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“Your Energy America” Hits A Nerve with Fake News Fractivists

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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The oil and gas industry dares to speak up for itself with “Your Energy America” and is labeled fake by fractivists; the major purveyors of really fake news. 

The oil and gas industry has made technological advances in the past decade that have reduced risks, operational costs and environmental footprints. It does its job in this arena extraordinarily well, but has traditionally lacked one major component it truly needs: effective public relations. Oh, yes, the companies all have PR programs and a few are even standout examples of how to get a message out, but, by and large, the PR is simply a term for mushy, meaningless news releases that can get by the lawyers, which is no way to educate or make a pitch that will be heard by anyone.

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What Exactly Are “Environmentalists” Advocating?

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The mushy answers so-called environmentalists too often give regarding real energy issues don’t that help much with solving real world problems Dan Markind says.

The tragic shooting last Wednesday of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise brought into sharp focus the shrill, brain-damaged discourse of our current politics.  We discuss less shout, usually past each other, and often using words meant less to educate and persuade than to dismiss.  Those of us in the energy field see this every day.  It’s almost impossible to have a reasoned discussion about the issues without degenerating into name-calling.  So, let’s start changing that dynamic right here and now, and attempt to convince instead of insult.

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The Empty Phony “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” Movement

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The “Keep-It-in-the-Ground” movement is a completely empty gesture that reveals the hollowness and shallow thoughtless nature of all fractivist enterprises.

Wikipedia defines “virtue signaling” as the “platitudinous, empty, or superficial support of certain political views” voiced by people who “value outward appearance over substantive action.”

Based on that definition, 61 candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, three candidates for Lieutenant Governor and at least one gubernatorial candidate have been campaigning around the Commonwealth all year with the virtue signal blinking.

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We Don’t Need Paris Accord to Reduce Emissions: We Already Are

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Thanks to fracking, the US is already reducing CO2 emissions faster than any other nation; we don’t need a feel-good treaty like the Paris Accord.

The weather may be cool but expect heat at the Otsego County Legislature meeting this week. The arrival of compressed gas delivery trucks locally coupled with the President’s rejection of the Paris Accord should bring the antis out in droves.

First, the trucks. Absent a pipeline, compressed gas delivery trucks are an imperfect solution for delivering affordable energy to Upstate and the Northeast’s factories, agricultural facilities, colleges, hospitals, and government institutions. Gas truck delivery costs more but it gets affordable energy to where it is needed..

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The Atlantic Sunrise Needs Your Help: Attend a Hearing

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

 

 

The Atlantic Sunrise needs your support to get approval and start building this very important piece of energy infrastructure.

Atlantic Sunrise is at a critical moment, and we need your voice now more than ever. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened a 30 day public comment period on May 27. During this time, PA DEP will hold four public hearings for feedback related to Chapter 102 (earth disturbance) and 105 permits (waterway & wetland encroachment).

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Crony Corporatist Bankers Trash Pipelines While Investing in Venezuela!

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

 

Bankers refuse financing for oil and natural gas pipelines in the U.S. but will invest in Venezuela where the government is abusing its own citizens.

Two events took place in the last two weeks that exhibit vividly the interplay between energy and social responsibility. This is becoming a more contentious issue each day, and one that is inescapable. In each of these situations I submit the company involved made the wrong decision. All of us need to explore how to handle these matters, and on what to base our future decisions.

The first matter involves the nation’s fifth largest commercial bank, U. S. Bancorp based in Minneapolis. In April it released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Policy. That policy states “(t)he company does not provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines”. While the bank lists wind, solar and geothermal as energy projects in which it invests and promotes, any energy project that has any relationship with oil and gas pipeline industries will be “subject to the Bank’s enhanced due diligence processes.”

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The West Virginia Royalty Mess

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

 

The law on West Virginia royalty payments has been much like a yo-yo but don’t expect lawmakers to straighten it out.

On Friday, the West Virginia Supreme Court changed its State’s law with regard to royalty payments to landowners. In the case of Leggett v. EQT Production Company, the Court moved West Virginia from a “Marketable Product” state to an “At the Wellhead” state, bringing it in line with the majority.

At issue in Leggett was the deduction of post-production costs. Specifically, can a natural gas producer deduct from royalty payments made to a landowner costs incurred by the producer from the time the gas reaches the wellhead at the surface until the time the gas is sold – often at the interstate pipeline. Until Friday, West Virginia law was that the producer could not. Following Leggett, it can.

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Fighting Fractivist Fire with An Invoice!

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

The time for tolerating fractivist antics of vandalism, violence and other forms of intolerant destructive behavior is past. It’s time to hand them invoices.

Those “peaceful” #NoDAPL protesters who tried to prevent the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock were anything but. During their months-long occupation of the Sacred Stone Camp, protesters threatened and intimidated local residents, abused animals and stole livestock, and left a trail of garbage and destruction in their wake. The cost to the North Dakota taxpayers for this “peaceful protest”: $38 million and counting.

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Attacking Critical Pipeline Infrastructure is Terrorism

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Keep It Grounded In Fact
(American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)

  

Homeland Security considers any attack on critical pipeline infrastructure terrorism; yet ecoterrorists are willing to somehow normalize these acts of violence.

In October 2016, extremists broke into and closed the safety valves on five pipelines.

In May 2017, arsonists broke in and attempted to burn a hole through a working pipeline.

Are these acts of property destruction? Acts of civil disobedience by idiots who failed to understand the potential personal and environmental damage they were risking?

No. They were acts of terrorism. Why? Because they were attacks against critical infrastructure.
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Think About Energy: The Importance of Energy Infrastructure

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Brittany Ramos
Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas

  

The Think About Energy series latest stop was Misericordia University where the importance of building much needed energy infrastructure was discussed.

Borton-Lawson, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, UGI Energy Services, UGI Utilities, and Williams, in conjunction with ACT for America and the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, hosted a “Think About Energy” Briefing today at Misericordia University.

The briefing was the 11th in a statewide series now entering its fourth year. The latest northeast Pennsylvania session drew nearly a hundred attendees seeking information about the current state of Pennsylvania’s shale gas revolution and what to look for during the second half of 2017. The session’s themes included Pennsylvania’s continued escalating natural gas production, natural gas pricing and pipeline build out, as well as the industry’s impact on jobs and career opportunities.
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