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Looking at Fracking in 2016 Through the Purple Hayes

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

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Fracking today is on display with the Purple Hayes wells in Ohio and the lesson is that fracking technology is destroying all the best arguments of its opponents.

If we could simply convince people that “fracking” doesn’t mean thousands of wells or hundreds of well pads, as so many fractivist groups in the UK insist will happen, we could then move on to a grown up discussion as to why are we using high carbon/zero tax LNG in the UK instead of the lower carbon high tax alternative onshore shale gas offers.

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What Fracking Has Done for Amwell Township

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Dimock isn’t the only place where fracking has turned things around and most support gas drilling despite fractivist stunts. There’s also Amwell Township, Washington County.

Yesterday, I wrote about the huge positive fiscal impacts of gas drilling and fracking on Dimock Township, Susquehanna County. It was but one example. Now, let’s go to the opposite corner of Pennsylvania and look at Amwell Township, Washington County. It, too, has been the subject of fractivist attacks, but the fiscal data shows fracking has helped Amwell Township enormously. That’s why most residents support natural gas development.

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Why Dimock Really, Really Loves Fracking

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

There’s no name more frequently associated with fracking than Dimock. Residents, though, contrary to the media narrative, love fracking and here’s why.

Dimock is the name that virtually defines fracking for fractivists. The is despite the fact no one has ever demonstrated a single fracking problem in Dimock. Yes, there have been issues of methane migration. Those pre-existed gas drilling, though, and had zero to do with hydraulic fracturing. Moreover, the EPA found the water was safe. Yet, the myth persists. What’s fascinating to those of us who know the community is this; residents of the community love fracking. They want more of it, in fact. It’s not hard to understand why.

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Towering Fractivist Junk Science Study Collapses Into Heap

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Fractivist junk science gets more free publicity than Kim Kardashian, but what will happen now that one of its towering studies has collapsed into a heap?

We told you about a recently withdrawn University of Cincinnati/Oregon State University air pollution “study” from last year. It turned out to be a sham. We just didn’t know how much of a sham. Energy In Depth has the story and it’s a doozy. The errors made in the original are simply staggering. What was a towering example of fractivist junk science has completely collapsed into a pile of rubble.

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Banning Pineapple Farms and Other Meaningless Fractivity

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

There is a name for the meaningless efforts of radicals to build a movement against natural gas development with fake gestures and scams: fractivity.

There is nothing less serious than fractivism. It is built on hyperbole, junk science, lies and scams. We saw this in New York, where community after community with no gas banned it to score political points. It was meaningless; nothing but pure fractivity. It wasn’t going to happen anyway, but the media coverage was great. Now, something similar is happening in Michigan. Some legislators of Huron County, which has no producing gas wells, want to ban fracking. They might as well ban pineapple farms on the Great Lakes.

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Exposing the FERC Intervenor Game and Fighting Back

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

Has the natural gas midstream industry finally developed a spine? It appears so, as someone is finally challenging the FERC intervenor game fractivists play.

Could it be? Have the natural gas industry’s midstream players finally awoken from their slumber to fight back? I certainly hope so. I don’t know he finds all this stuff, but my good friend Jim Willis, over at Marcellus Drilling News, has found evidence it has. (Word to the wise; if you don’t have an MDN subscription you need to sign up.) Yes, we’re seeing a new spirit among the midstream folks here and there recently. They realize, some of them at least, that they’re in a fight and they’re fighting back. Thank God!

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Fractivist Echo Chamber Implodes

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

 

The fractivist echo chamber has imploded in the case of a University of Cincinnati study, now withdrawn for errors, but it is long after the headline damage.

The fractivist echo chamber is a fact of life for those of us who advocate common sense energy development. We have to face it. We can’t avoid it. We have to correct the record each time some piece of junk science is published. The facts always come later, long after the headlines. The echo chamber, in the meantime, endlessly repeats the sounds of those falsely crying wolf. It has imploded in at least one instance, though. It is an especially beautiful sound.

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Fracking Lesson: Not NIMBY, But YIMBY?

State Impact - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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There’s something huge going on in San Francisco, a grass-roots YIMBY movement to squelch gentry class opposition to development; a lesson for fracking.

Something beautiful is happening in San Francisco – a YIMBY movement. The city, of course, is already beautiful but it has become a cesspool of elitism and political correctness taken to the extreme. Long viewed as nirvana for the avant-garde, anarchists and Bohemians, the city has been slowly but surely captured by a snobby gentry class that wants nothing further to happen and couldn’t care less about the needs of ordinary people. Sound familiar, so far. I suspect so, because, although the story here is one about housing development, it could just as easily apply to energy development and there are multiple lessons to be learned for those of us engaged in the war with fractivists.

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How the NRDC Gang of Thieves Steals Business

State Impact - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The NRDC gang is a den of thieves who conspire to destroy competition and steal business for their donors, directors and supporters.

Some environmental groups, it appears, are beginning to notice the NRDC gang is not what it’s made out to be, an altruistic group focused on safeguarding the earth; that it’s really a gang of thieves out to steal business for the members. We have, on these pages, relentlessly detailed the background on the NRDC gang, noting how it is running land scams to make a wilderness of the Catskills. We’ve told how its divestment project is really just a case of running interference while Steven Clark Rockefeller, Jr. sends LNG to China. We’ve explained how the gang is intricately linked to the Sea Change Foundation and its sugar-daddy investment banker funder, Nat Simons, who is enmeshed in all sorts of renewable energy investments.

It turns out, though, we are not alone. An excellent post on the Environmental Progress blog, which is focused on addressing “continued dependence on wood & dung in poor countries, and climate change” aggressively goes after the NRDC gang and lays out how the thieves work. It’s not a post that’s friendly to natural gas, but it is superb in documenting the thefts in a very compelling way, one that ought to get the attention of Preet Bharara as he pursues corruption in new York where the NRDC runs everything in state government.

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StateImpactPA Shills for Fractivist Lobby Groups

State Impact - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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StateImpactPA, funded by Pennsylvania’s gentry class fractivists, is shilling for a fractivist lobbying group that diverts attention by…attacking lobbying.

Nothing is more predictable in fractivist journalism than the regular reports from Common Cause, a fractivist lobbying group funded by other fractivist lobbying groups, attacking lobbying by the oil and gas industry. It’s the phoniest schtick around and StateImpactPA just as predictably spreads it around, essentially serving as the PR outlet for Common Cause. The latest example of this shilling is this report from StateImpactPA hyping an “analysis” claiming “Pennsylvania’s gas drillers…spent $55.9 million on lobbying since 2007.” while ignoring the lobbying of fractivist groups such as itself and not even bothering to get the opinion of anyone with a different perspective.

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