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How to Produce an Atlantic Sunrise: Fight for It!

atlantic sunrise - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
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!

energy sectorRaymond J. Keating
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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Millennium Providing Gas NY Needs As Povertykeeper Fights

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

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The Millennium Pipeline gears up to improve the system that feeds New York gas, with economic benefits to Upstate, as the Delaware Povertykeeper fights it.

The Millennium Pipeline stretches some 244 miles from Independence in Steuben County to Buena Vista in Rockland County, New York. It is supplied by local production and storage fields and interconnecting upstream pipelines, serves customers along its route in New York’s Southern Tier region and helps meet the energy needs of northeast markets. MDN is written about 3 miles away from the path of the Millennium in Broome County, New York. The development of the project and the upgrades along the way have served to give boosts to our regional economy and the company is now planning another upgrade that would do similar things, while providing essential natural gas supplies to the metro region. Naturally, THE Delaware Riverkeeper (a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper) is opposed to any of this.

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Fractivists Ask FERC to Fund Them!

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

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You’re a thief and ask your victim to fund your defense; such is the position of fractivists regarding FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

We live in a day and age when we see our country slipping away from us at an alarming rate. We witness outrage after outrage and when yet a new outage appears, it’s hard to focus attention on it and get worked up about it. We’ve told you, of course, about the latest angle of attack against the fossil fuel industry by fossil haters like THE Delaware Riverkeeper. That angle is to attack the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with multiple lawsuits, hoping to tie it up in knots and make it dysfunctional (see here and here, for example). But, the latest outrage has us hopping mad. They want FERC (us) to pay for their radical activities.

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It’s Time to Fire John Quigley

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

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Is John Quigley purposely trying to discourage big investors from coming to Pennsylvania to do business with the Marcellus Industry? It sure sounds that way!

John Quigley should be fired, immediately. He is the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP). Quigley previously worked for the anti-drilling PennFuture organization, an organization that seems to still have a big influence over him.

On Friday, March 4, in his role as DEP Secretary, Quigley did intentional, massive damage to the state’s ability to attract new investment to the Marcellus industry. Quigley used calculated, disparaging comments about the industry during a call with Deutsche Bank Markets Research, broadcast to big money investors.

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Chester County Ready to Lead Us to Natural Gas Future

Chester County Guy CiarrocchiGuy Ciarrocchi
President & CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry

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Natural gas development is creating huge opportunities for Pennsylvanians and the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry is leading the way.

Chester County has the highest income of any county in PA and among the highest in the nation; the lowest unemployment rate in our state and is among the lowest in the nation; and, we have preserved more open space – among the most of any county in the nation. Chester County is a wonderful place to live, raise a family and start or grow a business.

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Natural Gas Development Spurs Housing Improvements

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

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Natural gas development has led to housing improvements across the board, but especially with respect to manufactured home parks.

A company we’ve written about for the past few years is UMH Properties – a real estate company that keeps snapping up manufactured home parks in the Marcellus/Utica region (see our UMH Properties stories here). UMH is a public company with shares of stock. Therefore, it files quarterly and annual reports, and hosts analyst conference calls. MDN picked through the latest from UMH to find some interesting quotes. In essence, UMH still loves the Marcellus/Utica and will continue to look for new acquisitions in our neck of the woods.

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