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Another Journalism Fail As Reporters Swoon for Political Nuns

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

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Two stories in major Pennsylvania newspapers illustrate so much of the problem with journalism today as they ignore two elephants in the room with the nuns.

A group of Catholic nuns who prefer to worship Mother Nature rather than Jesus Christ (the Person they pledged to serve) is suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for approving the $3 billion, 198-mile Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project; because it will run through their cornfield. Perhaps the sisters consider themselves Sisters of the Corn? We previously told you about this small group of nuns who use the same natural gas that will flow through Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline to heat their own property.

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Shale Gas News – July 15, 2017

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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 fractivist funding, Utica wells, climate data 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 Trevor Walczak owner of Independence Timber Company and Kevin Garber, shareholder Energy & Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland.

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Decarbonization War Against Natural Gas Futile

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Decarbonization has no place in America’s energy plan. It relies on technology not developed yet, to reduce carbon dioxide, which natural gas is already doing at record rates.

 “With a clean electricity system comes opportunities to reduce fossil fuel usage in these sectors: for example, electric vehicles displace petroleum use and electric heat pumps avoid the use of natural gas and oil for space and water heating in buildings.”

–The White House, United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization, 2016

The Obama Administration opened many fronts in its war against fossil fuels. The best known was the Clean Power Plan, stayed by the US Supreme Court and now being dismantled by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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Fracking Brings Relief for Struggling Farmers

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Natural Gas NOW
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Struggling farmers in the Marcellus region are often a thing of the past because of fracking. Natural gas has reinvigorated communities and saved countless farms.

Farming has always been a labor of love and profits were not necessarily the outcome. In recent years, as the economy took a downturn, farmers were especially hit hard. Milk prices were at an all-time low and gas was at an all-time high. Many faced more expenses than income.

When fracking came along, struggling farmers, with their vast amounts of land, had a perfect opportunity to change things and get some much needed income. Essentially saving their farms from bankruptcy.

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The Fake News About Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Every budget season the fake news about Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Impact Fee starts being spread by advocates of a severance tax who deny we have one.

It’s budget season in Pennsylvania which inevitably means two things will happen:

  1. There will be some sort of budget shortfall our elected officials need to work through – right now estimated to be around $3 billion
  2. Newspapers will suddenly be filled with letters to the editor and columns and op-eds proclaiming “the natural gas industry doesn’t pay their fair share” which tends to be followed by “Pennsylvania is the only state without a severance tax”

I’m already seeing some Groundhog Day familiarity already across the newspaper headlines in this Commonwealth with fake news everywhere on the subject.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Now Going After the Little Guys

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

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If it is not enough the fractivist Delaware Riverkeeper gang aims to disrupt interstate pipelines; now they are targeting small pipeline projects, too.

A change-up in tactics for Maya van Rossum, THE Delaware Riverkeeper. Until now, Riverkeeper has mostly concentrated its efforts on big, federally regulated interstate pipeline projects, like the PennEast Pipeline. However, new marching orders have been delivered from Riverkeeper’s overlords at the William Penn Foundation. Time to go after the small potatoes, too.

So, Riverkeeper (funded big-time by William Penn) naturally obeys, and has filed a petition against building a small, 14-mile pipeline near Philadelphia that will feed a proposed Birdsboro Power project, slated for construction in 2018. Birdsboro Power is a proposed 488-megawatt natural gas-fired electric plant in Birdsboro (Berks County), to be built by EmberClear with major backing by two Japanese companies..

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Merry Christmas America! Terry Engelder’s Shale Story!

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Natural Gas NOW

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Terry Engelder is one of the godfathers of the shale revolution, the guy who first realized its enormous potential. He tells his story in a “TED” talk from 2013.

The story of the Marcellus Shale and the revolution it produced is the stuff of legend. The man there at the beginning is a Geology Professor from Penn State University (my own alma mater). He just retired, technically speaking, but he’s still active and having a lot of fun digging into new aspects of shale production. It is, though, an appropriate time to look back a bit to put things into perspective as to just how significant the whole thing was and remains. A talk Terry Engelder gave in 2013—a TED talk—provides a just such a look back  and offers fascinating insights into the revolution.

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Washington County Rakes in Marcellus Impact Fees

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Natural Gas NOW

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Washington County, Pennsylvania has raked in some $32 million in Marcellus Shale Impact Fees; whoever said Pennsylvania has no severance tax is just wrong.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reported its annual impact fee distribution this month, and Washington County topped the list of recipients with more than $14.5 million going to the county and its municipalities. The announcement of $173 million in impact fees to counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth has tipped the total to over $1.2 billion generated by natural gas development in Pennsylvania since the impact fee’s inception in 2011.

Although overall numbers were down from previous years due to a reduction in activity across Pennsylvania, Washington County continued to lead the way in wells drilled and impact fee dollars received.  Washington County will directly see $5.38 million in impact fee dollars, tipping the county’s total over $32 million since the program began, and municipalities across the county are set to receive more than $9.2 million this year.

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If It’s Not Dispatchable, It’s Not Helpful, But Hurtful

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Natural Gas NOW

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Solar and wind energy can be useful supplemental sources of energy but they’re not dispatchable and hurt more than help when they become the main source.

It’s remarkable how few people understand the dynamics of energy; that it’s not enough to be able to produce it but, rather, must be producable when needed to be helpful. It’s analogous to our own activity; we can all make ourselves busy but if we’re not focusing on something productive, it’s pointless.

Energy, likewise, must be dispatchable at a moment’s notice to be useful. If it cannot be generated at a moment’s notice or somehow stored it’s worse than utterly useless. It becomes a cost and hurtful rather than helpful. Such is the case with many renewables such as solar and wind. They help when they’re available as supplemental sources of energy but hurt when they’re not producing or are producing at times when they’re not needed. Moreover, given that the sun shines and wind blows at times out of our control, their potential for hurt grows with the degree to which we depend upon them.

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European Elitism Creating New Market for American LNG

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Natural Gas NOW

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Childless European leaders more interested in legacy than children are creating the biggest opportunity ever for American LNG from Pennsylvania and Texas.

My friend Nick Grealy sent me a copy of an article he wrote last week about something he views as only slightly less than awful; the scheduled arrival in London of enough American LNG to serve the entire city for three months. He’s upset, of course, the UK hasn’t moved faster to develop its own shale resources and allow companies like his own London Local Energy to proceed with due haste. I couldn’t agree more in one sense. The UK should be developing its shale and faster, please.

Nick, makes his case, though, on the basis shipping LNG across the big pond wastes the CO2 advantage that could be obtained by simply using UK shale gas. While that is undeniably true to a point, I’m not convinced it’s that big a deal in the end. Moreover, I’d dearly like to see my Susquehanna County neighbors and other rural Pennsylvanians and Texans supplying some of that demand. I feel strongly both ways, in other words. I was, for this reason, wondering what to say until I read two posts at PowerLine (one of my favorite blogs) that put everything in perspective.

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