Impact of Severance Tax on Dawood Engineering

Energy TaxesBony R. Dawood, PE
President of Dawood Engineering


Bony R. Dawood, PE, President of Dawood Engineering discusses the impact the proposed Severance Tax will have on his company and their dedicated employees.

Dawood Engineering is a 25 year old engineering consulting firm based in Harrisburg Pennsylvania with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Sayre. Our employees provide design, survey, and consulting services to highway/bridge projects with PennDOT, represent local municipalities, and develop new communities.

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The Unfolding Story of LPG Fracking

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


LPG fracking is producing the predictable pushback from the wacko crowd who serve as useful idiots to the Park and Rockefeller family ruling class members.

At the risk of sounding pedantic and endlessly repeating what we’ve said many times before–the frack ban in New York is not about water quality concerns or any of the other myriad so-called “problems” that come from using water to hydraulically fracture an oil or gas well. This is how we know. If you remove water from the equation, which is the major concern and why the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has decided to ban fracking (supposedly), anti-drillers still object to fracking.

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The Simple Truths About the Constitution Pipeline

Constitution PipelineEdward T. Dodge
Clean Energy Writing and Consulting, Ithaca, NY


The simple truths about the Constitution Pipeline are invariably the hardest for fractivists to accept because they make the case to those with common sense.

Anti-gas activist Yoko Ono recently ran a full page ad in The New York Times urging opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed 120-mile natural gas line that will bring Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania up to a distribution point in New York that will allow the gas to be delivered throughout the Northeast.

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The Marcellus and Utica Shale Revolution Driving Everything

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


A mere decade ago oil and gas was something generally done elsewhere but today 56% of dry gas is shale gas and 85% of that comes from the Marcellus and Utica in our backyard.

It’s stunning when you think about it, proving, yet again, that just when you think you see the future, for better or worse, everything changes. Such is the case with the shale revolution, especially the one taking place right here in the Northeast, in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The numbers tell the whole story and no one is better at assembling the numbers than the Energy Information Administration (EIA) which has posted two back to back stories at Today In Energy showing the power of Marcellus and Utica and what the shale revolution is doing for America in other sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing.

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Shale Gas News – July 25, 2015

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 EPA rules, powering rural areas with gas, Utica wells 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. This week we had Mike Atchie of Williams and Dave Spigelmyer of the Marcellus Shale Coalition as guests.

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EPA and NRDC Rewrite Federal Law in Power Grab

epa fractivist funders 220px-Ron_ArnoldRon Arnold
Executive Vice-President, Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise



The undue influence of the elitist NRDC (and EPA) over public policy isn’t limited to fracking but extends to everyday matters affecting every American.

Twenty-nine states, more than half the stars on the American flag, have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for redefining the “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. EPA rewrote the law, erasing “navigable” and usurping states’ rights by including local seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even “connective” dry lands placed under authority of the Clean Water Act.

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The Illusion of Natural Gas vs. Education

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist


Governor Wolf’s severance tax on the natural gas industry for education is an illusion; the proposed tax does not even add up to the $1 billion that he has promised.

It grinds my gears; it truly does. There are not many things that do that to me, even though I think many can agree there’s certainly no shortage of things in our lives to get worked up about. To the point, though, what is grinding my gears is the relentless promotion of an idea presented as an irrefutable fact when it is actually false.

The obvious point here is the endless assault that Pennsylvania is only state that doesn’t have a severance tax. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that statement, I’d probably have enough money to balance the state budget myself at this point.

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Martens Takes A Dip in Superfund Waters: Says Safe

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Joe Martens says fracking might not be safe but took a dip in a Superfund site to say it’s safe after years of pollution by his OSI friends at Honeywell.

Lake Onondaga, in Syracuse, New York, is an EPA Superfund site, contaminated by years of pollution from Honeywell International and its predecessor companies. From the EPA Fact Sheet (emphasis added):

Historically, industrial processing plants and municipal wastewater treatment plants routinely discharged their wastes into the Lake. The availability of salt and limestone led to the location of the Solvay Process Company, the predecessor to AlliedSignal, Inc.(Honeywell International, Inc. is a successor corporation of the former AlliedSignal, Inc.), on the west shore of the Lake for the production of soda ash. Today, vast areas on the western shoreline are occupied by the “Solvay waste beds,” which contain by-products of the company’s soda ash production. In 1946, AlliedSignal initiated a mercury cell process which produced chlorine, sodium hydroxide, and potassium hydroxide at its facility on Willis Avenue, and later expanded to include a facility on Bridge Street. Waste streams containing mercury and other heavy metals were discharged by these facilities. Honeywell’s Semet Residue Ponds, which contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from facilities associated with the production of benzene, toluene, naphthalene, xylene, and “motor benzol,” are another source of contamination to the Lake.

Joe Martens, is a Rockefeller lackey assigned by the NRDC gang to take one for the team and leave his job at their Open Space Institute (OSI) to do a stint at DEC for the parent purpose of knifing Upstate New York in the back before returning to a cozy job there. Before leaving Albany he decided to take a dip in this Superfund soup last week. Why? Well, one reason may have been to help his OSI friends at Honeywell International. Then again, maybe he was trying to say fracking, about which he could only speculate the possibility of harm a few months ago, was worse than real pollution – even Superfund status pollution. It’s hard to say, but one thing we know: Joe Martens knows who he works for.

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The Price of Doing Nothing on Shale Gas

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


Nick Grealy compares the UK with the US to illustrate the high price of doing little or nothing with shale gas. That price will be very high for the Greens.

Another year, another chance to compare what has happened in the UK versus the US.

It was August, 2008 when I first talked about shale gas here, almost the first discussion anywhere in Europe outside of the oil press. Cuadrilla had just received their license and Peter Turner, Mark Miller and Chris Cornelius and others wanted to get the gas out of the rocks Peter Turner thought was there. By 2011, they were drilling wells and getting some amazing core samples. But the resources have stayed under the ground.

It’s pretty depressing to think that almost 2,600 days later, not a single UK shale molecule has been produced. That’s even worse when considering the UK’s involvement in World World II was less than 2,190 days. But those were the days when the country could do things. Today, we couldn’t get planning permission for Dunkirk, let alone D-Day.

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