere, in fact, Maryland being a mostly urban state where everyone imagines they have the answers about food and energy they only consume should be produced. You can’t turn around without bumping into a trust-funder with a megaphone. Still, one would think that before setting up yet additional action groups for their personal aggrandizement, these folks might at least identify niche segments of the protest industry they could grab for themselves. But, that would require originality and there’s none of that to be found in serial protesting.

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