Susquehanna County Gas Fuels Scranton and Beyond

Susquehanna County - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

Natural gas from next door Susquehanna County now heats homes and fuels businesses in Scranton thanks to fracking and the Marcellus Shale.

The benefits of natural gas development keep piling on for Northeastern Pennsylvania and regions well beyond, the latest proof coming from a revealing article by Brendan Gibbons in the Wilkes-Barre based Citizens Voice.

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The Fracuppiers

fracuppiers - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

There is, perhaps, no better term than fracuppiers for the sort of individuals who now define the anti-gas, anti-fracking, anti-progress movement.

Our guest blogger and frequent commenter, Karen Orlando, who also publishes a blog called Outside Now, has coined a phrase of exceptional perception as to the true nature of so many of the opponents of natural gas infrastructure development today. She calls them “fracuppiers” and what wonderfully descriptive term for them.

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Fracking Chemicals No More Dangerous Than Your Kitchen

Propane Storage - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


One of the most basic of set of fracking chemicals turns out to be the equivalent of what’s underneath your kitchen sink, despite fractivist hyperbole.

If Marcellus Drilling News or someone from the oil and gas industry said, “Fracking chemicals are no more toxic than common household substances,” it would be dismissed by anti-drillers as just another industry lie. MDN has, in fact, been making that very assertion for years.

That exact statement was made (once again) last week – but this time it was made by researchers at the liberal University of Colorado Boulder. Those researchers recently published a new study in the peer-reviewed journal Analytical Chemistry titled “Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Waters Using Accurate Mass: Identification of Ethoxylated Surfactants.” The study concludes that yes, the oft-maligned “toxic chemicals” used in fracking that “big oil” supposedly hides from you are essentially the same chemicals found in cleaning products underneath your kitchen sink and in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Chemicals found in stuff like laundry detergent and toothpaste.

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Good News: No End to Shale Gas Innovation

Shale Gas Innovation - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


There has been a burst in shale gas innovation recently and it’s proving, yet again, how unstoppable this industry is and why it has changed everything.

It’s fascinating how many new things are happening in the shale gas industry and how fast shale gas innovation is changing all the rules for fractivists trying desperately and failing to keep up with it. The good news and new ideas just keep coming, rendering our friends on the other side increasingly out-of-touch and irrelevant.

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Shale Gas Keeps Electric Costs in US Low: Europe’s Soar

Electric Costs - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The latest data on electric prices here and in Europe demonstrates the power of shale gas and the foolishness of political correctness.

It would be hard to find better evidence of the foolhardiness of European (particularly German) energy policies than that offered by electricity costs here and there. Ours are low due to natural gas and their costs are soaring due to lack of shale gas development and a politically correct but economically imbecilic forcing of renewables. There’s a powerful lesson to be had for the US and, especially, states such as New York who pine to be more European with similar foolishness.

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Propane Storage Project Moves Forward Despite Protests

Propane Storage - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


The proposed propane storage project near Watkins Glen is finally moving forward despite the protests of trustfunder fractivists and others from outside the area.

Some positive movement (finally) for the proposed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane storage facility proposed by Crestwood Midstream for a depleted salt cavern along Seneca Lake, near Watkins Glen, NY. Inergy, which was subsequently sold to Crestwood, applied for a permit in 2009 to store LPG in the depleted salt caverns on Seneca Lake. It will also separately do natural gas storage on site.

Since then, the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under a series of Democrat governors, has intentionally delayed issuing a permit for the propane storage facility. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave their blessing for the facility last month, and early last week the DEC finally issued draft permit conditions – the next step in the process.

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The Best Oil and Gas Apps

oil and gas apps - Kelsie AugustinKelsie Augustin
External Affairs Intern, Cabot Oil & Gas

Information is the lifeblood of the oil and gas industry and several highly use oil and gas apps now exist to nourish the supply of data needed.

There’s no question that, in today’s world, smartphones, tablets, and iPads are making life vastly easier, especially if you’re an information nerd. People who are interested in learning about the goings on in the oil and gas world will find there are now several oil and gas apps that can bring exceedingly useful information to them quickly and easily.

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Benefits of Shale Energy Infrastructure Projects

Shale energy infrastructure - Ed CampEdward Camp, II
ShaleNavigator Team Lead at Geospatial Corp

The extraordinary benefits of shale energy infrastructure projects in establishing the sustainability of a new economy were revealed at MidStreamPA 2014.

The steady ongoing pace of drilling activity in the Appalachian Basin has meant midstream takeaway infrastructure continues to trail drilling activity.  As a result, many wells have been permitted and drilled, only to be “shut in,” awaiting pipeline connection to move the commodity to markets.  MidstreamPA 2014, hosted by and  Penn State University’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and coordinated by the latter’s Matt Henderson, provided insight to key industry solutions to the current “barbell effect,” where supply represents one side, demand representing the other side, with just a thin conduit – pipeline takeaway – representing the middle portion. This is why shale energy infrastructure development has the potential to create so many economic benefits.

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Shale Gas Yields Small Town Prosperity

Small Town Propserity - Doug Berkley REportsDouglas Berkley
Business Dev. Rep. – Transportation & Oil Field Services Company
Publisher: Tri-State Shale Traveler


Shale gas development is yielding small town prosperity in Cadiz, Ohio, as well as Towanda, Pennsylvania, Benwood, West Virginia and a hundred other places.

I still get a kick reading stories and comments by those against drilling and fracking, especially when they say it doesn’t create local jobs, prosperity and regional growth.  It makes me wonder how often they leave their cushy office settings, the cities they live in or if they live in the region, take the time to drive around an notice what is happening.  I always like to issue the challenge for them to actually visit towns like Cadiz, Ohio where I work several days per week and see the small town prosperity being created.

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Pennsylvania Manufacturing Poised to Boom with Gas

Pennsylvania ManufacturingDavid N. Taylor
Executive Director – Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association

Pennsylvania manufacturing is ready to boom given the availability of inexpensive shale energy and the potential for exporting it to others.

Much has been made of the so-called recent American manufacturing renaissance.

We are witnessing renewed vitality in Pennsylvania manufacturing, driven especially by investments in the energy sector, as overall job growth has climbed along with an expansion in goods for export.

Pennsylvania’s recent achievement of record-high private sector employment helps fuel this discussion.

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