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Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road

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

 

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road.

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long. A read of the opinion (available here with my highlighting of important points) is an exercise in appreciating everything that’s wrong with New York, the courts and the pipeline industry.

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NYC Dependent on Pennsylvania Shale Gas and Needs More

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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While Upstate starves, New York City is booming and needs ever more natural gas, Con Edison already getting 81% of its supply from Pennsylvania shale gas.

A new report out from the New York Building Congress says New York City needs more power and, specifically, more natural gas to make power, if it is to continue to grow and provide economic opportunity. Entitled Electricity Outlook: Powering New York City’s Future, the report is frank admission the City and State need to get their act together on power if they don’t want to suffocated in summer heat by Governor Corruptocrat’s deal to force the Indian Point nuclear facility shutdown. More to the point, it illustrates the critical dependence of the City on Pennsylvania shale gas to meet those power needs.

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Cuomo’s Big Taxpayer Bet on Silevo Solar Tech Breaking Bad

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The crazed SolarCity deal included a Cuomo bet, with everyone else’s money, on Silveo solar technology and it’s breaking bad for SolarCity and taxpayers.

Editor’s Note: This story complements our June 21st piece on the “Get of Jail Free Card” Governor Corruptocrat gave SolarCity (now Tesla). The latter made subsidiary Silveo Inc. and its solar technology the foundation of its fantastical scheme and a recent sweetheart deal ensures SolarCity can freely escape taxpayer paybacks for the failure you’re about to better understand.

New York’s deal with Silevo Inc. is a sham and illustrates the problems that arise when politicians use taxpayer money to attract and reward favored industries. Silevo, which was acquired by SolarCity, is a photovoltaic cell and module technology company that developed the proprietary Triex solar modules. New York’s deal with Silevo was to establish a manufacturing facility to produce 1 gigawatt worth (10,000 solar panels a day) of its Triex module technology with the potential of adding an additional 5 gigawatts of capacity in a later phase. It’s not happening.

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Power Thirsty River Basin Commissions Out of Control

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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River basin commissions created by compacts to coordinate water resource planning have become greedy bureaucratic empires thirsty for ever more control.

There is battle for sovereignty going on this country between states and river basin commissions they created long ago to jointly develop water resources. It’s like a scene out of that old movie 2001, where a computer named Hal suddenly assumes control over its makers. River basin commissions such as the ones created for the Delaware and Susquehanna River watersheds are accumulating power to themselves over land use and economic development with metastasizing regulations and fees that are rendering state governments more and more irrelevant.

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Corruptocrat Gives SolarCity Get Out Of Jail Free Card?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat, imagines he can now get away with anything. That’s obvious from the deal he just cut with the Musk empire and SolarCity.

The SolarCity deal made by Andrew Cuomo, Governor Corruptocrat of New York, is emblematic of the Tammany Hall governance Mario’s boy has brought to the Empire State. It’s also as revealing as any case could be of the problem with subsidized renewable energy. It’s a special brand of corporatism that distorts markets rather than disrupts them (which is healthy) and rips off other ratepayers and taxpayers to the long-term detriment of that which it promotes – economically viable renewable energy. The deal Corruptocrat just gave SolarCity, now part of Tesla, just took New York and the solar industry another giant step in this wrong direction.

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What Exactly Are “Environmentalists” Advocating?

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

 

The mushy answers so-called environmentalists too often give regarding real energy issues don’t that help much with solving real world problems Dan Markind says.

The tragic shooting last Wednesday of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise brought into sharp focus the shrill, brain-damaged discourse of our current politics.  We discuss less shout, usually past each other, and often using words meant less to educate and persuade than to dismiss.  Those of us in the energy field see this every day.  It’s almost impossible to have a reasoned discussion about the issues without degenerating into name-calling.  So, let’s start changing that dynamic right here and now, and attempt to convince instead of insult.

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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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What the Pipeline Industry Needs to Learn and Soon

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

 

 

The pipeline industry has been a very slow learner when it comes to combating fractivists and the reasons are relatively easy to understand if you know both.

The pipeline industry (“mid-stream” in oil and gas lingo) has flopped, floundered and, far too often, failed in its dealings with fractivists. It’s been a little like that memorable Independence Day movie scene as the Earthlings (the industry), not imagining they even had enemies, has suddenly faced a terrifying one from another planet. Run and hide was the first response, followed by trying to play nice and welcoming the aliens, only to be blasted apart by invaders who shared no such illusions. It’s been painful to watch for those of us who are veterans of land use and fractivist battles and realize they are not table games but, rather, life and death struggles in a figurative sense. The pipeline industry needs to learn a few things and very quickly.

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Cuomo’s CHP on the Shoulder and State of Denial

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

 

 

New York is in a state of denial as it promotes Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems based on natural gas while prohibiting gas development and pipelines.

When Vic Furman recently wrote about the new microgrid energy system which will use natural gas to efficiently power the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, few of us realized just how astounding the whole thing was. We knew it was big but had little idea how big. It turns out, in fact, the Albany deal is just one of 11 micro-grid projects being assisted by the State of Nw York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s empire. All 11 involve natural gas; the same natural gas Governor Corruptocrat refuses to allow to be produced or shipped into his domain.

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A Natural Gas Victory in Upstate New York for NG Advantage

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

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Vic Furman reports on the smackdown of fractivists in Broome County last night as town officials approved a NG Advantage project despite their opposition.

I first got wind of a public hearing to be held in Port Crane NY on a natural gas compressor and liquefied natural gas station proposal from NG Advantage by listening to the Bob Joseph Show. A caller called in to rally the anti’s to a Town of Fenton Planning Board meeting where the proposal was up for consideration. They stated the schools in Chenango Valley were in danger of being exposed to chemicals, explosions, and truck traffic. These apocalyptic visions are the language of fractivists, of course, but this time they didn’t sell and we can partly thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for that, believe it or not.

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