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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


UDRBCUpper 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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Robbery! DRBC Thieves Propose Grand Theft of Land

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

 

There’s a robbery in progress. The DRBC is engaged in a grand scheme to steal land out from underneath Wayne County and its citizenry with Tom Wolf’s help.

The Delaware River basin is a drinking water source, So, is the Susquehanna River basin. The Delaware River basin includes streams officially classified as “High Quality” and “Exceptional Value.” So does the Susquehanna River basin. Gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been permitted by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) for a decade in that basin. The SRBC says its “water quality monitoring network has not detected discernible impacts on the quality of the Basin’s water resources as a result of natural gas development.“ The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is run by the same governing majority of members as the SRBC, but after sitting on the issue for the same decade, now wants us to believe this same practice is too dangerous for the Delaware River basin.

Those are the facts—the only facts needed to understand the nature of this crime—the robbery of Wayne County’s land and its future. The DRBC, which is nothing more than the SRBC with different hats, is engaged in this grand theft for one reason and one reason only; it thinks it can get away with it.

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The New Alternative Fuel: Natural Gas and Its Derivatives!

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

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An awakening? Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says natural gas (along with propane) is the new alternative fuel; the elixir for cleaning Pennsylvania’s air.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a press release Monday to take credit for/crow about handing out another $1 million of taxpayer money. This time the money is part of the state’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program—a program aimed at replacing gasoline and diesel fuel or at least replacing a little bit of it—a token gesture. The state issued grants totaling more than $1.1 million in their effort to replace fossil fuels as the fuel that powers vehicles.

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Is Tom Wolf Just Billionaire Tom Steyer’s Bobblehead?

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

 

Radical billionaire Tom Steyer threw money at Tom Wolf’s campaign for Pennsylvania Governor. Is he now treating the governor as his personal bobblehead?

Ever since Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s trust-funder governor, suddenly decided to pursue a fracking ban within the jurisdiction of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) I’ve wondered why. It makes no sense whatsoever, as the governing majority of the DRBC (Pennsylvania, New York and the Feds) is exactly the same as it is for the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) where fracking has long been permitted. Both rivers are sources of drinking water and SRBC stream quality has been unaffected, So, why would Wolf suddenly decide to treat DRBC region residents as second-class citizens?

Well, there may be an answer by the name of Tom Steyer. The evidence, to be sure, is circumstantial, but the connections are just a little too coincidental for comfort.

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Why Does Tom the Taxman Wolf Keep Lying About Severance Taxes?

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

 

Tom “the Taxman” Wolf never relents in spreading lies when it comes to severance taxes because he aims to reward the public employee unions who are his base.

Tom Wolf, the taxman, was at it again yesterday, telling Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia region) politicians how he wanted to rescue them and their public employee union political base with a severance tax on natural gas. He repeated, yet again, the same lies he’s been telling since he ran for Governor in 2014, starting with the fact out-of-staters would pay most of the tax and, of course, continuing to pretend we don’t already have a severance tax that produces more revenue than other states he cites as examples.

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