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Just Let the Market Reduce Methane Emissions, For Crying Out Loud!

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Why are the Feds, not to mention Pennsylvania, so busy trying to reduce methane emissions with over-the-top regulations when markets are already doing it?

This past month, the Interior Department proposed delaying the implementation of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule. The purpose of the rule is to limit the amount of methane that oil and natural gas producers may release or burn off as part of their production on public lands. According to some estimates, the rule would cost $279 million a year and block more than 800,000 jobs by 2020.

The decision to review this costly regulation has been met with the usual animosity in Washington: politicians have drafted a letter condemning the decision and anti-fossil fuel groups are challenging it in the courts. But why are so many people interested in saving a regulation that will have such a negligible impact on reducing carbon emissions?

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 2, 2017

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

 

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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PSU Agrees: Natural Gas Grows as Greenhouse Gases Decline

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

 

It isn’t just us saying it; Penn State University has also noticed greenhouse gases are declining as natural gas production is increasing significantly.

Earlier this month I wrote a piece here noting the EPA data shows greenhouse gases are dropping in the Marcellus and Utica regions even as natural gas production grows. Now, Penn State University, my alma mater, says the same thing.

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Fracking Is Killing Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Technology

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

 

The EPA is out with its latest greenhouse gas emissions from onshore petroleum and natural gas production data, showing emissions are way down. Thank fracking.

The EPA has a neat website tracking greenhouse gas emissions from onshore petroleum and natural gas production. The data shows they’re way down over the last five years in the Marcellus/Utica Shale region even though production is up and more data is being reported. Given that we know the substitution of natural gas for coal power generation has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions enormously, leaving the US with a superior record compared to other braggart non-performing nations such as Germany, this is remarkable. More winning is ahead.

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Natural Gas Protein: The New “It’s What’s for Dinner” Meal?

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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A new protein derived from feeding bacteria a methane-laced solution is being used to help feed farm animals and maybe soon, humans. 

Food supplies around the world can sometimes be scarce. Natural resources may not be adequate in some areas with increasing human population or as we are seeing in toleration dictatorships such as North Korea or Venezuela, the scarcity is a combination of situations that lead to the starvation of people.

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New Holland Develops NGT (Natural Gas Tractor)

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

New Holland, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of farm equipment, already has a propane farm tractor and has now developed one that uses methane fuel.

It’s being marketed as a “sustainable” farm tractor that burns farm-generated methane, but it can just as easily work off conventional natural gas, of course. New Holland already has a propane powered farm tractor, so this is the next logical step. It’s one sleek blue farm machine and provides one of those examples where renewables and natural gas overlap and are mutually supportive. I can’t wait to see one in action.

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Midnight Methane Rules Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

LNG - Robert Bradly, JRRobert Bradley, Jr.
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The IER’s Robert Bradley examines Federal methane rules; yet another example of foolish counterproductive governmental intrusion beyond all rhyme or reason.

Last month, the U.S. Senate narrowly voted against repealing a punitive, last-minute Obama era regulation. The Interior Department’s so-called Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, while advertised as economically prudent, would eliminate consumer-driven jobs, curtail energy production, and otherwise harm the nation’s economy.

The “midnight regulation,” part of Obama’s now-defunct Climate Action Plan, would require gas and oil companies drilling on federal lands to make extreme reductions in methane emissions. Think of it as the final volley in Obama’s war on fossil fuels.

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Why Is Pennsylvania DEP Ignoring Reality on Methane?

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

 

 

Pennsylvania DEP is determined to target shale producers with insane methane regulations regardless of the facts and achievements in reducing such emissions.

There is something very weird going at Pennsylvania DEP. The agency is directly targeting the Commonwealth’s shale producers with punishing discriminatory regulations for which there is no rational justification. It’s all about two sets of what are known as General Permit regulations known as GP-5 and GP-5A. Only in the labyrinths of bureaucracy do rules get such arcane labels, of course, which serve to immediately dissuade us commoners from digging deeper. Many have, accordingly, failed to pay attention, but that’s how government gets away with its dirty work.

Fortunately, some people are paying attention and pointing out the absurdity of the proposed regulations. Among them are the principals of an interesting firm known as Silent Majority Strategies, who have made a devastating case against this effort by the Pennsylvania DEP to punish the natural gas industry for what appears to be Wolf administration retribution for not getting the severance tax the governor so ardently desires.

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Are Pennsylvania’s Form Letter Legislators Fractivist Tools?

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

 

 

Ten of Pennsylvania’s legislators have gotten so used to fractivist form letters they’ve decided to become form letter fractivist tools themselves it seems.

A little research supplied by one of our readers yielded some interesting insights into what some of Pennsylvania legislators do in Harrisburg. Apparently, these “public servants” view their job as issuing form letters to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); serving as fractivist tools for some entity we’ll never know.

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Fractivist Journalism and Its Proficiency with Fake News

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Fractivist journalism is one gigantic exercise in fake news – fake fracking news that is – as a story on a University of Guelph methane study illustrates.

Fake news seems to be enjoying quite a run these days, but there are no better examples than those provided by fractivist journalism. There are only a handful of reporters regularly reporting on fracking issues who bother to even attempt being objective. Most are in the model of StateImpactPA, a fractivist shill effort financed by the Heinz and Haas families to serve as an echo chamber for the work of sister entities such as the Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper, et al who are financed by the same families. There are numerous others as well and a loyal reader of this blog who happens to be a fractivist sent me an article yesterday that very much falls into the same category.

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