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Bob Howarth Drops All Pretense; Goes Full Fractivist

350.org - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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Like his buddy Tony Ingraffea, Bob Howarth has always been a fractivist on the Cornell University payroll but now he’s dropped every pretense of objectivity.

Bob Howarth is one-half of the Howarth Ingraffea partnership that produced perhaps the biggest lie of the fractivist movement. This Park Foundation financed duo tried and failed rather miserably to assert natural gas was dirtier than coal. It was a defensive move after natural gas replacement of coal in electricity generation started producing huge declines in CO2 and other emissions.

Fractivists needed to be able to deny the obvious; that natural gas production newly enabled by fracking was cleaning the air. Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea served up the needed junk science to assert gas produced more greenhouse gas than coal. It was a joke (more on that in a moment) but it got attention for a bit. The two Park shills, both of whom I’ve debated, got away with pretending it was their science and not their ideology that informed their positions. It’s now come to the point, though, that reality can no longer be denied. Howarth has dropped all pretense of objectivity and science, going full fractivist.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Wants FERC Shut Down

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and 182 of it’s friends demand the U.S. Senate hold hearings to find FERC “corrupt” and shut it down completely.

Maya van Rossum, who is THE Delaware Riverkeeper (the river’s mamma), got 182 of her friends, whom she calls “organizations” to sign a letter and sent it to the U.S. Senate demanding (she always demands, never politely asks) for hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Why? Because they’re actually doing their job, and that just can’t stand.

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PennEast Route Modifications Lessen Impact

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC filed for multiple route modifications with FERC today in an effort to further reduce environmental impacts.

Today, the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC filed for approval on 33 route deviations and modifications with FERC. The proposed changes to the existing route plan will reduce the impacts on wetlands and endangered species.

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Pipelines Are Still a Key Issue for Marcellus Region

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

 

The key issue facing the Marcellus region is the need for pipelines to get affordable natural gas to consumers. Yet, pipelines face so much irrational opposition.

The New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate last week took a curious stand against the proposed PennEast pipeline project, stating that the proponents of the pipeline have not shown that the economic benefits will outweigh the costs.  In numerous ways the Advocate’s report mirrored that of a March study commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  Among them are that sufficient pipeline capacity exists to meet current needs, even when the demand is highest, and that the pipeline will increase consumer rates, not lower them.

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Constitution Pipeline Update: FERC Tells Court to Cut Crap

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

 

Governor Corruptocrat’s bow to the NRDC gang in refusing a Constitution Pipeline permit is being challenged in Federal Court. FERC has weighed in on it.

Readers are aware of the sordid New York DEC record on the Constitution Pipeline. A relatively routine water quality certification was denied at the direction of Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo. He and his DEC Commissioner, NRDC gang member Basil Segos, did so at behest of the gang member Catskill Mountainkeeper and friends. The Mountainkeeper, of course, is the son of the Rockefeller lackey and NRDC founder John Adams. The Constitution Pipeline company has challenged the DEC’s servile action in Federal Court. Now, FERC has weighed in on the matter and essentially told the court to end the BS.

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NGSA Goes to Court to Fight for the Constitution

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

 

NGSA filed a brief in federal court and also with the New York DEC to move forward with two critical pipeline projects, including the Constitution.

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) has gone into action to support two currently-stalled pipeline projects in the People’s Republic of New York, where Chairman Cuomo rules. Yesterday the NGSA filed a brief in federal court to respond to an effort by the rogues gallery of environmental extremist groups (including Catskill Mountainkeeper, Riverkeeper, Sierra Clubbers and other ne’er–do–wells) to stop the Constitution Pipeline from getting built.

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Cynicism at Work: The New York Energy Game

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Politics is often little more than pure cynicism. The New York energy game provides a perfect illustration. Nothing is what it seems.

New York’s Governor Corruptocrat, Andrew Cuomo, is as cynical a politician as has ever occupied such a high position. He is utterly without shame. This is nowhere more evident than in the way he’s played the New York energy game. A series of recent news stories illustrate.

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Fellow Shale Advocates: Please Act to Support PennEast

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The PennEast Pipeline needs all shale advocates to help support this important piece of infrastructure that will help reduce our natural gas and electricity costs.

I received an email this morning from United Shale Advocates asking for support of the PennEast pipeline by signing a letter to Secretary Bose at FERC. It deserves to be shared and so I am. The PennEast will provide so many economic benefits to hardworking families and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Bloomberg Predicts a Win for the Constitution Pipeline

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

 

According to a Bloomberg analyst, the Constitution Pipeline is “favored to prevail” in a legal challenge to New York State’s opposition to the project.

We have been making the point, loudly, for the past year, that IF New York State blocks the Constitution Pipeline, as they have now done, the state runs the very real risk of having the federal government strip away their right to make such decisions about any federally-approved pipeline project. We’ve previously warned that New York is in grave danger of losing their power by attempting to block the Constitution.

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Fractivist Highs in Colorado, Fractivist Lows in Pennsylvania

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

New developments in Colorado and a letter to FERC from the Delaware Povertykeeper give new meanings to fractivist highs and fractivist lows.

Two very strange things came across my desk yesterday. They didn’t seem connected at first. But, the more I thought about it, they both illustrate the absurdity of the fractivist. The first was a story about water pollution in Colorado. The second was a letter from Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper, to FERC regarding the PennEast Pipeline. The first is a perfect demonstration of the upside down priorities of the fractivist. The second provides an inside look at the bully mindset of the fractivist.

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