Natural Gas Politics Behind Pennsylvania Pipeline Opposition

Bill Godsey
CEO, Geo Logic Environmental Services, LLC
Former geologist for the Texas Railroad Commission

Natural gas politics is what’s really behind pipeline opposition in Pennsylvania. Special interests are employing rhetoric aimed against all oil and gas.

Over the past two decades Pennsylvania’s energy production has grown remarkably. Shale development has secured the state as the second largest producer of natural gas in the nation, and output projections continue to climb. As production has escalated, so too has debate over energy policy – to the point that rhetoric has often drowned out logic.

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Phillip Flagg, Radical Son with No Job, Is the Epitome of the Fractivist

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

Phillip Flagg is a radical 25-year old fractivist with no job but a serial protesting career of seeking attention under the guise of being morally superior.

Our buddy Jim Willis of Marcellus Drilling News put a rather intriguing post the other day about a 2:00 AM drum-beating fractivist protest at the home of the outgoing CEO of EQT, Robert McNally. It was as juvenile as it gets. Jim quoted a story in the Pittsburgh Business Times to make his point this was nothing less than terrorism and he’s correct. What interested me most of all, though, was the fact the only name associated with this outrage was an individual by the name of Philip Flagg. He’s from Austin, Texas and is only 25 years old or so. He’s also proud he has no job. Such is nature of fractivism.

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Pennsylvania DEP, While Fighting DRBC Fracking, Admits Gas Industry Protects Water Resources

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The Pennsylvania DEP admits the state’s gas industry is protecting water resources. Yet, it has signed onto the DRBC fracking ban. Why the double-standard?

Pennsylvania DEP has just come out with its 2018 Oil and Gas Annual Report. It’s an annoying report from a presentation perspective; with a black background and hard to read white text. The report is also disjointed and has the look of something prepared by a high school sophomore who fancies himself a trail-breaking web designer. Put that aside, though and you find some interesting stats and one huge disclosure that goes against Pennsylvania DEP support of a DRBC fracking ban.

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CO2 Emissions Resume Falling Due to Shale Revolution

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

The CO2 emission rate has resumed falling, according to the Energy Information Administration, a fact undeniably the result of America’s shale revolution.

CO2 emitted by fuel use bounce around a bit but the long-term trend is still down, with 2019 being projected by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) as another year of decline as natural gas is substituted for coal and oil. CO2 has been on a long journey downhill ever since the onset of the shale revolution, in fact.

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100% Renewable Is 100% Unachievable, Even If You’re An Optimist

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100% renewable energy isn’t going to happen in the foreseeable future. The science doesn’t exist, the cost would be astronomical and the politics impossible.

There are several studies that indicate it would cost the United States trillions of dollars to transition to an electric system that is 100% renewable. Costs range from $4.5 trillion by 2030 or even 2040 to $5.7 trillion in 2030—about a quarter of the U.S. debt. The lower estimate results in a cost per household of almost $2,000 per year through 2040.

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Manhattan Power Outage Causes Cuomo to Now Want Grid Redundancy

natural gas nowTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

A Manhattan power outage is forcing New York politicians to confront energy reality. The grid now needs redundancy Cuomo says as he fights gas power plants.

The Manhattan power outage yesterday on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 Great Blackout is a powerful reminder for every energy-ignorant city dweller of the importance of backups, reliability and the avoidance of grid overloads.  So, yesterday, Governor Corruptocrat tried to get in front of the issue  by saying he gets it, because that’s what the political circumstances demanded.

Andrew Cuomo on May 10, 2018: “Power plants that burn gas we have all over the state. We would have to close them and that is the long term plan.”

Andrew Cuomo on July 14, 2019: “We need a better power system, a better grid with redundancies.”

He was talking about the electrical grid, of course, but he’s not so ignorant as to believe his own strategies of starving the grid of dispatchable power produced by natural gas, while overloading it with non-dispatchable solar energy that can peak dangerously at the wrong time couldn’t have something to do with it.

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Shale Gas News – July 13, 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 the New York mass exodus, big tech, natural gas pipelines 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 the Wyoming County Commissioners call in to talk about their impact fee distribution, their largest to date.

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Offshore Wind Fiascos Illustrate the Absurdity of Climate Change Policies

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Offshore wind projects make little environmental and no economic sense. They are boondoggles and reflect the rent-seeking corporatism behind climate policy.

Despite its high cost, states along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Virginia are planning to invest in offshore wind. Massachusetts is preparing to obtain power from more than a score of huge wind turbines off its coast, carried to the mainland by underwater cables, with the cost passed through to households and businesses.

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Climate Leadership Law Shaping Up As A Degrowth Mass Exodus

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

 

Climate leadership? No. Jim Willis assesses New York’s new law; a de-growth initiative that will accelerate the inevitable destruction of the Empire State.

New York State is done. Let’s just be honest; there’s no saving the Empire State now. (We can say these things because we live here.) Following the passage of the recent Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, businesses and residents are beginning to move out of the state. Why? Because in the coming years the state will either outlaw the energy they need to use, or make it so expensive they’ll go bankrupt.

One example: Everyone in New York who uses a furnace for winter heating; whether that furnace uses fuel oil, natural gas, or propane, will have to dump that furnace and switch to a heat pump or electricity…in the next 20 years. The new law just passed is, quite literally, stark…raving…mad.

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