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Williams BBQ Cook-off Grills Up Most Successful Year Yet

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

This year’s annual Williams BBQ Cook-off to benefit the local area United Way was another huge success with the money raised going over the top yet again!

Smoke poured from one of the many elaborate cookers, filling the air with the sweet aroma and tasty sizzle of barbecued meat, as a group of people laughed from under another tent. Beneath a table a dog stared at passersby, either curious at all the attention or tortured by the smells that teased its snout. Between the grilling and conversation, live music could be heard from under a nearby gazebo as many guests took shelter from a warm September sun.

You could quickly tell that this was the best year yet for the fourth annual Williams BBQ Cook-off, which was held on Friday at Lazy Brook Park in Tunkhannock.

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Pipeline Safety Is the Focus, Awareness Is the Key

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

Paradigm Liaison Services presented a pipeline safety and awareness program in Bradford County this past Monday; focusing on safe digging, damage prevention and emergency response.

There was a full house in the Wysox Fire Hall in Bradford County on Monday night, as local excavation contractors and a large number of local emergency response officials came for a complimentary meal and a presentation provided by Paradigm Liaison Services that focused on pipeline safety and damage prevention.

The event was part of a larger effort to “increase knowledge of safe digging, damage prevention for underground utilities and emergency responses regarding pipeline emergencies,” according to a press release prior to the event.The presentation was sponsored by several local area natural gas-related companies, including Chesapeake Energy, Talisman Energy (Repsol), Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Energy Transfer, UGI, Crestwood Midstream Partners, Sunoco Logistics, Williams and Central New York Oil and Gas Company.

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The Ignorant Behavior of New England Fractivists

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

New England fractivists (pipeline opponents in this case) are among the most politically correct, the most ignorant and the most appalling of the species.

By now, we’re used to anti natural gas activists resorting to scare tactics and relying on, at best, questionable studies to inject their radical environmental agendas into the bloodstreams of communities. They have typically been more successful spreading this infection to areas where little to no natural gas development is occurring, which should say something about the merit, or lack thereof, of their claims.

But sometimes activism crosses the line from simply protesting energy development to hate-filled insults.

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False Positive Suspected for Radiation at Ten Mile Creek

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

New testing proves Ten Mile Creek does not have high levels of radiation as the previous testing showed; concluding it was a false positive.

As the “controversy” of fracking and natural gas extraction has demonstrated, and despite the scare tactics and overblown stories of how destructive they are, the truth and the facts almost always win in the end. Whether it’s the EPA or SRBC or others, water pollution from natural gas activity has been proven not to be the widespread calamity that those that jump to conclusions claim it to be.

Yet another example of natural gas activity speculatively linked to pollution has been debunked; this time following the supposed high levels of radioactivity in Greene County’s Ten Mile Creek.

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Fire-Up Your Smoker: It’s Williams BBQ Cook-off Time!

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

It is time again for the annual Williams BBQ Cook-off to benefit the local area United Way chapters. Last year’s cook-off raised over $60,000 for our local communities!

Companies operating in the natural gas industry have long come up with unique and exciting ways to raise money and reach out to communities. Whether it’s supporting events like the Wyoming County Energy and Education Expo or investing in local hospitals, community partnerships have proven to be of great importance. One fundraiser in particular is now entering its fourth year and is perhaps one of the most enjoyable natural gas events I’ve ever been a part of.

Of course, I’m talking about the fourth annual Williams BBQ Cook-off, slated for 9 a.m. on Sept. 18 in Tunkhannock. Judging is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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The PA Economy Killing Pack of Wolves in Harrisburg

dry natural gasBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Two recent commentaries from the Commonwealth Foundation explain exactly how a Harrisburg pack of wolves, Tom Wolf’s wolves, are killing the PA economy.  

No one seems to better capture what the Wolf administration is doing to the PA economy than the folks at the Commonwealth Foundation. Two recent articles put out by that organization have detailed exactly what’s happening. The first is a piece originally posted on the Foundation‘s blog on July 7, 2015 by Matthew J. Brouillette, it’s President & CEO and the second was posted in the same place on July 13, 2015 by Bob Dick and Nathan Benefield. I’ve combined them below to give readers a complete picture of how Tom Wolf and his pac (pun intended) are killing the PA Economy.

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Not in Anyone’s Backyard? A NAB Is Worse Than a NIMBY!

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

The classic NIMBY is the enemy of reason and the scourge of civil society but there’s something worse – the NAB who says “not in anyone’s backyard.”

For all the over-exaggerated speculation of doom-and-gloom that comes from the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) group, at least they are, or at least giving the impression that they are, protecting something that belongs to them.

These are the true NIMBYs; the ones that actually have a stake in Pennsylvania as it pertains to their views, albeit misguided views, on the natural gas industry.

So it comes off as especially presumptuous and conceited when someone whose own backyard is not even near Pennsylvania, in this case, approximately 2,500 miles away, complains about being inconvenienced by natural gas development.

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Wet or Dry Natural Gas Quenches

dry natural gasBrittany Thomas
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Marcellus Shale can produce both wet natural gas and dry natural gas, each having special advantages and uses that make them valuable to all Americans.  

As most people know, Pennsylvania has unique geology that has helped make it the home of some of the largest-producing shale plays in the world. Roughly 75% of the Commonwealth sits on top of the Marcellus and Utica Shales, each with their own distinct characteristics. Even across Pennsylvania the Marcellus Shale varies in structure, depth, thickness and even the type of gas produced.

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SRBC Piles Up the Evidence Against Fractivists

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

The water quality database being built up by the Susquehanna Basin River Commission or SRBC is, whether or not they realize it, destroying fractivists.

Another day, another week, another study, and the waters of Pennsylvania continue to flow unabated and unaffected by natural gas operations. It’s getting rather redundant, but the more environmentalists look for evidence that operations in the Marcellus Shale negatively affect water, the more evidence is piled on to the contrary by one river basin commission actually doing its job – the SRBC.

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Pennsylvania Grows Business Opportunities in the Shale

NEPA Energy - Johnny Williams Johnny Williams
Freelance Journalist

 

Natural gas development in Pennsylvania is attracting significant employment and business opportunities now and for the foreseeable future – in shale.

There has been little doubt in the way of businesses either being created or moving into the area due to the Marcellus Shale. Several large exploration and production (E&P) companies have set up shop in the state with the desire to remain in the area for a long time and, as a result, smaller businesses have either followed them or have been created to meet the demand.

Because of natural gas, Pennsylvania has become a hotspot for new business opportunities, especially in the southwestern corner of the state, according to NerdWallet, a personal finance site.

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