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New England’s Mad Cow Disease

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

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new englandNew England conjures up images of cows grazing behind stone walls, but it seems the region has a bad case of mad cow disease if energy policy is any guide.

Last June, Marcellus Drilling News quasi-predicted natural gas prices might spike during the 2016-2017 winter season in New England, due to a coming shortage of LNG from Tinidad. With a warmer than normal winter, and with newfound natural gas supplies making their way to New England, prices did not spike. However, New England continues to pay prices 3-4 times higher than the rest of the country for their natural gas due to lack of supply.

That hasn’t (and won’t) change, until more supplies make it to New England —either by pipeline or ship.

Naturally, the special interest pandering politicians of the region (well, not so much the region, as the Democratic Republic otherwise known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) are opposed to the pipelines, making  their constituents ever more dependent on foreign gas.

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Today’s Delaware Riverkeeper PennEast Stunt An Al Capone Vault Moment?

bob nolan reports on delaware riverkeeperBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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The Delaware Riverkeeper is planning a stupid pet trick at today’s DRBC meeting, a stunt that seems likely to turn out to be its “Al Capone’s Vault” moment. 

Maya van Rossum, the mouthy radical who has designated herself as the Delaware Riverkeeper plans an incredibly stupid pet trick at today’s DRBC meeting. It’s a protest of the PennEast Pipeline to be implemented in bits by a carefully choreographed group of hangers-on who will do what their told and, one by one, stand up to read bits of a rambling diatribe Maya & Co have concocted. You can read the whole thing here and Maya’s detailed instructions here (including her strange “Pura vida” closing).

If you take the time to read it, you’ll probably wish you hadn’t but you’ll understand exactly what a joke the whole Delaware Riverkeeper operation really is. I suspect this stupid stunt could well become its Al Capone’s Secret Vault moment. There’s nothing there.

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Fractivists Who Fought for Home Rule Now Oppose It?

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Double standards employed by fractivists regarding home rule and natural gas development are nothing less than staggering, as the Gorsline case illustrates.

Every so often Mother Nature gets angry at the hubris exhibited by humans in their belief that they can control world climate. In response she teaches us a lesson. We are getting one here on the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard as she dumps heavy wet snow all over, paralyzing the entire area. What a pleasure to know that the ultimate weapon remains outside of human hands.

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No More DRBC Funding Without Permits – Absolutely None!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It’s now clear the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has been playing a wretched game the last seven years and Pennsylvania should zero out its funding.

There’s currently a lawsuit underway challenging the authority of the DRBC to regulate land use — specifically, the development and operation of gas well pads in the basin. It has huge implications for the agency. I serve as the Executive Director of a railroad shippers group granted the privilege of offering an amicus curiae brief in the matter. As the case has proceeded, I’ve watched, with great interest, the DRBC’s reaction. It has been to obfuscate and pretend the organization has never stood in the way of permitting gas drilling despite the seven years it has sat on draft regulations it clearly has no intention of ever acting upon. The DRBC has made the case for Pennsylvania that the Commonwealth ought to zero out any funding it is giving the agency.

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What DAPL Protesters Accomplished and Didn’t

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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DAPL protesters accomplished a great deal, even if they didn’t stop a pipeline. They busted budgets, curtailed services and upset lives to swell their egos.

The malcontents have gone back home. Ivy Preparatory School League graduate Judith Lockhard has gone back to New Jersey, no doubt to publicly express her feelings on some other cause. Glenn Wahl has gone back to New York to spin yarns to his Jamestown Community College students about his experience. The kids in Somerville, Massachusetts have gone on to protest other things, I expect. Oil will flow through the pipeline in a matter of days. The filthy hell-hole that was the DAPL protesters’ camp has been cleaned up. It’s a time for reflection on what the DAPL protesters accomplished and didn’t.

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Fellow Marylanders: Would You Buy A Used Car from This Man?

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Craig Stevens is a used car salesman adept at pitching quip to get others to buy what he’s selling on behalf of his benefactors. Marylanders, beware.

“Buyer beware” is a phrase that lives in infamy. Like it or not, it is true and we all have our horror stories of being a potential victim of a sleazy salesman. Some such “used car salesmen” simply scream sleaze, in fact. Not to throw stink on honest used car salesmen, but it is an industry where the buyer must see through the pitch to understand what they are really getting.

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US Shale Gas Industry Yields New World Order?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The US shale gas industry is, with new LNG export capacity, in position to dominate a new world order in energy with benefits for us and emerging nations.

There’s something new and beautiful happening as a result of the US shale gas industry. Our nation is now in position to dominate a new world order in energy with huge benefits to rural America and nations around the world who are emerging from poverty. It’s a story of exports, something we’ve not done so well at it in a very long time. It’s about shale gas produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas that is being converted to LNG and sold to Egypt, Mexico and Japan. It offers a demonstration of just how important energy infrastructure is to this country if we want to maximize the benefits of the shale revolution.

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PA DEP Wants Reward for Doing Poorly!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell had the audacity to blame poor performances by some of its regional offices on lack of money even though it get $728 million.

PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell was as well spoken at his Senate Budget hearing as he was when the House Appropriations Committee interviewed him. He certainly has the right professional temperament for his job, but that didn’t make his answers any better when it came to DEP permitting delays. He blamed it on a lack of money, of course, and wants to be rewarded with more of it, despite horrific delays and disparities among his regional offices in issuing routine erosion and sedimentation permits.

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Energy Education Is Fun and Engaging with MOLU

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU) is a fun, hands-on learning approach to teaching energy education and it is on the way to Pennsylvania.

Cabot is excited to announce the Mobile Offshore Learning Unit, or MOLU, is visiting Pennsylvania. This unit, created by the Offshore Energy Center, features six self-contained learning centers with curriculum-based, hands-on activities about energy and the technologies and sciences involved with the oil and natural gas industry with a curriculum based on state and national standards.

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CELDF Seeks to Seize Municipalities and Turn Them Into Torpedos

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tom Linzey, the over-stuffed radical child who leads the CELDF, wants to seize municipalities and turn them into torpedoes in his revolutionary power grab.

No group has more abused local government than the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), which would have everyone believe its the advocate of home rule and the government that’s closest to the people. The CELDF stands for democracy and “community rights” it says, but it’s actions speak to a different agenda, one that gleefully talks of municipalities as mere material to forge into torpedoes for its war against civil society.

Tom Linzey is the forger-in-chief at the CELDF. A trust-funder type who’s never worked at real job, he and his girl friend Stacey Schmader formed the CELDF right after he graduated from law school. He’s been living off it since, prancing around the country like some sort of radical warrior throwing spears from behind the lectern. He has used and abused one naive municipality after another attaching himself to any cause he can to promote himself and his thoroughly radical agenda. His inflated ego is getting the better of him, though, as he brags to extremist supporters how he has manipulated local officials.

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