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Shale Gas News – April 29, 2017

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

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Northern Access Pipeline, LNG exports, severance tax and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Mike Atchie, Public Outreach Business Partner at Williams and David Taylor, President of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association.

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Modern Life Is Impossible Without Fracking

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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The following is a condensed version of a post by Nick Grealy originally published at MyGridGB. Nick tells us why modern life is impossible without fracking.

Due to common failures of the gas industry and journalists who too often seek slogans instead of solutions there is still a widely held view, based more on feelings than figures, that natural gas is neither necessary or desirable. Easy slogans proposing simplistic solutions to complex engineering problems have invaded the debate.

The argument against gas has three strands. It often depends on glib use of the F word as simplistic value signalling. The obsession with the process instead of the product is irrelevant. Yesterday’s breakthrough, becomes today’s mainstream and in shale that date was 2014 when the “unconventional” method of hydraulic fracturing became the new normal when it provided over 50% of US gas production.

In 2017, 90% of all new US gas wells are horizontal, the other part of the shale revolution. Indeed a recent University of Texas study was unable to find evidence of ‘conventional’ gas drilling at all. Thus, in the US at least, natural gas today is produced as a matter of course by “fracking.” It’s as unconventional as making a phone call with a mobile phone to some people was in June 2007 when the iPhone was launched.

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Environmental Justice? Give Me A Break!

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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Environmental justice is a twisted concept; twisted to give radicals opportunities to bash economic development that would improve the lives of the poor!

Last December, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it would go on a “listening tour” in early 2017, to focus on so-called “environmental justice.” The DEP finally set up a schedule for its listening tour, which began in March in Greene County. Our take: “environmental justice” means asking poor people if they’ve been abused by the oil and gas industry in any way – and if they have a beef, the DEP will “do” something about it.

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Will LNG Make Pennsylvania Natural Gas King of the Hill?

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Two seemingly unrelated stories from this week suggest Pennsylvania natural gas could make the Commonwealth king of the hill with a little help from LNG.

Two fascinating stories this week tell me what a glorious future Pennsylvania has with respect to natural gas development. One is from Australia and the other is an article from the always useful Today In Energy site. Put them together and the picture becomes clear; LNG ports such as Cove Point, combined with a few pipeline projects to get the Pennsylvania natural gas to the ports are going to open up the world and maybe even New England as markets, making the Keystone State king of the hill for natural gas production.

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Shale Gas News – April 22, 2017

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

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM and 1510 AM, talked about the Rover Pipeline, storage hubs, pipeline jobs and much more last week.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Karen Moreau, New York Executive Director of American Petroleum Institute,  Jessica Sena, Communications Adviser at Montana Petroleum Association and Seth Whitehead, Researcher for Energy in Depth.

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Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

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Institute for Energy Research

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Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career.

New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a combustible fuel. Cuomo further stated, “Many studies say that using a pipeline as a conduit is safer than rail travel and truck travel. Realistically you have to move fuel, so a pipeline is the safest way if it’s done right.” Yet, within the last year, his Department of Environmental Conservation denied certification to the proposed Northern Access pipeline and water permits sought by the Constitution Pipeline. Cuomo has also fought the Algonquin Pipeline expansion and has been dawdling on an 8-mile spur to a new power plant in Wawayanda.

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Solar Energy or Real Energy That Will Make a Difference?

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College student – Kampala, Uganda

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Steven Lyazi points out solar energy is much better than the open fires Africans currently rely upon but too many activists imagine this is enough; it’s not.

Solar technology in Africa, including my country of Uganda, would bring good news to millions of people who today must use firewood, charcoal and dung for cooking. Millions of Africans die from lung infections caused by breathing fumes from these fires, millions more from eating spoiled food, drinking contaminated water and having spoiled medicines, because we don’t have electricity, sanitation or refrigeration. What we do have in abundance is extensive, sustained poverty.

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Penn State Misses Trees for Forest Fragmentation

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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In a recent Penn State study, partially funded by the anti-drilling Heinz Foundation, researchers claim pipelines cause forest fragmentation.

Researchers from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State have just published a new study/paper in the Journal of Environmental Management titled, “Linear infrastructure drives habitat conversion and forest fragmentation associated with Marcellus shale gas development in a forested landscape” (abstract below).

Their thesis: “Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.”

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Natural Gas Is Clean, It’s Now and It Doesn’t Need Our Subsidies

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

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If we truly want to reduce carbon emissions and make the biggest possible environmental difference right now at the least cost, the answer is natural gas.

We’ve put a lot of words to work on this blog extolling the fact natural gas has helped reduce carbon and other emissions faster than anyone thought possible before the shale revolution. This year alone, for example, we’ve already run several stories (here, here and here, for example) noting the role of natural gas in lowering CO2, not to mention related pieces here and here.

The evidence natural gas has helped lower emissions is overwhelming when one looks at the way conversions from coal and oil to natural gas have reduced the carbon quotient associated with making electricity and heating homes. It’s also substantially reduced the costs of both and dramatically improved health conditions in places such as New York City.

What we have not done nearly as well is to point out two associated facts about natural gas; it’s here now for immediate use and it requires no subsidies, meaning it offers the capacity for massive further environmental improvements now with no effort required but to allow it.

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City vs. Countryside: Can Upstate New York Ever Get Well?

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

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Political observers say the great divide in the US is city vs. countryside. They’re correct and Upstate New York faces a grim future unless things change.

One of our readers brought an interesting article to my attention yesterday that hit upon a great point and, yet, missed the most important things. It was a post by Damon Linker on a blog called The Week. Entitled “It’s Not Elites vs. Populists; It’s City vs. Countryside,” the piece looks at our politics and observes the vast gulf between urban and  rural voters. It’s on target in that respect, but fails to hit the bullseye, especially as it relates to natural resources and energy issues about which the two parts of our nation are as different as could possibly be. That difference is why I question whether Upstate New York can ever get well.

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