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Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move.

Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the usual pro/anti gas development crowd. Lots of opinions were offered but little technical information the DEC could use in decision making.

The antis painted an apocalyptic picture of foul water, unbreathable air, rising seas, and disease. Union workers and others in favor of the project saw jobs and economic development. Most local political leaders spoke of increased tax revenue. They said the Millennium Pipeline has been a good neighbor, living up to its promises and benefiting the community.

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Shale Gas News – August 5, 2017

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

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about virtual pipelines, air quality, New York City and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone, of the 39th Legislative District.

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Taxes and Regulation: The Twin Banes of Natural Gas Development

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Natural gas development isn’t easy. Politicians want to tax it and regulate it. The pols are now in a bind, though, and offering to trade one for the other.

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives continues to struggle with the funding plan needed to balance the $32,000,000,000 state budget allowed last month by Governor Wolf to come into law. To pay for it, the Senate agreed for the first time to impose a mineral extraction tax. In return the Senate gave some permitting relief to the natural gas industry. The House has not presented its plan, but as the days drift on it looks more and more possible that they could follow the Senate regarding an extraction tax. They don’t seem to have many other options.

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Potomac River Pipeline: 3 Miles of Controversy for West Virginia

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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TransCanada is seeking to build a 3-mile pipeline under the Potomac River to supply needed gas to West Virginia, but are facing the usual opposition. 

Last April, Maryland was the first state with natural gas reserves to pass a law that outright bans fracking. Governor Hogan, a once ally of natural gas development, made a complete 180-degree and signed the law into place based on political pressure claiming, “environmental risks of fracking outweigh any benefits”.

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Two States, Two Pipeline Projects, Two Worlds Apart

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

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The progress and impending conclusions of two pipeline projects in New York and Pennsylvania have been monitored by Marcellus Drilling News with big reveals.

New York’s corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is running scared. For 19 months the DEC has intentionally delayed granting a tiny, 9-mile spur Millennium Pipeline wants to build in Orange County, NY the necessary Federal 401 Water Quality Certification it needs. Millennium took the DEC to federal court, but the court refused to get involved, telling Millennium that if the DEC is delaying, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can jump in, tell New York it used up it’s time and authorize the project to proceed. So, that’s what Millennium did. They asked FERC to act.

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Delaware River Fractivists Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper and other Delaware River fractivists are apparently very afraid the DRBC moratorium will be lifted and rightly so.

Our friends over at Energy In Depth have nailed it with their observations about the effects of a DRBC lawsuit. Delaware River fractivists of all stripes have every reason to be afraid, Seth Whitehead says, and he’s exactly correct. They’re showing their fear with one of those bogus petition efforts in which they engage from time to time whenever they want to rattle their swords.

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Another Dimock ATSDR Study? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It’s back! There is another Dimock ATSDR study underway, proving how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government into the ridiculous and the corrupt.

How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.

That study was instigated by Josh Fox and now forgotten people such as Craig Sautner who bombarded the EPA with complaints until they relented and did a study proving just how ridiculous the fractivist claims really were, at which point Sautner went apoplectic, turned on the agency and self-destructed in an epic blazing flameout. (Must watch video here.)

Now, it’s “déjà vu all over again.”

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Riverkeeper Fail: The Shrinking Influence of a Big Mouth

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a political action group masquerading as a charity, failed again as two FERC members were appointed by unanimous consent.

Earlier in the week a regular reader sent me an action alert from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, known not so affectionately here as the Delaware Povertykeeper or right arm of the Philadelphia gentry class. He sarcastically made the subject line “No lobbying here.” It was all about the continuing and quite extensive efforts of the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper to prevent new FERC appointments so key pipeline projects would be stalled and kept in limbo ad infinitum.

The fact the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper even imagined this was a viable strategy ignored the political realties; both Democrats and Republicans want those projects. This is why Maya and company, the biggest mouths on the fractivist scene and hired guns for elitist power-brokers were ignored and those appointments have now been approved. It was a big fail.

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Panda Power Plant Is Anything But Black and White

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Panda is developing a new natural gas-fired power plant in Maryland, and environmentalist groups are saying it’s black and white. It’s anything but. 

Last year, the fight against the Panda Mattawoman Power Plant came to a head. Groups like the Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Earthjustice decided that to fight the new natural gas-fired power plant, they needed to make it civil rights instead of environmental rights.

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Wolf Postures and Wastes Time While DEP Permits Languish

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thinks it’s more important to waste time demagoguing clean air issues than solving them by issuing stalled DEP pipeline permits.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been a huge disappointment, an incompetent political showboat. He has routinely tried to appease the wacko element of his constituency at the expense of good government. When he appointed the humorless John Quigley of PennFuture as DEP Secretary, that was the first sign of the Governor’s plan to demagogue first and govern later.

Now, Wolf is wasting time posturing in social media and elsewhere challenging EPA dumping of the politicized top-down EPA ozone rules adopted under President Obama. Meanwhile, actions that would simultaneously help Pennsylvania’s economy and make it possible to clean more air—things like permits for pipelines such as the Atlantic Sunrise—languish on the Pennsylvania DEP desk. What are we now; New York?

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