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UDRBC Formed to Fight for Upper Delaware Citizens

UDRBCUDRBCNed Lang and Betty Sutliff
Upper Delaware River Basin
Citizens

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A new landowner group, UDRBC, has been formed to fight back against the DRBC and anyone else threatening the rights of Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens.

With the DRBC continuing to encroach upon property owner rights in the Delaware River Watershed, the need for a coalition spanning multiple counties and multiple states has never been greater. Members of the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens (UDRBC) believe this; for the people who actually live and work here, life in the basin is about more than a river. It is also not just landowners looking to lease their land for natural gas exploration who are impacted by the continued efforts of the DRBC to overregulate this region.

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Let’s Call the Impact Fee by Its Real Name: Severance Tax

budget shortfallKeith Naughton
Principal, Silent Majority Strategies, LLC

 

Representative John Maher wants to set the record straight on the Pennsylvania impact fee; “it always was and now is a severance tax.”

With a simple amendment Rep. John Maher, Chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee (Pennsylvania), injected a much-needed dose of honesty into state government. Maher’s amendment changed the name of the “Impact Fee” levied on fracked natural gas to “Severance Tax,” which is what that tax should have been called from Day One.

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Tom Wolf; You’re No Friend of the Working Family

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

 

Betty Sutliff writes a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf reminding him of a landowners meeting held with the Governor and how far he’s strayed from what he told them.

September 8, 2017

The Honorable Tom Wolf
Governor of Pennsylvania
225 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Re:  DRBC Plans to Ban Fracking

Dear Governor Wolf:

On February 2, 2015, I mailed a letter to you regarding statements you made in your inaugural address.  Wanting to hold your feet to the fire, I challenged you to a meeting with the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance executive team and the Wayne County Commissioners.  With Senator Lisa Baker also in attendance, we met with you on June 8th.  A follow up thank you letter, including a summary of the three key points discussed at the meeting, was sent to you on June 11th. The following shows a comparison of excerpts of my initial letter, including quotes from your inaugural address, and the key points in the summary of our meeting.

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Delaware River Fractivists Should Be Afraid, Very Afraid

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper and other Delaware River fractivists are apparently very afraid the DRBC moratorium will be lifted and rightly so.

Our friends over at Energy In Depth have nailed it with their observations about the effects of a DRBC lawsuit. Delaware River fractivists of all stripes have every reason to be afraid, Seth Whitehead says, and he’s exactly correct. They’re showing their fear with one of those bogus petition efforts in which they engage from time to time whenever they want to rattle their swords.

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Another Dimock ATSDR Study? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It’s back! There is another Dimock ATSDR study underway, proving how easy it is for fractivists to manipulate government into the ridiculous and the corrupt.

How many times will they get away with it? There’s now yet another Dimock ATSDR study of water wells taking place at the request of fractivists. Readers of this blog will recall this follows another Dimock ATSDR study conducted in 2012, when the EPA came to town to test wells and had the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) analyze the results.

That study was instigated by Josh Fox and now forgotten people such as Craig Sautner who bombarded the EPA with complaints until they relented and did a study proving just how ridiculous the fractivist claims really were, at which point Sautner went apoplectic, turned on the agency and self-destructed in an epic blazing flameout. (Must watch video here.)

Now, it’s “déjà vu all over again.”

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Riverkeeper Fail: The Shrinking Influence of a Big Mouth

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a political action group masquerading as a charity, failed again as two FERC members were appointed by unanimous consent.

Earlier in the week a regular reader sent me an action alert from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, known not so affectionately here as the Delaware Povertykeeper or right arm of the Philadelphia gentry class. He sarcastically made the subject line “No lobbying here.” It was all about the continuing and quite extensive efforts of the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper to prevent new FERC appointments so key pipeline projects would be stalled and kept in limbo ad infinitum.

The fact the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper even imagined this was a viable strategy ignored the political realties; both Democrats and Republicans want those projects. This is why Maya and company, the biggest mouths on the fractivist scene and hired guns for elitist power-brokers were ignored and those appointments have now been approved. It was a big fail.

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Wolf Postures and Wastes Time While DEP Permits Languish

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf thinks it’s more important to waste time demagoguing clean air issues than solving them by issuing stalled DEP pipeline permits.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has been a huge disappointment, an incompetent political showboat. He has routinely tried to appease the wacko element of his constituency at the expense of good government. When he appointed the humorless John Quigley of PennFuture as DEP Secretary, that was the first sign of the Governor’s plan to demagogue first and govern later.

Now, Wolf is wasting time posturing in social media and elsewhere challenging EPA dumping of the politicized top-down EPA ozone rules adopted under President Obama. Meanwhile, actions that would simultaneously help Pennsylvania’s economy and make it possible to clean more air—things like permits for pipelines such as the Atlantic Sunrise—languish on the Pennsylvania DEP desk. What are we now; New York?

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NYC Dependent on Pennsylvania Shale Gas and Needs More

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Natural Gas NOW

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While Upstate starves, New York City is booming and needs ever more natural gas, Con Edison already getting 81% of its supply from Pennsylvania shale gas.

A new report out from the New York Building Congress says New York City needs more power and, specifically, more natural gas to make power, if it is to continue to grow and provide economic opportunity. Entitled Electricity Outlook: Powering New York City’s Future, the report is frank admission the City and State need to get their act together on power if they don’t want to suffocated in summer heat by Governor Corruptocrat’s deal to force the Indian Point nuclear facility shutdown. More to the point, it illustrates the critical dependence of the City on Pennsylvania shale gas to meet those power needs.

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Cabot Pushes Out Over $1 Billion To Local Landowners

dimock verdictGeorge Stark
Director, External Affairs at Cabot Oil & Gas

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Cabot Oil & Gas has paid out over $1 billion in royalties to landowners and nearly $500 million in bonuses in their 10 years of operating in this region.

During an update to the community and elected officials, I had the pleasure to announce several major milestones of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation from its past decade of operations in the region. This ten-year look-back included the announcement that to date, more than $1 billion has been paid in royalties to landowners in Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties and nearly $500,000,000 has been paid out in signing bonuses since Cabot commenced operations in 2006.

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If Government Energy Were All We Had, We’d Be in Blackout Now

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

 

 

If government energy policies over the last four decades were all we had depended upon to heat and light our world we’d be living in blackout conditions now.

I’m not much of a fan of The Hill, whether we’re talking about Congress or the newspaper and blog, the latter being largely a gossip sheet for the former. Nevertheless, The Hill does, from time to time, publish some great stuff revealing what incredible fiascos, messes and Rube Goldberg contraptions we create when when we try to do things by committee. Such is the case with an article Thursday by Mark Mills, who is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. It is entitled “Despite Four Decades and $500 Billion, the Energy Department Hasn’t Accomplished Much,” and, in just a few paragraphs, makes it clear government energy policy is unlikely to ever produce anything more than blackouts.

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