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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project continues to progress through the approval process in a timely fashion in PA while NY keeps playing the fool.

Congratulations to the PennEast Pipeline project on the issuing of its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This needed pipeline is now one step closer to delivering affordable, clean-burning natural gas to consumers. DEP moved swiftly to make sure this project will meet state water quality standards and issued this very significant state permit in the business-like way it’s normally done. Contrast this with the way New York State has politically delayed and obstructed approvals of Constitution and Millennium Pipeline projects. What a difference a border makes.

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Josh Fox’s Plan to Disrupt: Will the DRBC Surrender to Anarchy Again?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Six years ago the DRBC caved and surrendered to anarchy created by Josh Fox and the Povertykeeper refusing to vote on gas. Will anarchy now win again?

It was 2011 when the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) drafted gas drilling regulations only to sit on them. The Commissioners, in an astonishing display of cowardice, surrendered to anarchy created by Josh Fox and the Delaware Povertykeeper, simply refusing to vote. The regulations were anything but reasonable and constituted a massive DRBC power grab but, faced with the opposition of a sniveling producer of smut films and a shill for its sugar-daddy funder, the William Penn Foundation, the agency crumbled anyway.

It was perhaps the worst combined display of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance ever, as Fox grabbed credit for killing economic opportunity in the poorest area of the basin. Now, he’s hoping to resurrect anarchy and force the DRBC back into its secret hiding place. Will they let him? Carol Collier was only too happy to let her friend “Josh” get his way in 2011 when she was running the DRBC. She sympathized with the Povertykeeper, after all, and put that organization on most of her committees even though it had sued the agency. Steve Tambini, her replacement, seems less of her ideological ilk, but he faces his first big test tomorrow.  Continue reading

The Shale Comeback: Stronger Than Ever

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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There is a shale comeback underway and it’s major, with huge technological gains and capacities to carry the shale revolution forward throughout the world.

Major multinational bank Société Générale, headquartered in Paris but with major operations here in the U.S., has just issued a 37-page report on U.S. commodities. The theme of the report caught our attention: “Five facts about shale: it’s coming back, and coming back strong.”

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Tell the DRBC to Get It Done, NOW, Without Further Delay!

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Natural Gas NOW

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It’s time to take action to let the DRBC know just how outrageous their eight years of dawdling in allowing gas drilling to move ahead really is.

Bob Nolan’s guest post this morning makes it clear it’s time to let the DRBC know how Upper Delaware communities and landowners are thoroughly disgusted with the agency’s six years of doing nothing on draft gas drilling regulations. The DRBC also wasted another two years before that in developing a ridiculous set of standards that had everything to do with land use and virtually nothing to do with water use.

Josh Fox is mounting his campaign and we need to do the same. The following is a petition we ask every landowner, every business, every job-seeking resident and every local official to get behind. Your signing of the petition will automatically generate an e-mail to the Secretary of the Commission demanding action.

You imposed an effective moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River basin by virtue of decisions made by your Executive Director some eight years ago and on May 5, 2010 meeting you unanimously directed your staff “to develop draft regulations on well pads in the shales for notice and comment rulemaking and postponed the DRBC’s consideration of well pad dockets until regulations are adopted.” You were presented with draft regulations in September, 2011 and have since refused to vote on them so as to avoid offending special interests.

Altogether, you have had eight very long years to establish a policy on this matter and have utterly failed to the great economic detriment of upper basin landowners and communities with natural gas resources. It is a complete abdication of responsibility and we call upon you to immediately resolve this matter in the manner of your sister agency, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which has regulated water use connected with drilling, with no adverse impact on water quality and no interference in natural gas development so vital to the regional economy.

Do it now!

To the Delaware River Basin Commission

Dear Delaware River Basin Commission Members,

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Josh Fox Tries to Stave Off Justice for Upper Delaware Landowners

Bob NolanBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Upper Delaware landowners are fighting back against the injustice of the DRBC sitting on over-the-top gas regulations for years and Josh Fox is flailing. 

Josh Fox, on Friday, put out a call to action to the little swarm of malicious malcontents who follow him to rise up and exercise some mobocracy against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) at its meeting this Wednesday. He titled his screed “Once Again We Are Under the Threat of Fracking.” He called the Delaware “our beautiful watershed” (even though he operates from Brooklyn out of natural gas heated space). He stated “we simply can’t allow DRBC to frack up our river, our land, air and public health,” and repeatedly raised the specter of threats to his drinking water.

The email was another self-indulgent exercise in crying wolf by the attention starved Fox. It was another reminder of how badly Upper Delaware landowners have been treated at the hands of both this chameleon and the DRBC he holds up as the supposed enemy, even though they’ve been on the same team.

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Next Time New England Will Need An Even Stronger 4th Quarter

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The New England Patriots did the unimaginable with their come from behind win. The New England states will need an even better 4th quarter energy-wise.

Tom Brady did it again with a stunning victory in the 4th quarter of this year’s Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Tom Brady is not available to save New England and New York energy game. These states are collectively about five touchdowns behind with two minutes to play thanks to their asinine political correctness. They’ll only survive by making themselves more dependent on foreign sources of oil and gas and at great cost.

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Recognizing the Extremists Among Us and Their Radical Goals

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivism, to the extent it is a movement at all, is composed of extremists whose real goals are profoundly radical and dangerous to our civil society.

There is a tendency among us to dismiss those on the lunatic fringe of politics as irrelevant. We assume they’re simply oddballs with strange ideas and give them little more than a raised eyebrow or a whispered chuckle. We ignore them at our peril, though, if history is any indication. Radicals and extremists have enormous influence they exercise by  moving discussions in their direction and making other extremists only slightly less radical look moderate by comparison, steadily defining deviancy down. Such is the case with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund or CELDF, a profoundly extremist group that loves to interject itself into environmental issues. It does so not because it cares a whit about the environment but, rather, sees such issues as a means of dragging others into its revolutionary campaign.

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Maryland Natural Gas is Our Golden Ticket – If We Don’t Blow It

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Maryland natural gas is our golden ticket to a prosperous future. However, our brat lawmakers will do anything to stop it. 

For quite some time, I have been writing on the buffoonery that Maryland has been facing when it comes to natural gas. We have had a very strange ride attempting to get fracking moving in this state. It reminds me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in some ways. Here, our state has in its grasp a wonderful golden ticket, but like most of the contestants, greed, ignorance, and pure misrepresentation is causing us to squander this opportunity.

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Time to Fight Back Against Atlantic Sunrise Opponents

 

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The Atlantic Sunrise, despite FERC approval, is facing DAPL-like opposition from the usual suspect radical fractivists. Fight back against these extremists.

Anti-fossil fuel protesters (some of them paid) will go on a camp-out in Amish country (Lancaster County, PA) beginning this Friday to protest the imminent start of construction for the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. The same group built themselves a magic tree house along the planned route of the pipeline . Then the bottom dropped out of their world. Last Friday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a final authorization to begin construction.

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Cabot’s “Fill a Glass with Hope” Far Exceeds Goal

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External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

Cabot’s Fill a Glass with Hope program, which provides milk to help local families in Susquehanna County, has exceeded its goal beyond expectation.

Brittany Ramos recently detailed on Well Said the extraordinary work by Feeding Pennsylvania to bring fresh milk to Pennsylvania families in need through the Fill a Glass with Hope program. In 2016, the inaugural year, Feeding Pennsylvania announced an ambitious goal of distributing 2 million servings of milk. And at the 2017 Farm Show, Feeding Pennsylvania Executive Director Jane Clements-Smith announced 2.3 million servings of milk were distributed, far above the original goal.

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