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Marcellus Shale Drilling and Impact Fees Skyrocket

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Marcellus Shale impact fees are headed upward as drilling activity in the region accelerates; bringing good news to all Pennsylvanians who benefit from them.

Pennsylvania, in early 2012, enacted the most sweeping rework of oil and gas laws in the state in decades. Called Act 13, one of the provisions of the law is an “impact fee” collected on each horizontal shale well drilled. The fee is intended to offset the impacts of drilling in places where drilling happens, hence the name. However, in order to get enough support to pass Act 13, politics were played and 40% of the “fee” got re-allocated to non-impact uses. That is to say 40% of the fee became a tax and it’s now skyrocketing upward along with drilling activity.

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Does the Daily Star Now Want The Constitution Pipeline, Maybe?

Richard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Dick Downey comments on an Oneonta Daily Star article about the Constitution Pipeline stating they now “see benefits coming from the natural gas pipeline.”

Congratulations, Daily Star! You finally equate the Constitution Pipeline with the area’s economic health. While disapproving the route, the method of land appropriation, the preparation for construction, and the industry’s history of securing local tax abatement, the Star’s January 20/21st editorial at least notes some benefits and beneficiaries of affordable gas.

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Shale Gas News – February 3, 2018

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about snubbing, Russian LNG, a NY Power Plant and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Kevin Lynn, Communications Director at Linde Corporation; Jude Clemente, regular Forbes contributor and researcher at JTC Energy Research and Chad Riley, CEO at The Thrasher Group.

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Red Fawn Falling: Another DAPL Extremist Goes to Jail

Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Justice is often slow in coming but Red Fawn, a convicted felon turned DAPL activist has been jailed. So much for the credibility of those DAPL protests.

One defining characteristic of the Keep It in the Ground movement is an almost charming belief that if you wish for something really hard and repeat the same lies over and over you can alter reality.

Even the name of the movement—Keep It in the Ground—suggests we’d be better off without the petrochemicals that make modern life possible, despite all evidence to the contrary.

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It’s Already Decided, So Sham DRBC Hearings Don’t Count, But…

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

While DRBC hearings to date have been fairly conducted, they don’t count. The agency has already predetermined the outcome and denied landowners due process, but…

The DRBC hearings to date on its proposed ban on the development hydraulic fractured horizontally drilled gas wells in the basin have been fairly conducted. A retired judge with no axes to grind and little or no knowledge of the matters at hand has acted as hearing officer, which has freed the commissioners from having to face the public whose rights they’re stealing.

Moreover, the judge has started each hearing with a monologue in which he has stated they are real opportunities for public input. There’s not a doubt in my mind he means it, but he happens to be totally wrong, precisely because he’s unfamiliar with the issue. He doesn’t  realize he’s engaging in sham DRBC hearings, the outcome of which has already been predetermined, making a mockery of the due process of law to which we’re all supposed to be entitled.

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What Our Pipeline Opposition Has Wrought, Fellow New Yorkers

Victor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman points out what New York’s and, more specifically, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pipeline opposition, has wrought in the way of unaffordable electricity.

Why with all with all the natural gas under our feet are New Yorkers facing an explosion in electricity costs? WBNG reports the following:

In one NYSEG bill shown to 12 News, on-peak and off-peak supply charges doubled and tripled, respectively, when compared to December.

Those of us who been involved for a decade now in advocating for natural gas development  in Upstate New York know the answer. It’s politically correct anti-gas activism and pipeline opposition adopted by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 3, 2018

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

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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Unconventional Gas Is Anything But After the Shale Revolution

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

Too many regulatory agencies are still using the term unconventional gas, which is more out of date than bell bottom pants after the shale revolution.

Once again, the Energy Information Administration is out with some fascinating facts that reveal the true scale of the there shale revolution. They also expose just how far behind the times some regulatory agencies are with their terminology. Their data demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that it’s time the term unconventional gas was consigned to the trash can. According to the EIA, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells “accounted for 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83% of the total linear footage drilled” in 2016.”

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Real Delaware River Pollution Down Rathole of History as DRBC Fiddles

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

The DRBC, New York DEC and Delaware Riverkeeper are fighting what they speculate will be Delaware River pollution from fracking while ignoring the real thing.

According to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), pollution of the river is an existential threat. Given Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) data showing “no discernible impacts on the quality of water resources as a result of natural gas development,” that’s anything but the case. More importantly, though, it ignores real Delaware River pollution that’s occurring every day as the DRBC, its members and its Povertykeeper/Riverkeeper allies go out of their way to ignore it.

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New England Gets Power Plant: Will It Get Gas?

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

A proposed New England natural gas power plant will bring numerous economic benefits as it produces affordable, clean energy for homes and businesses.

In April 2016, MDN told you NTE Energy, headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, plans to build several new natural gas-fired electric generating plants, one of them in Connecticut. Since that time NTE has been busy with all of three projects.

The Connecticut project is called Killingly Energy Center, a 550-megawatt plant that will be located near Killingly, CT. NTE has secured a site for the plant, filed a request to connect to the power grid, filed for an air permit and filed with the siting council.

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