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The Skeptical Environmentalist is Right about the Paris Accord

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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There has been a lot of talk from both sides of the issue on the impact of the Paris Accord. The best reason for backing out comes from an environmentalist.

John Dewey, an American philosopher and psychologist, once stated “Skepticism: the mark and even the pose of the educated mind.” I believe this is true in every sense. Not to overshadow a healthy dose of faith, skepticism is vital to understanding oppositional understanding and to better understand your own ideas.

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Cabot Pushes Out Over $1 Billion To Local Landowners

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Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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Cabot Oil & Gas has paid out over $1 billion in royalties to landowners and nearly $500 million in bonuses in their 10 years of operating in this region.

During an update to the community and elected officials, I had the pleasure to announce several major milestones of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation from its past decade of operations in the region. This ten-year look-back included the announcement that to date, more than $1 billion has been paid in royalties to landowners in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties and nearly $500,000,000 has been paid out in signing bonuses since Cabot commenced operations in 2006.

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Where Are Those Fractivist Clowns Now?

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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NIMBY opponents to a NG Advantage facility in Fenton are forced to face reality; it is the alternative to pipelines certain fractivist clowns had stopped.

There was another meeting in the Town ff Fenton, Broome County, New York, the other night on the subject of the NG Advantage natural gas transfer station to be located on the service road near Port Dickinson. Land preparations have already started, so the meeting was really but an opportunity for local NIMBYs to vent.

They attempted to do so, but it quickly became clear they were too late. I took the opportunity to explain why it is Fenton is getting a NG Advantage transfer station; because certain fractivist clowns and one corrupt governor have prevented the development of the Constitution Pipeline, among other things, that have delivered the natural gas where it is needed in another way – the safest way known.

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OPEC Cuts Production in Losing War with Fracking

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Institute for Energy Research

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Thanks to the shale revolution, U.S. production is up and costs have dropped significantly. Yet, OPEC is trying to increase prices by cutting its production.

First shale oil and now offshore deep-water oil are reducing their costs of production, making it more difficult for OPEC’s policies to have the intended effect. Shale oil production costs have come down significantly over the past several years, making its production profitable at below $40 a barrel.

Now, deep-water oil production is expected to bring down its costs to between $40 and $50 per barrel by early next year from an average break-even price of about $62 in the first quarter of this year and $75 in 2014. OPEC expects to keep oil prices between $50 and $60 a barrel by extending its production cuts for another nine months—keeping roughly 2 percent of global oil production off the market to increase prices.

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So New York Fractivists Need More Gas? Say It Ain’t So!

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

An economic impact study on the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline Project  offers nice data, but the real story is New York Fractivists need gas.

Williams just released a very nice report from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University documenting the prospective economic impacts of the company building something called the Northeast Supply Enhancement Pipeline project. Despite the boring name, this little 37-mile project, as it turns out, should have  “approximately $327 million in additional economic activity (GDP) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In addition, the project will directly and indirectly generate 3,186 jobs during the one-year construction period.” You can read all about here.

These economic impacts, important as they are, don’t gauge the real significance of this project; New York fractivists need more of that natural gas produced in Pennsylvania through fracking. The pipeline merely responds to demand.

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Youngstown Extremists Seeking to Legalize Civil Disobedience

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

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Fractivists in Youngstown, who are growing tired of losing, are taking the extreme approach to try and change the rules and legalize civil disobedience.

Anti-fossil fuel agitators in Youngstown, aided and abetted and whipped into a frenzy by the radical Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), have grown tired of losing. Six times now they have gotten enough signatures to put a so-called Community Bill of Rights (i.e. anti fracking) measure on the ballot for voters. And six times they have lost.

As we reported in May, the nutters are making another run at it, placing an anti-fracking measure on the ballot for the seventh time. But this time there’s a twist–they want to legalize illegal actions of “civil” disobedience. That is, they want to break the law but not be held accountable for their actions.

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Why Is Pennsylvania DEP Ignoring Reality on Methane?

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Pennsylvania DEP is determined to target shale producers with insane methane regulations regardless of the facts and achievements in reducing such emissions.

There is something very weird going at Pennsylvania DEP. The agency is directly targeting the Commonwealth’s shale producers with punishing discriminatory regulations for which there is no rational justification. It’s all about two sets of what are known as General Permit regulations known as GP-5 and GP-5A. Only in the labyrinths of bureaucracy do rules get such arcane labels, of course, which serve to immediately dissuade us commoners from digging deeper. Many have, accordingly, failed to pay attention, but that’s how government gets away with its dirty work.

Fortunately, some people are paying attention and pointing out the absurdity of the proposed regulations. Among them are the principals of an interesting firm known as Silent Majority Strategies, who have made a devastating case against this effort by the Pennsylvania DEP to punish the natural gas industry for what appears to be Wolf administration retribution for not getting the severance tax the governor so ardently desires.

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Are Pennsylvania’s Form Letter Legislators Fractivist Tools?

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Ten of Pennsylvania’s legislators have gotten so used to fractivist form letters they’ve decided to become form letter fractivist tools themselves it seems.

A little research supplied by one of our readers yielded some interesting insights into what some of Pennsylvania legislators do in Harrisburg. Apparently, these “public servants” view their job as issuing form letters to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); serving as fractivist tools for some entity we’ll never know.

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Queensland Fracking Lesson: Renewables Depend on Natural Gas

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Queensland, Australia has, albeit belatedly, learned renewables cannot advance without clean baseload electric generation from natural gas; fracking that is.

Down under, there is a lesson taking place on how to do renewables successfully. It’s taking place in the state of Queensland, Australia where, yesterday, Reuters reported this from Melbourne:

Australia’s most solar-power dependent state, Queensland, said it would restart a gas-fired energy plant next year to help cap soaring electricity prices and make the grid more stable, a move that prompted an instant drop in power futures prices on Monday.

There’s a powerful (pun intended) lesson here: if you want to do renewables successfully you’ll need to do natural gas as well, which means fracking.

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We Don’t Need Paris Accord to Reduce Emissions: We Already Are

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

    
    

Thanks to fracking, the US is already reducing CO2 emissions faster than any other nation; we don’t need a feel-good treaty like the Paris Accord.

The weather may be cool but expect heat at the Otsego County Legislature meeting this week. The arrival of compressed gas delivery trucks locally coupled with the President’s rejection of the Paris Accord should bring the antis out in droves.

First, the trucks. Absent a pipeline, compressed gas delivery trucks are an imperfect solution for delivering affordable energy to Upstate and the Northeast’s factories, agricultural facilities, colleges, hospitals, and government institutions. Gas truck delivery costs more but it gets affordable energy to where it is needed..

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