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Lessons in Confronting the Fractivist Jihad

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

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Rumored new FERC appointment Rob Powelson offers a lesson in dealing with the fractivist jihad. It starts with not acting like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

We can’t speak highly enough of Rob Powelson, member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and currently the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As we recently reported, Powelson is one of three names being rumored as a nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It can’t happen soon enough!

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President Trump: Please Save Us from Massachusetts!

Patrick Leary - Massachusetts energyPatrick Leary
New Hampshire Engineer (BSEE) and System Engineer

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Guest blogger Patrick Leary begs President Trump to step in and save the rest of New England from the state of demagoguery that is Massachusetts today.

Our friend and loyal reader from New Hamsphire, Patrick Leary, an engineer accustomed to dealing with energy issues and dispensing common sense on the subject, has shared some words of wisdom with President Trump. The subject? The high cost of the demagoguery that comes out of the mouths of Massachusetts politicians. Here’s his letter to Trump. Enjoy!

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New England’s Mad Cow Disease

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

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new englandNew England conjures up images of cows grazing behind stone walls, but it seems the region has a bad case of mad cow disease if energy policy is any guide.

Last June, Marcellus Drilling News quasi-predicted natural gas prices might spike during the 2016-2017 winter season in New England, due to a coming shortage of LNG from Tinidad. With a warmer than normal winter, and with newfound natural gas supplies making their way to New England, prices did not spike. However, New England continues to pay prices 3-4 times higher than the rest of the country for their natural gas due to lack of supply.

That hasn’t (and won’t) change, until more supplies make it to New England —either by pipeline or ship.

Naturally, the special interest pandering politicians of the region (well, not so much the region, as the Democratic Republic otherwise known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) are opposed to the pipelines, making  their constituents ever more dependent on foreign gas.

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New York DEC Whacked Again with Pipeline Delay Challenge

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

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New York DEC, for the third time since Prince Corruptocrat was re-elected, has been hit with major legal challenges over its unconscionable pipeline delays.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on February 3, approved a long-delayed project — National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access 2016 pipeline project. The $455 million project includes building 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern Pennsylvania up to Erie County, New York. The project also calls for 3 miles of new pipeline further up, in Niagara County, along with a new compressor station in the Town of Pendleton. Although FERC has now given permission to build it, the State of New York, specifically the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), must issue stream crossing permits. Sound familiar? Well, it should.

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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

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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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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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Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Issued Final EIS From FERC

 

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

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FERC has issued its final environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline bringing this project one step closer to being in full service.

On the last business day of 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable final environmental impact statement (EIS) for one of the major pipeline projects in the Marcellus/Utica: the $3 billion Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. The FERC EIS for Atlantic Sunrise (see full copy below) said that although there may be some adverse environmental effects from the project, those effects can be “reduced to less-than-significant levels” by Williams via the plans submitted.

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Sierra Club Stubs Toe on New Jersey Pipeline

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

 

Jeff Tittel, the humorless true believer at the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club has stubbed his toe on the PennEast pipeline.

Something very curious took place this past Tuesday. The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, one of several paid shills acting on behalf of the William Penn Foundation, circulated a news release by e-mail. The whole thing may be found here. This release was apparently circulated by Jeff Tittel’s administrative assistant but somehow never made it on the organization’s website, on its Facebook page or into any newspapers. It’s not hard to see why after reading the thing. One can just imagine Tittel scrambling to call media and pull it back, in fact, when the subject of his release, the PennEast Pipeline folks, called him out on what can only be called the Washington’s U-Turn Crossing lie.

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FERC Slaps Down the Little Napoleon, Eric Schneiderman

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

 

NRDC lap dog Eric Schneiderman was given a dog’s breakfast by FERC last week when the agency dismissed his ridiculous request for a tree-cutting hearing.

No, I’m not talking about that Napoleon, the Emperor produced by the French Revolution, but the famous pig from George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The character was seemingly created with Eric Schneiderman in mind, given his tactics. The Cliffs Notes description of the pig focuses on “his blatant lust for power…a ‘fierce-looking’ boar ‘with a reputation for getting his own way'” which involved “a combination of propaganda and terror that none of the animals can resist.” That is Eric Schneiderman, of course, and, in the 1999 film version, the pig self-destructs. Schneiderman, too, is self-destructing, with a little help from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Delaware Riverkeeper To Do Stupid FERC Trick

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

 

Maya van Rossum, THE Delaware Riverkeeper, plans to hold a “People’s Hearing Investigating FERC” to bully FERC into denying pipelines and other projects. 

Though often we’re irritated, sometimes we simply marvel at the arrogance of organizations like THE Delaware Riverkeeper. They honestly think they know better than you what kind of energy you should have the right to buy. The people who run the organization (Maya van Rossum, who is THE self-appointed keeper of the Delaware River Basin), irrationally hate all fossil fuels. Even though Maya & company use those fossil fuels every day of their lives.
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