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Think About Energy: The Importance Of A Smart Energy Policy

Methane RuleThomas J. Pyle
President of the American Energy Alliance

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Thomas Pyle spoke at the Think About Energy briefing about the importance of a smart energy policy so the United States can be energy independent.

I don’t get out to Pennsylvania as much as I’d like, but when I do I always appreciate the warm welcome — and the good food — so thanks for inviting me today.

As was mentioned in the introduction, I proudly serve as the President of the Institute for Energy Research and our advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance. Our mission is to be a principled and effective voice in the energy policy arena, mainly at the federal level, but increasingly at the state level as well.

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House Committee Told It’s All About Equity, Fairness and Justice Missing at DRBC

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
UDRBC Secretary

 

Betty Sutliff, retired public school teacher, UDRBC secretary and former NWPOA officer, had a message for the DRBC yesterday; it’s all about the justice.

Good morning, Chairman Metcalfe and members of the State House Government Committee.  My name is Betty Sutliff and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to speak today.  

I would like to address the double standard that exists between the Delaware River Basin and the Susquehanna River Basin in Pennsylvania with regard to the extraction of natural gas and the injustice of that double standard.  As a retired teacher, my first step in preparing for today, of course, was to consult Merriam-Webster and others with my sights focused on the words “unjust” and “injustice.”

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Southwestern Energy Participates in Pinwheels for Prevention

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Southwestern Energy employees participated in the Pinwheels for Prevention fundraiser last month in support of victims of child abuse.

April was National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Child abuse is a community problem which requires a community response.  Across the United States there are awareness events and fundraisers planned to help in the recovery and prevention of child abuse.

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What the Shale Revolution Wrought: Fuel Cell Power Changing the World of Power

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Fuel cell power plants made possible by the plentiful natural gas unleashed by the shale revolution are changing the world of heat and power as we know it.

A fuel cell is a source of power which will efficiently convert clean natural gas into virtually emissions free electricity. You can almost compare a fuel cell to a battery, but the fuel cell will never run down or need to be charged.

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Confusion Over Hydraulic Fracturing and Civil Wars Over Pipelines

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

 

Hydraulic fracturing is apparently confusing for some judges, while pipelines are cause for civil war in Canada. DEP data, though, is cause to celebrate.

It has been nearly two weeks since Judge Musmanno, writing for the Pennsylvania Superior Court, ruled in the case of Briggs v. Southwestern Energy Companythat the Pennsylvania “Rule of Capture” does not apply to hydraulic fracturing situations, and confusion still reigns.

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UDRBC Meets with Pennsylvania DEP to Talk Reality About the Future of Wayne County

Josh Fox Fundraiser - Betty Sutliff Reports on the LiesBetty Sutliff
Wayne County Landowner
Member of Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance

 

The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) met with Pennsylvania DEP officials Wednesday to talk about its future and what a DRBC fracking ban would do.

Six members of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) made a three hour trip to Harrisburg on March 28 to meet with Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  The same group had previously spoken with the Secretary following a “Cabinet in Your Community” meeting at Wallenpaupack High School as time was not allotted for their questions to be addressed during the meeting.

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Let’s Help Bring Relief to Balkans from High Priced Russian Gas and Blackmail

Russian GasRussian GasRauf Mammadov Resident Scholar on Energy Policy at the Middle East Institute
Ari Mittleman Publisher of BalkanInsider.com

 

The Balkans region of Europe has been forced to depend on Russian gas; by strengthening ties with the U.S. they hope to address this Russian meddling.

One year ago this week, the Senate voted 97-2 to admit Montenegro as the 29th member of NATO. Last week also marked 19 years since NATO planes bombed what was left of Yugoslavia.

The anniversary should serve as a reminder that the fledgling democracies of the six independent republics of the former Yugoslavia need sustained and innovative bipartisan attention from Washington, because they’re definitely getting attention from Moscow.

Our European allies have devoted considerable time and resources to the Balkans. To date, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has invested over $12.3 billion in the Balkans.

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Josh Fox is Back and Pushing Support of the DRBC Fracking Ban

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

Josh Fox has resurfaced and has sent out an email blast trying to drum up support for the DRBC’s proposed fracking ban. Let’s shut him down.

Josh Fox, as you may remember, is a fractivist known for his anti-fracking screed Gasland. It was a sham; full of deceit and exaggerations. It did not take long to realize this spoiled child extremist had no credibility and certainly no concern for anything but promoting himself.

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The Eternal State of Confusion Surrounding American Natural Gas Development

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

 

Dan Markind offers a candid assessment of the confusion surrounding American natural gas development as political demagogues and industry problems aggravate.

The eternal state of confusion surrounding natural gas development in America continues unabated.  As events play out domestically and internationally, the absurdities manifest themselves.

Despite enormous obstacles and the inexplicable missteps of the gas industry, the pipeline buildout continues.  One measure of this is that the discount at which gas is sold at Henry Hub in Louisiana has dropped to its lowest level in five years when compared to the price at the Dominion South hub in Western Pennsylvania.  So far in 2018 it has averaged 49 cents.  For 2017 the differential was 85 cents and in 2016 approximately $1.

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Is the DRBC’s Proposed Fracking Ban Promoting Imports of Russian Gas?

natural gas now - Dick Barrett ReportsRichard Barrett
Landowner, Tyler Hill, PA

Richard Barrett explains why the DRBC’s reasons for its proposed fracking ban don’t hold up and actually may bring more Russian gas imports to New England.

Ban natural gas in Northeast Pennsylvania?  Why on earth would we want to do that?

An article in The Wall Street Journal this week makes a clear case for why we shouldn’t.  Headlined “Why Is Russian Gas in Boston Harbor?”,  it reports  that the Massachusetts and New Hampshire “blocking (of) financing for the Access Northeast (gas) Pipeline(is) inflating consumers’ energy bills, destabilizing the electric grid and requiring purchase of natural gas from Russia.”

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