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How Long Will the NRDC Gang Continue to Run New York?

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

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The NRDC gang has running New York DEC under Andrew Cuomo’s administration, denying fracking and several pipelines. Is it about to receive a comeuppance?

New York State has authority granted to it by the federal government to award stream crossing permits under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), for purely political reasons and under the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has refused to do so – not only for the Constitution, but also for a second major pipeline project in the western part of the state (NFG’s Northern Access Pipeline project).

According to an analyst from Height Securities, there is “political will” in Washington “to strip New York of its permitting authority.” Andrew Cuomo has gone rogue. He ignores federal law. Will Washington allow NY to continue thumbing its nose at the law? It looks like this is a battle royale between Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo.

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Unstoppable Natural Gas: Fracking As Far As the Eye Can See

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Natural Gas NOW

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The future belongs to unstoppable natural gas, as far as the eye can see. Yes, renewables will be part of it, too, but fracking is the primary path to power.

Thursday and Friday’s Today In Energy posts from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) together provide a big picture of our energy future. It is one of unstoppable natural gas. Fracking is here to stay. The first post, by Richard Bowers, is about how natural gas has displaced coal in the Northeast with respect to electricity generation. The second, by the EIA staff, is all about the expected decline in nuclear energy capacity and generation. Put them together and all you see is unstoppable natural gas.

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Burn Wood? This Is Environmentalism?

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Natural Gas NOW

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Is it environmentalism to suggest we burn wood? The Alliance for Green Heat seems to think so, as it ignores the obvious CO2 benefits of using natural gas.

Earlier this week I was forwarded an e-mail suggesting I burn wood because it was “low carbon, renewable and local.” It was from a group called the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, a member of the Alliance for Green Heat. I’d never heard of either organization until then. The basic pitch was to sign up for a webinar to learn more about an innovative wood stove that could complement solar panels on someone’s property. The friend who forwarded it to me thought it richly ironic and opined that “tree-huggers may implode” at the thought they should now burn wood instead of loving it.

It was one of those laugh out loud lines for which my friend is well known, but, nevertheless, I found the e-mail quite intriguing on two fronts. First, the choice to burn wood is as rural and redneck as it gets, and being a redneck agrarian myself, I’m for it. I like cutting trees, love wood fires and grew up in a home where we had one of those old classic kitchen stoves that could burn wood. Burning wood has great nostalgic appeal to me. What really interested me, though, was how wood could be low carbon. That just didn’t seem right. So, I checked it out.

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Pennsylvanians Tell Wolf It’s Time for an Atlantic Sunrise

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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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The 11th Hour Connection: The Dark Side of Fractivism

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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An Energy In Depth expose reveals the 11th Hour connection; how special interests on the dark side manipulate things behind the scene to get their way.

My friend Steve Everley over at Energy In Depth has written another of his classic expose pieces where he dissects and explains how fractivism works. This time it’s about a report written five years ago that lays the strategy subsequently employed by the usual suspects (Heinz Endowments, Park Foundation, William Penn Foundation, et al) to attack fracking on health grounds using spurious means. Entitled “Anti-Fracking Donor Memo Mapped Out Strategy To Attack Oil And Gas With Questionable Health Claims,” Steve’s piece and the report it analyzes are items every serious examiner of the fracking debate need to read and read more than once. I highly recommend both and, of course, have a few additional observations.

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Heinz Endowment Shills Launch Attack on Penn Township

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

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Anti’s will hold a workshop in Penn Township to teach the pubic to navigate DEP’s website and look for any new or changed permits for shale drilling, but why?

This is a heads-up to drillers and landowners in Westmoreland County, PA (essentially a Pittsburgh suburb). A group of virulent anti-drillers, funded with money from Big Green groups like the Philadelphia-based and misnamed Clean Air Council, are running a “workshop” to train nutters how to spot any changes in permits for shale wells–so they can, do what?
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What’s the Matter with New York?

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Natural Gas NOW

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New York State has long passed the tipping point where rational public policy is possible. The reason? The state is hopelessly urban with no grasp of land.

I’m often asked by Upstate New Yorkers and residents of other states why New York does such inexplicable things. My answer, though hardly reassuring, is that the Empire State is now so urban that all connection with the land is lost for most voters. Take the five boroughs of New York City, throw in Long Island and Rockland and Westchester Counties, and you have 63% of all New York State crowded onto 4% of the land at a density of almost 6,000 persons per square mile.

Most voters living in such conditions haven’t the slightest clue how food is grown or energy is made or what it mans to own and be responsible for land. Land, in fact, is a foreign concept to someone who has lived in an apartment, however plush, and simply pays for food, energy and transportation without giving a thought to how they’re delivered. Property taxes, deer management and all-weather tires are terms for which there is utterly no use. Give any of these people 100 acres of land Upstate, tell them to make a living off it and they’d starve, just as I would if suddenly plopped down in Manhattan. They’re two different planets, culturally speaking, yet the population imbalance ensures the Upstate New Yorker is at the mercy of the city dweller with no grasp of land.

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Shale Gas News – May 6, 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 severance tax, offshore drilling, Southwest Energy 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 Brittany Thomas Ramos, coordinator of external affairs, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. and Pete Butler, President of Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium (NTIEC).

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Today’s Fractivists Are Yesterday’s Gaslight Opponents

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Tom Reynolds
Co-Founder of Dryden Safe Energy Coalition

 

The more things change, the more they’re the same. When it comes to things like gaslight opposition then and fracking now, there’s always been naysayers.

It’s amazing how little changes with respect to human nature. We can easily this in retrospect. It provides us the proper skepticism with which to take modern-day opposition to both fracking and natural gas development. Robert Daley, in his book, The World Beneath The City, describes some reactions to the installation of gas lighting in New York City in 1825. His material is eye-opening for anyone familiar with the arguments over fracking in upstate New York.

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How the Funders of the Delaware Riverkeeper Live

SolarCity - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper, a shameless opponent of any economic development of the Upper Delaware region, is funded by rich elitists who want it for playtime.

No group has done more to fight against the interests of those trying to make a living in the Upper Delaware region than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It is primarily enabled by the William Penn Foundation, a private foundation created and tightly controlled by the Haas family, heirs of a fortune made in chemicals, who spend enormous sums on fractivist initiatives.

We’ve written about them numerous times, of course, and pointed out how the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Foundation and the Delaware River Basin Commission, along with other shill organizations, have effectively colluded to deny the Upper Delaware region any hope for real economic progress related to gas drilling, even as neighboring areas enjoy the benefits. The Foundation, though, is where the money comes from and we’ve spent too little time laying out exactly who the Haas family is and how they live while financing the demise of our economy.

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