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John Quigley’s Email Shocks the Conscience

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

We knew, of course, it had to be bad, but the e-mail sent by John Quigley to his fractivist allies in the “environmental community” shocks the conscience.

The e-mail that got DEP Secretary John Quigley fired is now out and it’s far worse than anything I had imagined. This man-child had no business being in position of authority on the smallest board in the tiniest community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, let alone serving as the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. He not only lacked the temperament for such a role, but also demonstrated a complete lack of judgment. His actions were appalling for someone with his level of responsibility and “shock the conscience.”

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Quigley, the Wolf Cub Is Out, and Door Slams Behind Him

delaware riverkeeper - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

 

John Quigley is Tom Wolf’s cub at DEP and he’s a particularly quarrelsome one who likes to bare his teeth and threaten the PA gas industry to get his way.

Some ten months ago, I wrote a post regarding the then recently confirmed (and now former) DEP Secretary John Quigley and the nature of the beast as reflected in his decision to impose an outrageous fine on Range Resources. Quigley was essentially fired last week and within literally hours that fine was lifted, confirming what we suspected,; that Quigley was using his office to take vengeance on the industry and do the bidding of his PennFuture (Heinz and Haas families) masters.

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PennFuture’s Man John Quigley Resigns from DEP

John Quigley - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

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John Quigley, Tom Wolf’s DEP Secretary and one of three PennFuture activists put in charge of Pennsylvania’s energy policy has resigned in ignominy.

When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said he wanted John Quigley to be his new Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) I asked which John Quigley we were talking about – the humorless environmental activist and consultant from PennFuture or the pragmatic administrator with the business background? I suggested the former DCNR Secretary who had previously left to do William Penn Foundation dirty work at PennFuture displayed a split personality in that regard; stating we’d have to wait until the real John Quigley stood up, hoping he was telling the truth to the senators who unfortunately confirmed him.

He has, in fact, now stood up and resigned after a little more than a year in office, the real John Quigley having exposed himself in e-mails as the man sent into DEP to sabotage it and impose the environmental extremism espoused by him and his true believer friends.

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Rural Pennsylvania Under Siege by the Wolf Pack

John PetersonJohn Peterson
Former US Congressman, Pa 5th District

 

Governor Tom Wolf and a pack of environmental activists originally brought into state government by Ed Rendell have rural Pennsylvania under siege.

Rural Pennsylvania’s chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies — the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) — with alumni from the radical environmental group, PennFuture. Further, the very structure of how the DEP hands down penalties and creates regulations is hurting our economy and needs to be reformed.

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Gov. Wolf’s Demented Second Budget

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

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Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf, who cannot even get his first budget passed, just proposed a demented second budget with an even higher severance tax!

Someone needs to bring out a straight jacket for PA Gov. Tom Wolf. He’s gone stark…raving…mad. He’s not only a danger to himself; he’s a danger to all of Pennsylvania. The only thing missing from yesterday’s budget address in Harrisburg was frothing at the mouth. In his mean-spirited budget address, Wolf insulted nearly everyone present, blaming everyone but himself for the budget disaster of last year.

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Energy Politics Are Fueling the Presidential Race

severance tax - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Taxes are high, gas prices are low and energy politics are clearly driving the polls; Americans are looking to for fresh new ideas not career politicians.

Today is the New Hampshire Primary, the traditional first-in-the-nation presidential contest.  A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine Donald Trump, with no political experience, and Bernie Sanders, who wasn’t even a Democrat until last year, leading in the polls.  If one thing is clear from the early stages, however, it’s that Americans of all stripes are shouting “No!” to any establishment candidates.

To understand why people are so cynical, one only needs to look at energy politics, with a focus on Ground Zero of the Marcellus Basin, Pennsylvania.

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Wolf’s Methane Emissions Plan Will Kill Marcellus Drilling

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

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Governor Tom Wolf, along with some of his radical friends, wants to cripple the natural gas industry with new methane emissions regulations.

As we predicted yesterday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released a new plan that purportedly targets methane emissions from oil and gas operations in a vain attempt to help ole Mom Earth with her global warming problem. What we didn’t know is just how onerous and ludicrous his plan would be. Yesterday, Wolf and his sidekick the PennFuture Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley, released a four-point plan (click here to view) to supposedly reduce methane emissions by 40% over the next five years.

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Shale Revolution Creates Shale Turmoil in 2015

severance tax - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

It’s been a rough year for shale gas business; the shale revolution turned into shale turmoil but this is the nature of commodity businesses and will change.

If 1929 was the year of the great Stock Market Crash, 2015 will go down as the year of the great energy price crash. In January, natural gas prices at Leidy Hub in Northeast Pennsylvania hit $2.50/Mcf.  By December they hovered around $1.00/Mcf.  Despite the price drop, Marcellus and Utica well production rose in 2015 over 2014.

Add to this the warm winter weather and you had a perfect storm for Marcellus and Utica companies, from producers to water and sand haulers, environmental companies, freight transporters and the like.  The result was numerous bankruptcies; massive capital projects cutbacks and hard times all around.

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A Great Explanation of the Severance Tax

German Renewables - Tom Shepstone ReviewsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

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David Madeira gives a very accurate explanation of Governor Wolf’s proposed severance tax on the natural gas industry in speaking with a caller on his show. 

Our good friend David Madeira has a popular radio show on 94.3 FM The Talker, called The David Madeira Show. This past week he did a phenomenal job explaining how the state’s proposed severance tax will really work when he received a call from “Herb from Harrisburg.”

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Government Incompetence Threatens Natural Gas Benefits

severance tax - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

There seems to be no end to the demonstrations of government incompetence that keep threatening the natural gas benefits to the economy and the environment.

Despite reports Pennsylvania politicians had reached a budget agreement, Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled State Legislature failed to ink the deal. Both sides promised they would finish by Thanksgiving, only five months late. They did not. The Governor’s insistence on a state mineral extraction tax, once the centerpiece of any agreement, seems to have been beaten back, but don’t bet on it. Many Democratic lawmakers have great difficulty agreeing on increasing that state sales tax, to be paid by all, while they fail to enact a promised mineral extraction tax.

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