Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
Rumored new FERC appointment Rob Powelson offers a lesson in dealing with the fractivist jihad. It starts with not acting like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
We can’t speak highly enough of Rob Powelson, member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and currently the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As we recently reported, Powelson is one of three names being rumored as a nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It can’t happen soon enough!
Yesterday, Powelson spoke at the Upstream PA conference in State College. He didn’t beat around the bush. In a very frank talk, Rob equated fossil fuel nutters with Islamic terrorists when he said, “The jihad has begun… At the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission groups actually show up at commissioners’ homes to make sure we don’t get this gas to market. How irresponsible is that?”
So true. These fractivist wackos have more in common with anti-American terrorists than they do with common, decent, ordinary Americans. They are so hyped-up and amped-up on global warming hysteria, they’re willing to use extreme tactics – even violence – to force their will on everyone else. It’s about time we started calling it like it is, and that’s just what Rob did yesterday.
Powelson also called Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (who just announced his support for a permanent frack ban) an ignoramus, in so many words, according to this report from the apparently offended StateImpactPA:
One of Pennsylvania’s top utility regulators says people opposing pipeline projects are engaged in a “jihad” to keep natural gas from reaching new markets.
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson was speaking to gas industry representatives Tuesday at the Upstream PA conference in State College.
“The jihad has begun,” he told the audience. “At the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission groups actually show up at commissioners homes to make sure we don’t get this gas to market. How irresponsible is that?”
Powelson, a Republican, has served on the PUC since 2008. He’s reportedly being considered by the Trump administration for an appointment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The independent agency oversees the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. It’s supposed to have five commissioners, but following a resignation last month, it only has two — not enough for the required quorum to make decisions.
Powelson told the industry representatives they have friends in the federal government who want to provide regulatory certainty to businesses. He said he met with President Donald Trump’s staff and would be honored serve as a FERC commissioner if asked.
“I think it would be an honor for Pennsylvania,” he said. “I certainly have the pedigree and resume to do the job.”
He went on to praise the CEO of Dominion–the company building a multi-billion dollar gas export terminal along the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Maryland. It’s expected to come online at the end of this year.
“It’s a great success story,” Powelson said.
He then sharply criticized Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), who called for a ban on fracking last week.
“I find it a little shocking he would come out against fracking because when you look at the pipeline flows into Cove Point, it’s a play on Marcellus Shale gas,” said Powelson. “There are lots of uneducated people around this industry.”
Powelson cited the numerous benefits the shale gas boom has brought the country, including falling carbon dioxide emissions and lower consumer energy prices. He outlined his support for streamlining the pipeline permitting process, by making changes to the National Environmental Policy Act and removing obstacles to eminent domain.
“Over the next decade we have a very unique opportunity as an industry and as government leaders,” Powelson said. “And we’re gonna do it in a way that we’re not cutting corners on the environmental piece and pipeline safety.”
Editor’s Note: I can only imagine what the StateImpactPA folks thought in covering Powelson’s remarks. As shills for the William Penn Foundation and Heinz Endowments and their ongoing vicious campaign against natural gas development as they fund not only StateImpactPA, but also the Clean Air Council, Delaware Povertykeeper (a/k/a Riverkeeper), PennFuture and even the DRBC, they must have cringed. They probably also thought highlighting Powelson’s reference to the fractivist jihad and his candor regarding Gov. Larry “No Fight When It Comes to Western Maryland” Hogan would diminish him, but my reaction is the same as Jim’s. I like someone who speaks directly and honestly and holds nothing back. Get this man on FERC, now!