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Marcellus Shale Coalition: The DRBC Has Squandered An Opportunity

Marcellus Shale CoalitionDavid Spigelmyer
President, Marcellus Shale Coalition

 

David Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, powerfully testified at the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee hearing on Monday and here’s what he had to say.

Good morning, Chairman Metcalfe, Chairman Bradford and members of the House State Government Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the significant negative economic ramifications of the moratorium on responsible shale gas development imposed by the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). My name is Dave Spigelmyer, and I serve as President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC).

The MSC is a state-wide trade association representing nearly 200 energy producing, midstream, transmission and supply chain members who are fully committed to working with local, county, state and federal government officials to facilitate the development of natural gas resources in the Marcellus, Utica and related geologic formations. 

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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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Senator Lisa Baker Strikes A Blow for Equal Justice Under Law

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Senator Lisa Baker has launched a serious effort to secure justice for the only landowners in Pennsylvania not allowed to sell their Marcellus Shale gas.

UPDATE: An astute reader points out the “inexplicable and unfathomable statement” of Governor Tom Wolf to the effect that “the gas belongs to all of us” showing “his lack of understanding when it comes to law as well as individual and property rights” that Lisa Baker’s legislation recognizes. He also notes “those of us who don’t own property in the Delaware River Watershed (and thus have nothing to gain in terms of selling gas from there) are in many cases just as interested in both the governor’s and the commission’s actions in this matter.” He, therefore, urges everyone to contact their senators and ask for their support of Sen. Baker’s bill. Amen!

Governor Tom Wolf is determined to sell out a part of her district to special interest pleaders for a ban on fracking in the DRBC region. Pennsylvania State Senator Lisa Baker is striking back by going directly to the heart of the matter.  She’s introduced legislation telling the governor he can’t sell it unless he buys it. Doing so, she has illustrated the fundamental unfairness of a governor deciding he has the right to pick economic winners and losers within his state. She’s struck a blow for equal justice under law.

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Tom Wolf’s Plan to Take from Rural Landowners and Give to Public Employees

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Pennsylvania is almost king of the hill in natural gas but success is threatened by Tom Wolf’s plan to take from landowners and give to public employees.

Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s trust-funder governor, owes his political success to public employee unions who have given him enormous sums of money to maintain their sweetheart pension deals. He has tried and tried to get a severance tax on natural gas for the purpose of paying them off. Fortunately, he’s failed as many times as he’s tried, as the result would be raid on the finances of rural landowners who are finally getting the some real economic development thanks to the shale revolution.

Meanwhile, that revolution has just about made the Commonwealth the king of hill in natural gas production, producing huge income for the state and localities, but it’s never enough for Tom Wolf who only sees a golden goose to be slaughtered.

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DEP Shakes Down Pipeline Company for Wolf Campaign?

penneast pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Pennsylvania DEP shook down the Mariner East 2 for $12.6 million in penalties, with help from the usual suspects, and is now looking to reward some folks.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is passing out goodies—$12.6 million of them—and will undoubtedly use the opportunity to reward folks reliably likely to vote for Tom Wolf this Fall. The money comes from penalties imposed in February after a Mariner East 2 pipeline shutdown by DEP. The money is now going to be spread among “municipalities, county conservation districts, incorporated watershed associations, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.” The last three will almost certainly include the sort of folks who have been harassing the Mariner East 2 from the beginning; fractivist advocacy groups wearing the masks of “charities.”

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Marcellus Shale Coalition: Gov. Wolf’s Policies Don’t Match His Rhetoric

Marcellus Shale CoalitionDavid Spigelmyer
President, Marcellus Shale Coalition

 

David Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, calls out Gov. Tom Wolf for political rhetoric and state policies that simply don’t match up.

Gov. Wolf recently shared some encouraging insights on Pennsylvania’s energy future. “The shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin represent enormous economic opportunity,” he said in a news release announcing efforts aimed at attracting more manufacturing to the commonwealth.

If only the governor’s policies matched his rhetoric, which continues to threaten the positive progress those resources are enabling for Pennsylvanians.

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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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Tom Wolf: Shale Gas Is Enormous Economic Opportunity (If You Don’t Live in DRB)

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

Is Tom Wolf really this calloused, this hypocritical, this obtuse? It appears he is. No one brags about shale gas and then denies it to one set of citizens.

Yesterday, March 21, 2018, may mark the low point of the Tom Wolf administration in Pennsylvania for residents of Wayne County. Our pampered, two-faced, trust-funder governor took to bragging about Pennsylvania’s shale gas resources. He did so oblivious to the reality of simultaneously denying them to those of us living in the Delaware River Basin portion of the Commonwealth. That’s the best interpretation; more likely he did it knowing he was sticking it to Wayne County for the sake of his elitist friends in Philadelphia and New York and simply not giving a damn.

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