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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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PennEast Pipeline Company Offering STEM Grants

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline Company is once again helping local communities through its Powering STEM Grant Program, awarding up to $10,000 for STEM education.

The PennEast Pipeline Company is now accepting applications for its fall Powering STEM Grant Program. PennEast will award grants, up to $10,000, to programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The STEM Grant Program is open to eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, afterschool, summer and youth development programs and educational intuitions.

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Did Governor Wolf’s Tax on Natural Gas Scare Away Foxconn?

Gas Exports - GordonTomb Reports Gordon Tomb
Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives

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Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, who was considering PA for a new plant, may have had a change of heart due to Governor Wolf’s tax record.

The governor of Wisconsin and industry statistics provide Pennsylvania House Republicans more reasons to resist proposals for a new tax on natural gas producers.

In a report by international consulting firm PwC, Pennsylvania is listed behind only Texas, California and Oklahoma for total employment (322,600 jobs) from the oil and natural gas industry in 2015. Income from the industry was reported as $22.9 billion, more than five percent of the state total. The value added to Pennsylvania’s economy is put at $44.5 billion, according to the report sponsored by the American Petroleum Institute.

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Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

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

    
    

As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move.

Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the usual pro/anti gas development crowd. Lots of opinions were offered but little technical information the DEC could use in decision making.

The antis painted an apocalyptic picture of foul water, unbreathable air, rising seas, and disease. Union workers and others in favor of the project saw jobs and economic development. Most local political leaders spoke of increased tax revenue. They said the Millennium Pipeline has been a good neighbor, living up to its promises and benefiting the community.

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Our Impact Fee is Working Better Than A Severance Tax

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Once again Governor Wolf calls for a severance tax in the budget, ignoring facts showing the current impact fee is not only working; it’s generating more.

Summertime, it’s the season for baseball, cookouts, and, unfortunately, for some lawmakers to renew tired calls for a massive, job-crushing energy tax increase. Despite the clear facts showing Pennsylvania’s impact fee, our tax on natural gas, which has generated $1.2 billion in new revenue, is working, some in Harrisburg continue to be preoccupied over the false promise of energy tax increases.

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Scranton Times Advice to Act on Methane All Wrong

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Scranton Times-Tribute recently criticized the Think About Energy series in an editorial titled Act on Methane, but their facts are all wrong.

Recently the Scranton Times-Tribune published an editorial titled Act on Methane. I found this editorial to be a disservice to their readership. Not only did it undermine the educational purpose of the “Think About Energy” series, but it all grossly misrepresents methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry.

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Shale Rejuvenating Small Town America One Play at a Time

shaleSamuel Cook
Managing Editor, Oilman Magazine

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The shale play is breathing new life into Small Town America bringing along jobs, investments in the local community and a new sense of pride.

The oil industry has always had a stunning fascination with numbers.

To the casual observer, it may at times seem that the oil and gas industry’s love of numbers supersedes all else. When most newsworthy topics about the industry find their way to print, there’s invariably a number somewhere leading the story, inexorably answering the key questions: “how much?” or “how many?”

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Teamsters: Pipeline Projects Mean More Local Jobs

TeamstersRichard Stern
Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund

Pipeline projects such as the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline mean more local jobs, the Teamsters National Pipeline Training Fund told DEP last week.

Last week, I offered the following testimony at a Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania hearing on the very important Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. A copy of my full submission, including exhibits, may be found here. My point, and the main point as I see it, was and is that pipeline jobs result in local employment; a fact often poorly understood by those who suppose pipelines are built by out-of-towners.

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Dead-End NY: Empire State Business and Manufacturing Blues

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

 

 

Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY program might better be called Dead-End NY for all the good it’s done; a lousy 722 jobs for a taxpayer rip-off of $59 million.

“An upstate jobs ticket to hell” was how I described Start-Up NY last year, noting it was Governor Corruptocrat’s “Rube Goldberg strategy to use other people’s money” to create upstate jobs after the NRDC gang told him he couldn’t frack. They’ve since told him he can’t allow pipelines either. Back in July, after spending tens of millions on advertising, Start-Up NY had created slightly over 400 jobs, less than half what little Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania gained by simply allowing fracking and getting out of the way.

Now, after almost another year, things appear to have gone from bad to worse, so bad in fact, Empire State Development tells us next to nothing anymore, apparently hoping lack of data will, at least, dampen bad news coverage. Unfortunately for Dead-End NY, others are noticing anyway. The journal amNewYork, for example, just did an editorial calling out Corruptocrat’s budget for now including language that ends the requirement to report job creation connected with the program. Don’t like the numbers? Just make them go away. Others still, collect data, though, and the evidence for Dead-End NY is irrefutable.

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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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