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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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How to Produce Gas Drilling Headlines from Nothing

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Natural Gas NOW
   

   

Making gas drilling headlines requires no more than some speculation wrapped in the impenetrable gobbledy-gook language of academia and someone to report it.

We have a perfect example of how negative gas drilling headlines are made in a recent story that appeared in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Citizens Voice. It’s illustrative of how fractivism works, even when the parties delivering it are largely innocent, which is precisely why it’s so nefarious. All that is required is something academic that raises a question, someone to report it and someone in an editor’s office to craft the catchy gas drilling headlines. No real evidence is required and, in fact, it would only serve to cloud the issue, as the point is to suggest the “can,” the “could” and the “may.” Throw in hard data and all those possibilities get watered down – better to stick to the speculation.

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Susquehanna County Burns Locally Produced Gas

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

 

Thanks to pipeline infrastructure, the residents of Susquehanna County are really benefiting by burning their own low cost, locally produced natural gas.

Susquehanna County, PA, which sits just across the border from where MDN is written in Broome County, NY, is one of the miracles in the Marcellus Shale. Cabot Oil & Gas, among a few other drillers, have extensive operations in Susquehanna County. In fact, all of Cabot’s PA wells are located in that one county, and Cabot produces (at last check) over 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas PER DAY. It’s an amazing story.

One of the ironies has always been that rural counties like Susquehanna that produce natural gas often aren’t able to use the gas they produce due to lack of pipeline infrastructure. The entire county has 43,000 residents (11,700 families). The largest “city” in Susquehanna County is the county seat of Montrose, population 1,600 (750 households).

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Natural Gas Is Key For PA’s Clean Power Plan

Energy TaxesJoe Horvath
Senior Communications Strategist with Williams

 

Ask PA DEP to capitalize on natural gas produced in Pennsylvania by making it prominent part of Commonwealth’s Clean Power Plan.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking suggestions from residents on the best ways to meet carbon-reduction goals set forth for Pennsylvania in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Specifically, the plan focuses on reducing emissions from electric power generation.

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Scranton Newspaper: PA Should Pay Higher Severance Tax

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

 

The Scranton Times-Tribune believes PA should cooperate on a higher natural gas tax and support Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to impose a severance tax.

We wonder, do the liberal editors of the Democrat propaganda machine known as the Scranton Times-Tribune consider it “fair” to close down legitimate businesses that provide jobs and tax revenue to the state by targeting them with even higher taxes, forcing them out of business because they no longer turn a profit? Is “profit” a bad word around the news room of the Times-Tribune? Is the word “capitalism” banned from so-called reporters’ lips at the Times-Tribune?

Those are the kinds of thoughts that roll around our brain box when we read yet another sycophantic “we need to tax the Marcellus industry more than we do already” editorial from the brainiacs at the Times-Tribune.

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