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Public Employee Unions vs. Pennsylvania Economy

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

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Aside from fractivist shills paid by the Heinz Endowments, William Penn Foundation, etc. no one’s threatening Pennsylvania economy more than public unions.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Greg Vitali, from the Philadelphia area, is an environmental extremist. In the past, he’s floated plans to force Pennsylvanians to use less natural gas. Nobody, except some media outlets, pay any attention to him. He’s so far left even his own party has disowned him, removing a committee assignment from him and reassigning personnel away from his office. But Vitali needs to keep his name in the news–for reelection purposes. So, a few weeks ago he popped back up again with a faux report that says “the system is rigged” in Harrisburg with respect to failing to pass a severance tax.

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The Lesson from DAPL: Fight Back Quickly

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL is teaching the oil and gas industry something; companies taunted by fractivist games and special interests need to fire a lot of people and get tough.

Marcellus Drilling News does it again. Nobody digs up more facts that others need to know about the oil and gas industry than Jim Willis. A perfect example is the testimony he published Friday from Joey Mahmoud, Energy Transfer Partners’ Project Director for the Dakota Access Pipeline. That testimony documents so much of what others know about DAPL that simply isn’t true. It’s a plain-spoken document and candid; two features one almost never gets out of the corporate public relations and legal world, where rolling over and spitting out bland disingenuous mush are the preferred weapons for defending the industry from those who wish to kill it.

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What DAPL Tells Us About Fractivists and Other Frauds

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL offers an in-depth look into the spoiled child minds of fractivists and other environmental activists who have turned out to be merely fakes and frauds.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has shown us precisely who fractivists really are; frauds of the first order. We’ve told story after story here about the whole thing not because it has much to do with natural gas but, rather, because the DAPL opponents are our opponents, too.

What they’re doing in North Dakota is what they want to do everywhere. They latched onto the cause as it provided everything they could hope for; disenfranchised Native Americans being bullied by big oil, a sacred life style being disrupted by a pipeline and threatened water. It was the perfect stage for a fractivist theatrical performance. But, then the audience starting walking out and the actors followed, leaving behind a mess for the supposed victims (for whom they claimed to speak) to clean up. DAPL has told the world what a bunch of frauds fractivists really are.

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The Arrogant Orchestrated World of Fractivism

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Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivism has been on full display this week as the arrogant orchestrated world of astroturf that it really is; a disdainful power grab financed by elites.

Yesterday, as I expected and feared would happen the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) surrendered yet again to the orchestrated efforts of one its own funders to intimidate it. A DRBC hearing at which the public was supposedly restricted to commenting “only on the items that have been advertised in the public hearing notice,” and at which there was supposed to be “NO open public comment session,” was allowed to become another fiasco of fractivism.

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Josh Fox’s Plan to Disrupt: Will the DRBC Surrender to Anarchy Again?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Six years ago the DRBC caved and surrendered to anarchy created by Josh Fox and the Povertykeeper refusing to vote on gas. Will anarchy now win again?

It was 2011 when the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) drafted gas drilling regulations only to sit on them. The Commissioners, in an astonishing display of cowardice, surrendered to anarchy created by Josh Fox and the Delaware Povertykeeper, simply refusing to vote. The regulations were anything but reasonable and constituted a massive DRBC power grab but, faced with the opposition of a sniveling producer of smut films and a shill for its sugar-daddy funder, the William Penn Foundation, the agency crumbled anyway.

It was perhaps the worst combined display of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance ever, as Fox grabbed credit for killing economic opportunity in the poorest area of the basin. Now, he’s hoping to resurrect anarchy and force the DRBC back into its secret hiding place. Will they let him? Carol Collier was only too happy to let her friend “Josh” get his way in 2011 when she was running the DRBC. She sympathized with the Povertykeeper, after all, and put that organization on most of her committees even though it had sued the agency. Steve Tambini, her replacement, seems less of her ideological ilk, but he faces his first big test tomorrow.  Continue reading

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The Shale Comeback: Stronger Than Ever

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

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There is a shale comeback underway and it’s major, with huge technological gains and capacities to carry the shale revolution forward throughout the world.

Major multinational bank Société Générale, headquartered in Paris but with major operations here in the U.S., has just issued a 37-page report on U.S. commodities. The theme of the report caught our attention: “Five facts about shale: it’s coming back, and coming back strong.”

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Tell the DRBC to Get It Done, NOW, Without Further Delay!

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Natural Gas NOW

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It’s time to take action to let the DRBC know just how outrageous their eight years of dawdling in allowing gas drilling to move ahead really is.

Bob Nolan’s guest post this morning makes it clear it’s time to let the DRBC know how Upper Delaware communities and landowners are thoroughly disgusted with the agency’s six years of doing nothing on draft gas drilling regulations. The DRBC also wasted another two years before that in developing a ridiculous set of standards that had everything to do with land use and virtually nothing to do with water use.

Josh Fox is mounting his campaign and we need to do the same. The following is a petition we ask every landowner, every business, every job-seeking resident and every local official to get behind. Your signing of the petition will automatically generate an e-mail to the Secretary of the Commission demanding action.

You imposed an effective moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River basin by virtue of decisions made by your Executive Director some eight years ago and on May 5, 2010 meeting you unanimously directed your staff “to develop draft regulations on well pads in the shales for notice and comment rulemaking and postponed the DRBC’s consideration of well pad dockets until regulations are adopted.” You were presented with draft regulations in September, 2011 and have since refused to vote on them so as to avoid offending special interests.

Altogether, you have had eight very long years to establish a policy on this matter and have utterly failed to the great economic detriment of upper basin landowners and communities with natural gas resources. It is a complete abdication of responsibility and we call upon you to immediately resolve this matter in the manner of your sister agency, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which has regulated water use connected with drilling, with no adverse impact on water quality and no interference in natural gas development so vital to the regional economy.

Do it now!

To the Delaware River Basin Commission

Dear Delaware River Basin Commission Members,

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Next Time New England Will Need An Even Stronger 4th Quarter

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The New England Patriots did the unimaginable with their come from behind win. The New England states will need an even better 4th quarter energy-wise.

Tom Brady did it again with a stunning victory in the 4th quarter of this year’s Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Tom Brady is not available to save New England and New York energy game. These states are collectively about five touchdowns behind with two minutes to play thanks to their asinine political correctness. They’ll only survive by making themselves more dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas and at great cost.

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Recognizing the Extremists Among Us and Their Radical Goals

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivism, to the extent it is a movement at all, is composed of extremists whose real goals are profoundly radical and dangerous to our civil society.

There is a tendency among us to dismiss those on the lunatic fringe of politics as irrelevant. We assume they’re simply oddballs with strange ideas and give them little more than a raised eyebrow or a whispered chuckle. We ignore them at our peril, though, if history is any indication. Radicals and extremists have enormous influence they exercise by  moving discussions in their direction and making other extremists only slightly less radical look moderate by comparison, steadily defining deviancy down. Such is the case with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund or CELDF, a profoundly extremist group that loves to interject itself into environmental issues. It does so not because it cares a whit about the environment but, rather, sees such issues as a means of dragging others into its revolutionary campaign.

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Shale Revolution Saves the Environment

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The statistics from the shale revolution are undeniable. It has saved the environment and the economy while delivering a real shot at energy independence.

Yesterday’s Today In Energy had a great post on the national drop in sulfur dioxide emissions as a consequence of converting power plants to natural gas. It didn’t use the words “shale revolution” and it pointed out other factors, but it also made clear gas was the big reason for the SO2 decline:

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions produced in the generation of electricity at power plants in the United States declined by 73% from 2006 to 2015, a much larger reduction than the 32% decrease in coal-fired electricity generation over that period. From 2014 to 2015, the most recent year with complete power plant emissions data, SO2 emissions fell 26%—the largest annual drop in percentage terms in the previous decade. Nearly all electricity-related SO2 emissions are associated with coal-fired generation…

Electricity generation from coal fell 14% from 2014 to 2015. This drop was mostly offset by an increase in electricity generation from natural gas, but because natural gas has only trace amounts of sulfur, the net effect resulted in fewer SO2 emissions.

I decided to dig deeper into the Energy Information Administration (EIA) data and what I found is shockingly good news from the shale revolution.

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