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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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Andrew Cuomo: New York’s Gutless Governor

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

The cynical politics of Andrew Cuomo involve assuming power for the purpose of evading responsibility and patronizing big green radicals.

Progress on the $700 million Constitution Pipeline teeters on the mating habits of the Northern long-eared bat and the political machinations of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Conflicted New York AG Attempts to Tree Constitution Pipeline

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

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an objection to Williams starting tree clearing along the Constitution Pipeline route; just more stall tactics by the anti’s.

This one was easy to predict. Last week we told you that Williams had asked, and received permission from the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to begin clearing trees along the path of the Constitution Pipeline in upstate New York. Anti-fossil fuelers went squealing like petulant three year-olds to their favorite “parent,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, asking daddy to stop Williams from killing trees. And, so last Thursday Schneiderman filed an objection to the tree-clearing plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to placate the petulant three year-olds that are his favorite constituents.

The question now is, will FERC put a halt to the tree clearing, which must happen before April 1st when it becomes bat season and companies can no longer clear trees for fear of roosting Northern long-eared bats.

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We Have the Numbers, So Approve the Constitution Pipeline!

Constitution Pipeline - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

Though politics shouldn’t be the criteria, support for the Constitution Pipeline has now been amply demonstrated and it’s time Cuomo approved this project!

“Where are your numbers?”

This was a question Andrew Cuomo asked a Joint Landowners  Coalition (JLCNY) representative in 2011.  Cuomo knew then the antis’ claims were bogus, that upstate development depended on cheap energy, and NYC was switching to gas to meet EPA air quality standards.

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Marcellus Pipelines Dramatically Improved Prices

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

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New Marcellus pipelines are coming online and, as the demand for natural gas increases, natural gas prices are starting to come up as a result.

What a difference a few pipelines can make. Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued their Natural Gas Weekly report (excellent report, great overview of the industry at large). One of the brief articles included in last week’s EIA update was story about the “basis differentials” for the Marcellus, and how they’ve narrowed. Basis differential means “how much does the gas trading at a given location trade above or below the standard Henry Hub price.”

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