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Tom Wolf: Shale Gas Is Enormous Economic Opportunity (If You Don’t Live in DRB)

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

Is Tom Wolf really this calloused, this hypocritical, this obtuse? It appears he is. No one brags about shale gas and then denies it to one set of citizens.

Yesterday, March 21, 2018, may mark the low point of the Tom Wolf administration in Pennsylvania for residents of Wayne County. Our pampered, two-faced, trust-funder governor took to bragging about Pennsylvania’s shale gas resources. He did so oblivious to the reality of simultaneously denying them to those of us living in the Delaware River Basin portion of the Commonwealth. That’s the best interpretation; more likely he did it knowing he was sticking it to Wayne County for the sake of his elitist friends in Philadelphia and New York and simply not giving a damn.

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What Two-Faced Trust-Funder Tom Wolf (and Others) Said Then

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

 

Betty Sutliff quotes Gov. Tom Wolf on natural gas development from when he wasn’t acting as a DRBC member and was actually representing Pennsylvanians.

Politicians such as Governor Tom Wolf have a habit of saying the darnedest things, especially where it comes to natural gas development but it seems to matter a lot who they’re addressing.

In this post I am choosing to let the politicians speak for themselves and readers can compare their statements then with what they’re saying now about natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin.

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Marcellus Shale Drilling and Impact Fees Skyrocket

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Marcellus Shale impact fees are headed upward as drilling activity in the region accelerates; bringing good news to all Pennsylvanians who benefit from them.

Pennsylvania, in early 2012, enacted the most sweeping rework of oil and gas laws in the state in decades. Called Act 13, one of the provisions of the law is an “impact fee” collected on each horizontal shale well drilled. The fee is intended to offset the impacts of drilling in places where drilling happens, hence the name. However, in order to get enough support to pass Act 13, politics were played and 40% of the “fee” got re-allocated to non-impact uses. That is to say 40% of the fee became a tax and it’s now skyrocketing upward along with drilling activity.

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Message to Gas Industry: DRBC Hearings Were Missed Opportunity

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

 

Dan Markind says the natural gas industry missed a great opportunity to get the facts about fracking out to the uninformed at the DRBC hearings.

The Delaware River Basin Commission held public hearings last week on the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in the basin.  On Thursday, the DRBC met near Philadelphia International Airport.

Public comment lasted three hours.  Each speaker was allowed three minutes.  Within the first half hour, a man named Jonathan Lutz from the American Petroleum Institute stated that the industry supports 320,000 jobs and encourages healthy regulation but opposes the full ban. He questioned the science quoted by many of the speakers.  After his three minutes, Mr. Lutz walked out (at least I think so, I didn’t see him afterwards).

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Power Grabbing DRBC’s Fracking Ban Is Way Too Much

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

 

Daniel Markind agrees with the need for regulations, but an outright DRBC fracking ban is way too much and may not even be legal.

Daniel Markind is a partner at Weir & Partners, LLP in Philadelphia. Mr. Markind has almost 30 years experience as a real estate and corporate transactional attorney. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Markind has developed a sub-specialty in oil and gas development and leasing, and speaks widely on Marcellus Shale and other mineral extraction issues. He represents numerous companies and individuals involved in different capacities related to natural gas and oil leasing, production, transmission and waste disposal.
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Tom Wolf Funds Natural Gas for the DRBC Region, But No Soup for Us

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is throwing money at a natural gas project in the DRBC region but wants no one producing the stuff in the region. No soup for us!

The Pennsylvania legislature, in 2016, over the objections of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, voted to shift $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program, or PIPE.

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API: Let’s Base DRBC Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing on Sound Science

DRBC HearingStephanie Meadows
Upstream Manager, American Petroleum Institute

 

API’s Stephanie Meadows testifies at the DRBC hearing asking the DRBC to base their decisions on hydraulic fracturing on sound science not accusations.

Good evening DRBC Commissioners and Staff.

My name is Stephanie Meadows.  I am a Manager in the Upstream Department of the American Petroleum Institute.  I have been working on hydraulic fracturing issues for API since 2008.

Let me start out by making something clear – Our top priority is to provide energy in a safe, technologically sound way with the least possible impact on the environment.  Our members take their responsibility to the surrounding communities seriously and we work with federal and state agencies to develop design standards, recommended practices, and guidance that will improve operational integrity and regulatory processes across the board.

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Marcellus Shale Coalition Calls for Equal Justice for DRBC Landowners

DRBC HearingPatrick Henderson
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Marcellus Shale Coalition

 

Patrick Henderson, of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, stood up for DRBC landowner rights in his testimony this past Tuesday at the DRBC Hearing in Waymart.

Good afternoon, my name is Patrick Henderson and I serve as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC).

The MSC was formed in 2008 and is comprised of nearly 200 producing, midstream, transmission and supply chain members who are fully committed to working with local, county, state and federal government officials and regulators to facilitate the development of the natural gas resources in the Marcellus, Utica and related geological formations.

Our members represent thousands of Pennsylvania employees – and by extension tens of thousands of Pennsylvania landowners – who are committed to the safe development, transportation and utilization of domestic natural gas.

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Special Interest Groupies Practice Denial at DRBC Hearings

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

 

Special interest groupies practiced deceit at those DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday while carefully pretending not to see the Blue Whale in the Delaware.

Supporters of an ill-conceived fracking ban who showed up at DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday—the “special interest groupies,” as Fred Peckham so nicely described them—were churning out nonsense in all the usual ways but they were also doing something else. They were engaged in the cliched behavior of “ignoring the elephant in the room,” except that this doesn’t really do justice to the scope of their actions. No, this is much bigger than an elephant; it’s more like ignoring the Blue Whale in the Delaware or the Susquehanna.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Steven Adams

DRBC HearingSteven Adams
Damascus Township Supervisor

 

This is the testimony of Steven Adams given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am addressing this board to present the facts as I understand them.

Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, it states and I quote, “No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

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