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Public Employee Unions vs. Pennsylvania Economy

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

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Aside from fractivist shills paid by the Heinz Endowments, William Penn Foundation, etc. no one’s threatening Pennsylvania economy more than public unions.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Greg Vitali, from the Philadelphia area, is an environmental extremist. In the past, he’s floated plans to force Pennsylvanians to use less natural gas. Nobody, except some media outlets, pay any attention to him. He’s so far left even his own party has disowned him, removing a committee assignment from him and reassigning personnel away from his office. But Vitali needs to keep his name in the news–for reelection purposes. So, a few weeks ago he popped back up again with a faux report that says “the system is rigged” in Harrisburg with respect to failing to pass a severance tax.

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How Shale Gas and Fracking Are Saving Pennsylvania Farms

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

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Fracking makes all the difference for Pennsylvania farms; income generated from shale gas allows the farms to stay operational.

Some farms not only produce products like milk, meat, eggs and/or crops–some farms produce energy. Would it surprise you to learn that in 2014 (the most recent year with stats available), energy companies paid farmers a staggering $2.9 billion for the energy extracted from private farms?

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Shale Exports Key to Defending US Interests Here and Abroad

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Our new President’s willingness to build important infrastructure and allow shale exports will change the dependence Europe has on Russia for energy.

President Donald Trump travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last Wednesday to pay his respects to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a raid against al Qaeda in Yemen.  The raid was the first reported covert counter-terrorism operation of the Trump Presidency.  While the sketchy details were reported widely in the press, the press did not highlight the folly of relying on countries like Yemen for America’s energy supply.

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Will the Trump Administration Provide Clear Energy Direction?

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Will a new Trump Administration offer some clear energy direction to replace the often  conflicting signals that came from the Obama Administration? Perhaps.

With one week to go before the Donald Trump Presidency, the Obama Administration’s final energy moves remain curious.  Just a few weeks after refusing to finish the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Administration went the other way on Atlantic Sunrise.

Right before the new year, FERC gave the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline long-awaited good news by issuing a favorable Environmental Impact Statement.  Based on that, Williams Partners announced that it anticipates full service by mid-2018.  The EIS is good news for Williams and for anyone in the Mid-Atlantic whose gas supply will be safeguarded by the connection of the Northeast Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale deposits with a major Northeast pipeline.

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Will A Bumble Bee Be Allowed to Sting the Gas Industry?

 

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

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The USFWS issues a midnight ruling and puts the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee on the endangered species list, impacting drillers and mid-streamers.

bumble beeBack on October 3, 2016, I posted a story on MDN about the potential listing of endangered species, which impacts drillers and midstreamers. Most notably in the northeast has been the northern long-eared bat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for recommending and listing varies species, empowered to do so under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

USFWS admitted the long-eared bat is threatened because of something called white nose syndrome, which has nothing to do with habitat destruction. Yet drillers and midstreamers are hamstrung with regulations to “save the bats”, even though they are not the ones causing harm to the bats. Now, the agency has done the same thing with the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, one of 46 species of Bumble Bees in the US., taking another whack at oil and gas and any other type of development.

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President Trump, Help Us Make Upstate NY Great Again!

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Victor Furman writes a letter to President Trump asking for help for New York against a corrupt Governor Cuomo to make New York great again.

Dear President Trump,

Upstate New York counties supported you, as you well know, in your bid and win for office of POTUS. Congratulations on your decisive victory with 304 electoral votes.

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The Year Wraps Up With Natural Gas Usage Rising

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Natural gas usage keeps rising, despite the hurdles it has faced. Daniel Markind highlights accomplishments and challenges at the state level.

Without a doubt, the election of Donald Trump was the big story of 2016.  While Barak Obama never came out fully against shale gas and oil, and indeed reaped its benefits, their production did not fit his “clean” agenda and the Obama Administration never was welcoming to the new technology or the industry.  The new President will have a different mindset.  It remains to be seen what specific steps Donald Trump will take, and what reaction those steps will engender.

At the state level, the gas and oil supply glut is over and 2017 looks more promising than 2016, albeit with numerous challenges.  Among the most interesting states, here are some of the highlights:

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EPA Muddles, Generalizes and Redefines Fracking

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The EPA, after five long years of research had to muddle, generalize and redefine “fracking” to say it could impact driving water in “some circumstances.”

On Tuesday, the EPA released its revised report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water.  Modifying its previous conclusion that the process does not cause “widespread, systematic” effects, the EPA now claims that fracking for oil and natural gas can contaminate drinking water under “certain circumstances.”  This report ends more than five years of research.  While not giving a definitive conclusion, according to EPA science advisor Thomas Burke the report offered the most complete scientific analysis on the potential link between fracking and drinking water contamination. Continue reading

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Atlantic Sunrise: Working Towards U.S. Energy Independence

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is helping move the U.S. towards energy independence by delivering affordable, clean natural gas.

The U.S. is on the verge of energy independence due to its rapid and abundant growth in oil and gas production.  Domestically produced natural gas creates good paying American jobs as it reduces our need for foreign oil.  Pipelines are key to transport the natural gas into areas where supply is currently limited or being imported from other countries.

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ExxonMobil Scores Win Against Today’s Bookburners

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

 

A federal judge issued ExxonMobil a discovery order to examine records of the MA Attorney General’s office, stating they acted in “bad faith.” 

The table has been turned on Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and her corrupt co-conspirator, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. A U.S. District Court Judge in Texas has granted Exxon the right to examine “internal phone records, other communications and depositions” related to Healey’s involvement in attempting to persecute ExxonMobil about its speech. Perhaps the judge will also extend his order to NY AG Eric Schneiderman too? That would be terrific.

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