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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 10, 2018

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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The Adelphia Gateway: Making An Old Pipeline Great Again

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The reinvention of an old oil pipeline to serve as the Adelphia Gateway will deliver clean, economical, low-carbon natural gas to the Philadelphia region.

Back in November, Jim Willis reported on “a brand new pipeline project…in the Greater Philadelphia area,” stating that “although the project is new, the pipeline is old–already in the ground.” That project is the Adelphia Gateway and it will repurpose the old pipeline to deliver natural gas to Philadelphia. FERC is now considering the project and it deserves our support, as it will be yet another outlet for Marcellus Shale gas.

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The Evolving Technology Likely to Produce A Fractivist Inferno

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

New technologies that will remove the “hydraulic” from hydraulic fracturing are on the horizon and will send screaming opponents into the fractivist inferno.

Fracturing of natural gas wells using propane is something we’ve previously discussed here at NaturalGasNOW. It’s definitely feasible and has been used elsewhere but the economics are questionable compared to hydraulic fracturing in many instances, so it’s not caught on yet, although it has been proposed in New York. There were also gas wells that have already been fractured with CO2, which holds the promise of being combined with CO2 capture to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. Now, though, comes another idea, which may be the best of all: fracturing with natural gas itself. It’s likely to send our anti-gas friends into screaming apoplectic fits as they self-immolate in a fractivist inferno.

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The Dirty Half-Dozen: Six Ohio Fractivists Trash Economic Development

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Take six Ohio fractivists, attach a phony group name to each, call a meeting and a new Tri-County Landowners Coalition is born to fight economic development.

It’s an old tactic that works again and again for those who oppose things; create phony groups who appear to share your views, and then write letters and hold a press conference to make it falsely appear you represent thousands. Media types fall for it every time, of course. It’s no wonder, therefore, an announcement that a Tri-County Landowners Coalition had been formed in Ohio immediately got attention here and here, for example. It’s still six people, though — six Ohio fractivists opposed to the economic development of three counties where median household incomes dropped up to 21% between 1999 and 2014.

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It’s Already Decided, So Sham DRBC Hearings Don’t Count, But…

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

While DRBC hearings to date have been fairly conducted, they don’t count. The agency has already predetermined the outcome and denied landowners due process, but…

The DRBC hearings to date on its proposed ban on the development hydraulic fractured horizontally drilled gas wells in the basin have been fairly conducted. A retired judge with no axes to grind and little or no knowledge of the matters at hand has acted as hearing officer, which has freed the commissioners from having to face the public whose rights they’re stealing.

Moreover, the judge has started each hearing with a monologue in which he has stated they are real opportunities for public input. There’s not a doubt in my mind he means it, but he happens to be totally wrong, precisely because he’s unfamiliar with the issue. He doesn’t  realize he’s engaging in sham DRBC hearings, the outcome of which has already been predetermined, making a mockery of the due process of law to which we’re all supposed to be entitled.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 3, 2018

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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Unconventional Gas Is Anything But After the Shale Revolution

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

Too many regulatory agencies are still using the term unconventional gas, which is more out of date than bell bottom pants after the shale revolution.

Once again, the Energy Information Administration is out with some fascinating facts that reveal the true scale of the there shale revolution. They also expose just how far behind the times some regulatory agencies are with their terminology. Their data demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that it’s time the term unconventional gas was consigned to the trash can. According to the EIA, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells “accounted for 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83% of the total linear footage drilled” in 2016.”

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Real Delaware River Pollution Down Rathole of History as DRBC Fiddles

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

The DRBC, New York DEC and Delaware Riverkeeper are fighting what they speculate will be Delaware River pollution from fracking while ignoring the real thing.

According to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), pollution of the river is an existential threat. Given Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) data showing “no discernible impacts on the quality of water resources as a result of natural gas development,” that’s anything but the case. More importantly, though, it ignores real Delaware River pollution that’s occurring every day as the DRBC, its members and its Povertykeeper/Riverkeeper allies go out of their way to ignore it.

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Welcome Along Our New Advertiser: Integrity Engineering, PLLC

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

Welcome Integrity Engineering, PLLC a New York professional engineering and consulting firm providing comprehensive services to the natural gas industry.

You’ll notice a new banner atop our posts as we welcome Integrity Engineering, PLCC as an advertiser. The firm proudly serves the “natural gas Industry from the well head to the burner tip,” as their website declares. Its focus “includes transmission and midstream pipeline systems, meter and regulator facilities, interconnect facilities, and compressor stations.” It also provides “complete engineering and design services for new franchise distribution systems and power plant conversions.”

What’s especially interesting is that it operates from two New York State locations; its main offices in Elmira Heights (Chemung County) and also Livonia in Livingston County. Who’d have imagined that?

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20 Gigawatts of New Natural Gas Generated Electricity Coming in 2018

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

Today In Energy reports some 20 gigawatts of new natural gas generated electricity is being added in 2018, with almost a third being built in Pennsylvania.

The shale revolution continues! Rural economic development. Cheap energy for urban America. Clean air for places such as New York City. Reduced emissions of just about everything. New manufacturing jobs. New STEM jobs. New natural gas infrastructure for small towns. Opportunities everywhere. All of this is brought home by a Today In Energy article from last week announcing some otherwise mundane news on natural gas generated electricity.

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