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Big Win: Dirt Moved on the Atlantic Sunrise Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW


The several year permitting process has ended and construction has officially started for the Greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Atlantic Sunrise Project is officially underway. The several year process of obtaining all the federal and state permits is now complete and construction of two compressor stations has begun. Pipeline construction will start within the next few weeks.

This critical energy infrastructure will provide abundant, affordable natural gas to families and businesses, as well as, support thousands of jobs and generate $1.6 billion in economic activity in our area. Once complete, in mid-2018, the Atlantic Sunrise will increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

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Sea Level Rise? Check Your Science Before Hyperventilating Please

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Energy Research


The sea level rise has been highly exaggerated over the years; only rising very modestly, far from the rate fear-mongering Al Gore predicted.

“Sea level has been overall rising since the last ice age, with some ups and downs. Sea level has been rising for the past 200 years….Humans are not going to stop sea level rise on the time scale of a few centuries by ceasing emissions of CO2.”

– Judith Curry, “The Blame Game.” Climate Etc. August 14, 2017.

Judith Curry is the personification of “one plus the truth equals a majority.” This esteemed climate scientist and erstwhile professor changed her views from climate alarmism and (government) forced energy transformation, a story told elsewhere.

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Natural Gas Boats Are Here for Your Next Marine Adventure

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


Natural gas vehicles, natural gas tractors and now natural gas boats. Is there nothing that can’t be powered by natural gas to reduce emissions? Seems so.

Readers who took a great interest in that sleek new New Holland natural gas powered farm tractor will be thrilled to know there are also natural gas powered boats available for their next marine adventure. It’s hardly a new concept but one made increasingly feasible by fracking  proving how versatile natural gas is in meeting our energy needs while reducing emissions. What a blessing natural gas is. Have you thanked a fracker today?

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DRBC Sitting on $30 Million of Cash and Investments

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The latest DRBC audit shows this government agency is setting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments, even while it begs for money from taxpayers.

Nobody was more pleased than me when Pennsylvania opted recently to cut its DRBC contribution to $217,000 but it should forever be cut to zero next time. Why? Because the agency is sitting on roughly $30 million of cash and investments from business profits from its reservoir operations. Moreover, over $19 million of that consists of unrestricted funds. The DRBC has all the resources it needs without any help from Pennsylvania.

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Land Grabbers Threaten Our Most Precious Rights

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist


Vic Furman talks about the land grabbers behind the recent DRBC resolution to consider a fracking ban, their motives and his own plans to resist it all.

What’s on my mind today? Facebook asks this of me every day. Let me answer—as bluntly as I possibly can. The recent DRBC vote was disgusting culmination of a disgusting process underway in this country as land grabbers threaten not only to take our land but also our every right.

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Why Some Media Organizations Are Fractivist Sympathizers

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


A recent editorial in the Scranton Times explains why so many media organizations are so sympathetic to fractivism; they’re gentry class NIMBYs themselves.

Our regular commenter, Karen Orlando, has, for many months, like a voice in the wilderness of New York City, been articulating perhaps the greatest problem facing those of us who believe in natural gas. It is the gigantic failure of media organizations to cover what’s really behind most of fractivism or even relate the most salient facts. Here’s some of what she offered recently:

Without incompetent media and the politicians, the [fractivist] movement would have been a failure years ago…

While many people [have] talked about echochambers, media bias and people living in bubbles, I never would have believed it would be impossible to get the … press to cover what is happening with this movement and tell the truth about it. Unfortunately. I have found that one cannot get reporters to use facts in their reporting [or] make corrections … It’s a sad say for the country indeed. The press can no longer discern what reality and facts are.

There are many explanations for this, of course. Reporters have political views and most of them run in one direction. Journalism teach more activism than writing these days. Rabble-rousing always makes a great story. There is another reason, though, and I suspect it is one of the most powerful; media organizations are typically owned by a gentry class opposed to development anywhere near their favorite second-homes and vacation areas.

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Big Win for Millennium Pipeline: Big Loss for New York DEC

Millennium PipelineAttorney Thomas S. West
Founder and Managing Partner
The West Firm, PLLC


FERC just gave Millennium Pipeline a big win and blew New York State DEC out of the water with a much deserved put-down and precedent for other pipelines.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an important decision today in favor of Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“MPC”) that is sure to effect New York regulatory matters.  FERC determined that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) waived its authority to issue a water quality certificate under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).

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Let’s Call the Impact Fee by Its Real Name: Severance Tax

budget shortfallKeith Naughton
Principal, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC


Representative John Maher wants to set the record straight on the Pennsylvania impact fee; “it always was and now is a severance tax.”

With a simple amendment Rep. John Maher, Chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee (Pennsylvania), injected a much-needed dose of honesty into state government. Maher’s amendment changed the name of the “Impact Fee” levied on fracked natural gas to “Severance Tax,” which is what that tax should have been called from Day One.

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DRBC Action Is Simply Defensive Move in War for Land

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.


The DRBC decision yesterday to sometime consider something we haven’t yet seen is getting press but it’s only a defensive move in a bigger war over land.

I don’t have a lot to add to the post I wrote yesterday prior to the DRBC vote on its resolution. It all went as predicted. Tom Wolf betrayed fellow Pennsylvanians, telling them to go pound salt after they failed to pick up on his request for a severance tax bribe, siding with New York second home owners instead. I knew Wolf would be a governor I didn’t much like but I thought he was smarter than this. Turns out he’s just another trust-funder.

But, that’s not why I decided to add an afterthought to this story. What needs to be said is that this is merely a DRBC reaction to the Wayne Land and Minerals Group (WLMG) lawsuit against it. It doesn’t amount to anything and it will have little effect because the lawsuit is where the action is and it will determine the future.

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West Virginia DEP Revokes Twice Approved Mountain Valley Certification

Mountain ValleyMountain ValleyMountain ValleyMike Krancer, Frederick M. Lowther and
Margaret Anne Hill
Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP


West Virginia DEP oversteps FERC and decides to vacate the already twice approved Mountain Valley Pipeline and revoke the 401 certification.

As we have noted in our prior blog posts on the Constitution Pipeline and Millennium Valley Lateral projects, §401 of the Federal Clean Water Act has become a focal point in the growing efforts by States to exercise dominant authority over FERC jurisdictional pipelines.

This time, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“WVDEP”) has taken the unprecedented step of actually revoking a §401 certification it had granted in March 2017 and then reaffirmed in May. This action by WVDEP may be the final straw in State authority to review FERC jurisdictional pipelines as FERC and the Congress will be energized to react to the oversteps by New York in Millennium and now West Virginia in Mountain Valley.

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