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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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Rubin and Ingraffea Play Role in Dimock Verdict Overturn

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

 

The Dimock verdict now having been overturned, it’s worth looking how fractivist experts did in the eyes of the judge. They didn’t impress him much at all.

Yesterday afternoon came the great news that the Dimock verdict had been overturned by Judge Carlson, the man who heard the entire case. For the record, Carlson not only but bent over backwards to accord the plaintiffs’ counsel respect they refused to give others, but he also stood on his tiptoes, stretched his arms and legs as far as they would go and offered to do somersaults to give the plaintiffs the opportunity to make their case.

Anyone who was there for any part of the trial could see that. Indeed, my view is Judge Carlson went too far in tolerating the plaintiffs’ counsel tactics and wasn’t explicit enough with the jury when he gave final instructions. He also allowed in very speculative expert witness testimony by the plaintiffs though he was anything but impressed by it.

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Truth, Justice and Vindication: Dimock Verdict Overturned

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

 

The insane Dimock verdict rendered last year has been overturned, the jury’s decision bearing “no discernible relationship to the evidence” says the judge.

Friday can be a wonderful day and this one is especially so. The Dimock verdict rendered last year by an out-of-control jury that paid no attention to the evidence has been overturned. The $4 million award to the plaintiffs has entered the universe of wild dreams from which one awakes to find the world is still right-side up. Truth, justice and vindication have been dispensed.

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Where Are Jesse White’s Admirers Now?

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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It seems so long ago. Jesse White was a fractivist hero until he started playing teenage girl on social media. Then he lost his seat and his law license…

It was September 11, 2012, when the publisher of the Keep Tap Water Safe blog published a post entitled “Jesse White 4 Prez.” It was a laundry list of examples of how Jesse White, then Representative from Pennsylvania’s 46th House Legislative District, had “advocated for the people.” It wasn’t long, less than a year, in fact, before the same blogger was forced by pangs of conscience to admit it all had been a big mistake. Jesse White, the imitator of other fake, real and deceased persons on social media, was just another unethical politician. Now, with the latest episode in the life of Jesse White, it’s even more clear, but where have all Jesse’s admirers gone?

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Unless You’re A Fractivist, You’re Thanking Fracking for Flat CO2 Emissions

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The world is experiencing flat energy-related CO2 emissions today despite economic growth, a truth frustrating to fractivists who dare not admit fracking is the reason.

There’s little more that needs saying beyond what the International Energy Agency (IEA) just reported (emphasis added):

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

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Fractivists Who Fought for Home Rule Now Oppose It?

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

 

Double standards employed by fractivists regarding home rule and natural gas development are nothing less than staggering, as the Gorsline case illustrates.

Every so often Mother Nature gets angry at the hubris exhibited by humans in their belief that they can control world climate. In response she teaches us a lesson. We are getting one here on the Mid-Atlantic Seaboard as she dumps heavy wet snow all over, paralyzing the entire area. What a pleasure to know that the ultimate weapon remains outside of human hands.

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PA Agriculture Benefits From the Shale Revolution

Natural Gas NOWDave Williams
PA Farm Country Radio

 

The Shale Revolution has been critical to PA’s agriculture, enabling farmers to keep and grow their farms while reducing costs on energy and supplies.

Everywhere one turns in the rural areas of Pennsylvania from Washington County in the southwest to Susquehanna County in the northeast, the shale revolution is boosting agriculture. Whether it is providing new sources of farm capital, lowering fuel and fertilizer costs, providing off-farm employment or maintaining the critical infrastructure needed by the industry, shale gas is having a very positive impact on agriculture.

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