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Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road.

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long. A read of the opinion (available here with my highlighting of important points) is an exercise in appreciating everything that’s wrong with New York, the courts and the pipeline industry.

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Environmentalists Ignore the Real Rogue Industry

Decline Curves - Chris AckerChris Acker
Geological Engineer,
Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania 

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Environmentalists want you to believe fossil fuels are the problem, however the real rogue industry is illegal marijuana farming.

Imagine, if you will, a rogue industry in America… a rogue industry systematically destroying pristine forests. A rogue industry indiscriminately spewing poisons of frightening toxicity. A rogue industry unaccountable to government or the people – uncaring, unstoppable – mindlessly causing damages in the hundreds of millions.

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Midnight Methane Rules Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

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Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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The IER’s Robert Bradley examines Federal methane rules; yet another example of foolish counterproductive governmental intrusion beyond all rhyme or reason.

Last month, the U.S. Senate narrowly voted against repealing a punitive, last-minute Obama era regulation. The Interior Department’s so-called Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, while advertised as economically prudent, would eliminate consumer-driven jobs, curtail energy production, and otherwise harm the nation’s economy.

The “midnight regulation,” part of Obama’s now-defunct Climate Action Plan, would require gas and oil companies drilling on federal lands to make extreme reductions in methane emissions. Think of it as the final volley in Obama’s war on fossil fuels.

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The Empty Phony “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” Movement

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is a completely empty gesture that reveals the hollowness and shallow thoughtless nature of all fractivist enterprises.

Wikipedia defines “virtue signaling” as the “platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views” voiced by people who “value outward appearance over substantive action.”

Based on that definition, 61 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, three candidates for Lieutenant Governor and at least one gubernatorial candidate have been campaigning around the Commonwealth all year with the virtue signal blinking.

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Queensland Fracking Lesson: Renewables Depend on Natural Gas

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Queensland, Australia has, albeit belatedly, learned renewables cannot advance without clean baseload electric generation from natural gas; fracking that is.

Down under, there is a lesson taking place on how to do renewables successfully. It’s taking place in the state of Queensland, Australia where, yesterday, Reuters reported this from Melbourne:

Australia’s most solar-power dependent state, Queensland, said it would restart a gas-fired energy plant next year to help cap soaring electricity prices and make the grid more stable, a move that prompted an instant drop in power futures prices on Monday.

There’s a powerful (pun intended) lesson here: if you want to do renewables successfully you’ll need to do natural gas as well, which means fracking.

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Fighting Fractivist Fire with An Invoice!

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The time for tolerating fractivist antics of vandalism, violence and other forms of intolerant destructive behavior is past. It’s time to hand them invoices.

Those “peaceful” #NoDAPL protesters who tried to prevent the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock were anything but. During their months-long occupation of the Sacred Stone Camp, protesters threatened and intimidated local residents, abused animals and stole livestock, and left a trail of garbage and destruction in their wake. The cost to the North Dakota taxpayers for this “peaceful protest”: $38 million and counting.

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Attacking Critical Pipeline Infrastructure is Terrorism

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Homeland Security considers any attack on critical pipeline infrastructure terrorism; yet ecoterrorists are willing to somehow normalize these acts of violence.

In October 2016, extremists broke into and closed the safety valves on five pipelines.

In May 2017, arsonists broke in and attempted to burn a hole through a working pipeline.

Are these acts of property destruction? Acts of civil disobedience by idiots who failed to understand the potential personal and environmental damage they were risking?

No. They were acts of terrorism. Why? Because they were attacks against critical infrastructure.
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How to Battle Fractivists in One Easy Lesson

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

The oil and gas industry has always been focused on production and is rather poor at fighting, but Texans for Natural Gas shows how to battle fractivists.

The oil and gas industry is notoriously bad (pipeline companies being the worst) and very slow, by tradition, in doing what is, essentially, land use politics. Likewise, most landowners who want the industry in their backyard are just too polite to do battle. Both the industry and its natural constituencies are driven by motives of being businesslike, friendly and unfailingly positive.

Unfortunately, that’s not enough in today’s world. It probably never was if we consider some the earliest political campaigns of our nation. Successful politicians know the public always says it hates negative campaigning, yet unfailingly responds to it. There are limits, of course. One hopes we don’t get back to where we refer to our opponent as a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed,” as Adams did of Jefferson.

Notwithstanding these boundaries, it’s completely fair to illustrate your opponents’ failings. bad policies, mistakes and weaknesses. How else are decision makers and voters to know, after all? The oil and gas industry and those of us who support it very much need to get better at this. An outfit called Texans for Natural Gas is showing the way.

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New York’s Energy Double Standards: When Home Rule Is Out

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

New York’s energy double standards are on full display right now with a wind project off Lake Ontario. It’s home rule again but the rules have changed.

Back in December I wrote a post here about Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo’s ridiculous plan to impose a poorly conceived renewable energy plan on rural Upstate New York. I mentioned the Lighthouse Wind project in Niagara and Orleans Counties just off the shores of Lake Ontario. It will occupy 20,000 acres of land to create roughly 200 megawatts of capacity, probably operating about one-third of time to generate a measly 65-70 megawatts of power.

I’m not against wind on principle, though. I’ve worked on wind projects, in fact. I only oppose the subsidies involved and the unfair advantages accorded wind compared to natural gas, which is a much better bargain for all. There are huge energy double standards involved when it comes to wind versus natural gas in New York and among those are the matter of home rule.

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If Government Energy Were All We Had, We’d Be in Blackout Now

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

If government energy policies over the last four decades were all we had depended upon to heat and light our world we’d be living in blackout conditions now.

I’m not much of a fan of The Hill, whether we’re talking about Congress or the newspaper and blog, the latter being largely a gossip sheet for the former. Nevertheless, The Hill does, from time to time, publish some great stuff revealing what incredible fiascos, messes and Rube Goldberg contraptions we create when when we try to do things by committee. Such is the case with an article Thursday by Mark Mills, who is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. It is entitled “Despite Four Decades and $500 Billion, the Energy Department Hasn’t Accomplished Much,” and, in just a few paragraphs, makes it clear government energy policy is unlikely to ever produce anything more than blackouts.

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