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Ohio EPA Making Pennsylvania Look Like New York?

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Recent actions by the Ohio EPA to both upgrade and streamline its natural gas regulations while Pennsylvania complicates them raises the specter of New York.

New York has always been difficult. I well recall many years working on some branch line railroad issues in the Empire State and confronting a whole floor of regulators in their Department of Transportation. I was used to dealing in Pennsylvania where three people did the work of 30+ New Yorkers. But, times have changed. Pennsylvania, under Tom Wolf, now seeks to emulate New York’s self-defeating style, especially when it comes to natural gas regulation. The Ohio EPA is putting our DEP to shame, managing to get plaudits from both environmentalists and natural gas company while we attempt to drown our biggest economic drivers in a sea of regulations. The Ohio EPA is making us, God forbid, look more like New York every day.

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Wolf Administration Loses All Credibility on Severance Tax

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The Wolf Administration blew it at a PA Senate Appropriations hearing this week, proving just how little thought has gone into its severance tax proposal.

There’s no doubt the PA House Appropriation hearing was rough on the Wolf Administration when it came to its severance tax proposal, but the Senate hearing was a flash flood wipeout. Senator Scott Martin (Republican, Lancaster County) did the damage, and very effectively so, starting at 43:17 in this PCN video of the proceedings. It only took a few minutes.

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Gov. Wolf: Support PA’s Energy Industry and the Atlantic Sunrise

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Gov. Wolf show us you support PA jobs, affordable natural gas and the energy industry by moving the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline forward.

It’s no secret that elected officials from across America are now prioritizing natural gas infrastructure. Why? Because they recognize the tremendous economic benefits associated with a strong energy industry. As well as the need to ensure a reliable supply of clean, affordable fuel for economic development, making electricity and heating homes. It is now Gov. Tom Wolf’s turn to show he, too, cares about giving a boost to Pennsylvania’s energy industry, creating local jobs and stimulating economic development. How? By supporting the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.

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Pennsylvania PUC Sees Gas Benefits Across the Board

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Natural Gas NOW

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Gladys Brown, Chair of the PA Public Utilities Commission (PUC) told legislators the state’s natural gas is providing consumers benefits across the board.

The House Appropriations Committee hearings this week picked up the pace a bit – the paint is drying a little faster and it’s becoming exciting. Well, I jest, of course, but the Pennsylvania PUC hearing was at least only 1.5 hours long, not the usual 2.5, so the talkative legislators may actually be tiring. Who knew?

Wednesday was the day for Pennsylvania PUC Chair Gladys Brown to be appear before the Committee and it only took three minutes before Jason Ortitay (Republican, Allegheny and Washington County) got to the most important thing. Ortitay asked Brown this important question:

Can you describe how the diversity of our portfolio, and access to abundant natural gas for new generation, has contributed to lower electricity costs for PA citizens and businesses?

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PA Agriculture Benefits From the Shale Revolution

Natural Gas NOWDave Williams
PA Farm Country Radio

 

The Shale Revolution has been critical to PA’s agriculture, enabling farmers to keep and grow their farms while reducing costs on energy and supplies.

Everywhere one turns in the rural areas of Pennsylvania from Washington County in the southwest to Susquehanna County in the northeast, the shale revolution is boosting agriculture. Whether it is providing new sources of farm capital, lowering fuel and fertilizer costs, providing off-farm employment or maintaining the critical infrastructure needed by the industry, shale gas is having a very positive impact on agriculture.

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PA Legislators Challenge the DEP Administrative State

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PA House Appropriations Committee members questioned the Commonwealth’s DEP Secretary last week and effectively challenged this problem administrative state.

Following the ignominious departure of the very dark environmental warrior, John Quigley, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been led by Patrick McDonnell, a much more even tempered and less ideological individual. DEP is still DEP, though, and the boss at the top, Tom Wolf, is as problematic as ever.

Despite this, McDonnell handles himself well and did a reasonably good job answering questions from the House Appropriations Committee last week. The administrative state he supervises has a mind and direction of its own, so it was refreshing to see so many questions (13 in all) put to him about DEP regulation of natural gas. It’s difficult to imagine such a discussion in New York where the legislature is little more than a room full of clapping seals for a governor who micromanages their DEC.

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Lt. Governor Mike Stack Says PA Can Do It All

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack spoke recently about Pennsylvania’s potential to do it all; develop its infrastructure, create jobs and provide high quality education.

Last month we recapped a Think About It event held at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) where we were joined by about seventy-five business leaders, educational professionals, and elected officials to discuss the trends and topics in the energy industry and how they are affecting the Commonwealth.
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Cindy Dunn Was for Natural Gas Before She Was Against It

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DCNR’s Cindy Dunn, former Penn Future shill for the William Penn Foundation and Heinz Endowments, was for natural gas development before she was against it.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2017-2018 budget continue to illustrate what a sad thing thing, indeed, is the Wolf Administration. Led by a child of wealth with no seeming ability to manage anything, but a strong desire to achieve political correctness, the Administration is ripe for exploitation by special interests. Cindy Dunn, a humorless true believer who has bounced around between government and Penn Future, a tool of Pennsylvania’s two mega-elitists, the Haas and Heinz families, inadvertently provides a window into this world of chaos.

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PA Pipeline Infrastructure Moves Forward As DEP Uses Common Sense

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Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Sunoco Logistics is upping the game in building pipeline infrastructure as Pennsylvania DEP applies common sense in dealing with pipelines and earthquakes.

Just two weeks after receiving its permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the  construction of the Mariner East 2 Pipeline across Pennsylvania to Marcus Hook, Sunoco Logistics confirmed that it will be building two, and not just one, pipelines within the right of way.  Construction already has begun on a 20-inch pipe, but Sunoco Logistics CEO Michael Hennigan confirms that a 16-inch pipe also will be built adjacent to the 20-inch pipe.  Mr. Hennigan noted that the DEP approval convinced producers to commit to the project, confirming again the importance of the pipeline infrastructure in the production and distribution of energy.

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PA Budget Hearing Exposes Severance Tax Game

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Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania budget hearings are revealing just how little thought the Wolf Administration has given to the severance tax it wants to impose for spite.

There are two weeks of hearings going on in Harrisburg right now to study Tom Wolf’s proposed new budget for Pennsylvania. It’s more boring than you can imagine; watching paint dry is a pleasant diversion, in fact. Still, tucked inside the hearings are some questions and answers that tell us an awful lot about the Wolf administration and where it stands on natural gas issues. There are also a lot of additional questions that need to be asked.

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