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Pipeline Infrastructure Crucial for Economy

Gene BarrGene Barr
President, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce of Business and Industry

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Pipeline infrastructure will give Pennsylvania’s economy the boost needed to create much needed jobs and supply low cost natural gas to millions of homes and businesses.

Pennsylvania’s economy continues to face headwinds. Unemployment has increased over the past year – now higher than the national average – with most jobs losses coming in the blue-collar construction, manufacturing and mining sectors. Policymakers and regulators can help stem this tide by enacting pro-growth policies, and that starts with building out infrastructure and authorizing the construction of several major pipeline projects.

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Naomi Klein: The Naive Nanny of Fractivism

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Fractivist Naomi Klein has achieved capitalist success by bashing the institution while cheerleading for those bringing Venezuelan people to their knees.

Naomi Klein is the perfect fractivist from an elitist perspective. Snobby and condescending, she’s bought fame by decrying capitalism and the oil and gas industry. The industry improves lives every day as she condemns it to improve her brand. She serves, meanwhile, as a “Fellow” at the Nation Institute in New York City, where the building is heated with natural gas. She also resides in Ontario, Canada where natural gas is the primary heating fuel for 70% of homes. She’s just a more attractive version of Michael Moore in that respect, but every bit as hypocritical. Naomi Klein, in fact, says “the fracking industry is vicious, brutal and will stop at nothing to get its way.”

She should know, given the sorts of people and government she’s supported in the past.

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The Atlantic Sunrise Needs Our Help

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The Atlantic Sunrise needs help. Let’s tell Pennsylvania DEP we want affordable, reliable energy and to issue the permit immediately.

We all care deeply about the economic and energy future of Pennsylvania, and the Nation.  Please help us tell the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) before August 1, 2016 that Atlantic Sunrise is a key piece of energy infrastructure. It will only take a few moments of your time to show your support.

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Cuomo’s Flotilla: Nothing More Than a Distraction

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Governor Cuomo’s recent flotilla down the Delaware River to promote tourism was simply a distraction from the problems plaguing New York.

Last week Governor Cuomo took his annual river rafting photo-op to the Delaware River to promote tourism. He brought plenty of company on his white water adventure, with over a dozen rafts and canoes filled with staff, state police, ancillary politicians, river guides, and, of course, the press. It was 45 minutes before the last trooper’s canoe shoved off and the press went home. The event got good coverage. The message was that the Delaware River Valley is beautiful. Maybe the publicity will bring some tourists. Upstate can use all the help it can get.

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Where Are We on the Wolf Severance Tax Proposal?

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Charles A. Schliebs
Managing DirectorStone Pier Capital Advisors, LP

 

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What are the prospects for Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax after losing the first round with the Pennsylvania legislature? Charlie Schliebs evaluates.

When we published our last issue of our company newsletter in July of last year, we were simply waiting for the 2015-16 Pennsylvania budget to be approved by Governor Wolf before publishing the next issue, in which we planned to explain how the key budget compromises were made and what they meant for the shale gas industry, not only in Pennsylvania but also in adjoining states.

Well, we waited, and we waited, and we waited, and things were really never solved. Instead, the Governor lost on all accounts (shale gas severance tax and otherwise) and all the cans were kicked down the road for another try with the 2016-17 budget due at the end of this month, June 30, 2016. What happens next with the 2016-17 budget? Well, let me offer some observations.

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How to Produce an Atlantic Sunrise: Fight for It!

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Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The Atlantic Sunrise is critical infrastructure for Marcellus Shale development. We must fight for it; for the sake of our economy and our environment.

Now, yes now, is the time to roar and let the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) know you support the Williams Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. Atlantic Sunrise is part of the Transco (Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation) system. It is a $2.1 billion project consisting of compression and looping of the Transco Leidy Line in Pennsylvania, along with a greenfield (brand new) pipeline segment of 178 miles, called the Central Penn Line, connecting the northeastern Marcellus producing region to the Transco mainline near Station 195 in southeastern Pennsylvania (see Atlantic Sunrise Will Pump $1.6B into Economy, Create 8K Jobs).

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The Strange and Unexpected Friends of Gasland

atlantic sunrise - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Gasland II was the beginning of the end of Josh Fox’s meaningful influence on the fracking debate but it sure attracted some strange and unexpected friends .

Everything started going downhill for Josh Fox after Gasland II came out – it was that bad. Fox’s influence has dwindled in inverse proportion to his arrogance and he has, ever since, increased the intensity of his table pounding and made ever more extravagant claims i vain attempts to bring more attention to himself. I’m not sure any of us care that much what he’s up to these days, but his 15 minutes of fame served to help identify some of the enemies of rural development who flocked to him like moths to a streetlight during that period and they are a strange and eclectic bunch, if nothing else.

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Appalachian Basin Poised to Become Petrochemical Center

Aubrey McClendonJoe Massaro
Consultant, Bravo Group

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The Appalachian Basin, including the Marcellus and Utica Shales (among others), is positioned to become a petrochemical manufacturing hub.

Penn State Extension hosts regular webinars where the leadership invites experts from different industries to speak on topics that regularly impact Pennsylvania residents, such as agriculture and shale development. One of the most recent webinars was a presentation by the senior director of policy analysis and economics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Martha Moore. The presentation, titled, “Renewed Competitiveness for U.S. Plastics from Shale Development,” highlighted the effect natural gas liquid production is having on manufacturing across the country, specifically right here in Pennsylvania.

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Rural Pennsylvania Under Siege by the Wolf Pack

John PetersonJohn Peterson
Former US Congressman, Pa 5th District

 

Governor Tom Wolf and a pack of environmental activists originally brought into state government by Ed Rendell have rural Pennsylvania under siege.

Rural Pennsylvania’s chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies — the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) — with alumni from the radical environmental group, PennFuture. Further, the very structure of how the DEP hands down penalties and creates regulations is hurting our economy and needs to be reformed.

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Stop Attacking the Energy Sector!

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Chief Economist, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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The energy sector produces jobs, increases tax revenue and ensures the country’s economic expansion, but you wouldn’t know it from politicians.

Hillary Clinton’s anti-fracking stance during her recent debate with Bernie Sanders in Michigan, and more recently at an Ohio town hall, would be ironic, if not for the fact that positions change with the winds these days on the presidential campaign trail.

As widely reported, Clinton promoted hydraulic fracturing “in other countries for years.” In addition, it wasn’t even 10 months ago that the Environmental Protection Agency released its definitive report noting that no evidence exists that the gas-extraction process contaminates drinking water.

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