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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – February 17, 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 Evolving Technology Likely to Produce A Fractivist Inferno

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

New technologies that will remove the “hydraulic” from hydraulic fracturing are on the horizon and will send screaming opponents into the fractivist inferno.

Fracturing of natural gas wells using propane is something we’ve previously discussed here at NaturalGasNOW. It’s definitely feasible and has been used elsewhere but the economics are questionable compared to hydraulic fracturing in many instances, so it’s not caught on yet, although it has been proposed in New York. There were also gas wells that have already been fractured with CO2, which holds the promise of being combined with CO2 capture to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. Now, though, comes another idea, which may be the best of all: fracturing with natural gas itself. It’s likely to send our anti-gas friends into screaming apoplectic fits as they self-immolate in a fractivist inferno.

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PennEast Pipeline Approved by FERC Over Fractivist Objections

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

FERC has approved construction of the PennEast Pipeline, rejecting objections ginned up through an organized campaign funded by the William Penn Foundation.

Although it will still need approvals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delaware River Basin Commission or DRBC (which has no actual authority over pipelines but to which PennEast agreed to submit), the PennEast Pipeline now has FERC approval. It came despite a parade of ridiculous objections raised by project opponents, many of whom, just like the DRBC, have been funded by the detestable trust-funders at the William Penn Foundation. The Delaware Riverkeeper’s assertions got particularly short shrift, in fact.

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Jessup Borough Brings Radical Lawyer Jordan Yeager on Board

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Natural Gas NOW

 

Jessup Brough just hired radical attorney Jordan Yeager, who’s in the business of lawyering for fractivist groups funded by big-money special interests.

Jessup Borough, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, is home to a brand new natural gas fired power plant now being finished by the Invenergy company. Indeed, part of the plant is due to start operations next month. But, something very strange and deceptive appears to be going on. A new Borough Council, which now includes opponents of the plant, has just hired radical attorney Jordan Yeager to represent them in dealing with some after the fact matters relating to the plant’s wastewater discharges. Why is a radical anti-gas attorney costing $225 per hour necessary to review a discharge plan?

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 23, 2017

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 Pompous Patrician Faces of Fractivism Who Make It Happen

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Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

It’s amazing how few few people are behind fractivism, funding it and pulling the strings. They’re trust-funders and patricians of the aristocratic class.

There are no special interests like those of patricians — the gentry ruling class. They fund virtually all of fractivism, not to mention other radical chic causes. They’re sort of people who mingle only among themselves, have little or no knowledge of middle class habits or values and even less desire to know. They know next to nothing about how things are made or produced in the real world or what managing the cash flow of a business or household is all about. Their world is a thoroughly insular one, despite their supposed worldliness and jet-setting lifestyles. They imagine themselves as nobles obliged to manage the masses about whom they understand nothing and want nothing to do with other than to be separate and apart.

These are the pompous patrician faces of fractivism and there are surprisingly few of them, despite their out-sized influence.

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Clean Air Council (Haas & Heinz Families) Harass Mariner East 2

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

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The Mariner East 2 Pipeline is the target of an harassing lawsuit intended to simply delay completion. It is being financed by the Haas and Heinz families.

Back in May, six anti-pipeline residents living near where the Mariner East 2 pipeline will pass asked the Middletown (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) town council to reject the path of the pipeline near their property because it would, supposedly, pass closer than town code allows. The town council told the residents they’re out of luck—the town will not pursue any action to block Mariner East 2. Period. But, that wasn’t the end of it, as Mariner East 2 is being harassed with an irrational lawsuit paid for by the Clean Air Council and the elite foundations who fund it.

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A Tangled Web Emerges as PennEast Opponents Practice to Deceive

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

 

A recent article in The Daily Signal exposed the tangled web created by PennEast opponents as they have practiced to deceive in their pipeline enmity.

Kevin Mooney did fantastic job with an article the other day at The Daily Signal. Extremely well written and balanced with comments from all sides, it laid bare the deceptions practiced by PennEast opponents. I was quoted, so I’m obviously biased, but Kevin’s in-depth research and reach-outs to the opposition to the PennEast Pipeline was a great example of good old-fashioned journalism. Titled “PennEast Pipeline Backers Tout Lower Energy Prices in Fighting Well-Funded Green Groups,” this piece exposed so many of the faulty premises behind PennEast opposition.

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Rep. Jonathan Fritz Calls Foul on DRBC Frack Ban

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

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Rep. Jonathan Fritz, a native of Wayne County, Pennsylvania has called foul on the members of the DRBC and their double-standards when it comes to fracking.

Pennsylvania House of Representatives member Jonathan Fritz, Republican from Wayne County, is one of the rising stars in the Pennsylvania House. MDN editor Jim Willis has met and spoken with Rep. Fritz twice. Great guy. Conservative. Head screwed on straight. And, he’s called foul on the DRBC ban resolution with one his own.

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Why Some Media Organizations Are Fractivist Sympathizers

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

A recent editorial in the Scranton Times explains why so many media organizations are so sympathetic to fractivism; they’re gentry class NIMBYs themselves.

Our regular commenter, Karen Orlando, has, for many months, like a voice in the wilderness of New York City, been articulating perhaps the greatest problem facing those of us who believe in natural gas. It is the gigantic failure of media organizations to cover what’s really behind most of fractivism or even relate the most salient facts. Here’s some of what she offered recently:

Without incompetent media and the politicians, the [fractivist] movement would have been a failure years ago…

While many people [have] talked about echochambers, media bias and people living in bubbles, I never would have believed it would be impossible to get the … press to cover what is happening with this movement and tell the truth about it. Unfortunately. I have found that one cannot get reporters to use facts in their reporting [or] make corrections … It’s a sad say for the country indeed. The press can no longer discern what reality and facts are.

There are many explanations for this, of course. Reporters have political views and most of them run in one direction. Journalism teach more activism than writing these days. Rabble-rousing always makes a great story. There is another reason, though, and I suspect it is one of the most powerful; media organizations are typically owned by a gentry class opposed to development anywhere near their favorite second-homes and vacation areas.

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