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Modern Life Is Impossible Without Fracking

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

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The following is a condensed version of a post by Nick Grealy originally published at MyGridGB. Nick tells us why modern life is impossible without fracking.

Due to common failures of the gas industry and journalists who too often seek slogans instead of solutions there is still a widely held view, based more on feelings than figures, that natural gas is neither necessary or desirable. Easy slogans proposing simplistic solutions to complex engineering problems have invaded the debate.

The argument against gas has three strands. It often depends on glib use of the F word as simplistic value signalling. The obsession with the process instead of the product is irrelevant. Yesterday’s breakthrough, becomes today’s mainstream and in shale that date was 2014 when the “unconventional” method of hydraulic fracturing became the new normal when it provided over 50% of US gas production.

In 2017, 90% of all new US gas wells are horizontal, the other part of the shale revolution. Indeed a recent University of Texas study was unable to find evidence of ‘conventional’ gas drilling at all. Thus, in the US at least, natural gas today is produced as a matter of course by “fracking.” It’s as unconventional as making a phone call with a mobile phone to some people was in June 2007 when the iPhone was launched.

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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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Josh Fox Tries to Stave Off Justice for Upper Delaware Landowners

Bob NolanBob Nolan
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Upper Delaware landowners are fighting back against the injustice of the DRBC sitting on over-the-top gas regulations for years and Josh Fox is flailing. 

Josh Fox, on Friday, put out a call to action to the little swarm of malicious malcontents who follow him to rise up and exercise some mobocracy against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) at its meeting this Wednesday. He titled his screed “Once Again We Are Under the Threat of Fracking.” He called the Delaware “our beautiful watershed” (even though he operates from Brooklyn out of natural gas heated space). He stated “we simply can’t allow DRBC to frack up our river, our land, air and public health,” and repeatedly raised the specter of threats to his drinking water.

The email was another self-indulgent exercise in crying wolf by the attention starved Fox. It was another reminder of how badly Upper Delaware landowners have been treated at the hands of both this chameleon and the DRBC he holds up as the supposed enemy, even though they’ve been on the same team.

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Energy Security Is Believing in America…and Remembering

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

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The 15th anniversary of 9/11 is a time to reflect. It about believing in America. It’s also a time to appreciate why energy security is so important to us.

This day in history is, to my generation, what December 7, 1941 was to our parents. They were young adults in most cases when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Similarly, 9/11 is the day we now remember the deadly attack on the Twin Towers by Islamic extremists. No matter where we were, our world stopped, as we were fixated on the radio or television reporting the first plane hitting the first tower. “My God,” we thought, “what a horrible accident,” then minutes later another plane hit the second tower. Our thoughts quickly went from pilot error to war. And, people following world events knew immediately who it was; Bin Laden. Our worldview changed in a heartbeat.

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Gas Drilling Opponents Shift Causes?

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

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Gas drilling opponents are apparently shifting causes as the opportunities arise if Vic Furman’s recent concert/festival experience is any guide.

This past weekend I went to a music festival at Salt Springs State Park with a friend of 55 years. I was apprehensive to say yes and reminded her of my involvement over the years with nearby Dimock and calling out the professional gas drilling protestors (Vera S, Craig S, the other Craig S and that whole gang, I didn’t want to drag her into my battles. It was a beautiful day and I didn’t want to ruin it by running into them but, after a little more conversation, in which I told her (wrongly, as it turned out) that my old friends were likely to be there, she talked me into going.

So, it was off the Salt Springs, where you can light the water on fire due to natural methane and could do so long before gas drilling (see video below of Nick Grealy of ReimagineGas.com lighting the natural methane bubbling up there). It turned out to be quite the revealing day.

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Texas Gas Delivers the Goods as New York Plays the Fool

new york hunger games - Jerry Russell

Jerry Russell
Binghamton Area Landowner

 

Texas gas is achieving wonders for the energy needs of the state’s citizens, while New York State plays the fool for its politically correct elites.

The Texas gas industry is eye-opening. I recently returned from a month long trip working in the state. My work was not energy related. However, because I spent the majority of my time driving around in rural and suburban areas I had a good chance to look at the energy infrastructure. It didn’t take long for me to see how completely out-of-step my own state, New York, is when it comes to energy.

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What the Shell Cracker Means for Pennsylvania

Shell CrackerAdam Larson
Pittsburgh, PA – Field Intern at EQT Corporation
Student, Penn State University Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers at Penn State University 

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Adam Larson talks about the tremendous difference the Shell cracker will make for Western Pennsylvanians and the natural gas industry.

The oil and gas industry took off in Western Pennsylvania right around 2008. Digging deep into the Marcellus and even deeper into the Utica, operators have since been biting away at vast layers of shale. Turning the drill bit ever so slightly and kicking out into the lateral, producing natural gas has never been more economic. Now, combine this with hydraulic fracturing and you’ve got two tremendous technologies working hand in hand.

With the duo of the Marcellus and Utica, both dry and wet gases are being pushed back out the pipes and as the wet gas shale resources are developed, natural gas liquids (NGLs) are being captured. When upstream kicks the can to midstream, substantial amounts of NGLs are being handled. Most of these NGLs are now either being held in storage or shipped down to south to Texas or Louisiana for downstream refining.

Shipping from north to south with a downturn of commodity prices – this may seem nonsensical. This is where Shell’s Beaver County ethane cracker plant comes into play – leveraging resources that are already here to create a by-product; “cracking” ethane into ethylene. After waiting for the official announcement of this project for years, the approved start of the cracker has finally come to fruition.

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Ted Cruz Will be Talking Shale Gas Tomorrow in Williamsport

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Ted Cruz will be in Williamsport (and Scranton) tomorrow and talking up the shale gas revolution that sustained Pennsylvania during the economic recession.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for President, will be in Williamsport (and Scranton) tomorrow talking about the shale revolution and the importance of Marcellus and Utica Shale development to rural economic development, the environment and energy security. Cruz isn’t the only candidate favoring natural gas development but he’s unequivocally for reducing the government over-regulation that is stifling energy development and the small businesses who have traditionally created most of the jobs in this country; small businesses that have, perhaps, benefitted more than anyone by the shale revolution that put Pennsylvania on the map as an energy producer.

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Cuomo the Upstate Job Destroyer Gets Nailed by NY Post

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Andrew Cuomo gets thrashed by the New York Post in an editorial properly berating him for being “poised to destroy thousands more upstate jobs” by killing the Constitution Pipeline.

The New York Post seldom mince words, of course, whether one agrees or disagrees with them and I can find myself on either side, depending on the situation. When it comes to Cuomo’s mendacity with respect to oil and gas issues, though, and especially his delaying tactics on the Constitution Pipeline, I couldn’t applaud the Post more for their editorial on the subject. It speaks for itself in terms of clarity and neatly sums up the situation and the facts surrounding it. Will the Governor cave to the NRDC gang and other elitist special interests or will he do the right thing for Upstate New York. I’m not holding my breath.

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Humorless Fractivists Go Wild with Speculation

fractivists - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Fractivists have no sense of humor, of course, but a recent episode illustrates just how far they’ll take their neurosis; over the edge into the abyss.

I have yet to meet a fractivist or radical environmentalist with a sense of humor. The truly committed ones take themselves so, so seriously. They assume they’ve cornered the market on morality, ethics and everything else that matters. They imagine anyone who disagrees is evil and have perfected the art of condescension. They’re also prone to exaggeration. Readers who’ve dealt with any number of them know exactly what I mean.

Yet, a recent episode truly takes the cake; serving to demonstrate every characteristic of fractivists at once. It involves an innocuous comment, made in humor by a Range Resources employee at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute Environmental Law Forum that took place earlier this month in Harrisburg. The event was keynoted by Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley and attended by attorneys, academics, industry representatives, other professionals and environmental activists, among others. A casual off-hand comment made by Range’s Terry Bossert in a session titled “Environmental Issues Facing the Oil and Gas Industry” has been elevated to “Tempest in a Teapot” status by fractivists intent on creating what they would have us all imagine is a serious issue. It’s not.

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