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Pipelines Are Still a Key Issue for Marcellus Region

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

 

The key issue facing the Marcellus region is the need for pipelines to get affordable natural gas to consumers. Yet, pipelines face so much irrational opposition.

The New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate last week took a curious stand against the proposed PennEast pipeline project, stating that the proponents of the pipeline have not shown that the economic benefits will outweigh the costs.  In numerous ways the Advocate’s report mirrored that of a March study commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  Among them are that sufficient pipeline capacity exists to meet current needs, even when the demand is highest, and that the pipeline will increase consumer rates, not lower them.

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U.S. Shale Turns Scots Into Great Pretenders

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

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U.S. shale gas shipped to Scotland in the form of LNG is sustaining a manufacturing economy there and making hypocrites of Scottish fractivists.

Sometime this month, the first ethane shipment from U.S. shale is coming to the UK, ironically to Scotland to be used as feedstock at the Ineos Grangemouth facility.

It raises the same questions for the no shale anywhere school that have already arisen over imports of U.S. shale oil and U.S. LNG from shale already arrived in Spain and Portugal. U.S. LNG will be headed to the UK and Belgium soon enough. It will be hard to propose no shale development be permitted anywhere when it’s already lurking in the water heater.

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Natural Gas and Renewables Need Each Other

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

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Fractivists act as if natural gas and renewables are natural enemies – they’re not. They need each other, a fact often obscured by political correctness.

It’s long been proposed by climate scientists worldwide and several US environmentalists that natural gas and renewables are natural partners.  Yet, the accepted wisdom, is the complete opposite.  Attempts to point it out have been met with various levels of scorn or derision by anti fracking advocates.  The few who have proposed the idea have been mocked and ridiculed as greenwashers by many groups who themselves are strong advocates of renewables.  It’s an unfortunate meme that is long past its sell by date.

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Canadian Pot Capital Arising from New Brunswick Double Standards?

New Brunswick Shale - Resource Wise New Brunswick ReportsLynn Farmakoulas
Spokesperson/Communications Director
Resource Wise New Brunswick

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Will New Brunswick become the Canadian pot capital due to double standards? The contrast in how the marijuana is treated compared to shale gas is amazing.  

New Brunswick is now planning to, literally, grow its economy. We got a hint of this on August 22 with a headline in the provincial newspaper blaring the following:

NEW BRUNSWICK’S ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN: PUSH MARIJUANA

Aside from the obvious pun, the rest of the story is truth. How sad it is, though, how this attempt to make New Brunswick the Canadian pot capital, is being promoted without the slightest attempt to secure the “social license” demanded of the shale gas industry.

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A Quiet Summer on the Fracking Front: Gas Becomes the New Normal

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

 

The lack of major bellwether fracking news this summer, combined with mostly good industry news, indicates shale gas is the new normal for energy in the US and worldwide.

The coming of Labor Day marks the end of an unusually quiet summer on the energy front.  Prices continue to rebound somewhat, producers cautiously eye increasing production again, and pipeline companies continue to try to build out the infrastructure needed to fully use the resource.  Overall, however, the last few months have been marked by an absence of bell-weather events which seemed to come fast and furious in the shale and energy fields for a period of about seven years.  

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French Shale Gas? Well, Yes, Maybe!

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

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France’s unsustainable hypocrisy on fracking will very likely, per inevitably, lead to the development of French shale gas with implications for New York.

There is a special wound on my heart marked Gaz de Schiste: French shale gas. Fortunately, and contemporaneously with the UK, which seems to be finally stirring, the debate will inevitably evolve in France.  There is a particular French term “La Rentrée” which signifies not only the return to school, but to business and cultural life in general. It will be an especially political one this year in the primary campaigns to get candidates this year, and the first and second rounds of the Presidential Election in April and May.

I’m interested in the commercial aspects of the French shale question for France itself, but also for the natural gas industry advocacy campaign world-wide. Of all the outdated objections to shale,  “France has banned shale gas”  is the one that may be as impermanent as the others.  There’s only two people of any consequence  keeping the ban going.  One is President Hollande and the other is Mme Royal, his former partner and mother to his children.  For reasons totally unconnected with shale, it’s unlikely that either of them will re-enter in 2017.  That will then help shale in France, the UK, New York State and everywhere else.  Here’s hoping, here’s trying and heres’s waiting.

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Cuomo’s Crony Pet Project, SolarCity, Going Down?

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

 

The only hope for the SolarCity boondoggle, centerpiece of Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion scam, is for Elon Musk to sell Tesla stockholders on a buyout.

We last reported on the SolarCity boondoggle back in May. I noted then “the key element of the Buffalo Billion fiasco now being looked at intensely by Preet Bharara is in serious trouble, Andrew Cuomo is in bigger trouble and the taxpayers of State of New York are in the biggest trouble of all.” Since then, things have only gotten curiouser and curiouser. Elon Musk, the trendy super-hustler, has ridden to the rescue of his cousins, the Rive brothers, with a proposal for Tesla to buy them out. It’s losing money, too, though and, given his own hype, he may not be able to talk his fellow stockholders into the family rescue. What will Cuomo do if the maestro of renewables happy talk fails to sell this one?

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New Brunswick Fracking Indecision Inexcusable

New Brunswick Shale - Resource Wise New Brunswick ReportsLynn Farmakoulas
Spokesperson/Communications Director
Resource Wise New Brunswick

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Indecision about New Brunswick fracking by the government is wasting what’s in the cart, letting the cart rot, and shooting the horse.  

Since being elected in the Fall of 2014 the Gallant Liberal government has had exactly two decisive moments: announcing a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in December 2014 and announcing an indefinite moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in May of 2016. The Liberal government’s plan to raise revenue in the province so far has been to hike the harmonized sales tax we pay on goods and services. Unlike our sister province of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick is sitting on possibly the largest deposit of shale gas in Canada. So, when Nova Scotia announced a moratorium it was a “meh” moment. In New Brunswick, it’s a serious matter.

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Looking at Fracking in 2016 Through the Purple Hayes

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

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Fracking today is on display with the Purple Hayes wells in Ohio and the lesson is that fracking technology is destroying all the best arguments of its opponents.

If we could simply convince people that “fracking” doesn’t mean thousands of wells or hundreds of well pads, as so many fractivist groups in the UK insist will happen, we could then move on to a grown up discussion as to why are we using high carbon/zero tax LNG in the UK instead of the lower carbon high tax alternative onshore shale gas offers.

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Purists vs. Problem Solvers, As Shale Revolution Changes All

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NaturalGas2.0NoHotAir and ShaleGasInfo Blogs

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While the shale revolution offers to make real environmental differences and solve real problems, ideologically blinded purists demand 100% solutions.

The US shale revolution is now going global via LNG. Countries that formerly would have chosen coal for power generation are now going gas.

“There are markets like Bangladesh and Pakistan where traditionally they would have gone with coal but now gas can be the cheaper option once you include the cost of new infrastructure,” LeLong of Goldman said. “You are seeing these energy poor countries often with poor credit ratings turning to LNG.”

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