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House Committee Told It’s All About Equity, Fairness and Justice Missing at DRBC

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
UDRBC Secretary

 

Betty Sutliff, retired public school teacher, UDRBC secretary and former NWPOA officer, had a message for the DRBC yesterday; it’s all about the justice.

Good morning, Chairman Metcalfe and members of the State House Government Committee.  My name is Betty Sutliff and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak today.  

I would like to address the double standard that exists between the Delaware River Basin and the Susquehanna River Basin in Pennsylvania with regard to the extraction of natural gas and the injustice of that double standard.  As a retired teacher, my first step in preparing for today, of course, was to consult Merriam-Webster and others with my sights focused on the words “unjust” and “injustice.”

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Pigs to Rigs Lawyer Caught Up In “Stupid Is As Stupid Does” Stunt

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Defendants got caught up in “stupid is as stupid does” stunt on their own side as a Cabot lawsuit against a “pigs to rigs” trial lawyer proceeded last week.

Act IV in the “Pig to Rigs” lawsuit took place last week in the Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose, Pennsylvania and, in less than 15 minutes, it revealed everything. County Judge Jason Legg even went to Forrest Gump for an explanation of what he described as a “stupid is as stupid does” stunt he attributed to Ray Kemble, the once plaintiff and now defendant, in the “Pigs to Rigs” lawsuit.

The stunt was bad enough that it caused Kemble’s latest lawyer to temporarily move to withdraw from the case. That was amazing enough but what the Judge probably doesn’t know was this; the stunt appears to have been orchestrated by a fractivist who had all the facts in his possession and knew there was no justification whatsoever for any of Ray’s claims then or now.

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DEP Shakes Down Pipeline Company for Wolf Campaign?

penneast pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Pennsylvania DEP shook down the Mariner East 2 for $12.6 million in penalties, with help from the usual suspects, and is now looking to reward some folks.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is passing out goodies—$12.6 million of them—and will undoubtedly use the opportunity to reward folks reliably likely to vote for Tom Wolf this Fall. The money comes from penalties imposed in February after a Mariner East 2 pipeline shutdown by DEP. The money is now going to be spread among “municipalities, county conservation districts, incorporated watershed associations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.” The last three will almost certainly include the sort of folks who have been harassing the Mariner East 2 from the beginning; fractivist advocacy groups wearing the masks of “charities.”

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Confusion Over Hydraulic Fracturing and Civil Wars Over Pipelines

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

 

Hydraulic fracturing is apparently confusing for some judges, while pipelines are cause for civil war in Canada. DEP data, though, is cause to celebrate.

It has been nearly two weeks since Judge Musmanno, writing for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ruled in the case of Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Companythat the Pennsylvania “Rule of Capture” does not apply to hydraulic fracturing situations, and confusion still reigns.

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UDRBC Meets with Pennsylvania DEP to Talk Reality About the Future of Wayne County

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
Member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance

 

The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) met with Pennsylvania DEP officials Wednesday to talk about its future and what a DRBC fracking ban would do.

Six members of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) made a three hour trip to Harrisburg on March 28 to meet with Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  The same group had previously spoken with the Secretary following a “Cabinet in Your Community” meeting at Wallenpaupack High School as time was not allotted for their questions to be addressed during the meeting.

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Sen. Lisa Baker Exposes the DRBC Fracking Ban Case As An Empty Shell

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Sen. Lisa Baker questioned Pennsylvania DEP Sec. McDonnell regarding the DRBC quagmire at Senate Budget hearings and got him to admit some important things.

Pennsylvania Senator Lisa Baker deserves three cheers for her questioning of DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell at Senate budget hearings. It was a very respectable discussion, as is proper, but Baker had done her homework and accomplished several things. Most of all, she got an uncomfortable McDonnell, who’s trapped between what he knows to be correct and an unengaged, condescending governor with a political agenda— who happens to be his boss—to admit some key points. Baker knew what she was doing.

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Unconventional Gas Is Anything But After the Shale Revolution

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Too many regulatory agencies are still using the term unconventional gas, which is more out of date than bell bottom pants after the shale revolution.

Once again, the Energy Information Administration is out with some fascinating facts that reveal the true scale of the there shale revolution. They also expose just how far behind the times some regulatory agencies are with their terminology. Their data demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that it’s time the term unconventional gas was consigned to the trash can. According to the EIA, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells “accounted for 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83% of the total linear footage drilled” in 2016.”

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 27, 2018

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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DEP Throws Taxpayer Money at Coal Lawyer to Punish Gas?

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to punish gas companies endlessly and is using taxpayer money to hire an expensive coal lawyer to help.

While this is old news, it is a continuing story, parts of which I only became recently aware. It’s all about the case of EQT Production Company v. Dept. of Environmental Protection – 485 M.D. 2014, which resulted in a Commonwealth Court decision supporting EQT in its challenge of an outrageous penalty DEP imposed for the company for a leak in one of its wastewater storage ponds.

The penalty was, effectively, a potentially never-ending one, despite the company’s remediation of the problem and Commonwealth Court said “whoa.” That’s the good news. The bad news is that DEP is appealing and using an expensive, outside, out-of-state high end law firm hired at taxpayer expense despite constant suggestions DEP has no money. Worse, the firm has represented big coal, which has every interest in making life miserable for gas companies operating in Pennsylvania.

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