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How to Shift An Energy Burden to Others While Virtue Signaling

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy explains how those who oppose fracking are unwittingly shifting their energy burden onto the backs of others.

Here’s a story based on cultural anthropology, the study of human cultures.  Culture is bottom up. The story of man is from individuals to families, to bands, to groups, to villages, to tribes, to cities to countries – and today to the world.

Deep in the Amazon rain forest there still remain uncontacted tribes, humans who, by choice or geography, have no contact with the outside world.

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Delaware Riverkeeper To Do Stupid FERC Trick

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

 

Maya van Rossum, THE Delaware Riverkeeper, plans to hold a “People’s Hearing Investigating FERC” to bully FERC into denying pipelines and other projects. 

Though often we’re irritated, sometimes we simply marvel at the arrogance of organizations like THE Delaware Riverkeeper. They honestly think they know better than you what kind of energy you should have the right to buy. The people who run the organization (Maya van Rossum, who is THE self-appointed keeper of the Delaware River Basin), irrationally hate all fossil fuels. Even though Maya & company use those fossil fuels every day of their lives.
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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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Pipelines are Critical for Natural Gas Transportation

natural gas industryBrittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

Pipelines are the critical component needed to transport natural gas from production areas to homes and businesses safely and efficiently.

The abundant production coming from the Marcellus isn’t a secret – in fact we just posted about Cabot’s recent milestones including a cumulative production of 2.5 TCF. But what tends to get lost is just how the natural gas makes its way from the wellhead to the burner tip in your home or business. WNEP recently joined George Stark and Jim Scheel, Senior Vice President for Williams Northeast to talk more about the safe, reliable way this natural gas is being transported: pipelines.

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Working Class Often Caught in the Cross-Hairs of Greens

oilfield opportunityJessica Sena
Independent Communications & Public Relations Advisor
Helena, Montana

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The greens and anti-development groups that create conflict and stop jobs are prospering at the expense of the working class, often leaving them unemployed.

Over the last eight years, the pseudo-environmental movement’s battle cry to lessen human activity has had a profound influence over public lands policy. Though the movement is not new, its motives have shifted over the last thirty years from pushing necessary protections of sensitive environments, to stifling land use.

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The Think About Energy Forum

pipeline approvalsDouglas Berkley
Noise Solutions, Technical Sales & Solutions
Publisher: Tri-State Shale Traveler

Come out to the Think About Energy Forum on September 30 and meet, mingle and chat with key industry people in a casual atmosphere.

The Think About Energy Forum, moderated by George Stark of Cabot Oil & Gas Corp, is designed to spark conversation around energy development and use. The forum aims to increase understanding of the production, transportation and utilization of resources and to engage regional stakeholders in conversations about local economic development opportunities.  So often we don’t think about how business in the community benefit from low-cost natural gas, how pipelines can benefit whole regions, etc.

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A Quiet Summer on the Fracking Front: Gas Becomes the New Normal

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

 

The lack of major bellwether fracking news this summer, combined with mostly good industry news, indicates shale gas is the new normal for energy in the US and worldwide.

The coming of Labor Day marks the end of an unusually quiet summer on the energy front.  Prices continue to rebound somewhat, producers cautiously eye increasing production again, and pipeline companies continue to try to build out the infrastructure needed to fully use the resource.  Overall, however, the last few months have been marked by an absence of bell-weather events which seemed to come fast and furious in the shale and energy fields for a period of about seven years.  

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Another New York Pipeline Debacle in the Works?

atlantic sunrise - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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If the initial signs are any indication, Andrew Cuomo is set to create another New York pipeline debacle as he attempts to appease gentry class fractivists.

We hate to say this, but we’ve seen this movie before. Last October the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Dominion’s $165 million New Market Project–a project that expands Dominion’s transmission pipeline from western New York across the state to the Capital Region of the state, near Albany (see FERC Approves Expansion of Dominion Pipeline in Upstate NY). As with any fossil fuel-related project, radical environmentalists objected (see NY Antis Flood FERC in Fight Against Dominion’s New Market Project).

Also, once again, there’s a holdup in New York; the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), at Gov. Cuomo’s behest, has delayed granting necessary permits for the project to begin. Can anyone say “Constitution” (see NY Gov. Cuomo Refuses to Grant Permits for Constitution Pipeline). Yesterday, three groups, including the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the Business Council of New York State and New York State Laborers’ filed a petition with Cuomo with 10,000 signatures requesting he get off his rear-end and approve the New Market Project.

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Support is Plentiful for Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

atlantic sunrise - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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The 2nd FERC Hearing for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline was dominate with supporters of the project who spoke of its many benefits.

The silent pipeline-supporting majority became more vocal last night at a second hearing in as many days for the Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. Monday night’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) public hearing was a circus-like freak show, complete with one crazy wearing a cape like he’s Superman. In contrast, last night’s FERC hearing at Lebanon Valley College in Annville was dominated by solid, clear-thinking residents who support the pipeline and the benefits it will bring to the community. Oh there were a few crazies present, but nothing like the night before.

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Walter Hang: How Fractivists Twist the Truth

shale gas outrages - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Walter Hang, often described as an “activist,” is, in fact, on the Rockefeller payroll with a mission to fight fracking with exaggeration. He’s good at it.

The Rockefeller family’s upstate community organizer for its anti-fracking campaign, Walter Hang – the $2 million man – is at it yet again, spinning and twisting the truth to fit the family agenda. He recently circulated an e-mail to his supporters regarding a recent audit conducted by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC). The subject of the e-mail?

New Pipeline Safety Oversight Audit by State Comptroller Confirms Widespread Natural Gas Hazards Documented in Toxics Targeting’s Compilation of 114 Pipeline Explosions, Fires, Ruptures and Toxic Releases

That’s not even close but Tom Wilber of the Binghamton Press, who must be on Walter’s list-serve, thought it was newsworthy, of course, and did his best to spread the word and magnify Walter’s message. This is how fractivist news is made; with boatloads of money, exaggeration and the co-opting of an empathetic press.

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