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Let FERC Know Timely Decisions Are Needed for Pipelines

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW


Let FERC know you are in favor of revising their natural gas infrastructure review procedures to be more transparent, understandable and timely.

Natural gas has rapidly become the Untied State’s fuel of choice. It is really no surprise as it has become so abundant and affordable. Natural gas has taken over where coal left off for power-generation as it is more economical and cleaner for the environment.

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Justification for DRBC Fracking Ban Is A Fear-Mongering Diatribe

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

The official justification for the DRBC fracking ban is a fear-mongering diatribe. It supposes equipment failure and human error. It’s analysis paralysis.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman philosopher and statesman who died at his own hand in the year 65 AD on the order of Emperor Nero. He lived in especially fearful times. Yet, he penned a wonderful line on fear. It ought to be required reading at about the age every youth enters adulthood:

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

It’s hard to think of a more teachable quote for the ages when it comes to the matter of dealing with the new. Newness is never necessarily goodness. Still, nothing much good happens without the new either. Nowhere is this more true than with respect to the shale revolution. It has delivered so much that is good—cheaper energy, cleaner energy, rural economic development. But, it is the subject of unprecedented fear mongering in support of the DRBC fracking ban.

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The “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” World of Fractivism and So Much Else

stupid is as stupid does - James Smith reportsJames E. Smith, Ph.D. Engineering
Managing Member and President of Plasma Igniter, LLC


James E. Smith explains how, we as a society, need to stand up and demand people to “stop doing stupid” if we are to grow socially and economically.

An old adage says we should “gladly suffer fools.” The opposing view is that we should “stop doing stupid.” Either way, the key concern is the direct impact that not confronting stupid or shortsighted actions has on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making/leadership process.

Whether it is managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically.
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Ocean City Stands Firm: No Wind Turbines on Our Horizon

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Residents of Ocean City, Maryland have made it clear, they do not want huge wind turbines obstructing their view and incentives will not change their minds.

Over a year ago, the Maryland Public Service Commission approved wind turbines to be located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, and the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has been reviewing those plans. But the town of Ocean City is creating a problem for the wind developer by requiring the turbines to be located at least 26 nautical miles offshore, about twice the distance planned, so that they cannot be seen by tourists that flock to the peninsula during the summer months. U.S. Wind, the developer, has offered the town incentives, including ‘free’ electricity, to get the town to renege on its stance but there is no agreement in sight.

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Shale Gas News – July 14, 2018

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, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about the Nord Stream 2, electric blackouts, oil and gas wages 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 a guest, we had Daniel B. Markind, Esq., Chair of the business group at Weir and Partners, LLP.

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Maya Strikes Out in Court Again; On Environmental Rights Amendment

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

The Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper has gotten mowed over in court again; this time is a defeat for Maya’s cherished Environmental Rights Amendment.

Ever since the Delaware Riverkeeper conned a soon to retire Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice into using the Commonwealth’s environmental rights amendment for legacy building street cred with his Philadelphia pals. Maya van Rossum, the Delware Riverkeeper in the flesh as she is prone to remind anyone within earshot, has been trying to build on the amendment as if she was the author. She’s, in fact, written a book on the subject and gone to New York to try to sell the concept there, all of this financed by elitist special interests such as the William Penn Foundation.

Maya and radical Attorney Jordan Yeager, together with her frcativist sister shill, the Clean Air Council, having been trying bootstrap the amendment into some sort of super poverty-keeping, de-growthing, job-killing machine. She wants to be known as the Secretariat of extremist environmentalists or, at least as the Joan of Arc of the Hundred Years’ War to make a wilderness of the Delaware River Valley. Her dream of using the Pennsylvania Environmental Rights Amendment as the sword to do so, though, just died with a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in yet another case Maya foolishly initiated.

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Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generation Up; CO2 Emissions Down

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The Energy Information Administration reports natural gas-fired electricity generation continues to increase as CO2 emissions continue to drop as a result.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported yesterday that natural gas-fired electricity generation is up again and continues to grow. Meanwhile, our CO2 emissions are down to 1992 levels when our Gross Domestic Product was but a third of what it is today. It’s no coincidence.

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Narcissistic Anti-Pipeline Extremists Undermining Their Own Cause

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)


Anti-pipeline extremists are slowly destroying their own movement, such as it is, by their attention-starved narcissistic behavior. They are off the rails.

Reality and facts are taking a real toll on the “Keep It in the Ground” movement.

Last May, citing the need to “store and deliver natural gas to a greater number of New Hampshire customers,” the New Hampshire State Senate endorsed the “Granite Bridge” pipeline project by a vote of 22 to 2, including all 10 Democrats. Among those Democrats was noted environmentalist Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, who called the pipeline “a smart, responsible and forward-looking approach to meeting our state’s energy needs.”

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Power Plant Developer Responds to Slimy Green Ulster County Executive

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


Developer of the proposed Ulster County 20 megawatt power plant fired back at “several inaccurate assertions” made by the County Executive.

Another case of irrational fossil fuel hatred has cropped up in (surprise!) New York State, in Ulster County (Hudson Valley area). This time the hater is Democrat County Executive Michael Hein. He doesn’t want a teeny tiny 20 megawatt gas-fired electric generating plant because he’d rather have thousands of acres plastered with solar panels and/or windmills, to produce the same drop of electricity this small gas-fired plant would produce.

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