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PA DEP Wants Reward for Doing Poorly!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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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Pennsylvania PUC Sees Gas Benefits Across the Board

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Natural Gas NOW

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Gladys Brown, Chair of the PA Public Utilities Commission (PUC) told legislators the state’s natural gas is providing consumers benefits across the board.

The House Appropriations Committee hearings this week picked up the pace a bit – the paint is drying a little faster and it’s becoming exciting. Well, I jest, of course, but the Pennsylvania PUC hearing was at least only 1.5 hours long, not the usual 2.5, so the talkative legislators may actually be tiring. Who knew?

Wednesday was the day for Pennsylvania PUC Chair Gladys Brown to be appear before the Committee and it only took three minutes before Jason Ortitay (Republican, Allegheny and Washington County) got to the most important thing. Ortitay asked Brown this important question:

Can you describe how the diversity of our portfolio, and access to abundant natural gas for new generation, has contributed to lower electricity costs for PA citizens and businesses?

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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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Cindy Dunn Was for Natural Gas Before She Was Against It

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Natural Gas NOW

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DCNR’s Cindy Dunn, former Penn Future shill for the William Penn Foundation and Heinz Endowments, was for natural gas development before she was against it.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2017-2018 budget continue to illustrate what a sad thing thing, indeed, is the Wolf Administration. Led by a child of wealth with no seeming ability to manage anything, but a strong desire to achieve political correctness, the Administration is ripe for exploitation by special interests. Cindy Dunn, a humorless true believer who has bounced around between government and Penn Future, a tool of Pennsylvania’s two mega-elitists, the Haas and Heinz families, inadvertently provides a window into this world of chaos.

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Five Years for an EPA Fracking Study Confusing the Matter

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Natural Gas NOW
   

   

If proof is needed the Federal government is inept and incapable of doing much of anything other mucking everything up, it is the EPA fracking study.

Five years were spent to produce an EPA fracking study that not only did nothing much, but managed to confuse matters even more than they were when it began. The only thing good that came out of the draft was a wishy-washy statement about the lack of “widespread, systemic impacts” on ground water from hydraulic fracturing and some nice debunking of Tony Ingraffea and company.

The final version, although it left all the debunking intact (see this excellent rundown from Energy In Depth), took out the statement, exacerbating the confusion produced by the draft. Now, even generally pro-gas publications are contributing to it, demonstrating the entire exercise was one colossal waste of time and money as anyone familiar with the ways of government could have predicted.

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The Shrinking Fractivist Play Book Down to the Flea Flicker

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The fractivist play book keeps shrinking and they’re now down to flea flicker type moves that attract attention but seldom deliver anything but big losses.

Football, if it weren’t for the ridiculous politicization of the game this year, gets interesting in  December as marginal teams take chances to improve their prospects for getting into title games. One of the oddest of such maneuvers is the flea flicker play. It appears our fractivist friends have resorted to it with a bizarre accusation that the EPA fracking was modified to please the industry. Folks, if the fractivist play book is down to this, the game is over.

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Martians, Backed by Carpetbagger Riverkeeper, Try to Stymie Rex

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper is giving legal help to a group of radical parents (Martians) against Rex Energy in an area nowhere near their river basin. Why? 

MDN previously reported on the injustice happening in Butler County, PA where a handful of anti-drilling parents from the Mars School District (“Martians”), backed by money and legal help from Philadelphia Big Green groups Delaware Riverkeeper and Clean Air Council, have filed frivolous lawsuit after frivolous lawsuit. The effort is aimed at denying landowners in Middlesex Township revenue from legally permitted drilling.

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Cabot Remembers When It Hit It Big

natural gas industryBrittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Brittany Ramos sat down with John Papso of Cabot and discussed the moment he realized the mammoth production they had with their first horizontal well.

We recently posted an internal memo from Cabot’s President, Chairman and CEO, Dan Dinges, to employees congratulating them on several milestones.

In case you missed it:

  • Cabot spudded its first Marcellus well, the Teel 1, on 9/26/06
  • In the last 18 months we have hit these milestones in the Marcellus:
    • 500 wells drilled
    • 10,000 frac stages completed
    • 2.5 TCF cumulative production

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Pipelines are Critical for Natural Gas Transportation

natural gas industryBrittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Pipelines are the critical component needed to transport natural gas from production areas to homes and businesses safely and efficiently.

The abundant production coming from the Marcellus isn’t a secret – in fact we just posted about Cabot’s recent milestones including a cumulative production of 2.5 TCF. But what tends to get lost is just how the natural gas makes its way from the wellhead to the burner tip in your home or business. WNEP recently joined George Stark and Jim Scheel, Senior Vice President for Williams Northeast to talk more about the safe, reliable way this natural gas is being transported: pipelines.

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Cabot’s Marcellus Game Changer Milestones

natural gas industryBrittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Cabot Oil & Gas’ memo to all employees congratulates them on the game changer milestones they have accomplished together in the Marcellus.

Dan Dinges, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabot Oil & Gas, put out the following memo to its employees. Highlighted are all the milestones and growth they have accomplished over the last 10 years of drilling in the Marcellus Shale. He also praises all their hardworking employees for the skills they bring with them and all of their dedication. Cabot will keep moving forward to the next big milestone.

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