London Local Energy Takes on Opportunity and Fractivists

London Local Energy  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Something good is happening in London and our buddy and guest poster Nick Grealy is in the thick of it as part of a venture called London Local Energy.

We couldn’t be more thrilled here to know our friend and frequent contributor, Nick Grealy, the publisher of three superb websites on the subject of shale oil and gas development (NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo) is now part of a venture to drill for shale gas under the great city of London. Yes, London Local Energy has applied to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change for a licence to extract shale gas under an industrialized part of London that is also home to roughly a million people. The fractivists over there are going mad as hatters over it, of course, but the facts are on Nick’s side.

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The Carpenter Playing the Fractivist Delay Game

Fractivist delay game  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The latest junk science to be put out there by the funders of the fractivist delay game is authored by an “expert” disqualified by the courts in the past.

Whenever a new junk science study comes out as part of the fractivist delay game, we’re sure to get readers on either this site or our Facebook page singing it to the rafters and proclaiming what a game changer it is. Their euphoria is invariably short-lived, though. There are enough smart people out there now to quickly analyze and discern the flaws and  explain them in such a way as the truth gets a fair hearing.

Such is the case with a new “study” lead authored by Dr. David Carpenter. Entitled “Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study,” it has already created these headlines:

Toxic Chemicals, Carcinogens Skyrocket Near Fracking Sites

Air Near Fracking Sites Carries Cancer Risk, Study Finds

It didn’t take Energy In Depth long to find the flaws in this one, but there’s more.

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The Ultimate Insiders Among Fractivists

Fractivists - DickDowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association


The irony offered by fractivists who love to love criticize “big oil” and “corporate greed” is that biggest among are also the ultimate deal-making insiders. 

In Cooperstown recently, I noticed a lawn sign that said “Stop the Pipeline.” The sign was about 20 miles off the Constitution Pipeline route. Cooperstown’s largest employer, Bassett Hospital, needs cheap energy to cut costs. Doesn’t matter. Ideology trumps all.

In Sidney, fewer signs these days, but a segment of the population shares the Cooperstown sentiment. For some folks it’s almost a religious fervor against anything that supports fracced gas.

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Scroggins Lawyers Want Out? Sensitive Material?

Scroggins  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Yesterday was another day in court for Vera Scoggins, the fractivist tormenting local landowners and it was a day of strange revelations and stranger questions.

Vera Scroggins was in Susquehanna County court yesterday for hearings on three motions, two brought by Cabot Oil & Gas and another brought by her attorneys. It was a an eye-opening day and more for the questions it raised than the answers provided by the court. Susquehanna County Judge Kenneth Seamans found her in violation of the preliminary injunction he had previously issued and reserved decision on the other two motions. It was, though, what we learned in the debate over those second two motions, which came later in the day, that produced some startling revelations and even bigger questions.

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Real Environmental Action on the Seas with LNG

LNG - Jerry Russell

Jerry Russell
Binghamton Area Landowner

New container ships powered by LNG to supply Puerto Rico are an example of real environmental action with tangible results.

Despite the best efforts of self proclaimed “environmental action” groups trying to block the production of natural gas, it is poised to make a real and significant contribution to reducing air pollution on a global scale – particularly on the high seas.

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Natural Gas Exports Are A Win-Win

Natural gas exportsJohn Dunham
John Dunham & Associates, Guerilla Economics

Government restrictions on natural gas exports are costing our allies today and will cost our citizens tomorrow.

One of the stated purposes of the Federal Government enumerated in the US Constitution is the power of Congress to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.  The Commerce Clause of the Constitution has been used to great effect by the Federal Government to usurp the powers that were once held by the states themselves.

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Serial Trespasser Scroggins Plays Victim Card

Scroggins  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Vera Scroggins might be considered a perpetual entertainment machine if she weren’t endangering others with her attention-seeking victim-playing ways.

The infamous Vera Scroggins will be on trial in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania tomorrow. So, naturally, she was on the pages of the Scranton Times yesterday to set the stage for her star role in the continuing “Look at Me” drama series she has created around herself. Once again, she’s playing the “Golden Girl,” spunky victim card, a schtick that never seems to grow old with the fractivist and politically correct media crowd.

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The Good Shale News Gusher

Good Shale News  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


Good shale news keeps coming, like a gusher wiping out the hyped up fears of fractivists and rendering them irrelevant.

There is good shale news every single day, although media headlines designed to fit politically correct templates might give casual readers a different opinion if they didn’t experience the good news for themselves. Whether it’s consumers saving money on heating bills, rural communities being revived by gas drilling or young men and women getting rewarding high-paying jobs, there is more good shale news than ever, unless one is a true believer fractivist looking for problems to justify their preconceived opinion.

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It’s Not About the Environment Anymore

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 6.25.47 AMPaul Driessen
Senior Policy Analyst – Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
Author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death

It’s rarely about the environment anymore. It’s about slashing our energy use, free enterprise, job creation, living standards and freedoms.

Back in 1970, when I got involved in the first Earth Day and nascent environmental movement, we had real pollution problems. But over time, new laws, regulations, attitudes and technologies cleaned up our air, water and sloppy industry practices. By contrast, today’s battles are rarely about the environment.

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How the Park Foundation Buys Influence

Park Foundation  - Tom Shepstone reportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW


The Park Foundation buys whatever influence it needs and it’s none too subtle about it, a good illustration being provided by some recent events in the Town of Lansing, New York.

There was an appalling story in the Lansing Star this past Friday that doesn’t mention the Park Foundation by name but, nonetheless, serves to demonstrate the perverse influence it has over public policy, especially in Planet Ithaca environs. The story had to do with a letter issued by Tompkins County Planning Commissioner Ed Marx to the town discouraging natural gas use and the not so pleased reaction of Town officials. Some county planning agencies in New York have grand illusions as to their responsibilities, but Marx has taken it to a new plane with his pompous lecture in writing to the town. What isn’t disclosed is the close relationship between Marx and the fractivist Park Foundation.

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