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American LNG Export Capacity Growing By Leaps and Bounds

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

American LNG export capacity is on track to grow to a level in 2019 that is 10 times what it was less than two years ago, creating opportunity everywhere.

Many, many opportunities are being created in this country with the expansion of our LNG) export capacity. Great jobs are being forged in both rural America and our port cities, as well as other parts of the world where we’re shipping price-competitive. clean liquified natural gas to revitalize economies. The data on our progress is stunning and a Today In Energy post by Victoria Zaretskaya and Kristen Tsai from last week lays it out, train by train.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 9, 2017

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

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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Andrew Cuomo’s Dubious CO2 Goals and Failure to Produce

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Andrew Cuomo adopted big-time CO2 goals but performance to date and likelihood of success suggest a different strategy is needed — one involving natural gas.

An article yesterday in Politico New York, written from the premise Governor Cuomo just isn’t getting the job done in achieving his CO2 goals, reveals more than the writer perhaps hoped. Titled “Challenges Loom for Cuomo’s Environmental Promises,” the post by Marie French is written in a “hope he can get it done, but…” vein that misses the big point, yet brings out some great ones.

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Two-Faced Bill McKibben’s Amazing Affinity for Extremists

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

 

Bill McKibben is not the man he seems. He’s a Rockefeller shill who puts on a religious pose while demonstrating a rather astounding affinity for extremism.

Over and over again, Bill McKibben, keeps aligning himself with the most extreme people. I wrote about this tendency here and here. Now, another example has been brought to my attention by one of our regular readers and commenters, Karen Orlando, who recently sent me this January story about Bill McKibben’s embrace of Rising Tide (see stories here and here about them), which is a profoundly radical group. It is yet another demonstration of who Bill McKibben really is and it’s not pretty.

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DEP Throws Taxpayer Money at Coal Lawyer to Punish Gas?

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

 

The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to punish gas companies endlessly and is using taxpayer money to hire an expensive coal lawyer to help.

While this is old news, it is a continuing story, parts of which I only became recently aware. It’s all about the case of EQT Production Company v. Dept. of Environmental Protection – 485 M.D. 2014, which resulted in a Commonwealth Court decision supporting EQT in its challenge of an outrageous penalty DEP imposed for the company for a leak in one of its wastewater storage ponds.

The penalty was, effectively, a potentially never-ending one, despite the company’s remediation of the problem and Commonwealth Court said “whoa.” That’s the good news. The bad news is that DEP is appealing and using an expensive, outside, out-of-state high end law firm hired at taxpayer expense despite constant suggestions DEP has no money. Worse, the firm has represented big coal, which has every interest in making life miserable for gas companies operating in Pennsylvania.

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Slinking Toward A Severance Tax? The Puzzling Case of Garth Everett

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

 

Pennsylvania State Rep. Garth Everett seems to be slinking toward a severance tax to advance a bill of his own, but it’s all very puzzling, like Garth Everett.

There something very strange going on with Pennsylvania Representative Garth Everett of Muncy (Lycoming County) who has been making noises of late about maybe supporting a severance tax on shale gas production. It’s a strange position for a Lycoming County politician to take, given the importance of the industry to his constituency.

Any severance tax, despite Gov. Wolf’s protestations to the contrary, would have to come out of the pockets of landowners. Natural gas companies are, after all price takers, not price makers, and, therefore, have no choice, if they want to stay in business in the Commonwealth, but to ask landowners to share in those costs. If they can’t do that, they simply won’t produce. It’s that simple. One cannot legislate changes in the laws of economics, a fact Everett surely knows.

But, landowners are Everett’s political base, so why the flirting with a concept nothing short of anathema to them? That’s just the beginning of the puzzlement that is Garth Everett.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 2, 2017

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

 

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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Robbery! DRBC Thieves Propose Grand Theft of Land

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

There’s a robbery in progress. The DRBC is engaged in a grand scheme to steal land out from underneath Wayne County and its citizenry with Tom Wolf’s help.

The Delaware River basin is a drinking water source, So, is the Susquehanna River basin. The Delaware River basin includes streams officially classified as “High Quality” and “Exceptional Value.” So does the Susquehanna River basin. Gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been permitted by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) for a decade in that basin. The SRBC says its “water quality monitoring network has not detected discernible impacts on the quality of the Basin’s water resources as a result of natural gas development.“ The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is run by the same governing majority of members as the SRBC, but after sitting on the issue for the same decade, now wants us to believe this same practice is too dangerous for the Delaware River basin.

Those are the facts—the only facts needed to understand the nature of this crime—the robbery of Wayne County’s land and its future. The DRBC, which is nothing more than the SRBC with different hats, is engaged in this grand theft for one reason and one reason only; it thinks it can get away with it.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Funds CELDF Extremism

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

 

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund or CELDF is one of the most extremist groups out there. It abuses the law and Leonardo DiCaprio funds it.

I have wondered, for the longest time where radical Tom Linzey, who, so far as I know,  has never once been gainfully employed doing anything productive, gets the money to pursue his totalitarian fantasies.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund or CELDF has been the subject of numerous posts here. I view his extremist program, one of abusing the law and bankrupting communities to get his way, as profoundly dangerous. Why? Because his environmentalism is anything but. He is, rather a radical who wants to disrupt every aspect of our rule of law and upend our Constitution, putting the likes himself in charge as representatives of the rocks, rivers and trees.

But, who enables this Marxist extremist? Who makes it possible for his organization to continue in this grand deception as he grows fat and happy?

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How Will Upstate NY Ever Survive Corruptocrat and Company?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Andrew Cuomo a/k/a Gov. Corruptocrat, aided by a spineless Senate, is killing Upstate NY by throwing money at boondoggles while denying it a ready remedy.

Just how is that Upstate NY is supposed to survive the debacle that is Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo and a mostly Upstate NY Republican Senate that enables him every step of the way? No clearer evidence exists of the state of corruption that is the Empire State than the continuing political freak show that is New York’s economic development program under Cuomo.

Billion after billion, indictment after indictment and failure after failure, Cuomo’s strategy has been one of choosing winners poorly and making a loser out of the one thing that would have made a huge positive difference. That was, of course, natural gas development and it needed none of his help, which its precisely why he felt no remorse in killing it for the sake of appeasing the NRDC gang.

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