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The American Rivers “Most Endangered” Scam

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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American Rivers, an organization funded by America’s elite with a lot of help from taxpayers, runs a “Most Endangered River” scam that is a complete joke.

National Geographic, which is anything but the non-political image it cultivates, just helped promote one of the stupid pet tricks of the elite; the American Rivers “Most Endangered Rivers” scam. It’s an annual racket, intended to generate publicity using mind-numbed press robots who will faithfully regurgitate American Rivers’ press release as it if was big news.

This was the 34th year of such nonsense and is all too typical. It’s political lobbying dressed up as community caring, wrapped with a shawl of virtue signaling. There are, as usual, 10 “endangered rivers” and, of course, no discussion of who picked them other than the fact it’s “American Rivers,” a name that, in the world of the politically correct, is a warning to the wise not to question or risk being branded anti-river; a leper or untouchable, in the world of the beautiful people.

And, what is No. 5 on the list this year? Well, of course, its a river “endangered” by the “threat” of fracking. It’s the Rappahannock River in Virginia. If National Geographic had bothered to ask what happened to other rivers previously designated as endangered by fracking that might provided a truly interesting story but, naturally, that didn’t happen.

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A Wonderful Lesson in How FERC Really Works

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

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A recent FERC review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline application provides a perfect illustration of how the agency works and it’s anything but rubber stamp.

One of the oft-repeated lies we hear from anti-fossil fuelers against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is that the agency “never” rejects a pipeline proposal, and “hasn’t in 20 years.” The conclusion, according to liemeisters like THE Delaware Riverkeeper, is that FERC is simply a “rubber stamp” for “big oil and gas” — not to be trusted and (preferably) shut down.

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Fractivist Journalism and Its Proficiency with Fake News

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Fractivist journalism is one gigantic exercise in fake news – fake fracking news that is – as a story on a University of Guelph methane study illustrates.

Fake news seems to be enjoying quite a run these days, but there are no better examples than those provided by fractivist journalism. There are only a handful of reporters regularly reporting on fracking issues who bother to even attempt being objective. Most are in the model of StateImpactPA, a fractivist shill effort financed by the Heinz and Haas families to serve as an echo chamber for the work of sister entities such as the Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper, et al who are financed by the same families. There are numerous others as well and a loyal reader of this blog who happens to be a fractivist sent me an article yesterday that very much falls into the same category.

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Fracking Is the Energy Sector Environmental Miracle Drug

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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Energy related CO2 emissions just keep dropping thanks to natural gas use made possible by fracking. It’s the environmental miracle drug of the energy sector.

Today in Energy, one of the few governmental programs that actually delivers, is the dispensary of everything worth knowing about the energy industry. Yesterday’s story is no exception. Titled “U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell 1.7% in 2016,” it tells the story made possible by fracking; the continuing decline in carbon emissions.

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IMG Midstream Does Enviro Friendly Tiny Power Plants

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

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IMG Midstream plans to build 25 tiny Marcellus powered electric plants which will provide electricity for Washington, D.C., and 13 states including PA.

MDN first told you about IMG Midstream in August 2014. At the time, IMG was proposing to build seven “tiny” natural gas-fired electric plants–each plant producing on the order of 20-22 megawatts of electricity (enough to power 13,000 homes). IMG added a couple of more to their plans in November 2014. The beauty of IMG’s tiny natgas electric plants is that they are really small–about the size of a basketball court; they produce almost no air pollution; and they are quiet. It’s a really cool concept.

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Northern Access Permit Denied by Prince Corruptocrat?

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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NaturalGasNOW is hearing Governor Andrew Cuomo, Prince Corruptocrat, the bully, has denied yet another pipeline permit – for the Northern Access Pipeline.

There’s no confirmation as yet, but NaturalGasNOW is being told Prince Corruptocrat —Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the Emporer State — has, yet again, injected himself into a what should be a routine permitting process and denied a 401 water quality certification for the Northern Access Pipeline. If this turns out to be true, it will confirm precisely what Rep. Chris Collins, Congressman from Western New York, just said about the man-child known here as Corruptocrat:

“Let’s call it out for what he is. He’s a thug. He’s a bully. He’s an extortionist. He’s a blackmailer. He wants all the authority,”

Well, yes, it seems so.

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American LNG May Help Protect Poland’s Future Freedom

LNG - Tom Shepstone Reports Tom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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American LNG from gas drawn from beneath rural America and chilled in urban America while creating jobs on both ends will now also protect Poland’s freedom.

Back in September, 2014, I did an interview with Dr. Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist with the American Council for Capital Formation and director of research for its public policy think tank, the ACCF Center for Policy Research. It was all about what LNG would do for us as Americans. I closed the article with this:

My interview with Thorning reinforced just how important natural gas and exports are to maintaining our ability as a nation to compete in a world economy. We cannot grow jobs and wealth without manufacturing and the ability to capitalize on our natural resources. The shale revolution has given us a gigantic step up and LNG exports offer an opportunity to take the next step and lock in US competitive advantages for decades to come. Moreover, the importance of these exports to reinforcing our relationship with European nations, who have the choice of working with us or with Russia, is also critical to our national security and the freedom of countries neighboring that marauding bear.

Two and one-half years later the prescience of Thorning’s observations on the future role of American LNG is stunning. LNG exports have begun and are already growing rapidly. They are creating both rural and urban economic opportunity here and, now, they may well help release Poland from the claws of the Russian bear.

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Speculative Testimony Doesn’t Cut It in Dimock Case

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Judge in Dimock case orders new trial; plaintiff’s evidence was based on speculative testimony and unable to support the conclusion of the jury.

Last week, Judge Martin Carlson of the Middle District of Pennsylvania kicked asunder one of the pillars of the “Fracking Is Evil” movement when he vacated the jury award of $4.24 million to the plaintiffs in the case of Nolen Scott Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.   The jury verdict, in a case actually tried before Judge Carlson, is the culmination of the now famous Dimock, Pennsylvania situation made famous by “environmental activists” like Josh Fox, Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo.  To the movement, “Dimock” has become synonymous with industry negligence and malfeasance.  Judge Carlson’s opinion now casts doubt on that characterization.

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Pennsylvania House Does “From Here to Sanity” with No Severance Tax

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

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The Pennsylvania House passes its budget bill insisting on no new tax increases and excludes the insane severance tax being pushed by Governor Tom Wolf.

On Monday Pennsylvania House Republicans released their version of a state budget, and yesterday (Tuesday) they voted to pass it. Ba-boom! The budget is noteworthy for many reasons. Of prime interest to MDN is that the budget does NOT include PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s insane 6.5% severance tax.

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The “Tragic” Performances That Led to the Dimock Verdict

dimock verdict - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Dimock verdict overturn by Judge Carlson tells the story of what he describes as a “tragic” pre-trial event and performance by the plaintiffs’ counsel.

Absorbing the full impact of Judge Carlson’s decision overturning the Dimock verdict on Friday requires reading his decision multiple times. There is so, so much there. It is packed full of insights as to how the fractivist cause has been pursued to the detriment of all involved, including the plaintiffs themselves, who were used like puppets in an ideological campaign against oil and gas development. Carlson used the word “tragic” to describe a pre-trial disaster at the hands of Attorney Leslie Lewis, counsel for the plaintiffs. The word is hardly typical of legal argument and obviously wasn’t chosen lightly. It is, nonetheless, absolutely correct.

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