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Tom Wolf’s Severance Tax Based on False Premises

PIOGAPennsylvania Independent
Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA)

 

In a letter to PA Representatives, PIOGA clearly explains and leaves no doubt the proposed severance tax is full of false premises and will overtax the natural gas industry.

It’s well past the time for an honest discussion about a Pennsylvania severance tax.

A little over a week ago at an event in Erie, Governor Wolf urged the legislature to come back to Harrisburg to complete the budget process by passing a severance tax and funding the staterelated universities, stating that the “fairest and simplest solution to the current budget challenge is a severance tax on natural gas production.” The governor also said that he’s “not sure what it is that people don’t like about this tax.”

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FERC: Full Speed Ahead to Greenlight Pipeline Projects

 

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
Founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

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FERC, with its new appointees, is now addressing its backlog and swiftly moving forward to greenlight much needed pipeline projects.

We aren’t counting our chickens yet, but the approvals would certainly be a net positive for midstream industry growth, and, ultimately, for producers and consumers of natural gas.

-Ethan Bellamy (managing director, Robert W. Baird & Co.) quoted in Catherine Traywick’s “U.S. Energy Agency to Take on $50 Billion Backlog as Senate Acts.” Bloomberg Politics, August 3, 2017.

The Senate recently confirmed two new appointees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, ending a seven-month dormancy due to lack of a quorum. With three members, two Republicans and one Democrat, one pick from each party remains for a full five-member commission.

This delay, on top of a fossil-fuel animus by Obama’s FERC, has created a $13 billion backlog of regulatory approvals for 17 market-ready natural gas projects. With its other business, FERC’s total project backlog represents $50 billion. FERC should begin greenlighting projects immediately.

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Big Win: Dirt Moved on the Atlantic Sunrise Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The several year permitting process has ended and construction has officially started for the Greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Atlantic Sunrise Project is officially underway. The several year process of obtaining all the federal and state permits is now complete and construction of two compressor stations has begun. Pipeline construction will start within the next few weeks.

This critical energy infrastructure will provide abundant, affordable natural gas to families and businesses, as well as, support thousands of jobs and generate $1.6 billion in economic activity in our area. Once complete, in mid-2018, the Atlantic Sunrise will increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

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Fracking Brings Relief for Struggling Farmers

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Struggling farmers in the Marcellus region are often a thing of the past because of fracking. Natural gas has reinvigorated communities and saved countless farms.

Farming has always been a labor of love and profits were not necessarily the outcome. In recent years, as the economy took a downturn, farmers were especially hit hard. Milk prices were at an all-time low and gas was at an all-time high. Many faced more expenses than income.

When fracking came along, struggling farmers, with their vast amounts of land, had a perfect opportunity to change things and get some much needed income. Essentially saving their farms from bankruptcy.

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Support the Atlantic Sunrise: Attend DEP Public Hearings

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

PA DEP will hold a public comment period and hearings on the Atlantic Sunrise, all are encouraged to go and show their support on this important project.

PA DEP is looking for public feedback on the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. Starting May 27, 2017 they will open a comment period and hold public hearings. This will be an excellent opportunity for any and all energy consumers, business owners or union members to come out to show strong support on this much needed pipeline.

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Pennsylvanians Tell Wolf It’s Time for an Atlantic Sunrise

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Over 3,000 signed petitions were delivered to Governor Wolf urging him to swiftly approve the Atlantic Sunrise expansion project.

Williams Partners’ announced, in a press release, they have delivered over 3,000 signed petitions to Governor Wolf from Pennsylvanians wanting a swift approval on the Atlantic Sunrise project. The project will provide Pennsylvania with affordable natural gas and create numerous family supporting jobs.

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Blocking Pipelines Destroys Jobs and Raises Energy Prices

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Institute for Energy Research

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A Chamber of Commerce study confirms the northeast states fighting against pipelines are losing good-paying jobs and paying extremely high energy prices.

In a new report, the Chamber of Commerce quantified the economic and job losses arising from limiting natural gas infrastructure development in the U.S. Northeast where several states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, have denied construction of natural gas pipelines. According to the report, if no new pipelines are built, it would cost the region over 78,000 jobs and $7.6 billion in GDP by the year 2020, and the displacement of over $4.4 billion in labor income.

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Cheated and Deprived by Cuomo, JLCNY Appeals to Trump

Methane StudyDan Fitzsimmons
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

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The JLCNY asks President Trump to intervene on projects already federally approved and not let Cuomo deprive Upstate New York for his own political gain.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your victory. We are confident that your presidency will restore common sense to government. I am writing with a plea for help for thousands of landowners in Upstate New York who have had their property rights deprived by our state.

I am the President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc., a group of 70,000 landowners with more than one million acres available for oil and gas development in New York. We are a coalition of landowners and generational farmers who care deeply for the environment and the land. We believe that with strong regulatory oversight, it is possible to balance natural gas development and protection of the environment.

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Cabot Oil & Gas Helps Build the Future of a Region

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas talked with PA Live about the educational partnerships they have established to help build a great future of Northeastern PA.

Working to help educate children in our local communities about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) job opportunities is very important to Cabot Oil & Gas as George Stark explains. He recently sat down and talk with David Kuharchik from PA Live to talk about it. “It’s not just pipes or pads, Cabot wants to actually invest in human infrastructure,” explained Stark.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard at the Atlantic Sunrise DEP Public Meeting

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Join Williams at a DEP public meeting to learn about the proposed plan and have the opportunity to share your thoughts and comments in person.

The PA Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on a proposed Air Quality Plan Approval for an additional 16,000 hp and an emergency generator at Transco’s compressor station 520 located in Mifflin Township, Lycoming County.

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