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Ted Cruz Will be Talking Shale Gas Tomorrow in Williamsport

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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

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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

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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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More on That Fracking Lawsuit in New York

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Attorney David Morabito goes on radio to talk about his fracking lawsuit against the New York State DEC and makes a good case to the public.

A while back we reported here that Attorney David Morabito had filed a lawsuit against the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) challenging the state’s hydraulic fracturing ban, which prevents him from developing the natural gas on property he owns in Allegany County, New York. It’s the only such lawsuit filed in New York and Morabito recently went on Evan Dawson’s Connections NPR radio program on WXXI out of Rochester, New York, to talk about it. It’s worth listening to the whole thing (a little less than an hour in length).

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More Junk Science: The Duke Housing Study

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

 

Duke University, one of the Park Foundation’s pets, has dutifully come out with another study attacking fracking; this time it’s a Duke housing study.

Once or twice a year anti-fossil fuel “researchers” at Duke University issue another “publish or perish” term paper taking aim at the Marcellus/Utica Shale and call it a study. A few weeks ago the latest in a string of such biased reports was issued by Duke – this one claiming property values go down when Marcellus Shale drilling comes to a community. The Duke housing study is just one more example of how news is manufactured for use in the fractivist echo chamber created by the Park Foundation and friends.

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NY Fractivists Block Seneca Lake Facility

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

 

A group of NY Fractivists dressed up as Santa and the Grinch and danced around to block the Seneca Lake Facility claiming fossil fuels are “naughty.”

We’ve written many stories over the past few years about anti-drilling zealots who oppose the plan to convert a depleted salt cavern owned by Crestwood Equity Partners (nee Crestwood Midstream) along the shore of Seneca Lake, in Schuyler County, NY, to store liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane).

The protests are typically a dozen people or less and often organized by Sandra Steingraber, a minor celebrity in fractivist circles. Steingraber is a so-called “scholar in residence” at Ithaca College. They pay her to do nothing but trot around making anti-fracking speeches, no doubt funded with money from the Park Foundation. Continue reading

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Stop Complaining and Embrace the Energy Change!

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Adam Larson
Student, Penn State University Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

 

Penn State student Adam Larson offers advice for environmentalists who can’t see the forest for the trees; stop complaining and embrace the energy change.

Yes, people in the energy industry do care about the environment.  We all want to breathe clean air, and we all want to drink fresh water.

It’s called responsible energy development.  It seems that a large majority of the anti oil and gas crowd like to point fingers.  But, here’s reality – globally, we are all using unquantifiable amounts of energy.

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Stay Up To Date: Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook 2015

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

 

The Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook 2015 has been released and includes a full account of shale development activity over the three-state region; permits issued, pipelines, leasing, with plenty of data tables and maps.

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew where drilling is about to happen? A sort-of crystal ball so you know who is about to drill, where they are about to drill, and how much they are about to drill? That’s the premise behind the Marcellus and Utica Shale Databook, a 3-volume series published every four months.

In 90 jam-packed pages you will get the latest information on what’s happening (or not happening) with drilling in the Marcellus/Utica region. Continue reading

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Great Pretenders: Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

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

 

There are no pretenders quite as great as the fractivist foundations who fund the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative and their shills at that outfit.

Big Green groups like THE Delaware Riverkeeper and the Clean Air Council, just to name a couple, are the fractivist arms of big-money foundations that fund and control them, including the Heinz Endowments and the Park Foundation. It’s an incestuous game with behind the scenes collusion among these groups and the deep-pocket foundations that pay for their attorneys to continue filing frivolous lawsuits. A recent article in Mid-West Energy News provides another example of how the fractivist echo chamber works.

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It’s the Phony Intervenors Slowing Down Pipelines

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

 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission confirms phony intervenors are the ones slowing down pipeline approvals by overloading them with applications.

As we’ve previously warned, anti-fossil fuel kooks are being effective in slowing down new pipeline projects by using a sleazy strategy of individually filing as “intervenors” in pipeline applications. An intervenor is supposed to be someone with a legitimate interest in a project who wants to provide data, information, opinion, and also someone (typically a group) that should be kept informed each step of the way what is happening with a pipeline application.

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