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The Mystery of Media Yakking on Fracking and Yawns on Yamal

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Why do supposed journalists tell us the only fracking is bad fracking, while they give their silent assent for Russian LNG from Yamal with huge CO2 impacts?

It would be hard to find a natural gas project as cynical as the Yamal project in Siberia.  The basic reason it exists at all is to take advantage of warming seas to open up a sea route to North East Asian LNG markets.  The project has cost $27 billion before producing anything. It surely is using fracking to produce gas of course since that is the new normal today.

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Cuadrilla and UK Shale Already $1 Billion Enterprise?

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy’s math suggests Cuadrilla and the U.K.’s Bowland Shale are already worth a billion dollars before the first yield results are even published.

Opponents of UK onshore gas have consistently said it won’t make any money.  Well here goes that theory.

Cuadrilla Resources is getting closer to getting gas out of the ground each week, and this from Australian Financial Review reveals that a new investor in  AJ Lucas, which owns 45% of Cuadrilla,  sees the Lancashire Bowland as a now being  a billion dollar shale play.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – January 6, 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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The Guardian Makes Yet Another Attack on Fracking, This Time at Home

Green Bank - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Guardian, a UK newspaper, has long opposed fracking in its reporting, making a victim of Vera Scroggins, for example, but now it’s trashing it at home.

The Guardian is, probably, the UK’s most well-known newspaper outside of that country and certainly here in the US where we’ve become quite accustomed to its biased reporting on fracking. Who can forget how Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg once crowned Vera Scroggins with heroine victim status? She later relented a bit, but the die was cast and the Guardian used Christmas day to launch another attack on fracking at home, which is spectacularly bad manners given the mind-boggling potential of the UK’s Bowland Shale.

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London Local Energy Tells Mayor A Fracking Ban Is Silly

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy, CEO of London Local Energy, shares a letter he wrote to Mayor Sadiq Khan quashing his reasons to ban fracking in London.

People have asked whether this story concerns me:

Sadiq Khan will in effect ban fracking in London – and warns that extracting shale gas represents a toxic health risk.

In a controversial move, the London mayor will set out in plans to be published this week that councils across the capital should block the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas via hydraulic fracturing, which sees rocks blasted with water to release the gas.

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Cuadrilla Goes Gangbusters, Grealy Goes Ghostbusters

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Bill Murray wannabe Nick Grealy, draws out the parallels between Cuadrilla’s steady progress in demolishing fracking myths and the “Ghostbusters movie.”

There are two sides to the theory that UK opposition to shale gas makes the development of an industry problematic. Interestingly, many on both the “conventional wisdom” and the noisy, tiny and increasingly irrelevant opposition side are stuck in the same rut.

The rut derives from Britain’s favorite place, living in the past.  UK shale has had dual curses, both surrounding experts’ opinion of the the past.  Shale simply moves too fast.

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Good Energy News Doesn’t Depend on Conventional Wisdom

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy, ever the realist, bares all in talking of his battles, with a confident optimism in the triumph of good energy news over convention wisdom.

I have been so blessed in so many ways. Life is too short to be wasted on regret, but as Francis Albert Sinatra sang, I’ve had a few of those, and as I start thinking about my legacy, I’ll inevitably address the negative side of that over the next few weeks. I intend to do that filtered via a collaborator who hopefully will curb my worst impulses.

I also hope to use an academic platform and other associates to set out the case, so sadly lacking amongst the “conventional” wisdom of world gas thinking, on the other side of the bet that for some weird reason, UK and European shale will never happen. What if the conventional wisdom is wrong? To me, the story of shale has consistently been to prove almost everyone wrong. But the UK and Europe CW, for complex reasons, still insists that what was correct in 2010 still applies today. That’s quite clearly wrong. Perhaps 2018 will prove the CW wrong in Europe. Apart from anything else, this is a case for  risk mitigation, a key part of due diligence that for mysterious reasons, barely exists.  We’ll see. Or, you will at least.

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When It Comes to Fracking, Emotion Is No Substitute for Science

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Nick Grealy reflects on what he expects from UK fracking, the roles of emotion and science and what he faces in the way of personal challenges right now.

August is the traditional peak of the silly season when the UK media uses any number of tenuous, out dated or too often, simply bored attempts to feed the maw of the media machinery. With audience and grown ups away, the field is opened up to a new crop of writers misguided enough to still see some romance in the formerly noble métier of journalism.  Many of them are “interns,” or what anyone in most jobs recognize as “slaves,” but the alleged riches of “making a difference” drag them in every summer.

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Ná Fracáil, But LNG Go Braugh in Ireland

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Ireland has said no to fracking (“Ná Fracáil”) but eagerly signed onto LNG from America. It’s a beautiful thing for Texans but hugely hypocritical for Eire.

Ireland recently decided to ban shale gas , adding to a small  list of paragons, mostly with little to no shale potential such as Wales and Vermont which shale opponents often cite to those who wish to explore more prospective areas such as New York State, Lancashire and London. Green Party Senator O’Sullivan was quoted as saying:

“Our current energy policy is nothing less than a complete contradiction, a policy that can only lead to one conclusion: we should keep the petroleum in the ground.”

No kidding, Senator.

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Shale Opposition Recedes As News Hounds Do Nothing

LNG - Nick Grealy ReportsNick Grealy
Administrator of NoHotAir/ReImagineGas Blog

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Shale opposition recedes into irrelevancy as the antics of fractivists get less and less attention; so much less the news hounds hardly even notice anymore.

Elsewhere on the No Hot Air / Reimagine Gas site is a Top Ten Shale Gas Myths that has been up for so long some of the oldies but goodies are getting moldy.  Time for a refresh and let’s replace the old number one with a new number one.  The previous chart topper  “My Water Will Catch on Fire” never gets airtime anymore.  It was a 2009 one hit wonder from Gasland, and not even the most uninformed opponents repeat it anymore.

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