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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
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

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
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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The Constitution Pipeline Endorsed by Otsego County

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

    
    

Otsego County recognizes the need for cheap energy (natural gas) in their county and has endorsed the building of the Constitution Pipeline.

Kudos to the Otsego County Legislature for passing a resolution endorsing the Constitution Pipeline at their November meeting. It was fitting that it followed a presentation by the CEO of the County’s industrial development agency. His 15 point program for projected growth depends on cheap energy. Cheap energy=gas. In our region, gas = the Constitution Pipeline.

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What If Pennsylvania Were New York and Banned Fracking?

NED Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

To truly understand the insanity of New York’s fracking ban, all that’s needed is to look at a new report; “What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned?”

December 17, 2014 is the date that will mark the beginning of the Empire State’s descent into energy madness that will leave New York an economic wasteland compared to other large states. That was the day Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, decided to throw fracking to the wind and ride the currents of politically correct renewable energy to that nirvana that would set him up to capture a future Presidential nomination. He sold out, not just Upstate New York that day, but all New Yorkers. How do we know? Because the Institute for 21st Century Energy just came out with a report answering the question “What If Hydraulic Fracturing Was Banned” for neighboring Pennsylvania and the US as a whole.

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Did Josh Fox Help Elect Donald Trump? Looks Like It.

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Josh Fox is a charlatan who’s made a career for himself staking out a radical position of fracking. Did he help elect Donald Trump in the process?

Which noisy New Yorker, product of a privileged family, blocked Hillary Clinton’s route to the Oval Office? No, not that one.

Josh Fox was director of Gasland, a documentary on the effects of US fracking filmed in 2009. The film spawned the anti-fracking movement first in the US, and then in Europe, most especially in France and the UK. He certainly helped elect Trump by energizing the anti-fracking forces around the Bernie Sanders “no fracking at all” supporters to either stay home or vote for Doctor Jill Stein the Green Party candidate.

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