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Let’s Call the Impact Fee by Its Real Name: Severance Tax

budget shortfallKeith Naughton
Principal, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC

 

Representative John Maher wants to set the record straight on the Pennsylvania impact fee; “it always was and now is a severance tax.”

With a simple amendment Rep. John Maher, Chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee (Pennsylvania), injected a much-needed dose of honesty into state government. Maher’s amendment changed the name of the “Impact Fee” levied on fracked natural gas to “Severance Tax,” which is what that tax should have been called from Day One.

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West Virginia DEP Revokes Twice Approved Mountain Valley Certification

Mountain ValleyMountain ValleyMountain ValleyMike Krancer, Frederick M. Lowther and
Margaret Anne Hill
Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP

 

West Virginia DEP oversteps FERC and decides to vacate the already twice approved Mountain Valley Pipeline and revoke the 401 certification.

As we have noted in our prior blog posts on the Constitution Pipeline and Millennium Valley Lateral projects, §401 of the Federal Clean Water Act has become a focal point in the growing efforts by States to exercise dominant authority over FERC jurisdictional pipelines.

This time, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) has taken the unprecedented step of actually revoking a §401 certification it had granted in March 2017 and then reaffirmed in May. This action by WVDEP may be the final straw in State authority to review FERC jurisdictional pipelines as FERC and the Congress will be energized to react to the oversteps by New York in Millennium and now West Virginia in Mountain Valley.

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Shale Gas News – September 9, 2017

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 severance tax, natural gas tractors, the DALP lawsuit and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Gordon Tomb, Senior Fellow, at the Commonwealth Foundation and Tom Shepstone of Natural Gas NOW.

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Fractivists Learn Nothing from Energy Transfer Partners Lawsuit

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

  

Greenpeace and friends have learned absolutely nothing from the Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against it and continue to defame, distort and dissemble.

Common sense would suggest that if you’re named as a defendant in a billion-dollar lawsuit, accused of making “materially false, misleading, and defamatory statements,” you probably would think twice before making the same materially false, misleading, and defamatory statements again. But, the “Keep It in the Ground” activists are not known for their sense, common or otherwise.

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When It Comes to Fracking, Emotion Is No Substitute for Science

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy reflects on what he expects from UK fracking, the roles of emotion and science and what he faces in the way of personal challenges right now.

August is the traditional peak of the silly season when the UK media uses any number of tenuous, out dated or too often, simply bored attempts to feed the maw of the media machinery. With audience and grown ups away, the field is opened up to a new crop of writers misguided enough to still see some romance in the formerly noble métier of journalism.  Many of them are “interns,” or what anyone in most jobs recognize as “slaves,” but the alleged riches of “making a difference” drag them in every summer.

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Tom Wolf; You’re No Friend of the Working Family

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
Member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance

 

Betty Sutliff writes a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf reminding him of a landowners meeting held with the Governor and how far he’s strayed from what he told them.

September 8, 2017

The Honorable Tom Wolf
Governor of Pennsylvania
225 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Re:  DRBC Plans to Ban Fracking

Dear Governor Wolf:

On February 2, 2015, I mailed a letter to you regarding statements you made in your inaugural address.  Wanting to hold your feet to the fire, I challenged you to a meeting with the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance executive team and the Wayne County Commissioners.  With Senator Lisa Baker also in attendance, we met with you on June 8th.  A follow up thank you letter, including a summary of the three key points discussed at the meeting, was sent to you on June 11th. The following shows a comparison of excerpts of my initial letter, including quotes from your inaugural address, and the key points in the summary of our meeting.

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The Shale Revolution in Oil and Gas – Our Economic Big Stick

shale revolutionRichard Goodwin
Environmental Consultant and Engineer
West Palm Beach, Florida

 

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — the shale revolution — have bolstered the US economy while enhancing our foreign and military policy position.

The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing is at the heart of the shale revolution and has yielded abundant unconventional energy. It has also improved the US economy (creating jobs, state tax revenues and oil independence) while providing a means to enhance our position with respect to foreign and military policies.

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Shale Gas News – September 2, 2017

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 Atlantic Sunrise, ethane storage, NEXUS Pipeline and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Toby Mack President & CEO at Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance.

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More Great Marcellus Shale News from New York State!

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

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As fractivists have been fighting pipelines, Crestwood’s Finger Lakes storage facility and new power plants, great Marcellus Shale News has come in New York.

Back in February, MDN told you we had made a discovery in reading through Crestwood Equity Partners (formerly known as Crestwood Midstream) quarterly update: the company is “developing a greenfield rail-to-truck NGL terminal in Montgomery, New York that will increase propane supply reliability across the Northeast markets.” Now, it’s happened, even as ant-fossil fuel types have been fighting next door in the same county to stop a pipeline and power plant.

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Another Solar Boondoggle Ironically Demonstrates Pipeline Need

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

North Carolina is the proposed site of yet another solar boondoggle requiring both massive subsidies and added natural gas capacity as well as pipelines.

Wilkinson Solar has filed papers requesting permits for a 74-megawatt solar electricity facility about 35 miles east of Greenville, NC. If approved, 288,120 solar panels would blanket 600 acres (0.94 square miles) of now scenic, serene farmland next door to the Terra Ceia Christian School near Morehead City.

The company wants to catch the solar wave, and make a lot of money under “net metering” policies that require payment for electricity added to the grid, whenever it is generated and regardless of whether the electricity is needed at the time. Electricity generated from these new panels would not be sold in the local area; it would be exported to Virginia, Raleigh-Durham and other locations.

Solar power installations doubled in 2016 over 2015, media outlets reported in February. There are now 1.3 million solar installations across the United States, with a cumulative capacity of over 40 gigawatts. That’s enough capacity to power 6,560,000 US households, they say. Of course, there are caveats.

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