Is Philadelphia Finally on Its Way to Becoming the Next Houston?

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


Philadelphia, which is officially on record against fracking, may finally be on its way to becoming the next Houston. It has just endorsed a LNG facility!

Last week, Philadelphia City Council approved a $60 million Marcellus LNG export facility, to be built on property owned by Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW). It was the final vote needed, held up by opposition from so-called environmentalists since March. Wackadoodle fossil fuel haters (holding up posters of The Lorax) were not happy at yesterday’s meeting when City Council voted 13-4 to approve the plan.

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Shale Gas News – June 15, 2019

Bill desRosiers
External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about how fracking saves lives, U.S. Freedom gas, a high school textbook and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown again; welcome Gem 104 as our FOURTH station! Gem 104 helps to solidify the Shale Gas News coverage in an important Marcellus region, PA’s northern tier. The Shale Gas News is now broadcasting in Bradford, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties, as well as in greater central PA. The Shale Gas News is aired on Saturday or Sunday depending on the station.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as guests, we had Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research and president of the American Energy Alliance and Lois Kaneshiki, Board Director, Hollidaysburg Area School District.

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Is There An Alternative to Plastic Straw Virtue Signaling? Yes, There Is.

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

I’ve had it with plastic straw virtue signaling that has no basis in either fact or morals and simply reflects the self-righteousness of the pseudo-enviros.

While this post is about plastic straw virtue signaling, it could just as easily be about plastic bags, other single-use plastics, fractivism or any number of utterly superficial environmental causes. The plastic straw virtue signaling, though, offers perhaps the overall best example.

This is because it is totally pointless and is emblematic of at least two things; the unserious nature of environmentalism today and the lust of business executives for such low-cost green-washing and the admiration of their country club friends. Happily, it’s not tat way everywhere. There is a place where sanity yet reigns. There is an alternative.

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Energize PA Pipe Investment Program Would Reinvigorate Rural PA

Johnny Williams
Bradford County Writer


Johnny Williams reports on the Energize PA bill now before the Pennsylvania legislature and which would help further reinvigorating rural Pennsylvania.

Elected officials from all over the state gathered on a construction site just off of I-81 in rural Susquehanna County on Friday to make a point.

Against the backdrop of the green, rural hillsides of Gibson and next to the busy highway corridor, the site served as a prime example of how industry and quiet country living don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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National Grid Northeast 80 by 50 Pathway Isn’t Going to Appease Radicals

NIMBYismRoger Caiazza
Independent Researcher and Publisher,
Pragmatic Environmentalist of New York

National Grid has developed a “Northeast 80 by 50 Pathway” apparently hoping to appease radicals who want no part of natural gas, but it’s not going to work.

According to their press release on June 15, 2018 “National Grid, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, released the “Northeast 80×50 Pathway,” a blueprint for drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 (“80×50”). The Pathway is the first of its kind in the Northeast.” This post is an overview of the pathway.

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Delaware County Plays Politics with Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Delaware County, Pennsylvania, is playing politics with pipeline infrastructure critical to the economic future of the region and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Delaware County Council on Wednesday voted, 3-0, in favor of a resolution urging Gov. Tom Wolf to impose a moratorium on the operation and transmission of Sunoco pipelines in Delaware County. One member abstained and another was absent from the five-member panel. The resolution implied concerns about safety and emergency management regarding construction and operation of the highly regulated pipeline network.

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Double-Dealing DRBC Shows All Its Cards

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The double-dealing DRBC just showed the world what it’s all about; rewarding the lower valley with development while proposing to stop it entirely upriver.

The Delaware River Basin Commission just showed us all its cards. The double-dealing DRBC commissioners unanimously approved a lower valley LNG project that includes major dredging of the river as it continues to argue the upper river valley would be threatened by the fracking used to produce the same natural gas.

It illustrates exactly what the double-dealing DRBC is all about; giving the Philadelphia area whatever it wants while it punishes those of us who live upriver with a fracking ban based on nothing but speculation of risk. The upper valley, in other words, doesn’t exist for the DRBC other than as a greenwash card to play as mitigation for downriver development.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Developer Intends to Fight and Win!

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion Energy, says it’s just begun to fight and intends to win and win soon in its bid to complete it.

Jim Willis, over at the invaluable Marcellus Drilling News, reported yesterday on some highly encouraging remarks made by Donald Raikes, a Senior Vice President with Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure Group. Dominion Energy is the developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that will help move Appalachian shale gas to market, crossing much of Virginia and, in the process, the Appalachian Trail.

Forest Service permits issued for a crossing of the trail were undone in a stupendously stupid decision by three highly political judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Another separate Fourth Circuit decision threw up other obstacles. Dominion, though, expects to dispense with all this nonsense in court. 

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Tunkhannock Students Raise Trout in the Classroom

think about energyRick Hiduk
Managing Editor of


A group of students at Tunkhannock High School got hands on with Trout in the Classroom; hatching, caring for and releasing trout fingerlings.

Several state agencies and a local corporation are investing in an environmental initiative designed for perpetuity. Hundreds of trout fingerlings released into a tributary of Bowmans Creek in a remote section of State Game Lands 57 are just one aspect of a program geared to high school science students who are then tasked with passing the torch to underclassmen.

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