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Why Is Pennsylvania DEP Shooting at Gas Pipes?

fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania DEP is engaged in something inexplicably dangerous; effectively shooting at gas pipes with targeted attacks on the gas industry over methane.

There is something very wrong going on at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The agency is, rhetorically speaking, shooting at gas pipes, threatening to explode an industry that saved the Pennsylvania economy during the last recession.

The issue is methane regulation, a solution looking for a problem, as the Marcellus Shale Coalition properly puts it. Never has government put so much effort into punishing one industry that’s done more than any other to solve a problem. It’s as if the District Attorney has decided to prosecute the Chief of Police for reducing crime and making their jobs less important. Such has always been the nature of Pennsylvania DEP where real problems are ignored in favor of harassing the innocent.

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Ohio EPA Making Pennsylvania Look Like New York?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Recent actions by the Ohio EPA to both upgrade and streamline its natural gas regulations while Pennsylvania complicates them raises the specter of New York.

New York has always been difficult. I well recall many years working on some branch line railroad issues in the Empire State and confronting a whole floor of regulators in their Department of Transportation. I was used to dealing in Pennsylvania where three people did the work of 30+ New Yorkers. But, times have changed. Pennsylvania, under Tom Wolf, now seeks to emulate New York’s self-defeating style, especially when it comes to natural gas regulation. The Ohio EPA is putting our DEP to shame, managing to get plaudits from both environmentalists and natural gas company while we attempt to drown our biggest economic drivers in a sea of regulations. The Ohio EPA is making us, God forbid, look more like New York every day.

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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project continues to progress through the approval process in a timely fashion in PA while NY keeps playing the fool.

Congratulations to the PennEast Pipeline project on the issuing of its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This needed pipeline is now one step closer to delivering affordable, clean-burning natural gas to consumers. DEP moved swiftly to make sure this project will meet state water quality standards and issued this very significant state permit in the business-like way it’s normally done. Contrast this with the way New York State has politically delayed and obstructed approvals of Constitution and Millennium Pipeline projects. What a difference a border makes.

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Will A Bumble Bee Be Allowed to Sting the Gas Industry?

 

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

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The USFWS issues a midnight ruling and puts the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on the endangered species list, impacting drillers and mid-streamers.

bumble beeBack on October 3, 2016, I posted a story on MDN about the potential listing of endangered species, which impacts drillers and midstreamers. Most notably in the northeast has been the northern long-eared bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for recommending and listing varies species, empowered to do so under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

USFWS admitted the long-eared bat is threatened because of something called white nose syndrome, which has nothing to do with habitat destruction. Yet drillers and midstreamers are hamstrung with regulations to “save the bats”, even though they are not the ones causing harm to the bats. Now, the agency has done the same thing with the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, one of 46 species of Bumble Bees in the US., taking another whack at oil and gas and any other type of development.

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Five Years for an EPA Fracking Study Confusing the Matter

PennFuture - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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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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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The Shrinking Fractivist Play Book Down to the Flea Flicker

NED Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
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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What Will the Trump Effect Be on Energy?

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

 

The Trump win and widespread Republican gains down ballot suggest many possible changes in the US energy scene even as radicals snipe away in irrelevancy.

By a narrow margin, Measure Z was approved by residents of Monterey County, California.  The ballot initiative, which would ban fracking in Monterey (where it does not currently happen anyway), also bans new oil wells, injection wells and wastewater ponds.  Surprisingly, as Monterey went so didn’t the United States.  Republicans celebrated victories up and down the ballot, and cities like Youngstown, Ohio for the fifth time rejected a “Community Bill of Rights” aimed at reducing, if not banning hydraulic fracturing.   For better or worse, jobs took clear precedence over claims about the ecology.

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Working Class Often Caught in the Cross-Hairs of Greens

oilfield opportunityJessica Sena
Independent Communications & Public Relations Advisor
Helena, Montana

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The greens and anti-development groups that create conflict and stop jobs are prospering at the expense of the working class, often leaving them unemployed.

Over the last eight years, the pseudo-environmental movement’s battle cry to lessen human activity has had a profound influence over public lands policy. Though the movement is not new, its motives have shifted over the last thirty years from pushing necessary protections of sensitive environments, to stifling land use.

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Unnecessary Methane Regulations “A War on Natural Gas”

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

 

Tony Ventello just told Congress new EPA methane regulations would hinder a natural gas industry that has already reduced emissions.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing in Washington D.C. on September 15 to discuss the impact of the EPA’s recent methane regulations. It was, appropriately titled as A Solution In Search of a Problem: EPA’s Methane Regulations.

Tony Ventello, Executive Director of the Progress Authority (Bradford and Susquehanna Counties, Pennsylvania) traveled to the capital to be a witness. He was joined by Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute, Dr. Bernard Weinstein of the Maguire Energy Institute of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and Elgie Holstein of Environmental Defense Fund.

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