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Upstate New York Shrinks As Andy Cuts Off Pipeline Lifelines

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Students leave and families depart. Upstate New York becomes ever less affordable and opportunity ever more limited, while Cuomo cuts off pipeline lifelines.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Power Plants Arise Near Natural Gas” noted the construction of billion dollar gas-fired electric plants in the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania. Company reps for Calpine, Invenergy, Dynegy, and Caithness said the proximity to abundant, low cost gas was the reason.

The Marcellus produces about one third of the country’s production at a steep discount to the Henry Hub standard. Contracts have sold as low as $1/mmBtu, about one third of the national price. However, difficulties in moving the gas to markets have induced power producers to move closer to supply.

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Anniversary of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate New York Choke Hold

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Yet another year passes and Governor Cuomo is still keeping Upstate New York out in the cold, while giving handouts to his corporate cronies.

Three years ago, Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead.  Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away.  However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that might balance the negatives.

On December 19, 2014, the Governor pulled the plug on that hope.  He banned gas drilling in New York.  Since then he’s systematically impeded gas pipeline construction, thus choking off the rest of the Northeast from the cheap energy available just south of our border.  He does this to service the financiers of the renewable elites and to satisfy his fractivist base.  These folks are his bridge to future ambitions.

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Let the Market Drive Our Energy Revolution, Not Special Interests

energy revolutionDavid Blackmon
Independent Energy Analyst/Consultant

America’s energy revolution is bringing huge economic benefits, but there are still many who oppose it simply to protect their own self interests.

America’s ongoing oil and natural gas revolution is delivering big benefits to our economy, our environment and to our nation’s security. As the world’s top energy producer, America is leveraging this position of strength to grow good-paying jobs and economic opportunity here at home while firming up important trading partnership with key allies abroad. The increasing use of natural gas in power generation is also improving our environment at the same time.

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production Reaches New Highs – Expect More

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The news on Pennsylvania natural gas keeps getting better, production reaches new highs, and pipelines are coming online to deliver the natural gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) published their weekly natural gas update for week ending November 1, showing Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has reached a new high. Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has increased dramatically since 2013 with an increase of 80%. Marcellus Shale and fracking have boosted Pennsylvania up as one of the top producers of natural gas in the nation.

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State Lawmakers Take Testimony on Fracking Double-Standards

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Elected officials, community leaders and residents came together yesterday to offer testimony on the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban and the economic impact it would have.

An important hearing to discuss the DRBC’s proposed permanent ban, was held yesterday at the Camp Ladore Pavilion in Waymart. It was led by House Majority Policy Chairman Kerry Benninghoff and Representative Jonathan Fritz.  Rep. Fritz has been passionate about urging the DRBC to reconsider their proposed fracking ban and allow natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin.  Rep. Fritz pointed out there other basins in the Commonwealth allowing drilling and “landowners are prospering from the natural gas industry, farms are being saved and reinvigorated and small towns are back to work.”
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Cabot’s Sporting Clay Fundraiser for Lackawanna Shoots Past Its Goal

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

A Cabot Oil & Gas sporting clay fundraiser for Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas shot past its funding commitment a full one year early.

Cabot Oil and Gas has always been committed to education. Each year Cabot has a sporting clay tournament as a fundraiser for Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Cabot has committed to give $500,000 to the school over a period of five years. This year brought in a record breaking $200,000, allowing Cabot to reach their goal in four years; one full year earlier than expected.
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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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Pipeline Jobs Are Real and Are Created Where the Action Is

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

 

Let there be no doubt; pipeline jobs are real, happen where the pipelines are being built and provide first-class employment opportunities for the trades.

I’ll never forget a trade union speaker at the giant Harrisburg rally for gas a while back. He pointed how tired he was of hearing pipeline opponents say such construction jobs were but temporary. His reply? “I’ve been feeding my family for 25 years with those ‘temporary’ jobs.” How right he was. Not only that, but those jobs don’t all go to out-of-town pipeline workers but, rather, tend to stay within the region where the action takes place. Now we have more proof.

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Progress Made: PennEast Pipeline Compressor Station Approved

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline has been approved by Kidder Township supervisors; moving this important project another giant step forward.

Progress is being made as the Kidder Township Board of Supervisors vote 5-0 to approve the land use permit for the only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline project. Three different government regulators determined this pipeline project is environmentally safe, which helped lead to the approval. There is one final approval needed from FERC, which is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
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How Natural Gas Development Is Changing Lives, Creating Opportunity

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Opportunities follow natural gas development, whether its creating jobs, saving on energy costs or lowing emissions, it’s changing lives for the better.

The first time I heard of natural gas development I knew, by the excitement in the voice of the person telling me, this was going to do amazing things for our area. Little did I know then how much opportunity was about to be created. As natural gas leases were signed by landowners and farmers, you started to see new projects beginning. Maybe it was an addition, a garage being built or new farm equipment being bought; whatever it was, money was now flowing in the local communities.

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