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Can We Flip Some of Our Trade Deficit with China by Selling It LNG?

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

It’s no secret we run a trade deficit with China but, we may have found at least a partial solution with LNG. We’re an LNG exporter and they’re the market.

An article by Brian Wang on the website Next Big Future uses some interesting data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to make a fascinating point; China is on it way to being the world’s biggest market for LNG and the U.S. is headed toward being the No. 2 global exporter of the stuff. That sounds a lot like an opportunity to reduce our trade deficit with China, doesn’t it?

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The Delaware Riverkeeper’s Desperate Anti-Pipeline Campaign Derailed

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

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court just smacked Delaware Povertykeeper again as the latter continues to pursue its desperate anti-pipeline campaign.

The Commonwealth Court issued an opinion Wednesday that dealt the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper yet another blow to its desperate anti pipeline campaign; one intended to halt the shale revolution by preventing the transportation of the stuff to market. It’s a completely disingenuous campaign, of course, but Ms. Disingenuity knows exactly how to play to her funders and they want the revolution smashed. So, she’s using their money to finance one lawsuit after another to delay, frustrate and squelch every pipeline project that serve to move Marcellus Shale gas to New York and New Jersey where it’s needed.

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Senator Andy Dinniman Uses Taxpayer Dollars to Harass Mariner East

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Pennsylvania State Senator Andy Dinniman used taxpayer funds to hire a Delaware Riverkeeper law firm to help him fight the Mariner East before the state PUC.

The Mariner East 2 pipeline project is 98% complete with final reclamation already underway but Andy Dinniman, a State Senator from Southeast Pennsylvania, is pretending he can kill it for the sake of milking votes from NIMBY and special interest constituents. He wants his last ounce of demagogic opportunity. Andy Dinniman, in fact, has been using special interest lawyers funded by the Commonwealth itself to represent him before a state agency, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC). It’s an outrageous abuse of the system.

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Why Does Geisinger Continue to Advance Fractivist Junk Science?

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Turned down for funding by the gas industry, Geisinger continues to seek revenge with junk science studies funded through NIH and its own pet funder.

Geisinger Health Systems has been helping advance one fractivist junk science study after another, the latest being an attempt to implicitly link fracking with depression and disordered sleep. Energy In Depth exposes it for the junk science it is, but the bigger question is why Geisinger keeps doing this. The likely answer is money, political correctness and revenge.

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LNG Exports to the EU Are All About Their Freedom and Our Economy

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Natural Gas NOW

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More LNG exports to the EU are coming and they will help ensure the future freedom of Europeans while continuing the revitalization of our rural America.

Bloomberg News put out a wonderful story yesterday over its news service about what’s happening in the world of LNG exports. BusinessMirror carried it. It’s a must-read if you want to know what’s going to help continue the rural economic revitalization we’ve seen in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere. The shale revolution has delivered huge economic benefits to places such as Susquehanna County. The prospects for more such revitalization just got a boost with news the Trump Administration and the EU have made some trade agreements that will ensure more LNG exports from us to them.

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DCNR Shale Gas Report Blows Another Hole in DRBC Fracking Ban

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Natural Gas NOW

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A new Pennsylvania DCNR shale gas report re-ups conclusions from four years ago and blows a ship-sinking hole through the DRBC fracking ban justification hull.

Good news is hard to hide, even for Wolf Administration folks committed to supporting the governor’s DRBC fracking ban. A new DCNR shale gas report uses 202 pages to lay out how shale gas development on state lands has been managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They have to love it because oil and gas leases have provided over $1.1 billion to the Commonwealth and funded many of the land acquisitions they’ve made. But, bragging about it in an administration committed to the DRBC fracking ban requires some real parsing of words, of course. That’s why the good news—the only news that matters—does not appear until page 6, but it’s a huge torpedo through the hull of the DRBC fracking ship.

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Sorry, DEP, But Your Environmental Justice Con Game Stinks

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Like the word “stakeholder” the environmental justice con game is just another political tool for empowering special interests through proxies never given.

Every time I hear the phrase “environmental justice,” I want to scream “Where’s my damned justice?” The whole concept stinks. The basic theory is that “communities and populations should not be disproportionally exposed to adverse environmental impacts.” The fundamental premise is that “historically, minority and low-income Pennsylvanians have been forced to bear a disproportionate share of adverse environmental impacts.”

No proof of that is ever offered, of course, because it’s functionally impossible to isolate and quantify “adverse environmental impacts” relative to their impacts on particular populations. It isn’t that one can’t assemble numbers. That’s easy. The problems with the premise are three-fold and they’re being completely ignored as Pennsylvania blithely implements a politically correct environmental justice con game.

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Nick Grealy Is Smiling Up There: Brits Finally Start Fracking in Lancashire

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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If our friend Nick Grealy was still around he’d be writing something very clever about the news; the Brits are finally going to start fracking in Lancashire.

Nick Grealy was speaking up for shale gas in the UK and around the world long before I got to it. I discovered his No Hot Air website very early in our own struggle and found it to be a wonderfully witty, in-your-face, source of information and attitude. Nick left us for  a better place not so long ago. He had hoped to live long enough to see his fellow Brits finally get fracking after almost a decade of delay in spite of his determined advocacy. He didn’t quite make it, but I have to believe he’s smiling up there today because the UK just authorized fracking in Lancashire.

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