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New England’s Mad Cow Disease

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

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new englandNew England conjures up images of cows grazing behind stone walls, but it seems the region has a bad case of mad cow disease if energy policy is any guide.

Last June, Marcellus Drilling News quasi-predicted natural gas prices might spike during the 2016-2017 winter season in New England, due to a coming shortage of LNG from Tinidad. With a warmer than normal winter, and with newfound natural gas supplies making their way to New England, prices did not spike. However, New England continues to pay prices 3-4 times higher than the rest of the country for their natural gas due to lack of supply.

That hasn’t (and won’t) change, until more supplies make it to New England —either by pipeline or ship.

Naturally, the special interest pandering politicians of the region (well, not so much the region, as the Democratic Republic otherwise known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) are opposed to the pipelines, making  their constituents ever more dependent on foreign gas.

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New York DEC Whacked Again with Pipeline Delay Challenge

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

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New York DEC, for the third time since Prince Corruptocrat was re-elected, has been hit with major legal challenges over its unconscionable pipeline delays.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on February 3, approved a long-delayed project — National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access 2016 pipeline project. The $455 million project includes building 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern Pennsylvania up to Erie County, New York. The project also calls for 3 miles of new pipeline further up, in Niagara County, along with a new compressor station in the Town of Pendleton. Although FERC has now given permission to build it, the State of New York, specifically the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), must issue stream crossing permits. Sound familiar? Well, it should.

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SolarCity Shaping Up As Cuomo’s Biggest Failure; A “Skinnin”

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

 

The news regarding Andrew Cuomo’s pet project, the centerpiece of his Buffalo Billion scam, SolarCity, gets worse by the day. It’s what we call a “skinnin.”

One of my former office neighbors, a mortage broker, loved to talk of something he called a “skinnin.” It was country slang for making the deal of deals; a “stealing candy from the baby” sort of deal. Whenever I arrived at the office in coat and tie, I could be sure to get a “skinnin’ today?” question out of him, combined with a sly grin. What he had in mind was what Elon Musk did with Andrew Cuomo by selling him the SolarCity deal. It’s been falling apart for many months now and things just keep getting worse for Prince Corruptocrat.

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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

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Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project continues to progress through the approval process in a timely fashion in PA while NY keeps playing the fool.

Congratulations to the PennEast Pipeline project on the issuing of its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This needed pipeline is now one step closer to delivering affordable, clean-burning natural gas to consumers. DEP moved swiftly to make sure this project will meet state water quality standards and issued this very significant state permit in the business-like way it’s normally done. Contrast this with the way New York State has politically delayed and obstructed approvals of Constitution and Millennium Pipeline projects. What a difference a border makes.

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Reality Strikes: Another New Gas-Fired NY Power Plant

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

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A new NY power plant to be fueled with natural gas is coming to fruition demonstrating the futility of fighting reality, even in the Emperor’s State.

Somehow, someway, a new natural gas-fired electric plant is in the process of getting built–in anti-fracking New York State. It’s happening in Orange County, at a I-84 interchange near Middletown. Unfortunately, it seems that part of the reason it slipped through and got an approval involved an allegedly corrupt (and very close) aide to New York Governor (a/k/a Emperor) Andrew Cuomo. We have news: a second natural gas-fired electric plant is now planned in neighboring Dutchess County, New York. The 1,100 megawatt plant is majority owned by JERA Co., Inc., a Japanese company and is known as the Cricket Valley Energy Center.

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New York’s Machiavellian Prince Cuomo

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Prince Cuomo, is the most fitting of many monikers for the man we’ve called at various times Hamlet, Macbeth and Gov. Corruptocrat. He’s pure Machiavellian.

A few days ago, one of my friends with whom I often share daily tidbits of news sent me a recent story on Andrew Cuomo. Inside this story was a link to another that appeared in the Chicago Business Journal back in October. Written by Peter DeMarco, it brought so many things together so many things about a man I’ve watched closely over the last seven years — Andrew Cuomo.

I first thought of Andrew Cuomo as a rather ordinary political snake, expecting him to slither his way through the weeds and ultimately approve fracking in New York after showing his constituents he was going to do it differently and better than all the others. As time progressed and he refused to decide, I saw him as a junior Hamlet on the Hudson, tormented by the potential political consequences and unwillingly to take action. Still later, he looked more like Macbeth or a modern-day crime boss. As the corruption became more obvious, I decided Governor Corruptocrat was an appropriate name for the man.

Reading the Chicago Business Journal article entitled “How a leader’s philosophy directly affects an organization’s culture,” brought it all into clearer focus. Andrew Cuomo is simply Prince Cuomo: a Machiavellian true believer in his own power — his monarchy.

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New York’s Renewable Plan Will Create Energy Poor

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Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Governor Cuomo’s renewable plan for New York State’s energy will surely fail, as it has in Germany, making its people energy poor.

November’s election and the incoming President’s appointees have seeded the clouds in Central New York for a rain of Letters to the Editor regarding gas. The letters run the table on the evils of gas development (it’s-the-end-of-the-world) and Constitution Pipeline (it’s-the-end-of-the-world, only-closer.) The writers don’t believe gas will be our bridge fuel to the future.

Sorry to disappoint these folks, but natural gas is bridging the future right now, even as they’re putting pen to paper. Gas is providing this bridge without massive subsidies and hidden costs.

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NY Green Bank Losing Money, But Not to Worry

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The NY Green Bank has now been up and running for more than two fiscal years and is losing money at an increasing rate, but there’s nothing to worry about.

Back in May, 2014, I posted an article here entitled “The NY Green Bank – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” Then, in March, 2015, I took another look, noting the whole thing was, essentially, “another sub-prime lending scheme pushed on New York’s State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Public Service Commission by New York’s crime boss governor.” Now, here we are, more than a year and a half later, and all the NY Green Bank has to show for itself is increasing losses and decreasing rates of return. But, it’s all to be expected they say; nothing to see and nothing to worry about it.

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Things I Hope Happen in 2017 in the Natural Gas World

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Few years, in my life, have been as unusual as 2016. Will 2017 be the same? It’s a good bet but there are some things we can hope will happen in natural gas.

I never make New Year’s resolutions and make a point of never reading predictions. Resolutions are for the naive and predictions are for the pretentious. I prefer to just hop and pray for certain things. Among these, of course, are numerous hopes related to the world of natural gas. Let me, at the risk of being both naive and pretentious, share a few of them.

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Why New York Is Likely to Freeze in the Dark

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

 

It’s a wonder anything happens in New York. The challenges to one energy project and the delays with another indicate the state may well freeze in the dark.

A coal-fired electric generating plant near Buffalo (in Dunkirk) was slated to be converted to burn natural gas – a win/win for everyone. Radical environmentalists like the Sierra Club opposed it, but that’s to be expected. Crazy people do crazy things. Everything seemed to be fine until a competitor hauled NRG, the plant’s owner, into court to dispute the change from coal to natgas. They objected to the ratepayers kicking in $150 million for the project. NRG said fighting the case in court will take years, so they just closed down the plant instead. That decision reflected the difficulty of doing business in the New York where labyrinths of regulation, cronyism, corruption and political correction make developing energy resources a nightmare.

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