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Upstate New York Shrinks As Andy Cuts Off Pipeline Lifelines

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

    
    

Students leave and families depart. Upstate New York becomes ever less affordable and opportunity ever more limited, while Cuomo cuts off pipeline lifelines.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Power Plants Arise Near Natural Gas” noted the construction of billion dollar gas-fired electric plants in the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania. Company reps for Calpine, Invenergy, Dynegy, and Caithness said the proximity to abundant, low cost gas was the reason.

The Marcellus produces about one third of the country’s production at a steep discount to the Henry Hub standard. Contracts have sold as low as $1/mmBtu, about one third of the national price. However, difficulties in moving the gas to markets have induced power producers to move closer to supply.

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Pipelines Are Key to the Keystone State’s Future, Let’s Not Mess It Up

James T. Kunz, Jr.
Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66

  

Pipelines are the infrastructure needed to realize Pennsylvania’s economic future, say the Operating Engineers and they ask the Commonwealth not mess its up.

Pipelines must adhere to strict state and federal regulation throughout construction, testing and infrastructure replacement to ensure system integrity. According to data collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the natural gas delivery system is the safest form of energy delivery in the country.

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Anniversary of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate New York Choke Hold

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

    
    

Yet another year passes and Governor Cuomo is still keeping Upstate New York out in the cold, while giving handouts to his corporate cronies.

Three years ago, Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead.  Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away.  However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that might balance the negatives.

On December 19, 2014, the Governor pulled the plug on that hope.  He banned gas drilling in New York.  Since then he’s systematically impeded gas pipeline construction, thus choking off the rest of the Northeast from the cheap energy available just south of our border.  He does this to service the financiers of the renewable elites and to satisfy his fractivist base.  These folks are his bridge to future ambitions.

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Let the Market Drive Our Energy Revolution, Not Special Interests

energy revolutionDavid Blackmon
Independent Energy Analyst/Consultant

America’s energy revolution is bringing huge economic benefits, but there are still many who oppose it simply to protect their own self interests.

America’s ongoing oil and natural gas revolution is delivering big benefits to our economy, our environment and to our nation’s security. As the world’s top energy producer, America is leveraging this position of strength to grow good-paying jobs and economic opportunity here at home while firming up important trading partnership with key allies abroad. The increasing use of natural gas in power generation is also improving our environment at the same time.

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Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production Reaches New Highs – Expect More

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The news on Pennsylvania natural gas keeps getting better, production reaches new highs, and pipelines are coming online to deliver the natural gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) published their weekly natural gas update for week ending November 1, showing Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has reached a new high. Pennsylvania’s natural gas production has increased dramatically since 2013 with an increase of 80%. Marcellus Shale and fracking have boosted Pennsylvania up as one of the top producers of natural gas in the nation.

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2018 Shaping Up As Extraordinary Year for Pennsylvania

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

 

Dan Markind looks back at the severance tax debate and ahead to elections, LNG exports, a recovering economy and an extraordinary 2018 for Pennsylvania.

Last Monday, Governor Tom Wolf signed off on a funding plan for the 2018 Pennsylvania State Budget.  It does not contain a shale extraction tax.  Thus, the answer to the question of whether or not there will be a mineral extraction tax in Pennsylvania is no.

Maybe.

Perhaps.

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Progress Made: PennEast Pipeline Compressor Station Approved

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline has been approved by Kidder Township supervisors; moving this important project another giant step forward.

Progress is being made as the Kidder Township Board of Supervisors vote 5-0 to approve the land use permit for the only compressor station along the PennEast pipeline project. Three different government regulators determined this pipeline project is environmentally safe, which helped lead to the approval. There is one final approval needed from FERC, which is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
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How Natural Gas Development Is Changing Lives, Creating Opportunity

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Opportunities follow natural gas development, whether its creating jobs, saving on energy costs or lowing emissions, it’s changing lives for the better.

The first time I heard of natural gas development I knew, by the excitement in the voice of the person telling me, this was going to do amazing things for our area. Little did I know then how much opportunity was about to be created. As natural gas leases were signed by landowners and farmers, you started to see new projects beginning. Maybe it was an addition, a garage being built or new farm equipment being bought; whatever it was, money was now flowing in the local communities.

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Battle for the Pipelines – The Agency Strikes Back

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

 

New York can simply not grow without access to natural gas, nor can most areas. The FERC decision addresses this economic reality while others only posture.

With just three months to go, the movie industry is looking at one of its worst years in recent memory.  Earlier this month, Jennifer Lawrence’s new release Mother was such a flop that famed critic Rex Reed called it the “worst movie of the century.”   It appears that Hollywood is missing 2017’s best epic, which might be entitled Battle for the Pipelines – The Agency Strikes Back.  While it may not be a box office blockbuster, the real world ramifications are immense.

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Big Win: Dirt Moved on the Atlantic Sunrise Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The several year permitting process has ended and construction has officially started for the Greenfield portion of the Atlantic Sunrise Project.

The Atlantic Sunrise Project is officially underway. The several year process of obtaining all the federal and state permits is now complete and construction of two compressor stations has begun. Pipeline construction will start within the next few weeks.

This critical energy infrastructure will provide abundant, affordable natural gas to families and businesses, as well as, support thousands of jobs and generate $1.6 billion in economic activity in our area. Once complete, in mid-2018, the Atlantic Sunrise will increase natural gas deliveries by 1.7 billion cubic feet per day.

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