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Shale Exports Key to Defending US Interests Here and Abroad

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Our new President’s willingness to build important infrastructure and allow shale exports will change the dependence Europe has on Russia for energy.

President Donald Trump travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last Wednesday to pay his respects to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen.  The raid was the first reported covert counter-terrorism operation of the Trump Presidency.  While the sketchy details were reported widely in the press, the press did not highlight the folly of relying on countries like Yemen for America’s energy supply.

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Natural Gas Development Before and After – Part I

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Fractivists obsessed with the anecdotal and the superficial miss the reality of what’s happening with natural gas development – the before and the after.

Fractivists, despite the object of their animus, aren’t deep thinkers. They prefer the shallow collections of stories “of the harmed” and other such nonsense. They have no interest in science unless it’s the pseudo or junk version, in which case they repeat the words “peer review” like a parrot on high-protein bird food. They focus, instead, on anecdotes, pictures and footprints, as our friend Nick Grealy noted here. That raises a question posed by Nick and one of our correspondents in a comment on his post. Why aren’t we documenting the before and after of natural gas development? I’ve been saying this for years as well. We’ve tried to also do something about it, but we’re going to step up our game — starting right now.

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The New York DEC Con Game: Delay, Delay, Delay

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A NY State DEC response to Millennium Pipeline’s lawsuit over delays in approving a pipeline illustrate the DEC con game of delay as a political strategy.

If you want to understand the full politically corrupt nature of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) these days you only need to read this. The important discussion (the excuse-making) starts on page 26. It’s all about the seven miles of pipeline Millennium Pipeline needs to build to supply gas to the new CPV Valley Energy Center in Orange County, New York.

The project, although it is an excellent one, was marred by the CPV staff allegedly seeking favors from Prince Corruptocrat’s political hacks, a matter now in the criminal courts. Regardless what did or didn’t happen, the New York State DEC is now playing CYA and, of course, it’s totally dominated by NRDC gang anyway. DEC, therefore, has gone into full delay mode. The way it’s going about it is totally disingenuous, of course, which is standard operating procedure at the top of the agency and in the Governor’s Office. Indeed, it’s a lesson in DEC con games.

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DAPL Protestors Told to Just Go, But Clean Up First

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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There’s nothing worst than failed leadership that, having made a complete mess of things, just won’t go away. That’s the DAPL protestors today.

Neville Chamberlain’s failure in dealing with Hitler, thereby plunging Europe into complete war, led to Leo Amery, a member of Parliament, telling him this:

You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!

It was an old line, first used by Oliver Cromwell in 1653, but it captured the moment perfectly and Chamberlain was soon gone. I’ve always liked the line and it occurs to me it has some applicability today to the out-of-town DAPL protestors who’ve now made another complete mess of things and worn out their welcome with everyone from the government to the Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II.

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Tony Ingraffea Finally Gets It Right?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Tony Ingraffea has finally uttered something with which I wholeheartedly agree, although he has come to it as a result of his own previous demagoguery.

I knew it would happen, but not this quickly. Tony Ingraffea pushed hard on a plan for New York to power itself with renewables in a few short years. It became clear earlier this year, though, it would never work politically when a tiny wind farm in his backyard faced strong opposition. I wrote this at the time:

Three years ago, Tony Ingraffea, chief fractivist on Planet Ithaca, co-authored a report. It suggested New York could derive all its all-purpose energy from renewables by 2030. It was premised on 4,250 windmills providing 10% of that energy. That assumption is, as I’ve noted from my own experience with wind projects, incredibly naive. The same people who fight fracking can be counted to also oppose wind when it’s in their back yard

That report from Tony Ingraffea suggesting wind energy would be an easy replacement for some portion of natural gas, is wildly impractical. Tony’s never had to get a wind project approved. If it takes more than a decade to build seven seven stupid turbines that shouldn’t bother anyone, imagine just how difficult it would be to get 600 times that many more approved and built in the next 14 years. It isn’t going to happen, there’s not enough money to do it and many of the people who say they want it, don’t want it near them. It’s that simple.

Today, Tony Ingraffea is facing that reality—the fruits of his own demagoguery—and his reaction is about what I expected.

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Will the Trump Administration Provide Clear Energy Direction?

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Will a new Trump Administration offer some clear energy direction to replace the often  conflicting signals that came from the Obama Administration? Perhaps.

With one week to go before the Donald Trump Presidency, the Obama Administration’s final energy moves remain curious.  Just a few weeks after refusing to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Administration went the other way on Atlantic Sunrise.

Right before the new year, FERC gave the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline long-awaited good news by issuing a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.  Based on that, Williams Partners announced that it anticipates full service by mid-2018.  The EIS is good news for Williams and for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic whose gas supply will be safeguarded by the connection of the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale deposits with a major Northeast pipeline.

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That UN Security Council Resolution and the Energy Impacts

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Barack Obama, who came into office looking to make America safer, will leave in having achieved the exact opposite with a UN Security Council Resolution.

President Obama’s decision not to veto Thursday’s UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements marked a huge break with historical United States practice and scrambled Middle Eastern politics.  Already much has been written about it and much more will be.  With regard to energy, the question is what does this mean?  The answer is a lot.

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Oil and Natural Gas, Not Just Fuel

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Brittany Ramos explains how oil and natural gas are a huge part of our everyday lives and not just fuel for our vehicles and homes.

Last year the lovely folks over at the Western Energy Alliance sent me a stack of stickers with a message that really hits home as Pennsylvania prepares for the coldest weather so far this season:

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EPA Muddles, Generalizes and Redefines Fracking

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The EPA, after five long years of research had to muddle, generalize and redefine “fracking” to say it could impact driving water in “some circumstances.”

On Tuesday, the EPA released its revised report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.  Modifying its previous conclusion that the process does not cause “widespread, systematic” effects, the EPA now claims that fracking for oil and natural gas can contaminate drinking water under “certain circumstances.”  This report ends more than five years of research.  While not giving a definitive conclusion, according to EPA science advisor Thomas Burke the report offered the most complete scientific analysis on the potential link between fracking and drinking water contamination. Continue reading

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Voters Say More Pipelines Please and Right Away

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

 

You wouldn’t know it from pipeline controversies ginned up by the likes of the Delaware Riverkeeper, but Mid-Atlantic voters want more pipelines.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently commissioned a survey of residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia. These are so-called “battleground” states that can swing either Democrat or Republican come election-time. The survey found that an average of 80% of the respondents support energy infrastructure spending, by both government and private companies. Which is remarkable.

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