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Holistic Fracking Is Here and It’s A Nightmare for Fractivists

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

Holistic fracking, oil and gas well stimulation using a fracking gel made from ingredients available at your local grocery story, is already here.

A couple of decades ago, the term “holistic” became very trendy. We heard a lot about things such as “holistic medicine” and “whole farming,” both of which emphasized treating the whole rather than the parts. It seems somewhat less in vogue today, now doubt due to overuse, but the idea, which certainly has some validity, persists. We’re now seeing something similar, in fact, with hydraulic fracturing. The mechanism for delivering proppants to keep rock fractures open to flow gas is becoming ever more benign, more holistic. Holistic fracking is here.

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“But, Governor, I Thought We Didn’t Need Any More New York Pipelines”

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

 

Andrew Cuomo seems to think building more New York pipelines is completely unnecessary but the market and the experience of NG Advantage says otherwise.

NG Advantage, the pioneer in “virtual pipeline” trucked CNG service, majority-owned by Clean Energy Fuels, tried to build a compressor station/trucking hub in a Binghamton, New York suburb, but that effort failed earlier this year due to local opposition. We’re sure the entire situation left a sour taste in NG’s mouth. Even so, this past winter NG didn’t turn its back on New York State, much to their credit.

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Why Is Southern Tier Solar Works So Afraid of Questions?

Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Southern Tier Solar Works threatened Vic Furman with police intervention if he dared to attend their educational forum and not conduct himself with decorum.

I recently registered for a solar event near me. It was to be conducted by an outfit known as Southern Tier Solar Works. I intended to attend and ask questions. I had seen an advertisement back in May for what was described as a community solar educational event to take place in nearby Sidney, New York and decided to save three spots for myself and friends. No big deal, right? Apparently, it was a big deal for the people at Southern Tier Solar Works, who seem awfully afraid of any questions I might ask.

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California Subsidizes the Golden State’s Wealthiest and Most Trendy

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

  

Only wealthiest and most trendy in California buy the already subsidize electric vehicle, but its the low to middle class footing the infrastructure bill.

Last week the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved over $768 million to build electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and EV use and very kindly stuck ratepayers with the bill.

While news coverage, and the Commissioner, touted California’s leadership and vision, they failed to account for several realities.

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Canadian Government Purchases Trans Mountain Pipeline

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

 

Continual controversy and delays over the Trans Mountain Pipeline pushed the Canadian Government to purchase the pipeline to allow the project to proceed.

Following a contentious few months, the Canadian Federal Government bought out Kinder Morgan’s interest in the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion stretching from Edmonton, Alberta to the Pacific Coast north of Vancouver.  For a price of $4.5B, the pipeline switches from private to public control, with all that entails.

It does not necessarily mean that the pipeline even gets built, however, as British Columbia continues to raise environmental objections that caused the delay in the first place and resulted in Kinder Morgan’s bailing out of the project.

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Russian Gas Addiction Problem No Problem for Those Willing to Address It

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Russian gas addiction is a very real problem for Europe (and soon Boston?) but the solution is no mystery. It’s fracking here, LNG and development of UK gas.

CNN Money has a fascinating story about Russian gas addiction in Europe. It’s a problem that’s come to our shores as well with Russian LNG entering Boston this past winter. What’s most interesting about the CNN Money article is that it ignores the obvious root of the addiction problem and the obvious solution. The problem is failure to develop natural gas resources in Europe (and pipelines to Boston). The solution is a combination of more natural gas development here and in the UK, for instance, and LNG.

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Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture Win Battle, But Lose War

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture invested in a Lycoming County case they thought would advance fractivism. They won the battle but lost the war.

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper, which is about anything but the Delaware River (or it wouldn’t be operating in Lycoming County) just won a court battle in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It had to do with Maya van Rossum’s attempt to extend the reach of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment and turn it into a fracking ban. They won the legal battle at the end off the day, but clearly lost the war.

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Want to Stick It to Facebook? Join Our MeWe Network!

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Facebook is not only intrusive but also horribly biased and we’re moving away from it as fast as we can to MeWe, an unbiased alternative. Join us on MeWe.

We’ve posted on Facebook for years, growing our “likes” to 36,853 over time. We’ve also advertised our posts to grow our audience. But, over time, its become apparent Facebook is not only biased against views such as ours, but also increasingly intrusive and difficult. Complaints are ignored or responded to with rote answers indicating no one read the complaints. Contacting them in real terms is impossible. It’s time for an alternative and MeWe seems to be among the best.

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The Undermining Role and Unfair Influence of Tax-Exempt Foundations

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tax-exempt foundations, especially supposed charities, are undermining our energy security and exercising completely unfair influence over government policy.

A new study, financed by a foundation itself, is out from Northeastern University that provides some much needed perspective on the role of tax-exempt foundations in fractivism.  The study is entitled “Strategic philanthropy in the post‐Cap‐and‐Trade years: Reviewing U.S. climate and energy foundation funding” and is available here.

The study isn’t intended to delve into fractivism per se and doesn’t even mention tax-exemption. Yet, for the reader who knows the background, it lays out, in depth, much of the problem. Tax-exempt foundations, under the guise of being charities to which others can often secretly donate, are exercising unfair influence over energy policy throughout surreptitious lobbying and they’re undermining our energy security in the process.

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