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The DRBC Power Grab Is Far from Accidental; It’s A Fraud

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

The DRBC is making the case for its indefensible fracking ban on the basis of a fraudulent claim and a theory of regulation with no equal in power grabs.

The proposed DRBC fracking ban is a power grab. It is an illegal expansion of authority granted to the agency under the Delaware River Compact. The Compact gives the DRBC the power to establish standards for treatment of wastes that might be discharged into the waters of the basin. The DRBC proposes to use this very slender authority to bootstrap itself into the position of being able to ban certain land uses and industrial processes (horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing).

Worse, it proposes to do so without regard to the ability of those land uses and processes to meet such standards, ignoring the fact they not only can, but are being met, in other areas governed by the same people. And, that’s still not the worst of it.

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Natural Gas Exports Soar and Now Exceed Imports

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has determined our natural gas exports exceeded imports for the first time in 2017; the shale revolution at work.

The shale revolution just keeps producing miracle victories and this time its this: U.S. natural gas exports now exceed imports and are soaring as our nation does energy and most others do political correctness. The EIA has the the facts and, although they’re not in the business of bragging on them or telling the bigger story, it’s all there for those who understand what’s happening and compare the U.S. with the rest of the world.

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FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania Tells New England to Get it Together

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


A blunt-speaking FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania called out New Englanders for political correctness on energy and its price.

The RTO Insider recently posted a fascinating article where a FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania told New England to knock it off and stop importing Russian Gas. FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson told them to get over their “aversion to new energy infrastructure” and build pipelines to deliver domestic produced natural gas.

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Shale Gas News – March 17, 2018

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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 oil demand, the Rover Pipeline, an Ohio cracker plant 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 Bill Hampton, general manager of Sugar Hollow Water Services and Sugar Hollow Service Center.

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Sorry China: Renewable Energy Isn’t Our Future Energy

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Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.


The Council on Foreign Relations predicts China will turn to renewable energy as a challenge to the United States. Sorry China, renewables are not the future energy.

Imagine a centrally planned economy out-thinking and out-performing a consumer-driven, free-market one.

That is the prognostication, even hope, of Amy Myers Jaffe, director of the program on Energy and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations, as stated in the current edition of Foreign Affairs (“Green Giant: Renewable Energy and Chinese Power”) and in the Houston Chronicle (“Will Clean Energy Push China Past the U.S”).

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Let’s Get Cracking on the Ethane Cracker Plant

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Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas


Ethane cracker plants will bring endless economic opportunities to our region and now is the time to get them up and running.

The sooner we get ethane crackers up and running in our region, the sooner our state can increase the benefits it sees from the natural gas liquid supplies we have. In West Virginia, most of the resources being developed from our shale basins from natural gas is being used for heating homes, fueling vehicles and burning on our stoves.

However, we also have an immense supply of natural gas liquids that will be a critical player in efforts to diversify our economy in other industrial sectors, in addition to what the natural gas industry has already managed to accomplish.

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Excuse Me, Those Mineral Rights Aren’t Yours to Play with, Vincent Hughes

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)


Sen. Vincent Hughes, a condescending bought and paid for shill for Philadelphia public employee unions, brings out the best in the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes from Philadelphia is smug, arrogant, and completely wrong about the Marcellus industry–and he enjoys being wrong. Maybe because he’s being paid to be wrong.

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Does the Constitution Pipeline Rehearing Request Have A Chance?

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


Constitution Pipeline has asked FERC to rehear its argument that NY-DEC waived rights to act on its water quality certification application. Is there hope?

Back in October I wrote here about the very compelling case the Constitution Pipeline made to FERC to decide Andrew Cuomo’s DEC had, buy a combination of delay and deception, effectively waived its right to deny a water quality certification for the project. It’s was a super well articulated history of how Cuomo had conned DEC, DEC had conned Constitution Pipeline and, frankly, how the company had naively let itself be conned. Proving  there is, indeed, no fury equal to that of the one who is scorned, the company made a powerful case to FERC.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite powerful enough and, as Jim Willis noted here, FERC reluctantly (it appears) decided Constitution Pipeline’s ill-advised withdrawal and resubmission of its DEC application served to restart the clock, giving Cuomo another full year to order his DEC to issue a politically based denial. Then, a little over a month ago, the company filed a rehearing request with FERC, while simultaneously pursing a Supreme Court challenge. Now, intriguingly, FERC has extended its own time to decide on that rehearing request, and perhaps for very good reason.

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The Terminator Loses It, Runs His Tank Over Cliff Attacking Oil & Gas


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(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)


Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator loses it in a bizarre attack on the oil and Gas industry in which he runs his armored tank over the rhetorical cliff.

Declaring “This is no different from the smoking issue,” Arnold Schwarzenegger—the Cigar Aficionado cover model whose car collection includes a 41-ton tank—has vowed to take oil companies to court “for knowingly killing people all over the world.”

Where to begin?

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A Kodak Moment Showing How to Make Real Environmental Difference in NY

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Natural Gas NOW


The air in Rochester is about to get a lot cleaner thanks to something New York’s politically governor isn’t about to laud; a Kodak moment for clean skies.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo likes to extol his green credentials passing out billions of other people’s money to his chosen winners among the corporatists such as Elon Musk, but none of that is really making an environmental difference. What has made a tremendous difference is natural gas, which has completely changed the picture in New York City, reducing emissions and asthma deaths substantially.

Likewise, the conversion of coal fired power plants to natural gas has reduced not only sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter air pollution, but also CO2. Now it’s happening again (with a steam twist) and it’s a Kodak moment for clean skies.

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