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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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Trees Cut! Millennium Valley Lateral Project Underway!

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

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Thanks to a recent court ruling against the New York DEC, construction on Millennium’s 7.8 mile Valley Lateral Project, has begun.

Last Thursday, the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) request to block of construction of Millennium Pipeline’s Valley Lateral Project. As a quick reminder, Valley Lateral is a tiny, 7.8 mile pipeline in Orange County that will connect the main Millennium pipeline to the CPV Valley Energy Center gas-fired electric plant, currently under construction.

Even though there is still a court case hanging out there (DEC suing FERC) scheduled for a hearing in late January, we said this on Friday: “Construction will likely begin TODAY.” We were right. Millennium fired up the chainsaws and began cutting down trees along the pipeline’s future path, on Friday, the day after the court ruling. Millennium plans to have all trees cleared along the path of the pipeline by Dec. 31. This is a major victory for truth, justice and the American way.

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Shale Gas News – December 9, 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, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about opportunities for women in natural gas, CONSOL Energy, OH landowner lawsuit and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Bob McGraw, Vice President at Linde Corporation and John Doyle, co-founder of Keep It Grounded in Fact.

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American LNG Export Capacity Growing By Leaps and Bounds

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

American LNG export capacity is on track to grow to a level in 2019 that is 10 times what it was less than two years ago, creating opportunity everywhere.

Many, many opportunities are being created in this country with the expansion of our LNG) export capacity. Great jobs are being forged in both rural America and our port cities, as well as other parts of the world where we’re shipping price-competitive. clean liquified natural gas to revitalize economies. The data on our progress is stunning and a Today In Energy post by Victoria Zaretskaya and Kristen Tsai from last week lays it out, train by train.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 9, 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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Andrew Cuomo’s Dubious CO2 Goals and Failure to Produce

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

 

Andrew Cuomo adopted big-time CO2 goals but performance to date and likelihood of success suggest a different strategy is needed — one involving natural gas.

An article yesterday in Politico New York, written from the premise Governor Cuomo just isn’t getting the job done in achieving his CO2 goals, reveals more than the writer perhaps hoped. Titled “Challenges Loom for Cuomo’s Environmental Promises,” the post by Marie French is written in a “hope he can get it done, but…” vein that misses the big point, yet brings out some great ones.

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World’s First Zero-Emissions Natural Gas Power Plant!

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

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A new zero-emissions natural gas power plant—the world’s first—is coming. It’s a complete game changer for multiplying the emissions benefits of shale gas.

We spotted an article that intrigued us with the headline, “A radical startup has invented the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant.” Most of the article–the first two-thirds of it–is obsequious genuflecting before the man-causes-global-warming gods. Whatever. Believe in fairy stories if you want to. The final one-third of the article is the real meat, which we highlight below.

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XNG Is Positive But If You Don’t Like It, Build A Pipeline!

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

    
    

XNG, contrary to fractivists, is good for Upstate. It responds to a business opportunity created by pipeline opposition. Don’t like it? Blame fractivists.

A recent editorial in our local journal, Hometown Oneonta was titled “At Base, XNG Trucks Bring Nothing Positive Here.” Although informative, it was ultimately misleading. It characterized the transport of CNG (compressed natural gas) by trucks on local roads as unproductive in jobs and property taxes, a nuisance at best, and perhaps dangerous. None of this is accurate.

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Two-Faced Bill McKibben’s Amazing Affinity for Extremists

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

 

Bill McKibben is not the man he seems. He’s a Rockefeller shill who puts on a religious pose while demonstrating a rather astounding affinity for extremism.

Over and over again, Bill McKibben, keeps aligning himself with the most extreme people. I wrote about this tendency here and here. Now, another example has been brought to my attention by one of our regular readers and commenters, Karen Orlando, who recently sent me this January story about Bill McKibben’s embrace of Rising Tide (see stories here and here about them), which is a profoundly radical group. It is yet another demonstration of who Bill McKibben really is and it’s not pretty.

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DEP Throws Taxpayer Money at Coal Lawyer to Punish Gas?

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

 

The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to punish gas companies endlessly and is using taxpayer money to hire an expensive coal lawyer to help.

While this is old news, it is a continuing story, parts of which I only became recently aware. It’s all about the case of EQT Production Company v. Dept. of Environmental Protection – 485 M.D. 2014, which resulted in a Commonwealth Court decision supporting EQT in its challenge of an outrageous penalty DEP imposed for the company for a leak in one of its wastewater storage ponds.

The penalty was, effectively, a potentially never-ending one, despite the company’s remediation of the problem and Commonwealth Court said “whoa.” That’s the good news. The bad news is that DEP is appealing and using an expensive, outside, out-of-state high end law firm hired at taxpayer expense despite constant suggestions DEP has no money. Worse, the firm has represented big coal, which has every interest in making life miserable for gas companies operating in Pennsylvania.

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