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What DAPL Protesters Accomplished and Didn’t

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DAPL protesters accomplished a great deal, even if they didn’t stop a pipeline. They busted budgets, curtailed services and upset lives to swell their egos.

The malcontents have gone back home. Ivy Preparatory School League graduate Judith Lockhard has gone back to New Jersey, no doubt to publicly express her feelings on some other cause. Glenn Wahl has gone back to New York to spin yarns to his Jamestown Community College students about his experience. The kids in Somerville, Massachusetts have gone on to protest other things, I expect. Oil will flow through the pipeline in a matter of days. The filthy hell-hole that was the DAPL protesters’ camp has been cleaned up. It’s a time for reflection on what the DAPL protesters accomplished and didn’t.

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US Shale Gas Industry Yields New World Order?

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The US shale gas industry is, with new LNG export capacity, in position to dominate a new world order in energy with benefits for us and emerging nations.

There’s something new and beautiful happening as a result of the US shale gas industry. Our nation is now in position to dominate a new world order in energy with huge benefits to rural America and nations around the world who are emerging from poverty. It’s a story of exports, something we’ve not done so well at it in a very long time. It’s about shale gas produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas that is being converted to LNG and sold to Egypt, Mexico and Japan. It offers a demonstration of just how important energy infrastructure is to this country if we want to maximize the benefits of the shale revolution.

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PA DEP Wants Reward for Doing Poorly!

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Natural Gas NOW

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PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell had the audacity to blame poor performances by some of its regional offices on lack of money even though it get $728 million.

PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell was as well spoken at his Senate Budget hearing as he was when the House Appropriations Committee interviewed him. He certainly has the right professional temperament for his job, but that didn’t make his answers any better when it came to DEP permitting delays. He blamed it on a lack of money, of course, and wants to be rewarded with more of it, despite horrific delays and disparities among his regional offices in issuing routine erosion and sedimentation permits.

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CELDF Seeks to Seize Municipalities and Turn Them Into Torpedos

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tom Linzey, the over-stuffed radical child who leads the CELDF, wants to seize municipalities and turn them into torpedoes in his revolutionary power grab.

No group has more abused local government than the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which would have everyone believe its the advocate of home rule and the government that’s closest to the people. The CELDF stands for democracy and “community rights” it says, but it’s actions speak to a different agenda, one that gleefully talks of municipalities as mere material to forge into torpedoes for its war against civil society.

Tom Linzey is the forger-in-chief at the CELDF. A trust-funder type who’s never worked at real job, he and his girl friend Stacey Schmader formed the CELDF right after he graduated from law school. He’s been living off it since, prancing around the country like some sort of radical warrior throwing spears from behind the lectern. He has used and abused one naive municipality after another attaching himself to any cause he can to promote himself and his thoroughly radical agenda. His inflated ego is getting the better of him, though, as he brags to extremist supporters how he has manipulated local officials.

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Ohio EPA Making Pennsylvania Look Like New York?

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Recent actions by the Ohio EPA to both upgrade and streamline its natural gas regulations while Pennsylvania complicates them raises the specter of New York.

New York has always been difficult. I well recall many years working on some branch line railroad issues in the Empire State and confronting a whole floor of regulators in their Department of Transportation. I was used to dealing in Pennsylvania where three people did the work of 30+ New Yorkers. But, times have changed. Pennsylvania, under Tom Wolf, now seeks to emulate New York’s self-defeating style, especially when it comes to natural gas regulation. The Ohio EPA is putting our DEP to shame, managing to get plaudits from both environmentalists and natural gas company while we attempt to drown our biggest economic drivers in a sea of regulations. The Ohio EPA is making us, God forbid, look more like New York every day.

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Wolf Administration Loses All Credibility on Severance Tax

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The Wolf Administration blew it at a PA Senate Appropriations hearing this week, proving just how little thought has gone into its severance tax proposal.

There’s no doubt the PA House Appropriation hearing was rough on the Wolf Administration when it came to its severance tax proposal, but the Senate hearing was a flash flood wipeout. Senator Scott Martin (Republican, Lancaster County) did the damage, and very effectively so, starting at 43:17 in this PCN video of the proceedings. It only took a few minutes.

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Gov. Wolf: Support PA’s Energy Industry and the Atlantic Sunrise

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Gov. Wolf show us you support PA jobs, affordable natural gas and the energy industry by moving the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline forward.

It’s no secret that elected officials from across America are now prioritizing natural gas infrastructure. Why? Because they recognize the tremendous economic benefits associated with a strong energy industry. As well as the need to ensure a reliable supply of clean, affordable fuel for economic development, making electricity and heating homes. It is now Gov. Tom Wolf’s turn to show he, too, cares about giving a boost to Pennsylvania’s energy industry, creating local jobs and stimulating economic development. How? By supporting the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.

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SolarCity Shaping Up As Cuomo’s Biggest Failure; A “Skinnin”

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The news regarding Andrew Cuomo’s pet project, the centerpiece of his Buffalo Billion scam, SolarCity, gets worse by the day. It’s what we call a “skinnin.”

One of my former office neighbors, a mortage broker, loved to talk of something he called a “skinnin.” It was country slang for making the deal of deals; a “stealing candy from the baby” sort of deal. Whenever I arrived at the office in coat and tie, I could be sure to get a “skinnin’ today?” question out of him, combined with a sly grin. What he had in mind was what Elon Musk did with Andrew Cuomo by selling him the SolarCity deal. It’s been falling apart for many months now and things just keep getting worse for Prince Corruptocrat.

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Pennsylvania PUC Sees Gas Benefits Across the Board

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Gladys Brown, Chair of the PA Public Utilities Commission (PUC) told legislators the state’s natural gas is providing consumers benefits across the board.

The House Appropriations Committee hearings this week picked up the pace a bit – the paint is drying a little faster and it’s becoming exciting. Well, I jest, of course, but the Pennsylvania PUC hearing was at least only 1.5 hours long, not the usual 2.5, so the talkative legislators may actually be tiring. Who knew?

Wednesday was the day for Pennsylvania PUC Chair Gladys Brown to be appear before the Committee and it only took three minutes before Jason Ortitay (Republican, Allegheny and Washington County) got to the most important thing. Ortitay asked Brown this important question:

Can you describe how the diversity of our portfolio, and access to abundant natural gas for new generation, has contributed to lower electricity costs for PA citizens and businesses?

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PA Legislators Challenge the DEP Administrative State

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PA House Appropriations Committee members questioned the Commonwealth’s DEP Secretary last week and effectively challenged this problem administrative state.

Following the ignominious departure of the very dark environmental warrior, John Quigley, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been led by Patrick McDonnell, a much more even tempered and less ideological individual. DEP is still DEP, though, and the boss at the top, Tom Wolf, is as problematic as ever.

Despite this, McDonnell handles himself well and did a reasonably good job answering questions from the House Appropriations Committee last week. The administrative state he supervises has a mind and direction of its own, so it was refreshing to see so many questions (13 in all) put to him about DEP regulation of natural gas. It’s difficult to imagine such a discussion in New York where the legislature is little more than a room full of clapping seals for a governor who micromanages their DEC.

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