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Fractivists Use Pennsylvania Supreme Court As Weapon

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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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Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

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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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The End of Fracking But for the Shouting?

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

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Nick Grealy explains why we should stop using the fracking word and simply call it natural gas; to concentrate on the product not the process.

This may not be the last post at No Hot Air, but it will be close enough. Within the next few weeks I’ll be concentrating on London Local Energy, and I may or may not have a blog there.

Going through a new door is a good time to understand what has happened in the past. I’ve had a ringside seat at the greatest energy transformation since the light bulb.  I’ve been here talking about shale before anyone had ever heard of Josh Fox and Gasland.  I was here when the “conventional” industry said shale would never work: it was too expensive, the decline rates were too high, it was just a flash in the pan.

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Torpedo Blows Up in Grant Township’s Face

CELDF - report on Mora countyTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Grant Township let the CELDF use it as a torpedo against state and Federal law but the thing just turned back and blew up in the faces of Township taxpayers.

Last month I wrote about how the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) was all “about seizing the municipality and turning it like a torpedo up against the state and Federal structure of law.” That’s the mantra of CELDF’s never-had-a-real-job, spoiled child leader, Tom Linzey, who takes money from other useful idiot trust-funders running wealthy foundations and uses it to manipulate still other useful idiot local elected officials into doing the work of his infantile campaign to overthrow American government. Poor Grant Township, Indiana County, bought into the CELDF lies, allowed itself to be used as one of those torpedoes and it just turned back on them and blew up in their faces.

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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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