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When You’ve Lost the New York Times, You’ve Completely Lost

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The New York Times, which led the fight against fracking in the early years with a series of attacks, has, for all practical purposes, admitted defeat.

Six years ago, the New York Times, America’s newspaper of “thou shalt think thus” instructions for elites, was still deep into a “Drilling Down” series of articles by Ian Urbina intended to trash fracking and elevate phony critics such as Deborah Rogers. Today, it’s a very different story as the Times (via AP) is forced to admit the “Studies Show Groundwater Holding Own Against Drilling Boom.” To paraphrase LBJ’s famous line, when you’ve lost the New York Times, well, you’ve completely lost.

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LNG Projects Happening Across World Equal Opportunity Here at Home

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

New LNG projects are taking place across the world, which means opportunity is knocking for U.S. gas produced in places such as Susquehanna County.

Reading the weekend’s natural gas news, one thing stuck out to me; how many LNG projects are underway to help other nations diversify their gas supplies. That, of course, means one thing for U.S. producers—growing opportunities. Moreover, these aren’t just opportunities for natural gas companies here at home.

They also represent assurance for landowners in places such as Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and others in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia, et al that the natural gas is there to stay and will continuing enriching local economies for decades to come. There will be more hospitals built, more college trained welders and natural gas technicians, more communities served with gas, more businesses and more new barns.

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More Bad News for DRBC: Bradford County Groundwater Quality Just Fine

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Penn State University just released the results of a groundwater study of Bradford County, Pennsylvania and it’ll only give the DRBC more good news heartburn.

The timing couldn’t be more perfect. The Pennsylvania House State Government Committee hearing on Monday saw minority party members from Southeast Pennsylvania  challenge the SRBC finding of “no discernible impact” from natural gas development on water quality. They brought up a talking point from Tracy Carluuccio at the Delaware Riverkeeper suggesting a USGS study contradicted that finding. As I noted here, it was USGS BS from the mouth of the Povertykeeper. The rebuttal, though it wasn’t necessarily intended as such, came quickly from a Penn State University research story by Matthew Carroll at Penn State News, which we offer below.

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Legislative Response to DRBC Fracking Ban Put Agency on the Defensive

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

UPDATE: Here’s the video.

Yesterday, the UDRBC took a stand against the injustice of the proposed DRBC fracking ban. The opposition’s response told us how wrong they know they are.

It was excellent day as Wayne County Commissioner Joe Adams, Betty Sutliff, Marcellus Shale Coalition President Dave Spigelmyer, UDRBC President Ned Lang and yours truly testified yesterday before the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee. Betty’s testimony is here, mine is here and the other two testimonies will be posted here tomorrow.

The theme was equal justice, of course, but the subject was the DRBC fracking ban and two pieces of Pennsylvania legislation proposed in response to it; Senator Lisa Baker’s SB 1189 and Rep. Dan Moul’s HB 2222, the latter of which would, based on language in the Delaware River Compact designate Pennsylvania DEP as the prime regulator of natural gas development in the Commonwealth. Both pieces of legislation have obviously made the DRBC and its partners in crime very, very nervous.

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Those Impacted by the DRBC Fracking Ban Deserve Equal Justice

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Earlier today, I delivered the following testimony on the DRBC fracking ban and impacts on equal justice to the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee. The testimony of other witnesses will follow in guest posts.

My name is Thomas J. Shepstone and I’m a professional planner from Northeast Pennsylvania. I have over 40 years of experience working with communities throughout the Commonwealth. I also represent numerous private clients, including some in the natural gas industry. I publish a blog advocating for natural gas development in our region. Finally, I’m a landowner with a natural gas lease that has been in limbo for nearly a decade.

Like those who spoke before me, I am here today for justice; equal justice under law. Those of us who reside and have to make a living in the Delaware River Basin have been denied that justice by a Delaware River Basin Commission usurping what is your authority. It’s your job to reassert your authority and protect us from what is a purely political power play.

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Holistic Fracking Is Here and It’s A Nightmare for Fractivists

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

Holistic fracking, oil and gas well stimulation using a fracking gel made from ingredients available at your local grocery story, is already here.

A couple of decades ago, the term “holistic” became very trendy. We heard a lot about things such as “holistic medicine” and “whole farming,” both of which emphasized treating the whole rather than the parts. It seems somewhat less in vogue today, now doubt due to overuse, but the idea, which certainly has some validity, persists. We’re now seeing something similar, in fact, with hydraulic fracturing. The mechanism for delivering proppants to keep rock fractures open to flow gas is becoming ever more benign, more holistic. Holistic fracking is here.

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Russian Gas Addiction Problem No Problem for Those Willing to Address It

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Russian gas addiction is a very real problem for Europe (and soon Boston?) but the solution is no mystery. It’s fracking here, LNG and development of UK gas.

CNN Money has a fascinating story about Russian gas addiction in Europe. It’s a problem that’s come to our shores as well with Russian LNG entering Boston this past winter. What’s most interesting about the CNN Money article is that it ignores the obvious root of the addiction problem and the obvious solution. The problem is failure to develop natural gas resources in Europe (and pipelines to Boston). The solution is a combination of more natural gas development here and in the UK, for instance, and LNG.

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Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture Win Battle, But Lose War

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture invested in a Lycoming County case they thought would advance fractivism. They won the battle but lost the war.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper, which is about anything but the Delaware River (or it wouldn’t be operating in Lycoming County) just won a court battle in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It had to do with Maya van Rossum’s attempt to extend the reach of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and turn it into a fracking ban. They won the legal battle at the end off the day, but clearly lost the war.

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