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Times Up, Governor Cuomo: You Said You’d Revisit Fracking After Studies

Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Governor Cuomo, in 2014, said he’d revisit his fracking decision if the data later showed fracking was safe. There are now several such studies. It’s time.

Governor Cuomo, on December 17,  2014, following a second-term election victory, made his infamous fracking decision with a view to burnishing his radical credentials. Being Governor Cuomo, though, he wanted a way out later if needed. He promised, therefore, to revisit the fracking issue on behalf of New York should science come out in support of the safety of fracking for purposes of developing our state’s natural gas resources. Well, Governor Gumby, that time has come and is past due.

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Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo’s Shame: The Southern Tier Exodus

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo sold out the Southern Tier of New York for the sake of appeasing the NRDC gang. It’s caused a dreadful Southern Tier exodus.

New York’s Southern Tier is experiencing an exodus, Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo having denied the region any hope of economic revival with his fracking ban and war on pipelines; all to please a handful of malcontents and feather his bed with the all-powerful NRDC gang. The Albany Business Review offers up the data in this article.

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Sen. Lisa Baker Exposes the DRBC Fracking Ban Case As An Empty Shell

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Sen. Lisa Baker questioned Pennsylvania DEP Sec. McDonnell regarding the DRBC quagmire at Senate Budget hearings and got him to admit some important things.

Pennsylvania Senator Lisa Baker deserves three cheers for her questioning of DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell at Senate budget hearings. It was a very respectable discussion, as is proper, but Baker had done her homework and accomplished several things. Most of all, she got an uncomfortable McDonnell, who’s trapped between what he knows to be correct and an unengaged, condescending governor with a political agenda— who happens to be his boss—to admit some key points. Baker knew what she was doing.

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The DRBC Concludes Its Sham Hearings with Comedy Routine

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The DRBC finished its sham hearings on its proposed fracking ban yesterday with a phone-in exercise that started late, ended early and was a comedy routine.

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) ended its sham set of hearings on its proposed fracking ban yesterday. It was a joke. Set up as experimental hearing format where testimony was given by phone, it did have one redeeming value. The witnesses, because, they couldn’t be seen in full theatrical mode, could be judged by the content of their remarks. Much like The Voice, the format allowed those listening to evaluate the output itself without being distracted by appearances. It illustrated just how completely hollow, unscientific and, frankly, comedic, the pro-ban testimony was. This was the case throughout the hearings but the call-in format highlighted the foolishness.

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The Thoroughly Dishonest Justification for the DRBC Fracking Ban

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The DRBC fracking ban has been justified with a totally dishonest explanation ignoring key facts, prevailing law and even an elementary sense of justice.

The Delaware River Basin Commission, in proposing the DRBC fracking ban, has published a lengthy public notice laying out the justification or rationale for the ban. It’s a poorly written, error-ridden, deceptive and thoroughly dishonest document that anyone within even an elementary knowledge of the facts can quickly debunk. I suspect a future court will also do so. It’s that bad.

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It’s Already Decided, So Sham DRBC Hearings Don’t Count, But…

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

While DRBC hearings to date have been fairly conducted, they don’t count. The agency has already predetermined the outcome and denied landowners due process, but…

The DRBC hearings to date on its proposed ban on the development hydraulic fractured horizontally drilled gas wells in the basin have been fairly conducted. A retired judge with no axes to grind and little or no knowledge of the matters at hand has acted as hearing officer, which has freed the commissioners from having to face the public whose rights they’re stealing.

Moreover, the judge has started each hearing with a monologue in which he has stated they are real opportunities for public input. There’s not a doubt in my mind he means it, but he happens to be totally wrong, precisely because he’s unfamiliar with the issue. He doesn’t  realize he’s engaging in sham DRBC hearings, the outcome of which has already been predetermined, making a mockery of the due process of law to which we’re all supposed to be entitled.

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Unconventional Gas Is Anything But After the Shale Revolution

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Too many regulatory agencies are still using the term unconventional gas, which is more out of date than bell bottom pants after the shale revolution.

Once again, the Energy Information Administration is out with some fascinating facts that reveal the true scale of the there shale revolution. They also expose just how far behind the times some regulatory agencies are with their terminology. Their data demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that it’s time the term unconventional gas was consigned to the trash can. According to the EIA, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells “accounted for 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83% of the total linear footage drilled” in 2016.”

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SolarCity Shaping Up As Cuomo’s Biggest Failure; A “Skinnin”

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The news regarding Andrew Cuomo’s pet project, the centerpiece of his Buffalo Billion scam, SolarCity, gets worse by the day. It’s what we call a “skinnin.”

One of my former office neighbors, a mortage broker, loved to talk of something he called a “skinnin.” It was country slang for making the deal of deals; a “stealing candy from the baby” sort of deal. Whenever I arrived at the office in coat and tie, I could be sure to get a “skinnin’ today?” question out of him, combined with a sly grin. What he had in mind was what Elon Musk did with Andrew Cuomo by selling him the SolarCity deal. It’s been falling apart for many months now and things just keep getting worse for Prince Corruptocrat.

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Ohio Shale Experience Is the Future for UK?

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

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The Ohio shale experience suggests how development of the UK’s Bowland Shale may go and the future is looking pretty darned good.

A lot has advanced in the six years since Cuadrilla Resources revealed their estimate of 200 TCF in natural gas reserves for their section of the Bowland Shale back in 2010. Sadly, the UK debate hasn’t been one of them. Yet. But the time is coming.  Back in 2010, people saw shale as a flash in the pan. It was, of course, the biggest bang to hit energy markets since the light bulb. Yet, the UK debate still uses outdated economics, 2010 flow rates and 2010 energy policy concerns. Shale is still “controversial.” Meanwhile, in the US, the unconventional is the new normal, 70% or higher of 2016 production and nowhere is it more conventional than in Ohio.

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Pennsylvania Fracked Gas Arrives in Scotland

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The first ship carrying PA fracked gas has arrived in Scotland for a chemical company that said the shipment would bring them back to profitability.

Yesterday afternoon, a ship arrived in Grangemouth, Scotland carrying fracked gas from Pennsylvania.  The delivery of ethane, brought by the chemical company Ineos, was the first shipment of fracked gas in Britain.  For Ineos, it represents the fuel that will enable it to continue to operate the Grangemouth chemical facility profitably.  To the environmental community, it represents a dangerous precedent that must be stopped.  According to Friends of the Earth Scotland, “It is completely unacceptable to attempt to prop up the Grangemouth plant on the back of environmental destruction across the Atlantic.”

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