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What Two-Faced Trust-Funder Tom Wolf (and Others) Said Then

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

 

Betty Sutliff quotes Gov. Tom Wolf on natural gas development from when he wasn’t acting as a DRBC member and was actually representing Pennsylvanians.

Politicians such as Governor Tom Wolf have a habit of saying the darnedest things, especially where it comes to natural gas development but it seems to matter a lot who they’re addressing.

In this post I am choosing to let the politicians speak for themselves and readers can compare their statements then with what they’re saying now about natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin.

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The Deceptive Arguments and Tactics of Severance Tax Advocates

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Pennsylvania’s severance tax debate has produced some of the most appallingly deceptive arguments and tactics imaginable as advocates lobby for the tax.

Pennsylvania’s severance tax debate is on again. Gov. Tom Wolf, the Commonwealth’s top trust-funder, is making yet another demagogic bid for a severance tax to whip up the greed of “something for nothing” public employee unions. What the debate illustrates, more than anything else, is just how deceptive severance tax arguments made by advocates for the tax really are.

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Marcellus Shale Drilling and Impact Fees Skyrocket

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Marcellus Shale impact fees are headed upward as drilling activity in the region accelerates; bringing good news to all Pennsylvanians who benefit from them.

Pennsylvania, in early 2012, enacted the most sweeping rework of oil and gas laws in the state in decades. Called Act 13, one of the provisions of the law is an “impact fee” collected on each horizontal shale well drilled. The fee is intended to offset the impacts of drilling in places where drilling happens, hence the name. However, in order to get enough support to pass Act 13, politics were played and 40% of the “fee” got re-allocated to non-impact uses. That is to say 40% of the fee became a tax and it’s now skyrocketing upward along with drilling activity.

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Tom Wolf: “Go Ahead Green” Here and “Drop Dead Red” There

James McDonald
Wayne County, Pennsylvania, Landowner

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Tom Wolf supports a DRBC fracking ban based on speculation, giving a “go ahead green” signal to SRBC landowners and a “drop dead red” to DRBC citizens.

I am a small business owner who has worked in the agricultural and silvicultural segments of the local economy for over 40 years. I reside in Preston Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

My comments are primarily about our governor Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf is, as my friend Betty Sutliff, says, a “where” wolf. He changes his mind and his vote depending on where he happens to be appealing for votes. Some people change their minds depending on which way the wind blows, but Tom Wolf changes his mind depending on which way the water flows. In the Susquehanna River Basin, he says “drill here” and in the Delaware River Basin he says “ban there.”

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 27, 2018

natural gas now - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Natural Gas NOW readers pass along a lot of stuff every week about natural gas, fractivist antics, emissions, renewables, and other news relating to energy.

Here’s more material sent along by Natural Gas NOW readers; great stuff highlighting the power of natural gas and the absurdity of fractivism. Check out the links and other short bits below:

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Tom Wolf Funds Natural Gas for the DRBC Region, But No Soup for Us

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is throwing money at a natural gas project in the DRBC region but wants no one producing the stuff in the region. No soup for us!

The Pennsylvania legislature, in 2016, over the objections of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, voted to shift $24 million away from a boondoggle program called the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Investment Act and into a new program called the Pipeline Investment Program, or PIPE.

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UDRBC Calls Out the DRBC Fracking Ban As Discrimination and Theft

UDRBCBetty Sutliff
Upper Delaware River Basin
Citizens

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The Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens or UDRBC has called out the DRBC fracking ban as unfair, a theft of property rights, overreach and discrimination.

The proposed ban on natural gas development in the Delaware River Basin by the DRBC is a travesty.  It can be summed up as unfair politics, theft of property rights, overreach with respect to the DRBC Compact, and discrimination across county lines.

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NWPOA Merges with UDRBC to Fight for Citizen Rights


Upper Delaware
River Basin Citizens

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The Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance or NWPOA has merged with the Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens or UDRBC to fight the DRBC beast for its rights.

A sleeping giant has been awakened. An historic merger recently took place as a huge landowner alliance, the Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance, joined forces with the newly formed Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens Association creating a mega alliance in the fight for property owner rights and against the overreach of the Delaware River Basin Commission.

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Tom Wolf Throws Pennsylvania’s Constitution to the Wind

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Tom Wolf, true to his spoiled child personality, is on a power trip. He’s throwing Pennsylvania’s Constitution to the wind and our legislature to the floor.

It’s increasingly apparent Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is a typical spoiled rich kid, the prototypical trust-funder. He’s convinced he knows it all and refuses to engage with others who he considers beneath him, including our legislature. He’s also blithely ignoring Pennsylvania’s Constitution as he pursues his own self-aggrandizing politically correct agenda, which includes writing off the citizens of my home County of Wayne to appease a radical fractivist constituency composed mostly of out-of-staters. He is the leader of the effort to impose a fracking ban within the Delaware River basin and his actions violate the most fundamental principles of Pennsylvania’s Constitution.

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The Puzzling Case of Pennsylvania State Rep. Garth Everett

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

PA State Rep. Garth Everett seemed to be slinking toward a severance tax to advance a bill of his own, but didn’t. It’s all very puzzling, like Garth Everett.

UPDATE 12/13/17: Rep. Garth Everett informs me he voted AGAINST the severance tax bill yesterday despite it NOT having the minimum royalty language in it. Needless to say, we thank him.

There something very strange going on with Pennsylvania Representative Garth Everett of Muncy (Lycoming County) who has been making noises of late about maybe supporting a severance tax on shale gas production. It’s a strange position for a Lycoming County politician to take, given the importance of the industry to his constituency.

Any severance tax, despite Gov. Wolf’s protestations to the contrary, would have to come out of the pockets of landowners. Natural gas companies are, after all price takers, not price makers, and, therefore, have no choice, if they want to stay in business in the Commonwealth, but to ask landowners to share in those costs. If they can’t do that, they simply won’t produce. It’s that simple. One cannot legislate changes in the laws of economics, a fact Everett surely knows.

But, landowners are Everett’s political base, so why the flirting with a concept nothing short of anathema to them? That’s just the beginning of the puzzlement that is Garth Everett.

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