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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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There’s NOAA Denying It: Methane Issue Isn’t One

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

 

The lengths to which some warmists will go to blame natural gas for methane issues is amazing but there’s NOAA denying the industry isn’t the issue.

NOAA–the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–contains some of the biggest kool-aid drinking man-made global warming fanatics on the planet. So we found it interesting that the mighty NOAA has just released new research that finds yes, so-called “fugitive” methane that escapes into the atmosphere is up–way up. And yes, oil and gas drilling contributes WAY MORE to the fugitive methane problem “than previously thought.” And yes, methane leaks from fossil fuel development represents something like 20-25% of of the total “problem.”

But then those same researchers, in little teeny tiny type add this (emphasis added):

However, the findings also confirm other work by NOAA scientists that conclude fossil fuel facilities are not directly responsible for the increased rate of global atmospheric methane emissions measured in the atmosphere since 2007.

That is, while the shale revolution has grown exponentially over the past 10 years, and while the rate of fugitive methane has grown during that same period–the growth has NOT come from oil and gas development. Instead, it’s coming from rice paddies and cow farts/burps.

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PIOGA Considers Prosecuting Officials Over Illegal Fracking Bans

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

 

Local towns cannot legally pass their own ordinances banning fracking. Still, several are trying to pass illegal bans on fracking and the PIOGA is considering prosecution.

As a general rule and principle, local control over decisions that affect an entire community is a good thing. Our great country as founded gives precedence to individual freedom. However, what do you do when two neighbors disagree on an important, community-changing issue?

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Keeping it Real on PA’s Act 13 Decision

Dakota AccessMike Krancer
Partner, Leader – Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP

 

A look at what really happened in the PA Supreme Court Robinson Township decision on the Act 13 and oil and gas activities.

Let’s “keep it real” and be reminded of some historical and factual context to yesterday’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in the Robinson Township case. Let’s also get beyond what will be the out of context sound bytes from the decision that will be flouted about to serve various agendas and focus on what really happened, or didn’t happen.

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Fracking is Lowering Mortgage Defaults In PA

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A new study proves fracking actually lowered the rate of mortgage defaults in Pennsylvania by as much as 58 percent, contrary to all fractivist hype.

Fractivists would love to have you believe their hysteria about fracking negatively impacting home values, which is sheer nonsense. We have already done several posts (here, here and here) discussing how fracking actually increases homes value.

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Fracking Is Not Causing Earthquakes

Fracking – Marita-Noon-4-160x160Marita Noon
Executive Director – Energy Makes America Great Inc. 

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Fractivists can claim all they want that hydraulic fracturing is the reason for increased earthquakes, but scientific evidence just does not support it.

People in seven states, from South Dakota to Texas, were awakened Saturday morning, September 3, by Oklahoma’s most powerful earthquake in recorded history. The 5.8 tremor was centered near Pawnee, OK. Several buildings sustained minor damage and there were no serious injuries.

That we know.

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Don’t Knock PA Fracking – It’s Been Our Keystone

PA Fracking Our KeystoneJohn Felmy
Retired Chief Economist, American Petroleum Institute

 

Fracking is the Keystone of Pennsylvania but the anti-fracking politician’s energy policies will leave PA out of the recovery when natural gas prices improve.

As a former dirt poor country boy turned economist who grew up near Williamsport, PA, I have seen the positive economic impact of natural gas drilling in the Keystone State. When the “shale gale” was operating in full force, diners and motels were full, local governments were collecting millions of dollars in impact fees, and communities across the state were becoming more prosperous.

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