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Sen. Lisa Baker Exposes the DRBC Fracking Ban Case As An Empty Shell

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Sen. Lisa Baker questioned Pennsylvania DEP Sec. McDonnell regarding the DRBC quagmire at Senate Budget hearings and got him to admit some important things.

Pennsylvania Senator Lisa Baker deserves three cheers for her questioning of DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell at Senate budget hearings. It was a very respectable discussion, as is proper, but Baker had done her homework and accomplished several things. Most of all, she got an uncomfortable McDonnell, who’s trapped between what he knows to be correct and an unengaged, condescending governor with a political agenda— who happens to be his boss—to admit some key points. Baker knew what she was doing.

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API: Let’s Base DRBC Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing on Sound Science

DRBC HearingStephanie Meadows
Upstream Manager, American Petroleum Institute

 

API’s Stephanie Meadows testifies at the DRBC hearing asking the DRBC to base their decisions on hydraulic fracturing on sound science not accusations.

Good evening DRBC Commissioners and Staff.

My name is Stephanie Meadows.  I am a Manager in the Upstream Department of the American Petroleum Institute.  I have been working on hydraulic fracturing issues for API since 2008.

Let me start out by making something clear – Our top priority is to provide energy in a safe, technologically sound way with the least possible impact on the environment.  Our members take their responsibility to the surrounding communities seriously and we work with federal and state agencies to develop design standards, recommended practices, and guidance that will improve operational integrity and regulatory processes across the board.

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Marcellus Shale Coalition Calls for Equal Justice for DRBC Landowners

DRBC HearingPatrick Henderson
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Marcellus Shale Coalition

 

Patrick Henderson, of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, stood up for DRBC landowner rights in his testimony this past Tuesday at the DRBC Hearing in Waymart.

Good afternoon, my name is Patrick Henderson and I serve as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC).

The MSC was formed in 2008 and is comprised of nearly 200 producing, midstream, transmission and supply chain members who are fully committed to working with local, county, state and federal government officials and regulators to facilitate the development of the natural gas resources in the Marcellus, Utica and related geological formations.

Our members represent thousands of Pennsylvania employees – and by extension tens of thousands of Pennsylvania landowners – who are committed to the safe development, transportation and utilization of domestic natural gas.

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Special Interest Groupies Practice Denial at DRBC Hearings

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Special interest groupies practiced deceit at those DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday while carefully pretending not to see the Blue Whale in the Delaware.

Supporters of an ill-conceived fracking ban who showed up at DRBC hearings in Waymart on Tuesday—the “special interest groupies,” as Fred Peckham so nicely described them—were churning out nonsense in all the usual ways but they were also doing something else. They were engaged in the cliched behavior of “ignoring the elephant in the room,” except that this doesn’t really do justice to the scope of their actions. No, this is much bigger than an elephant; it’s more like ignoring the Blue Whale in the Delaware or the Susquehanna.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Steven Adams

DRBC HearingSteven Adams
Damascus Township Supervisor

 

This is the testimony of Steven Adams given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am addressing this board to present the facts as I understand them.

Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, it states and I quote, “No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Peter Wynne

DRBC HearingPeter Wynne
Northern Wayne County Landowner

 

This is the testimony of Peter Wynne given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

As most of you surely know, the Delaware River Basin Commission decided that natural gas wells fell within the commission’s regulatory purview all the way back in May of 2009. And a year later, the five commissions voted unanimously to hold off on any decision whether to permit such wells in the basin until drilling regulations had been adopted.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Fred Peckham

DRBC HearingFred Peckham
Landowner, Hancock NY

 

This is the testimony of Fred Peckham given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am a riverfront land owner from Hancock, NY. My family has made a living using the natural resources in the river valley for over 160 years.

I come here today in defense of my property rights.

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Striking Back at Scandalous DRBC Fracking Ban: Kevin McGinnis

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsKevin McGinnis
Chairman, Dyberry Township Supervisors

 

This is the testimony of Kevin McGinnis given at the January 23rd DRBC Hearing in Waymart on their proposed fracking ban. Let it speak for itself.

I am Chairman of Dyberry Township Supervisors. I am here to state the Supervisors’ opposition to the fracking ban.

The ban, is in effect, a taking away of property rights and assets, without compensation.

Not only is this action un-American, but it is also a violation of the United States Constitution.

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The DRBC Hearings: Landowners vs. Special Interest Groupies

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Two of the DRBC hearings on its scandalous proposed fracking ban took place in Waymart, Pennsylvania. It was landowners versus the special interest groupies.

Yesterday afternoon and last night, the Delaware River Basin Commission or DRBC held two of the scheduled DRBC hearings on their proposed fracking ban. The hearings took place at the Salvation Army’s Lake Ladore conference facility under the shadow of the Moosic Mountain separating the DRBC and SRBC watersheds. Both hearings were contests between “special interest groupies”—as NaturalGasNOW reader Fred Peckham accurately characterized them—and local landowners.

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