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Speculative Testimony Doesn’t Cut It in Dimock Case

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

 

Judge in Dimock case orders new trial; plaintiff’s evidence was based on speculative testimony and unable to support the conclusion of the jury.

Last week, Judge Martin Carlson of the Middle District of Pennsylvania kicked asunder one of the pillars of the “Fracking Is Evil” movement when he vacated the jury award of $4.24 million to the plaintiffs in the case of Nolen Scott Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.   The jury verdict, in a case actually tried before Judge Carlson, is the culmination of the now famous Dimock, Pennsylvania situation made famous by “environmental activists” like Josh Fox, Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo.  To the movement, “Dimock” has become synonymous with industry negligence and malfeasance.  Judge Carlson’s opinion now casts doubt on that characterization.

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Maryland Fracking is Dead on Arrival After Senate Vote

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Maryland fracking has had one heck of an uphill battle from the start. Now that we have lost our biggest ally, it is dead on arrival. 

Fracking in Maryland is just about dead. We are one signature away from being the second state to outright ban fracking through legislation after Vermont and as much as it irks me, it’s okay. We will move on and we will continue to have open discussions on why this happened.

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Reset Your Zeros: Positive News Coming from Natural Gas Prices

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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From rising natural gas prices to economic impacts of new natural gas-fired power plants, news from the industry is positive.

Perspective is usually a personal opinion. That single word can cover a lot of topics and opinions, but it is very powerful. From understanding another’s thought processes or being too close to you’re own, perspective needs to be reset from time to time.

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Shale Gas News – April 1, 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 DRBC lawsuit, PA DEP, Dakota Access and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Tom Shepstone of Shepstone Management Company, Inc. and Natural Gas NOW as a guest.

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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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Shale Gas News – March 25, 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 mobile energy learning, carbon emissions, fuel economy and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Donna Wheeler, manager of Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) at Offshore Energy Center as a guest.

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Shale Gas News – March 11, 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 renewable energy, Exxon, green initiatives and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week we had Mike Krancer Senior Counsel at Blank Rome LLP as a guest.

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Natural Gas is the ONLY Way to Beat Climate Change

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Climate change is a touchy subject with a vast amount of theories on how to stop it. Despite what you hear, natural gas is the only way to beat it.

There are a variety of beliefs when it comes to climate change. Some believe it is part of a natural phase and not to worry, while some argue that man-made gases are to blame. The argument is unusual in one respect; it requires no winner. As long as natural gas is in play, it simply doesn’t matter.

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Gomez Addams (a/k/a Wallflower Pete) Finds Himself at 87

fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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John Astin, the 87-year old actor who played Gomez Addams and did a gig singing Wallflower Pete has found himself in opposing fracking. Who knew? Game over?

The death rattle of journalism is evidenced by the increasing frequency of episodes where I am forced to exclaim, yet again, “If any further proof be needed of the death…” The latest is an AP Big Story item entitled “Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition.” The article is all of 122 words. It tells us Baltimore native John Astin, the 87-year old actor who last appeared in the Addams Family sitcom 51 years ago as Gomez Addams, has put out a TV ad endorsing a Maryland Fracking ban.

That’s the news in a state with a city ranked as the No. 5 murder capital of the US so far in 2017? What AP employee possibly thought a story about an actor few thought was still alive doing a fracking ad was the “Big Story”? Did Astin’s agent slip him a $100 bill or was it Food & Water Watch?

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Fracking Lowers Mortgage Defaults, Raises House Prices

fracking - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A study from Clemson University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta shows fracking lowers mortgage defaults, raises home values and improves FICO scores.

It was a little less than six years ago when Ian Urbina, as part of his “Drilling Down” series in the New York Times, wrote a piece entitled “Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages.” Urbina who was always looking for opportunities to slam fracking, quoted an official of Wells Fargo bank as telling a mortgage broker from Northeastern Pennsylvania it would be “very difficult to obtain financing due to the potential hazard” as well as “unknowns.” Urbina, of course, long ago moved onto other things, and history has moved beyond the baseless speculation at the root of so much policy discussion to the hard facts, which are very friendly, as it turns out, to fracking.

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