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Rural Pennsylvania Under Siege by the Wolf Pack

John PetersonJohn Peterson
Former US Congressman, Pa 5th District

 

Governor Tom Wolf and a pack of environmental activists originally brought into state government by Ed Rendell have rural Pennsylvania under siege.

Rural Pennsylvania’s chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies — the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) — with alumni from the radical environmental group, PennFuture. Further, the very structure of how the DEP hands down penalties and creates regulations is hurting our economy and needs to be reformed.

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Fracking Isn’t Increasing Methane and the Earth is Still Round

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K.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  

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Despite the myths, extraction of fossil fuels is not the primary source of methane. While the EPA say it’s still “learning,” it might want to explore an accelerated course.

One of the largest myths in human history was the expectation that the earth was flat and sailors who went too close to the edge would simply fall off the face of earth. This idea lived until the 15th century, even though proof existed for several centuries that contradicted the notion. In fact, one ancient Greek, Eratosthenes, was able to calculate the circumference of our planet and measure exactly how large (or small) it really was.

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Pennsylvania DEP Issuing “Administrative Concern” Violations!

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

 

There is a scandal taking place at Pennsylvania DEP, a scandal encouraged by fractivist media outlets such as PennLive, that undermines the rule of law.

Pennsylvania DEP, under true believer John Quigley who came to the agency from Heinz and Haas family-funded PennFuture, a fractivist special interest group, has gone rogue and is abandoning the rule of law, using its power to simply impose its will without the benefit of either law or regulation. It is also doing so with cover from the usual empathetic media types such as PennLive.

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Cabot’s High Standards for Methane Emissions and Water Recycling

George FelcynGeorge Felcyn
Senior Director of the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell LLP

 

Cabot Oil and Gas has minimized their impact on the environment by substantially reducing their methane emissions and recycling every ounce of water they use.

Last week, energy industry participants, experts and observers convened on the University of Texas-Austin campus for the second year of UT Energy Week. Organized by The University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute, the student-led Longhorn Energy Club, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business, the conference boasted a solid week of panel discussions, keynotes and presentations on issues ranging from the use of natural gas in Mexico’s power sector to where, and when, the low price of crude oil will finally bottom out.

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PIOGA Calls Out Tom Wolf on His Severance Tax Shell Game

Fractivist Lies -  Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Tom Wolf – America’s most leftist governor – gets called out in blunt language by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) for a severance tax shell game.

Lou D’Amico, the President & Executive Director of PIOGA is an outspoken fellow who knows how to defend those he represents. They consist principally of small independent businesses with long histories in an industry birthed right here in Pennsylvania, in a community known as Oil City no less. Lou speaks up for them in the kind of blunt and candid language we need to see a lot of more from companies too often lured into the PR speak when something more honest is demanded. He just issued a statement press in response to sniveling remarks by our putative state leader, Tom Wolf; a statement that resonates forthrightness. I’m delighted to post it below in it’s entirety:

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Another Tom Wolf Attack on PA Natural Gas – Part II

Fractivist Lies -  Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s two-front attack on the PA natural gas industry includes a severance tax and ridiculous new Chapter 78 regulations – here’s more on the regs.

A couple of weeks ago I posted some thoughts on the regulatory part of Tom Wolf’s two-front attack on the PA natural gas industry, taking quick look at just a few of the changes the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), led by SecretaryJohn Quigley, who sees himself as an environmental Darth Vader, is proposing to Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations on behalf of the Green Empire. I explained in that earlier post how the new regulations pertaining to endangered and threatened species were opening the door to frivolous challenges by every NIMBY and wacko group out there. But, there’s more.

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Lawless EPA Methane Rule Will Cripple U.S. Oil and Gas

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

 

The gloves are now off and everything is out in the open: President Barack Hussein Obama wants to destroy the oil and gas industry in the United States of America.

Yesterday Obama’s preferred tool of destruction, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released a plan that brings the jackboots of the federal government down on the necks of the industry forcing them to “reduce” methane emissions by 40-45%.

Methane, you may recall, is what drillers actually extract from the ground and sell. Methane is what they get paid for the very thing they are incentivized to capture so they can sell it.

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WOTUS: Woe to us

Global WarmingMarita Noon
Executive Director – Energy Makes America Great Inc.

 

After contaminating the Animas River, EPA wants to control all the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), including regulating the water in your backyard.

Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change radically on August 28. The change will give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard – even water that might be in your backyard only because of a heavy rain. Even “any area where agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years,” says West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from enforcing the new “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule, which represents a dramatically new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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DEP Piles on With Even More PA Drilling Regulations Coming

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

 

John Quigley, DEP Secretary, plans to attack the Marcellus industry by passing more PA drilling regulations, with no end in sight to the economic attack.

You know what happens when you elect Big Government liberals to important positions, like governor? You get high taxes and onerous regulations across all industries but particularly on the drilling industry.

Welcome to Pennsylvania and the floundering administration of Gov. Tom Wolf and his PennFuture sidekicks who pretty much run the whole show for Wolf including the PennFuture Sec. of the Dept. of Environmental Protection, John Quigley. PennFuture is an anti-drilling environmental group that Quigley used to work for prior to being appointed by Wolf to run the PA DEP, the agency in charge of drilling (how’s that for ironic?).

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Could the Raisin Be The Reason for DRBC to Act?

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

A Supreme Court decision on raisins ought to give the members of the DRBC pause as the agency continues absconding with the property of mineral owners.

The Supreme Court just advanced property rights for all of us and it wasn’t a close decision. It was a major decision involving a ridiculous government program intended to support the price of raisins through government purchases of product to support prices for other product and, while it theoretically involved a case of a physical taking, rather than a regulatory one, there are several things in this decision that provide a strong reason for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to act about those gas drilling regulations that have been sitting on the shelf for four years.

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