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Constitution Pipeline Supporter: Let Our People Go To Work!

secedeSandra Davis
Delaware County, New York Resident

One Constitution Pipeline supporter has a very simple message for New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo: “Let Our People Go to Work!”

I’m Sandra Davis – a Delaware County native, born and bred. My husband and I live on 55 acres in Deposit with three handsome sons. I attended the huge Constitution Pipeline rally in Afton. yesterday (400+ attendees) and gave the following speech:

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The Fracking Success Story New York Doesn’t Want

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

New York State, blinded by politically correctness and ideology that knows no bounds, refuses to see the fracking success story right across the border.

There are, we’re told from a young age, none so blind as those who refuse to see. It is the M.O. for New York State government, where every decision or refusal to act owes its birth in a self-righteous condescending desire to let the world know just how special New Yorkers are. Facts are irrelevant, logic has no place and appearances and style are all there is. It is this attitude that has condemned Upstate New Yorkers to the “pastoral poverty” so typical of the region north of Orange County and west of the Hudson; the biggest thing the policy-makers refuse to see being the fracking success story across the border in Pennsylvania.

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New England Pipeline Madness

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

New England pipeline debates suggest madness has now gripped the minds of folks once extolled by Robert Frost for the ordinary wisdom of the common man.

One of our readers sent me  link this morning to this interesting story about a new restaurant in Hadley, Massachusetts that can’t access natural gas with which to cook:

The Texas Roadhouse along Route 9 in Hadley is scheduled to open on February 29th. A sign on their door says they started hiring on January 4th.

They’ll be powering their restaurant and cooking the food using propane as fuel, not natural gas. And it’s not by choice, it’s because they don’t have another option. Berkshire Gas put in place a moratorium on new natural gas hookups, citing a supply shortage.

Part of me, of course, wants to say “What did you think was going to happen if you resist every pipeline project intended to supply you with more gas?” but that would place the blame on the businesses simply trying to meet demand, not the uppity “haves” who deny opportunities they had to others. That is the real dynamic at play here behind the facade of phony environmental concerns.

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Time to Pursue That FERC Waiver on Constitution Pipeline

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

It’s time for someone to ask FERC for a waiver on that Section 401 Water Quality Certification needed by the Constitution Pipeline. It’s been done before.

I wrote a piece last week regarding the inexcusable delay by New York State in acting upon a request for a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Constitution Pipeline. I noted the specific language of the statute as well, but what I did not share was a FERC decision from a decade ago setting a precedent for such a waiver. I did pass it along to a knowledgeable reporter covering the pipeline in hopes there might be some followup, but all I heard back was crickets, to use an overworked expression. So, let me share that precedent myself.

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Why Isn’t the Constitution Pipeline Approved by Now?

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

The Constitution Pipeline should have been approved long ago by New York State DEC. The fact it hasn’t happened illustrates the depth of state corruption.

The Constitution Pipeline saga represents everything that is wrong with New York and why it’s properly called the Empire State, because it’s run like one. It also speaks to the naiveté an industry that thinks playing by the rules, combined with some patience, will yield anything but frustration in such a politically corrupt environment. The Constitution Pipeline should have been approved by New York State DEC a year ago and the fact it has not been is an indictment of the empire and its crime boss emperor for engaging in nothing less than tyranny.

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Pipeline PR Isn’t the Issue: It’s the Fractivist Hypocrisy

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force says pipelines need better public relations support but that misses the real problem: fractivist hypocrisy.

StateImpactPA, the propaganda arm of the Heinz Endowments and William Penn Foundation, reports the members of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force are united in believing pipeline projects need better public relations support. While that’s a reasonable argument, it completely misses the much bigger point; that pipeline projects suffer from disinformation put out by special interests and from fractivist hypocrisy in general. There is no limit to either and that’s the real problem faced today by pipeline companies accustomed to dealing in the sort of rational processes laid out by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Stretch Cunningham Goes Fractivist In Wawayanda

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

An aging Hollywood actor who started out playing “Stretch Cunningham” goes fractivist to oppose Wawayanda gas plant but unearths fascinating court decision.

I get so many good tips from readers here at NaturalGasNOW and over the weekend one of them put me onto something rather interesting about the case of another attention-starved aging celebrity by the name of James Cromwell who has gotten himself arrested a couple of times opposing a new natural gas power plant now under construction in Orange County, New York.

This plant has been kicking around for a very long time going back a decade or more when I was involved in doing some work for that community; the Town of Wawayanda. It was controversial then, but finally go approved and is now being built to help supply the local grid with electricity. Cromwell’s wife Anna Stuart owns a house in next door Warwick so he’s decided this is a rather convenient opportunity to burnish his trendy radical credentials and grab some publicity protesting it. Naturally, the media, no doubt tipped off in advance, was right there to join ninth cause and the fun, because, after all, this is how fractivism is done. Buried at the bottom of one of their stories, though, is something much more interesting than seeing the goofy Cromwell in chic lock garb.

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Landowners Demand Constitution Pipeline Be Approved

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Landowners are speaking up for the Constitution Pipeline and demanding Governor Cuomo end the senseless delay in approving this vital infrastructure project.

We happily received the following news release about some exceptional work our good friends from Otsego County have been doing in support of the Constitution Pipeline:

Demonstrating overwhelming local support for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, leaders of the Unatego Area Landowner Association (UALA) announced today that they had distributed over 10,000 postcards addressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo demanding that he approve the pipeline and the jobs it will bring to their economically ravaged communities.

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Cuomo: Constitution Pipeline IS About Upstate Economy

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

More news on the Constitution Pipeline as Cuomo approves a grant for a feeder line before approving the pipeline; proving it IS about the Upstate NY economy!

The Constitution Pipeline has gotten a lot of attention here in the last couple of days and yesterday came some of the most fascinating news of all as we learned the Cuomo Administration has approved a grant for an economic development project that depends upon the still unapproved pipeline. Is it good news? Or, is it an oversight? Well, it doesn’t matter; it’s still proof the Cuomo folks at least understand the Constitution Pipeline IS about the Upstate New York economy and that’s one giant step forward in the battle against the NRDC gang trying so hard to kill the project and empty out that part Upstate New York they want to themselves.

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Cuomo Takes New York Manufacturing Into the Cellar

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Tom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

Andrew Cuomo is corrupt. He’s incompetent, too and what he’s doing to New York manufacturing is criminal as he destroys it through command and control.

Andrew Cuomo has tried to reinvigorate the New York State economy through a command and control system of “Buffalo Billion” deals, Rube Goldberg grant and tax incentive schemes and Green Bank type slush funds. Meanwhile, he has killed natural gas development that would have required that he but get out of the way and sits on the development of energy infrastructure that would make the state more competitive. He’s failing spectacularly in this strategy;

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