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Pennsylvania PUC Sees Gas Benefits Across the Board

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
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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Natural Gas NOW

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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

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
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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The Powers Family: Powered by Natural Gas

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

The INGAA designed a very creative infographic called The Powers Family, which demonstrates how significant natural gas is in our everyday lives.

Cathy Landry, vice president of communications for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, provided this guest post for Well Said Cabot, which I’m pleased to share here as well. You can follow INGAA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Did you know that natural gas plays a daily role in all our lives?

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Atlantic Sunrise Will Power American Energy Independence

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

The Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will increase access to affordable Pennsylvania natural gas to meet the needs of over seven million homes.

Our friend and associate, Mike Atchie, Manager of Public Outreach, with Williams Partners, provided this guest post for Well Said Cabot, which I’m pleased to share here as well. You can learn more about Atlantic Sunrise by visiting the project’s website or connecting on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Google+.

On Feb. 3, the future of Pennsylvania’s energy landscape got a little brighter when the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise.

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Shale Exports Key to Defending US Interests Here and Abroad

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

 

Our new President’s willingness to build important infrastructure and allow shale exports will change the dependence Europe has on Russia for energy.

President Donald Trump travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last Wednesday to pay his respects to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen.  The raid was the first reported covert counter-terrorism operation of the Trump Presidency.  While the sketchy details were reported widely in the press, the press did not highlight the folly of relying on countries like Yemen for America’s energy supply.

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