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Justice Delayed Leaves Only Fracking Victims Upstate

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Upstate New York and especially the Southern Tier is a wasteland of fracking victims denied the opportunity to economically survive by fractivist miscreants.

Justice delayed has no time stamp; there are only victims and, in the case of my part of Upstate New York, the Southern Tier, they’re fracking victims. It is sad when people such as Steingraber, Ingraffea, Ruffalo, Gore and lower-on-the-totem-pole provocateurs and purveyors of misinformation (e.g., Fox, Forpeace, Scoggins, Huston, Stevens) uncareingly go to war against struggling families and property owners in the name of ideology. Not one of them can live without fossil fuels, yet they happily deny landowners in New York and the Delaware Valley access to economic assets that would pay off mortgages, tuitions, medical bills and much more, as they sit upon two of the richest gas plays in the nation. We are the victims of their shallow narrow-minded selfishness; the only fracking victims who truly exist.

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It’s Sunset for the Lancaster Stand Against the Atlantic Sunrise

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Turnabout being fair play, it’s a beautiful thing; Williams, developer of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline is sunsetting the Lancaster Against Pipelines Stand.

“The Stand” had been sunsetted. According to the Houston Chronicle:

CONESTOGA, Pa. (AP) — A company building a $3 billion pipeline to carry natural gas is purchasing a southeastern Pennsylvania farm that has served as a base of operations for pipeline opponents.

Atlantic Sunrise pipeline builder Williams said Monday it has struck a deal with the owner of the 107-acre property near Conestoga, in Lancaster County. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

The property owners had allowed environmental activists to use a portion of the farm as a protest encampment. The site attracted anti-pipeline activists from around the country, including members of an American Indian tribe that tried to stop the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

Williams will use the property to drill under the Conestoga River.

The group Lancaster Against Pipelines says the sale is a “stark example of how much pressure” Williams exerts on private landowners.

The Lancaster Against Pipelines website makes no mention of the news as of 6:00 AM this morning. The group’s Facebook page acknowledges it, though, and includes a pathetic statement that it would “continue to stand with the community.” Lancaster Online covers it all here.

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DAPL Vandals and the Trendy Elitists Who Coddle Them

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A group called Rising Tide North America is behind some DAPL vandals. Both the Tides Foundation and the Levinson Foundation are in the background paying.

The Argus Leader carried a remarkable story the other day about two Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL vandals who were arrested for sabotaging the pipeline by using oxy-aceytlene cutting torches to cut through steel valves. The two perpetrators, both Iowa women, were quite proud of their dirty work, self-empowered by a naive sense of moral superiority (mother’s milk to all useful idiots) and what can only be described as the arrogance of indignant high schoolers. It tells us a lot about what motivates these radicals and none of it’s good. Even worse are those who fund and manipulate them.

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Shale Opposition Recedes As News Hounds Do Nothing

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

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Shale opposition recedes into irrelevancy as the antics of fractivists get less and less attention; so much less the news hounds hardly even notice anymore.

Elsewhere on the No Hot Air / Reimagine Gas site is a Top Ten Shale Gas Myths that has been up for so long some of the oldies but goodies are getting moldy.  Time for a refresh and let’s replace the old number one with a new number one.  The previous chart topper  “My Water Will Catch on Fire” never gets airtime anymore.  It was a 2009 one hit wonder from Gasland, and not even the most uninformed opponents repeat it anymore.

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Fractivists Use Pennsylvania Supreme Court As Weapon

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

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Fractivists have succeeded (barely) in employing the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as a weapon of obstruction against natural gas development in the Commonwealth.

As they so often do, radical environmentalists are creating chaos and confusion; this time in Pennsylvania. As MDN reported, earlier this week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a sharply divided 3-2 decision, sided with a virulent anti-drilling group, the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation, against the state in saying that any revenue generated from leasing and drilling on state-owned land MUST be used solely for conservation and the environment. The aim of the PA EDF is to disrupt Marcellus Shale drilling by any means necessary. This is one of those means.

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If A Fracking Site Can’t Be Found, Is It Industrialization?

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

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Nick Grealy brilliantly exposes the intellectual hollowness of fracking opponents who complain of industrialization, yet can’t find the fracking sites!

In Yorkshire, Louise Hammond is so concerned fracking of shale will industrialize the landscape that she traveled to Lancashire and got arrested there to prevent it.

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The incoherent statement of fractivists Louise Hammond and Natalie Middleton after pleading guilty to obstructing a highway to protest fracking (click to read full story).

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What the Pipeline Industry Needs to Learn and Soon

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

 

 

The pipeline industry has been a very slow learner when it comes to combating fractivists and the reasons are relatively easy to understand if you know both.

The pipeline industry (“mid-stream” in oil and gas lingo) has flopped, floundered and, far too often, failed in its dealings with fractivists. It’s been a little like that memorable Independence Day movie scene as the Earthlings (the industry), not imagining they even had enemies, has suddenly faced a terrifying one from another planet. Run and hide was the first response, followed by trying to play nice and welcoming the aliens, only to be blasted apart by invaders who shared no such illusions. It’s been painful to watch for those of us who are veterans of land use and fractivist battles and realize they are not table games but, rather, life and death struggles in a figurative sense. The pipeline industry needs to learn a few things and very quickly.

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Gentry Class Elites Tell Rural America to Drop Dead

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

 

 

Gentry class elites who finance fractivism are dismissive of rural areas and their economic needs, preferring they simply empty out and become wildernesses.

A very perceptive article in Forbes the other day by James Taylor, President of the Spark of Freedom Foundation really hit home with me. Entitled “Anti-Fracking Elitists: Rural America Should Remain Economically Stagnant,” it captured the essence of what’s happening as elitists from a few wealthy families on the coasts attempt to control the future of a rural America in-between. These are the families who fund fractivist causes and, while they claim to love rural America, they couldn’t care less about rural Americans. They’d prefer, in fact, we just leave or drop dead, rhetorically speaking.

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How to Battle Fractivists in One Easy Lesson

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

 

 

The oil and gas industry has always been focused on production and is rather poor at fighting, but Texans for Natural Gas shows how to battle fractivists.

The oil and gas industry is notoriously bad (pipeline companies being the worst) and very slow, by tradition, in doing what is, essentially, land use politics. Likewise, most landowners who want the industry in their backyard are just too polite to do battle. Both the industry and its natural constituencies are driven by motives of being businesslike, friendly and unfailingly positive.

Unfortunately, that’s not enough in today’s world. It probably never was if we consider some the earliest political campaigns of our nation. Successful politicians know the public always says it hates negative campaigning, yet unfailingly responds to it. There are limits, of course. One hopes we don’t get back to where we refer to our opponent as a “mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed,” as Adams did of Jefferson.

Notwithstanding these boundaries, it’s completely fair to illustrate your opponents’ failings. bad policies, mistakes and weaknesses. How else are decision makers and voters to know, after all? The oil and gas industry and those of us who support it very much need to get better at this. An outfit called Texans for Natural Gas is showing the way.

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Coos County Refuses to Coo for Fractivists

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

 

Coos County voters do not back down to fractivists and reject a measure to ban to construction of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.

Following what generally was a quiet two weeks for shale news, a major decision came a sparsely populated area of the West Coast – Coos County, Oregon.

Last March, FERC took the unusual step of denying the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal on the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Connector Pipeline that would have transported natural gas from Canada to Coos County for export.  In December that decision was upheld.

Following the Presidential election, Jordan Cove’s owners, Williams Partners and Veresen Inc. of Calgary, reapplied with FERC in January after the Trump Administration took office.  In response, opponents of the project put Measure 6-162 on the Coos County ballot.

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