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PIOGA Considers Prosecuting Officials Over Illegal Fracking Bans

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

 

Local towns cannot legally pass their own ordinances banning fracking. Still, several are trying to pass illegal bans on fracking and the PIOGA is considering prosecution.

As a general rule and principle, local control over decisions that affect an entire community is a good thing. Our great country as founded gives precedence to individual freedom. However, what do you do when two neighbors disagree on an important, community-changing issue?

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More Distortion from StateImpactPA

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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There is no end to the bias that comes from StateImpactPA, revealed again in an article about oil and gas industry air emissions. StateImpactPA is a fractivist shill.

StateImpactPA continues to distort the facts on natural gas. That’s what the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation pay them to do. If I sound like  broken record on that point, I can’t help it. They keep playing the same song over and over again, with little attention to detail, a whole lot of bias and, always, always, quotes from their sister fractivist shill groups. They know exactly what they’re doing and John Hanger caught them at it last week. The story today, though, is what they’re doing to distort the air emissions record of the industry. Pennsylvania’s DEP hasn’t helped either.

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John Hanger Takes on StateImpactPA! Shots Fired!

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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John Hanger, the former DEP Secretary for Pennsylvania, has taken on StateImpactPA in a very smart way and exposed their bias. Bravo!

I have many disagreements with John Hanger but he’s just done something wonderful. He’s gone after StateImpactPA for spinning a false narrative about hydraulic fracturing.  He did it on Twitter and got them to acknowledge the funding that drives their reporting. He also got them to admit their definition of fracking includes drilling. That’s the only way they can claim it’s ever impacted water to any degree.

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The Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Industry in Charts

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The Commonwealth’s DEP has just come out with a report summarizing all the facts on the Pennsylvania oil and gas industry in charts and maps.

The Pennsylvania oil and gas industry helped create the economic miracle that is our modern world. It all started, appropriately enough, in Oil City, a small town in Venango County. Today, more than a century later the place the industry started continues to thrive, the shale revolution having reinvigorated it. Pennsylvania, once again, is a leader. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has come out with a really nice 2015 Oil and Gas Annual Report that summarizes the story in a series of charts and maps.

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PennFuture Pilfers from Pennsylvania Taxpayers

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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One member of the PennFuture insurgency still remains in Pennsylvania government after 18 months and she’s busy pilfering from taxpayers to aid a radical agenda.

It’s now been 17 months since I wrote about the PennFuture insurgency with regard to the efforts of the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation, the elite members of Pennsylvania’s gentry class, to run Pennsylvania government under Governor Tom Wolf.

Since then, in that brief time, one of the three members of that insurgency, John Hanger, the former head of PennFuture and DEP as well as Wolf’s Policy Director, resigned after the severance tax he designed crashed and burned (it was so bad even fellow Democrats couldn’t support it).

Another, John Quigley, who moved from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to PennFuture and back into government as Secretary of DEP under Wolf, self-immolated in a fit of filthy anger fueled by his contempt for legislators who didn’t share his zealotry.

Now, it turns out the third member of thePennFuture triumvirate has been pilfering from Pennsylvania taxpayers to fund the attendance of her staff at a conclave of fractivists and other radicals put on by the Keystone Research Center, a public employee union hit squad.

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The Magical Thinking of Art Berman

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Art Berman has been wrong from the beginning, but he’s still out there projecting doom and gloom and trying to ignore a shale revolution he’s never grasped.

51JYJNf+ztL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_You know what magical thinking is? It’s what happens when an analyst/consultant repeatedly predicts the world has reached “peak oil” production and that oil production will soon decline, leading to insanely high prices for oil. It happened – the prediction, that is.

Then the shale revolution happened. Oops. So much for the discredited “peak oil” theory. But the same analyst, for a long time, kept repeating his discredited theory. We call that magical thinking, too, and if you want to understand it better click on the link to the right for an Amazon link to a whole book on the subject.

It’s what Art Berman, one the favorite academic hustlers of fractivists, does for a living.

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Fractivists Defend the Indefensible with Quigley

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Fractivists are frantic to defend the indefensible behavior of DEP Secretary John Quigley; he gave away the game and making a martyr of him is now required.

Jan Jarrett, former head of the radical Big Green group PennFuture and one of the people disgraced and fired John Quigley, former Secretary of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), colludes with to target Democrats who deign to disagree with his radical policies, is (surprise!) attacking Democrats who disagree with Quigley’s radical policies. Jarrett is accusing Democrat Sen. John Yudichak from Luzerne County, PA of “orchestrating…a vicious, successful smear campaign” against her “dear friend” John Quigley. What utter crap.

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John Quigley’s Email Shocks the Conscience

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Natural Gas NOW

 

We knew, of course, it had to be bad, but the e-mail sent by John Quigley to his fractivist allies in the “environmental community” shocks the conscience.

The e-mail that got DEP Secretary John Quigley fired is now out and it’s far worse than anything I had imagined. This man-child had no business being in position of authority on the smallest board in the tiniest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, let alone serving as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. He not only lacked the temperament for such a role, but also demonstrated a complete lack of judgment. His actions were appalling for someone with his level of responsibility and “shock the conscience.”

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Quigley, the Wolf Cub Is Out, and Door Slams Behind Him

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Natural Gas NOW

 

John Quigley is Tom Wolf’s cub at DEP and he’s a particularly quarrelsome one who likes to bare his teeth and threaten the PA gas industry to get his way.

Some ten months ago, I wrote a post regarding the then recently confirmed (and now former) DEP Secretary John Quigley and the nature of the beast as reflected in his decision to impose an outrageous fine on Range Resources. Quigley was essentially fired last week and within literally hours that fine was lifted, confirming what we suspected,; that Quigley was using his office to take vengeance on the industry and do the bidding of his PennFuture (Heinz and Haas families) masters.

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PennFuture’s Man John Quigley Resigns from DEP

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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John Quigley, Tom Wolf’s DEP Secretary and one of three PennFuture activists put in charge of Pennsylvania’s energy policy has resigned in ignominy.

When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he wanted John Quigley to be his new Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) I asked which John Quigley we were talking about – the humorless environmental activist and consultant from PennFuture or the pragmatic administrator with the business background? I suggested the former DCNR Secretary who had previously left to do William Penn Foundation dirty work at PennFuture displayed a split personality in that regard; stating we’d have to wait until the real John Quigley stood up, hoping he was telling the truth to the senators who unfortunately confirmed him.

He has, in fact, now stood up and resigned after a little more than a year in office, the real John Quigley having exposed himself in e-mails as the man sent into DEP to sabotage it and impose the environmental extremism espoused by him and his true believer friends.

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