The Real Story on Spills, Releases, Incidents…and DEP

DEPThomas D. Gillespie
Professional Geologist, Bethlehem, PA

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Tom Gillespie offers an essay on the Pennsylvania DEP and spills, releases, incidents as well as risks and liabilities to oil and gas operators in the Commonwealth. 

Your written words are your proxy to the many persons who will go on-line to read your oil and gas reports, work plans and permit applications as a means to ‘keep an eye on’ your operations and your environmental track record. Your words can and will be interpreted in vastly different manners by: regulatory reviewers; by activist groups; by the scrutinizing public; by non-governmental organizations; by insurers; by opposition counsel; and, in the most undesirable case, by the Courts. The latter case typically occurring because your words were not interpreted correctly by one of the foregoing persons or groups; DEP, for instance.

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Mariner East Opponents Lose Before Previously Empathetic Judge

Mariner East OpponentsKurt Knaus
Spokesman

Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance

Mariner East opponents have lost and lost miserably. Their latest maneuver before a previously empathetic PUC Administrative Law Judge Barnes just died.

An administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today struck down pipelines opponents’ last-ditch effort to shut down the Mariner East projects, ruling against a petition they filed claiming that the pipeline builder hasn’t done enough to ensure communities and emergency responders have the information they need regarding safety.

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When Will the Yellow Jacket Protests Come to New York?

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

Yellow jacket protests will be coming to New York. It’s but a question of when. Andrew Cuomo and lackeys have sowed the wind and will reap the whirlwind.

The French yellow jacket protests include the worst riots in generations and are spreading. They’re the predictable result of elitist fuel tax policies supposedly intended to fight global warming; policies that have been implemented without regard to the impact on the ordinary man. If experience is any guide, it won’t be long until they hit New York.

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Shale Gas News – December 8, 2018

shale gas news - desRosiers_headshotBill 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 oil prices, Great Lakes pipeline, Qatar switch to natural gas 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.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Nixes Pipeline Condemnation Challenge

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

 

The Clean Air Council attacked Mariner East land condemnations as a way to frustrate pipeline development, but Pennsylvania Supreme Court just nixed it all.

One of the ways anti-fossil fuel groups have tried to stop the Mariner East 2 Pipeline project is by tying it up in court. Various lawsuits have been filed going back years. One litigant, a Big Green group headquartered in Philadelphia, the so-called Clean Air Council, has tried repeatedly to get the courts to deny Mariner East 2 the right to use eminent domain in cases where landowners refuse to cooperate. The Clean Air Council argued Mariner East 2 is not a “public utility” and, therefore, not entitled to the use of eminent domain. That argument flamed out.

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Upstate New York: The Unbearable Burden of New York City

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

Upstate New York has the misfortune of being in a state where one city dominates everything, saddling everyone else with the heavy burden of New York City.

Upstate New York is going nowhere. It is at the mercy of a state government focused culturally, economically and politically on New York City. The City is the economic engine of the state but it operates in a walled off engine room with few, if any, connections to Upstate New York. Oh, yes, there are the visitors from the City who throw out a few dimes for those who supplies their lattes when the patronize the local coffee shop, but with those dimes come with billions of dollars in added taxes to support a bloated state government no one but New York City wants or needs.

The City folks, of course, argue Upstate gets subsidized, but that’s irrelevant when state mandates are imposing local share costs Upstate New York can’t begin to afford. New York City is a net burden and a very heavy one on Upstate. We get some hints as to just how heavy that burden really is, and how disastrous the fracking ban and current attempt to stop all pipeline development in Upstate New York is, from a Federal Reserve Bank analysis.

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Natural Gas NOW Picks of the Week – December 8, 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. As usual, emphasis is added.

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Macron’s Carbon Tax Disaster: There Was A Better Way

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Emmanuel Macron took the elitist path on climate change and it was an utter disaster. Ironically, there was a much better way — the US way. He blew it.

Most Americans are probably just hearing about the ongoing protests in France after images of rioting around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris this past weekend finally forced the topic onto the front page. The nationwide protests, now in their third week, had previously garnered little coverage outside France, and what limited mention was made often obscured the source of anger driving the protests with vague references to “rising fuel prices.”

Since this weekend, international media has reluctantly gotten closer to identifying the root cause, citing “rising taxes.” But this is not just any old tax protest, it is targeted at a very specific kind of tax: namely, a carbon tax.

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Is Susan Sarandon Really That Unaware or Just That Selfish?

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

Susan Sarandon posted a shockingly stupid Tweet yesterday, one that shows just how unaware and/or selfish some activists really are on environmental issues.

Susan Sarandon has never been a bright bulb in the world of celebrity activism. I remember well when she showed up in Dimock at Ray Kemble’s junkyard on that big diesel bus. She came with Loco Ono to do a stunt and, for once, did her best to avoid the camera when Phelim McAleer tried to ask her an actual question. Her idea of shedding light on the issues is to send out a mind-numbingly dumb Tweet, which is what she did yesterday.

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Northeast Gas Demand Is Huge and Growing Along with Supply

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Well Said Cabot

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Northeast gas demand is unbelievably large and growing. Companies such as Cabot are helping meet that demand and several pipeline projects will ensure it.

Cabot is pleased to help families and businesses stay warm as cold weather settles in for the season.

We’re producing roughly 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas – every day – to help heat our homes, hospitals, schools, offices, factories, as well as power our electric grid (and thereby also help those families who use electricity for heating).

In the Appalachian/mid-Atlantic region, where Cabot’s operations are principally located, natural gas is vital to keeping families warm.

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