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Heinz Endowment Shills Launch Attack on Penn Township

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

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Anti’s will hold a workshop in Penn Township to teach the pubic to navigate DEP’s website and look for any new or changed permits for shale drilling, but why?

This is a heads-up to drillers and landowners in Westmoreland County, PA (essentially a Pittsburgh suburb). A group of virulent anti-drillers, funded with money from Big Green groups like the Philadelphia-based and misnamed Clean Air Council, are running a “workshop” to train nutters how to spot any changes in permits for shale wells–so they can, do what?
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Environmental Justice? Give Me A Break!

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

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Environmental justice is a twisted concept; twisted to give radicals opportunities to bash economic development that would improve the lives of the poor!

Last December, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it would go on a “listening tour” in early 2017, to focus on so-called “environmental justice.” The DEP finally set up a schedule for its listening tour, which began in March in Greene County. Our take: “environmental justice” means asking poor people if they’ve been abused by the oil and gas industry in any way – and if they have a beef, the DEP will “do” something about it.

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Penn State Misses Trees for Forest Fragmentation

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

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In a recent Penn State study, partially funded by the anti-drilling Heinz Foundation, researchers claim pipelines cause forest fragmentation.

Researchers from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State have just published a new study/paper in the Journal of Environmental Management titled, “Linear infrastructure drives habitat conversion and forest fragmentation associated with Marcellus shale gas development in a forested landscape” (abstract below).

Their thesis: “Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.”

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Pennsylvania House Does “From Here to Sanity” with No Severance Tax

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

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The Pennsylvania House passes its budget bill insisting on no new tax increases and excludes the insane severance tax being pushed by Governor Tom Wolf.

On Monday Pennsylvania House Republicans released their version of a state budget, and yesterday (Tuesday) they voted to pass it. Ba-boom! The budget is noteworthy for many reasons. Of prime interest to MDN is that the budget does NOT include PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s insane 6.5% severance tax.

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The Only Outrage, Mr. Journalist, Is Your Own Failure

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Natural Gas NOW

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A PennLive article by a young journalist purporting to tell both sides of a oil and gas story involving DEP completely misses the real point, the big story.

I never heard of Colin Deppen until yesterday when a long-time friend texted me a link to a story he wrote at PennLive. Titled “‘That’s not DEP’s role’: Outrage and localism after state sues towns that banned frack water wells,” it is the quintessential example of how today’s “journalist” is manipulated and, in turn, manipulates by deciding what to include and, especially, what not to include in a story. This is not to say Colin has an agenda; I’m not convinced he does after reading some of his other work on fracking issues. It’s certainly not to say he can’t write, because he actually does so rather well. It’s not even to say his story is inaccurate. He appears to have the bulk of the facts correct. Yet, it is an incredibly misleading story that does a huge disservice to the public. It’s all a matter of who he chose to quote and what he left out.

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Why Is Pennsylvania DEP Shooting at Gas Pipes?

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Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania DEP is engaged in something inexplicably dangerous; effectively shooting at gas pipes with targeted attacks on the gas industry over methane.

There is something very wrong going on at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The agency is, rhetorically speaking, shooting at gas pipes, threatening to explode an industry that saved the Pennsylvania economy during the last recession.

The issue is methane regulation, a solution looking for a problem, as the Marcellus Shale Coalition properly puts it. Never has government put so much effort into punishing one industry that’s done more than any other to solve a problem. It’s as if the District Attorney has decided to prosecute the Chief of Police for reducing crime and making their jobs less important. Such has always been the nature of Pennsylvania DEP where real problems are ignored in favor of harassing the innocent.

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PA DEP Wants Reward for Doing Poorly!

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Natural Gas NOW

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PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell had the audacity to blame poor performances by some of its regional offices on lack of money even though it get $728 million.

PA DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell was as well spoken at his Senate Budget hearing as he was when the House Appropriations Committee interviewed him. He certainly has the right professional temperament for his job, but that didn’t make his answers any better when it came to DEP permitting delays. He blamed it on a lack of money, of course, and wants to be rewarded with more of it, despite horrific delays and disparities among his regional offices in issuing routine erosion and sedimentation permits.

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PA Legislators Challenge the DEP Administrative State

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Natural Gas NOW

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PA House Appropriations Committee members questioned the Commonwealth’s DEP Secretary last week and effectively challenged this problem administrative state.

Following the ignominious departure of the very dark environmental warrior, John Quigley, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been led by Patrick McDonnell, a much more even tempered and less ideological individual. DEP is still DEP, though, and the boss at the top, Tom Wolf, is as problematic as ever.

Despite this, McDonnell handles himself well and did a reasonably good job answering questions from the House Appropriations Committee last week. The administrative state he supervises has a mind and direction of its own, so it was refreshing to see so many questions (13 in all) put to him about DEP regulation of natural gas. It’s difficult to imagine such a discussion in New York where the legislature is little more than a room full of clapping seals for a governor who micromanages their DEC.

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Gentry Class Op Clean Air Council Rebuffed on Mariner East 2

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

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Despite the desperate attempts by the Clean Air Council, a PA Judge will not reconsider his ruling on the building of the Mariner East 2 pipelines.

As we reported earlier this week, Sunoco Logistics Partners has begun active construction activities related to building the twin Mariner East 2 pipelines. Last week the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) gave its final approval for the project.

It didn’t take long for a coordinated attack from the enviro left–THE Delaware Riverkeeper, the Philadelphia-based Clean Air Council and the Mountain Watershed Association. Their efforts failed when a judge rejected a last-minute plea to stop construction. However, Maya & Friends went back to the judge, claiming there was “new” information, and would he ‘pretty please’ reconsider?

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Delaware Riverkeeper To Do Stupid FERC Trick

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

 

Maya van Rossum, THE Delaware Riverkeeper, plans to hold a “People’s Hearing Investigating FERC” to bully FERC into denying pipelines and other projects. 

Though often we’re irritated, sometimes we simply marvel at the arrogance of organizations like THE Delaware Riverkeeper. They honestly think they know better than you what kind of energy you should have the right to buy. The people who run the organization (Maya van Rossum, who is THE self-appointed keeper of the Delaware River Basin), irrationally hate all fossil fuels. Even though Maya & company use those fossil fuels every day of their lives.
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