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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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Colorado Fracking Debate Leaves Common Sense Behind

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Rabid anti-fossil fuel activists are employing every tactic in their well-funded arsenals to ban Colorado fracking…and all oil and gas production. Where’s the common sense?

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has given the USA and world centuries of new petroleum supplies, lowered energy prices for manufacturers, motorists and consumers, and altered geopolitics for the Middle East, Russia and Venezuela. New natural gas supplies provide low-cost petrochemical feed stocks, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by fueling electrical generating plants – which you’d think would be good news for climate alarmists.

But naturally, those who inhabit environmentalism’s loonier fringes have gone into overdrive. They used to support natural gas. However, now that they’ve shut down many American coal mines and coal-burning power plants, they’re against it.

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More Distortion from StateImpactPA

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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There is no end to the bias that comes from StateImpactPA, revealed again in an article about oil and gas industry air emissions. StateImpactPA is a fractivist shill.

StateImpactPA continues to distort the facts on natural gas. That’s what the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation pay them to do. If I sound like  broken record on that point, I can’t help it. They keep playing the same song over and over again, with little attention to detail, a whole lot of bias and, always, always, quotes from their sister fractivist shill groups. They know exactly what they’re doing and John Hanger caught them at it last week. The story today, though, is what they’re doing to distort the air emissions record of the industry. Pennsylvania’s DEP hasn’t helped either.

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John Hanger Takes on StateImpactPA! Shots Fired!

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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John Hanger, the former DEP Secretary for Pennsylvania, has taken on StateImpactPA in a very smart way and exposed their bias. Bravo!

I have many disagreements with John Hanger but he’s just done something wonderful. He’s gone after StateImpactPA for spinning a false narrative about hydraulic fracturing.  He did it on Twitter and got them to acknowledge the funding that drives their reporting. He also got them to admit their definition of fracking includes drilling. That’s the only way they can claim it’s ever impacted water to any degree.

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Atlantic Sunrise FERC Hearing: A Lesson in Rules for Radicals

Methane Gas MigrationJohn Silla, Chair
Sullivan County Energy Group

Sullivan County, Pennsylvania

 

The Atlantic Sunrise FERC hearing in Bloomsburg was a window into the world of fractivism and the Rules for Radicals employed there.

My pal Rich and I went to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hearing on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Bloomsburg Wednesday night to learn more about the process and hear the comments from both sides.

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More Methane Madness; More Mindless Job-Killing Rules from EPA

global warmingPaul Driessen
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow

 

Methane madness continues with new EPA rules on emissions that break the rules of economic analysis and common sense. It’s more job-killing by the agency.

Having already done yeoman’s work stifling economic growth and job creation, President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is doubling down again with nonsensical methane rules.

The United States created a paltry 38,000 new jobs in May: one for every 8,000 Americans. Its labor force participation rate is a miserable 63% – meaning 93 million Americans are not working, while 6.4 million more are trying to feed their families on involuntary part-time positions and a fraction of their previous salaries. Manufacturing lost another 20,000 jobs in May, as the economy grew at an almost stagnant 0.8% the first quarter of 2016. Middle class family incomes and net worth continue to slide.

Meanwhile, well-paid federal bureaucrats increasingly regulate our lives, livelihoods and living standards, hand down fines and jail terms for some 5,000 federal crimes and 300,000 criminal offenses, and inflict $1.9 trillion in annual regulatory compliance costs on families and businesses.

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