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Record Natural Gas Production, Record Consumption, Game Over

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

 

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The Energy Information Administration reports record natural gas production and record natural gas consumption. The game is all but over for fractivists.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) just released its Natural Gas Annual report and it demonstrates the game is all but over for fractivists. Natural gas production is up, natural gas consumption is up, exports have increased more than imports and Pennsylvania is setting new records. It’s just one page of good data after another.

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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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Canadian Pot Capital Arising from New Brunswick Double Standards?

New Brunswick Shale - Resource Wise New Brunswick ReportsLynn Farmakoulas
Spokesperson/Communications Director
Resource Wise New Brunswick

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Will New Brunswick become the Canadian pot capital due to double standards? The contrast in how the marijuana is treated compared to shale gas is amazing.  

New Brunswick is now planning to, literally, grow its economy. We got a hint of this on August 22 with a headline in the provincial newspaper blaring the following:

NEW BRUNSWICK’S ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN: PUSH MARIJUANA

Aside from the obvious pun, the rest of the story is truth. How sad it is, though, how this attempt to make New Brunswick the Canadian pot capital, is being promoted without the slightest attempt to secure the “social license” demanded of the shale gas industry.

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New Brunswick Fracking Indecision Inexcusable

New Brunswick Shale - Resource Wise New Brunswick ReportsLynn Farmakoulas
Spokesperson/Communications Director
Resource Wise New Brunswick

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Indecision about New Brunswick fracking by the government is wasting what’s in the cart, letting the cart rot, and shooting the horse.  

Since being elected in the Fall of 2014 the Gallant Liberal government has had exactly two decisive moments: announcing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in December 2014 and announcing an indefinite moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in May of 2016. The Liberal government’s plan to raise revenue in the province so far has been to hike the harmonized sales tax we pay on goods and services. Unlike our sister province of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick is sitting on possibly the largest deposit of shale gas in Canada. So, when Nova Scotia announced a moratorium it was a “meh” moment. In New Brunswick, it’s a serious matter.

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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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