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Pine Nuts Clog New Jersey Pipeline

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

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A New Jersey pipeline battle provides shows how radical special interests are being allowed to manipulate the system and strangle the Northeast economy.

The New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which oversees a stand of scrub pines in South Jersey, held a public hearing on Monday to listen to comments on a plan to build a 22-mile pipeline through the scrub pines, burying it alongside the road so as to not disturb any spindly trees. The pipeline will supply clean-burning natural gas to a power plant currently fed by coal, cleaning up the air and lowering CO2 emissions. Naturally, fractivists, who might better be called pine nuts in this instance, oppose any such thing, as they always do.

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Power Sector CO2 Emissions Fall, No Thanks to Fractivists

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Natural Gas NOW

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Electric power sector CO2 emissions have, for the first time, dropped below those related to  transportation, thanks to natural gas and the shale revolution.

The environmental improvements wrought by the shale revolution have now achieved a new milestone. Electric power generation sector CO2 emissions are now lower than than those associated with transportation, all due to a shale revolution fought tooth and nail by fractivists. The facts of the story are told by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in this Today In Energy post.

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From Russia with Love to Useful Idiot Fractivists

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Natural Gas NOW

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The word is now out, of course. Russia has been supporting fractivists here, doing anything and everything PR-wise it can to slow down the shale revolution.

The recent hullabaloo over the role Russia may or may not have played in hacking John Podesta’s e-mails resulted in an intelligence report indicating Russia Today (RT) “runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health.”

It was hardly news. We’ve written several times about the role of Nat Simons and his Sea Change Foundation in possibly moving some rubles to US fractivist groups. We’ve also talked about Russian influence in fractivist causes for years now. Nick Grealy and I wrote about it way back in February, 2014, pointing out the role of the Ketchum PR firm, their interest in supporting the Tribeca Film Festival (how Gasland II was released), how Gazprom manipulates young journalists and how the Ruskies use fractivists such as Sane Energy and Vera Scroggins to spread the anti-fracking message. Like hacking Podesta’s e-mails, that last part is anything but difficult.

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The Stark and Utter Intolerance of Fractivism

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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No aspect of fractivism is so prominent as its intolerance for others. Its adherents are haters of other opinions, not to mention others’ property.

Fractivism is, I submit, a mental illness, an inability to operate in civil society where compromise and tolerance are essential to survival. It is uncompromising, intolerant and zealous in what can only be called hatred for the opinions and property of others. Feelings of guilt are at its root, guilt at living well without having done much to achieve it and an extraordinary desire to compensate with virtue signaling.  The less this signaling is noticed by others, the more outlandish it becomes as a way of attracting attention.

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Marcellus and Utica Gas Production Nowhere Near Peaking

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

 

Marcellus and Utica Shale gas production is, contrary to the doomsayers and pessimists, set to continue to boom in the coming years.

David Hughes of the so-called Post Carbon Institute made one of the stupidest remarks he’s ever made in 2014 when he said, “I think the Marcellus is getting pretty close to the peak in [total] production…I wouldn’t be surprised to see a peak in the Marcellus this year, maybe next year at the latest.” Dumb.

Marcellus (and Utica) production has done nothing but go up since that time. Oh, the last few months the EIA has reported that Marcellus production is declining–a little bit. But that’s because of a lack of new drilling due to low low prices, a situation that is, right now, turning around. You can expect Marcellus production to pick up again very soon.

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PA Act 13 Drilling Law Struck Down, Once Again

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

 

PA Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the natural gas industry friendly Act 13 Drilling Law, in what could be essentially called a win for fractivists.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled yesterday in another (hopefully final) decision on the 2012 Act 13 Marcellus drilling law passed and signed by then Gov. Tom Corbett. Four left-leaning judges have just struck down more of Act 13, leaving not much left except the part that raises money and gives it away (called an impact fee, otherwise known as a severance tax).

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A Primer on CELDF Radicalism

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

 

Kevin Moody, General Counsel for PIOGA just gave attendees at Shale Insight a primer on the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

The CELDF has no more effective counter than the good folks at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA). Attorney Kevin Moody, their General Counsel and Vice-President for Governmental Affairs, has helped beat the CELDF in court. He also gave a dynamite presentation on the group at this week’s Marcellus Shale Coalition Shale Insight conference. Kevin shared a copy and we’re privileged to offer a pdf version here, but there are some highlights too importance to miss.

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New Outlet for Marcellus Shale Gas Opens for Business!

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Spectra Energy just created a new outlet for Marcellus Shale gas – great news for landowners and producers and a kick in the butt for fractivists.

It didn’t make big headlines, but our buddy Jim Willis picked up on some fantastic news. Marcellus Shale gas now has a new outlet to the Gulf Coast. Spectra Energy has asked FERC for approval to put much of its Texas Eastern Gulf Markets Expansion Project on-line. It’s celebration time for landowners and producers who have been crying for new ways to get Marcellus Shale gas to market. It’s also a sad day for fractivists. This is why they fight so hard against pipelines. It’s why the Heinz Endowments, the William Penn Foundation, the Park Foundation and NRDC gang trust-funders put so much money into funding shill organizations such as the Clean Air Council.

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PennFuture Politics of Personal Destruction Rebuked

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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PennFuture, one of the Heinz and Haas families trio of dirty trickers, was twice rebuked this week, by the court and the citizens they personally attacked.

The contempt with which Pennsylvania’s elites, the Heinz and Haas families, hold ordinary citizens richly deserves regular rebukes. They were twice delivered in the past few days and how sweet it was. PennFuture, one of three organizations used by these two families to undermine rural development they abhor, was handed its hat. Rural Pennsylvanians are fighting back and showing just how to expose these phonies.

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Rattlesnake Decision Bites Anti-Growth Special Interests

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

 

A relatively quiet decision to declare the rattlesnake is no longer an endangered species in Pennsylvania has rattled anti-growth special interests, especially fractivists.

Many years ago, I spent summers and weekends working for a local surveyor along the Delaware River. We ran into numerous members of the rattlesnake species. When I first saw that green row of coiled diamonds under the lip of a rock, my heart pounded. The biggest danger then was getting bitten. A few years later the biggest danger was the ability of the rattlesnake to stop, not hearts, but development. The listing of the species as endangered became a tool in the hands of anti-growth special interests to stop projects they opposed. It became the tail that rattled regulatory agencies everywhere, including Pennsylvania. Now that’s changed and it has implications for natural gas as well as other development.  Continue reading

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