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Constitution Pipeline Deadline Approaches: Time to Get Tough

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

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Representatives from the approved Constitution Pipeline met with Cuomo’s top aide to answer questions about the held up project nearing the April deadline.

The Constitution Pipeline is a badly needed natural gas pipeline that would run ~125 miles from the gas fields of Susquehanna County, PA up into New York–all the way to Schoharie County, NY–where it would intersect with the Iroquois Pipeline and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The $683 million project would pump 650 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of PA shale gas to markets throughout the northeast and potentially into New England.

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Lesson from Dimock: Damages Are For Everyone

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Bill Shaughnessy
Wayne County, Pennsylvania Landowner

 

The Dimock verdict offers a lesson, Bill Shaughnessy observes. Life is an endless opportunity for wealth if you know how to fake it.

Today, following the Dimock verdict, I’m wondering why I do what I do to fight for our rights as landowners; why I sometimes hang around the same circles as Maya van Rossum and friends just to get some info that may help our cause. I guess in one way we are lucky. We are just as intelligent as we were two days ago, while public opinion and a fractivist sympathetic media has collectively dropped the IQ of the rest of the world double digits with the coverage of this case (not to mention the insanity of the verdict). Perhaps it’s also a learning opportunity for all of us.

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Valley View Holds First High School Energy Fair

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

Northeastern Pennsylvania gas companies went to Valley View High School in Lackawanna County to sponsor an energy fair introducing youth to energy careers.

The growth and dedication that has been displayed between the natural gas industry and educational institutions over the years has been staggering. While much of that relationship has been amongst local area colleges, high schools have been becoming closely involved too, as evidenced by the Energy Education Program offered at Valley View High School in Archbald.

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Marcellus Shale Lowering Energy Prices Everywhere

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Everywhere you look, Marcellus Shale development has lowered energy prices for consumers while economically revitalizing rural areas where it’s developed.  

Last week, a small group of local citizens, business owners, nonprofit directors and the media gathered in the community center at the Meadows at Tiffany Pines (the housing gas built) just outside of Montrose, Pennsylvnia. The purpose was to discuss the tremendous benefits the local production of natural gas, Marcellus Shale gas, is having both within the county and beyond; the greatest benefit, perhaps, being the lowered energy prices for consumers.

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Supporting Energy Jobs

natural gas industryBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

PMA Perspective focuses on supporting energy jobs in their latest program and talks about how the gas industry is helping train its future workforce.  

The following is an episode of PMA Perspective which is produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA). PMA is the nonprofit, statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process.

You can follow PMA’s activities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. PMA Perspective airs on PCN on Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

The episode focuses on supporting energy jobs and visits two locations in northeastern Pennsylvania helping prepare students for their future careers.

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Is That All There Is, Tom Wilber?

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

Tom Wilber has now completed his “The Promise of Fracking: Lessons from Pennsylvania” series and we’re left saying “Is that all there is, Tom?”

When I reviewed the first part of the new Tom Wilber series here, I introduced it with this overview:

The death of real journalism and the rise of advocacy journalism is marked not so much by what is said but, rather, by what is not said. That is Tom Wilber.

Now, all three segments have been published (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and we’ve had additional observations from Johnny Williams as well as an in-depth analysis by Nicole Jacobs over at Energy In Depth and we’ve all concluded the same thing; it’s what’s been left out that’s important to this series. But, there’s another troubling aspect as well. The series is nothing but a rehash of old accusations, long ago rendered false or irrelevant, by a newspaper reporter from the advocacy school of journalism, who thought he could make his name writing a book that recycled his old fracking stories, only to find himself back at the same newspaper, regurgitating them yet again. After reading the whole thing, I can only ask if that’s all there is.

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What Fractivist “Reporter” Tom Wilber Failed to Do

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW
   

   

The death of real journalism and the rise of advocacy journalism is marked not so much by what is said but, rather, by what is not said. That is Tom Wilber.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery we’re told and Tom Wilber, a “reporter” with the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin must have envied Candy Woodall for getting the ability to whack the gas industry multiple times in that poorly done PennLive series, because he’s now doing one of his own.

I’ve only met Tom Wilber once and that was at a Vera Scroggins court hearing in the Susquehanna County Courthouse. He briefly introduced himself as we walked down the stairs and then hustled off like a rock star groupie so as not to miss a word of what his favorite fractivist had to say to the gathered throng of like-minded malcontents. He’s an engaging guy on a superficial level until you realize he’s not listening to anything you say and only interested in what might fit his template for the day.

Tom Wilber’s template, of course, is the same every day. He has a sneering contempt for the natural gas industry and a condescension toward others he supposes aren’t nearly as clever as himself; folks he believes have been conned, but the conning all comes from his pen and what he writes and doesn’t write. The most important story in his new series is what is left out, not the least of which is the fact Tom Wilber has never liked gas and has a blog and a book to prove it, both of which are relentlessly anti-gas.

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State Impact PA Does Advocacy Journalism (Yet Again)

State Impact - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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State Impact PA is the quintessential purveyor of advocacy journalism, funded by the same elite families who fund the groups for which it carries water.

Advocacy packaged as journalism is the forte of State Impact PA, as we have documented here on several occasions, including this post. The organization is also a sister group to three other William Penn Foundation funded fractivist outfits, as we explained here; the Clean Air Council, the Delaware Riverkeeper and PennFuture.

The cozy relationship among these entities, moreover, is one they don’t even bother to try to hide anymore. They boldly tell the world they’re all in bed together, even though one portrays itself as the nonpartisan reporter of the news. It’s illustrative of the larger problem America faces today as much of the media operates as an activist force, surrendering to the temptation to make the news rather than deliver it, as if it were a badge of honor.

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A Severance Tax Would Take Money Away From Education

Shale StoryGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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The pending Pennsylvania severance tax would over-tax an energy industry that is already promoting and supporting education, causing a reduction in funding.

As readers know, Cabot has launched a series of podcasts to keep the public updated on the current energy industry and the community surrounding it. This is another part of the series that has included “Marcellus Shale Success Threatened by Severance Tax” and “Cabot Reduces Methane Emissions as Production Soars” and we intend to do more.

I’ve also done a podcast that goes into detail about the energy industry and education. It specifically addresses the amount of money companies actually contribute to education in the Commonwealth.  I highlight not only Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, but also EQT Corporation, Range Resources Corporation, Chevron, CONSOL Energy and Seneca Resources as companies who promote education and education funding.

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Cabot Reduces Methane Emissions 85% As Production Soars

Shale Story methane emissionsGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

 

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Cabot Oil & Gas like many other natural gas companies operating throughout the US is aggressively reducing methane emissions for both economic and environmental gain.

Let’s talk about methane emissions and what the natural gas industry is doing to reduce emissions through technology. There has been a lot said in recent months regarding fugitive methane emissions and what steps the industry can take to decrease these rates.

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