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Shale Gas News – April 29, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Northern Access Pipeline, LNG exports, severance tax and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Mike Atchie, Public Outreach Business Partner at Williams and David Taylor, President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.

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Modern Life Is Impossible Without Fracking

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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The following is a condensed version of a post by Nick Grealy originally published at MyGridGB. Nick tells us why modern life is impossible without fracking.

Due to common failures of the gas industry and journalists who too often seek slogans instead of solutions there is still a widely held view, based more on feelings than figures, that natural gas is neither necessary or desirable. Easy slogans proposing simplistic solutions to complex engineering problems have invaded the debate.

The argument against gas has three strands. It often depends on glib use of the F word as simplistic value signalling. The obsession with the process instead of the product is irrelevant. Yesterday’s breakthrough, becomes today’s mainstream and in shale that date was 2014 when the “unconventional” method of hydraulic fracturing became the new normal when it provided over 50% of US gas production.

In 2017, 90% of all new US gas wells are horizontal, the other part of the shale revolution. Indeed a recent University of Texas study was unable to find evidence of ‘conventional’ gas drilling at all. Thus, in the US at least, natural gas today is produced as a matter of course by “fracking.” It’s as unconventional as making a phone call with a mobile phone to some people was in June 2007 when the iPhone was launched.

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Environmental Justice? Give Me A Break!

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

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Environmental justice is a twisted concept; twisted to give radicals opportunities to bash economic development that would improve the lives of the poor!

Last December, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it would go on a “listening tour” in early 2017, to focus on so-called “environmental justice.” The DEP finally set up a schedule for its listening tour, which began in March in Greene County. Our take: “environmental justice” means asking poor people if they’ve been abused by the oil and gas industry in any way – and if they have a beef, the DEP will “do” something about it.

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Cheated and Deprived by Cuomo, JLCNY Appeals to Trump

Methane StudyDan Fitzsimmons
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

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The JLCNY asks President Trump to intervene on projects already federally approved and not let Cuomo deprive Upstate New York for his own political gain.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your victory. We are confident that your presidency will restore common sense to government. I am writing with a plea for help for thousands of landowners in Upstate New York who have had their property rights deprived by our state.

I am the President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc., a group of 70,000 landowners with more than one million acres available for oil and gas development in New York. We are a coalition of landowners and generational farmers who care deeply for the environment and the land. We believe that with strong regulatory oversight, it is possible to balance natural gas development and protection of the environment.

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Shale Gas News – April 22, 2017

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Rover Pipeline, storage hubs, pipeline jobs and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Karen Moreau, New York Executive Director of American Petroleum Institute,  Jessica Sena, Communications Adviser at Montana Petroleum Association and Seth Whitehead, Researcher for Energy in Depth.

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Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

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Institute for Energy Research

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Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career.

New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a combustible fuel. Cuomo further stated, “Many studies say that using a pipeline as a conduit is safer than rail travel and truck travel. Realistically you have to move fuel, so a pipeline is the safest way if it’s done right.” Yet, within the last year, his Department of Environmental Conservation denied certification to the proposed Northern Access pipeline and water permits sought by the Constitution Pipeline. Cuomo has also fought the Algonquin Pipeline expansion and has been dawdling on an 8-mile spur to a new power plant in Wawayanda.

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Penn State Misses Trees for Forest Fragmentation

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

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In a recent Penn State study, partially funded by the anti-drilling Heinz Foundation, researchers claim pipelines cause forest fragmentation.

Researchers from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State have just published a new study/paper in the Journal of Environmental Management titled, “Linear infrastructure drives habitat conversion and forest fragmentation associated with Marcellus shale gas development in a forested landscape” (abstract below).

Their thesis: “Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.”

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City vs. Countryside: Can Upstate New York Ever Get Well?

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Political observers say the great divide in the US is city vs. countryside. They’re correct and Upstate New York faces a grim future unless things change.

One of our readers brought an interesting article to my attention yesterday that hit upon a great point and, yet, missed the most important things. It was a post by Damon Linker on a blog called The Week. Entitled “It’s Not Elites vs. Populists; It’s City vs. Countryside,” the piece looks at our politics and observes the vast gulf between urban and  rural voters. It’s on target in that respect, but fails to hit the bullseye, especially as it relates to natural resources and energy issues about which the two parts of our nation are as different as could possibly be. That difference is why I question whether Upstate New York can ever get well.

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Fracking Bolsters the American Economy

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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Robert Bradley explains the practice of hydraulic fracturing is not only safe but is actually helping to bolster the American economy.

Our friends at Institute for Energy Research shared this guest post with us, which was written by their founder and CEO, Robert Bradley, Jr. and recently published in Forbes.

Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health.

Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels.

For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into the earth. Lately, the leave-it-in-the-ground lobby has doubled down on its mission to thwart the latest oil and gas extraction techniques.

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The American Rivers “Most Endangered” Scam

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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American Rivers, an organization funded by America’s elite with a lot of help from taxpayers, runs a “Most Endangered River” scam that is a complete joke.

National Geographic, which is anything but the non-political image it cultivates, just helped promote one of the stupid pet tricks of the elite; the American Rivers “Most Endangered Rivers” scam. It’s an annual racket, intended to generate publicity using mind-numbed press robots who will faithfully regurgitate American Rivers’ press release as it if was big news.

This was the 34th year of such nonsense and is all too typical. It’s political lobbying dressed up as community caring, wrapped with a shawl of virtue signaling. There are, as usual, 10 “endangered rivers” and, of course, no discussion of who picked them other than the fact it’s “American Rivers,” a name that, in the world of the politically correct, is a warning to the wise not to question or risk being branded anti-river; a leper or untouchable, in the world of the beautiful people.

And, what is No. 5 on the list this year? Well, of course, its a river “endangered” by the “threat” of fracking. It’s the Rappahannock River in Virginia. If National Geographic had bothered to ask what happened to other rivers previously designated as endangered by fracking that might provided a truly interesting story but, naturally, that didn’t happen.

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